Experience the vibrant spirit of Africa in local homes and villages and on the open plains of East Africa in 2017! This unique trip combines in-depth visits to projects funded by Global Partners for Development, opportunities to get to know our African development partners and other community members, and some of the best African wildlife viewing possible. You will be warmly welcomed into villages that are off the beaten path in rural areas that most tourists never reach and then graciously hosted on safari to view some of the most spectacular sights in East Africa.
SEE THE DIFFERENCE, MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
For 35 years, Global Partners for Development has helped implement hundreds of successful community development projects with local organizations, supporting health, education, water, sanitation, farm animal management and women’s income generation projects in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Join us as Global Partners’ staff supports our African partners in vetting, implementing and evaluating these life-changing projects.
THE SAFARI OF A LIFETIME
The Swahili word, ‘safari,’ means journey, and you will get to witness one of nature’s ultimate journeys while on safari during the great wildebeest migration. It will also be the time of year when you can hopefully catch hundreds of calves being born on the plains of the Serengeti.
GPFD Group Travel Leader, Daniel Casanova – http://www.gpfd.org
Daniel is the Executive Director at Global Partners and has lived and traveled all over the world. He speaks four languages and is currently working on his Swahilli and Maasai. He has extensive travel experience and is an expert in dealing with developing world bureaucracies. Also, his stories are legendary.
Hoopoe Safaris East Africa: Hoopoe Safaris won The Conde Naste EcoTourism award in 2004 as best ecotourism company in the world. Travelers’ safety and comfort are top priorities for Global Partners. Hoopoe provides us with the most up-to-date safari vehicle fleets in northern Tanzania, along with highly qualified & trained drivers. In 2015, Hoopoe managed travel for Bill and Chelsea Clinton on their Tanzanian philanthropic tour. Learn more about Hoopoe Safaris at www.hoopoe.com.
Contact: [email protected]
Jan 30 Arrive in Nairobi. Depending on flight times, some travelers may spend the night in Nairobi.
Jan 31 Fly to Kisumu, Kenya, where we will spend the night by the largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria. This breathtaking lake is the source of the Nile River.
Feb 1 Relax in the morning after our long journey to Kenya. You can go boating in Lake Victoria or explore the many shops in Kisumu. In the afternoon, we will drive overland through the beautiful countryside on our way to Oyugis. We will spend the night in nearby Kisii at the Nyakoe Hotel (www.hotelnyakoe.com) during our time in Oyugis.
Feb 1-3 Visit water and health projects and meet with partners in Oyugis. Oyugis is home to the Vineyards to Villages (V2V) school water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects.
Feb 4 Travel overland from Kisii to Tarime, Tanzania where we will fly to the Lobo Airstrip in the Serengeti. We will spend the night in Loliondo, Tanzania.
Feb 5-6 Spend two days visiting projects in the Maasai community of Loliondo. Access to this area of the Ngorongoro District is limited for tourists, so we are very privileged to have the opportunity to spend time with these Maasai communities. The highlight of this portion of the trip will be the opening of a new school in the Ormanie village.
Feb 7-9 Go on safari in two of the most pristine national parks in Africa: the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, home of the famous Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park. You will drive first to the Ngorongoro Crater and then to southern Serengeti, center of the spectacular annual wildebeest migration. You will stay in luxury tent camps and experience two daily wildlife drives and a breathtaking sunset drive on the Serengeti. (www.kirurumu.net)
Feb 10-12 Fly to Arusha, Tanzania, where we will be staying at the Ilboru Safari Lodge (www.ilborusafarilodge.com). For the next two days, we will visit project communities and partners in the Arusha area.
Feb 13 Decompress for a day in bustling Arusha, begin your journey back home from Kilimanjaro Airport, or stay to hike Kilimanjaro or visit the beaches of Zanzibar – the world is your oyster!
Trip price is $4,550 per person (Based on double occupancy. Single occupancy rates available on request. Prices for trips without wildlife safari available upon request.)
TRIP PRICE INCLUDES
- All ground transportation
- Accommodations in highly rated lodges and tented camps (includes hotel taxes, fees and tips)
- Most meals (food at airports and snacks between meals will be the responsibility of the traveler)
- Safari packages that include game viewing in specially outfitted Land Rovers and nights in luxury tent camps
- Entrance fees to the national parks with safari packages
- Services of a Global Partners tour manager and award-winning Hoopoe Adventure Tours guides
- Routine tips for porters, wait staff, maids and drivers. Special appreciation tips to safari guides welcome.
Round trip airfare from the U.S. (we are happy to help you find the best routes/prices); passports and entry visas; optional excursions; excess baggage charges; preventative immunizations and pharmaceuticals; items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephones, internet, etc.; any other items not specified under ‘INCLUSIONS.’
Contact [email protected] for more information.