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April 27, 2021

6 Days: Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara

Written By Papagei Tours and Safaris

Unforgettable,  Big 5 Safari

This 6 days safari takes you around the best place in Tanzania, will give you the unique opportunity to experience the amazing natural wonders of Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Lake Manyara National Park provides an unforgettable experience in some of Northern Tanzania’s most diverse natural habitats, from the pristine streams, to the dense woodlands and towering mountains. In addition, Tarangire is known around the world for its many herds of giraffe and great African elephant! The awe- inspiring wildebeest migration and endless savannah plains of the Serengeti are so majestic; the park has been listed as one of the Seven Natural wonders of Africa. In addition, the Serengeti is the perfect retreat for quiet reflection. The Ngorongoro Crater also boasts an immense number of mighty African wildlife and unique vegetation in the only unbroken caldera found on Earth.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Day One:Arusha to Tarangire National Park

We will leave from Arusha in the morning and travel to the Tarangire National Park, where you can marvel at the two-stories high termite mounds and the “upside-down” giant baobab trees. The aesthetic scenery and cornucopia of bird-life assist in creating the unequivocally peaceful ambiance of the Tarangire National Park. In addition, the African elephant population, over 300 strong, is an extremely remarkable sight. African elephants are the largest living land mammals, with adult males weighing in at seven tons. Other animals endemic to Tarangire’s savannah include the hardy African lions, giraffes, toothy warthogs, ostriches, impalas, agile cheetah, mongoose, water buffalo, and red-bottomed baboons. When your game drive comes to an end, our guide will transport you to the Camp, complete with dinner and overnight .

Day Two: Tarangire National Park to Serengeti National Park

A delicious breakfast showcasing local and organic products will be served at camp, followed by a breathtaking drive to the Serengeti National Park. We will take the scenic route to Serengeti, allowing for an amazing, bird’s-eye-view of Ngorongoro Crater. There is a high likelihood of spotting game on the drive. The endless golden savanna, contrasted with the vibrant patterns of zebras, lions, and elephants make it easy to understand why the Serengeti is one of the Seven Natural wonders of Africa. We will stop for a picnic lunch on the most famous kopje (a small hill in a generally flat area) in the park, allowing visitors to experience the vastness Serengeti from atop the hill. We will proceed further into the Serengeti for a leisurely game drive where you will likely view herds of giraffes, elephants, and zebra. You will spend the night at the Serengeti Camp, where you will fall asleep to the mighty chorus of zebra, lions and gazelles.

Day Three: Serengeti National Park

The day will begin in the center of the majestic Serengeti. After a nourishing breakfast, we will continue our journey into the plains. Since we have a full day of game driving, you will likely view hundreds of the diverse animals that find their home within the Serengeti’s endless plains. This day will likely offer sightings of the African mammals that make the park famous- lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, and water buffalo, all within a few feet of the jeep. Visitors will also have the chance to view some of the park’s lesser known, but equally majestic animals including, elands, hyenas, gazelles, crocodiles, giraffe, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos and antelope. Depending on the time of year, visitors will also have the chance to view thousands of zebra and wildebeest on their Great Migration. The hundreds of bird species, both endemic and migrating from the Eurasion region, are a special bonus for bird-watchers. Guests will enjoy fresh and delicious dinner at our campsite in Seronera, another spot well known for animal sightings.

Day Four: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater

Today is our last game drive in Serengeti before we continue to Ngorongoro Crater. We will overnight at Simba Camp, which is located at the rim of the crater, ideal for watching the gorgeous sunset expand over the savannah within the caldera. After watching the sunset, guests can look forward to a delectable dinner made fresh by the Papagei tours cook.

Day Five: Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Manyara National Park

We will depart for the Ngorongoro Crater early in the morning, as early mornings provide an opportune time to spot game, especially within the “Big 5”. The group comprises some of the strongest animals in Africa – the ferocious lion, the mighty elephant, the stealthy leopard, the charging rhino and the strong water buffalo. We will enjoy a leisurely game drive in the morning and have a picnic lunch near a pond full of hippos inside the crater. As we enjoy our snacks and sandwiches, we will be able to watch the hippos splash around. An interesting fact about Ngorongoro Crater is that it provides a unique haven for animals, which thrive within the protective shelter provided by the high walls of the caldera. The Crater was formed millions of years ago when a large volcano erupted, collapsing the volcano but leaving a perfectly unbroken crater. It is the only one like it in the world. Within the Ngorongoro Crater drive, visitors can definitely expect to encounter zebra, hippo, wildebeest and cackling hyenas. Similarly, the Crater is home to flocks of graceful flamingos lounging at Soda Lake and vultures and hawks eagerly circling the sky in search of a hardy meal of discarded carcases. Storks, ibis, and cranes are popular water birds in the crater. Our game drive will conclude shortly after lunch when we will begin our drive to private camp for dinner and overnight.

Day Six: Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha

On our last day of the tour , we will experience the beauty of Lake Manyara National Park. We will enjoy an early breakfast, in order to start our game drive early enough to spot the “Big Five” mammals. Nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park provides picturesque, yet varying scenery. Throughout the day we will experience the shrubbery of the golden savannah, mighty rivers, and amazing wildlife. We will eat our picnic lunch in the heart of the beautiful park. Soda Lake and the surrounding savannah support the highly diverse ecosystem, leading to the diverse array of wildlife to be viewed within the park. With over four hundred species of dazzling birds, some of which are migratory, Lake Manyara National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Lake Manyara is home to the legendary tree-climbing lions as well as powerful water buffalo, immense African elephant, soaring giraffe, graceful impala and gigantic hippo. In the late afternoon, we will leave Manyara and proceed to Arusha to conclude our safari. Airport transportation or  Fly to Zanzibar can be made upon request.

 Safari Package Includes

  • Camping & park fees
  • Transport (4×4 Land Cruiser) with pop up roof
  • Tent & mattress
  • Professional English speaking safari guide & cook
  • 5 breakfasts; 6 lunches; 5 dinners
  • 1,5 bottle of water per day; tea and coffee with meals

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Increases in park fees where applicable
  • Accommodation & meals in Arusha
  • Personal items
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for safari guide & chef
  • Soda and Alcoholic beverages
  • Extra activities (Hot Air Ballooning in Serengeti)
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April 27, 2021

Holiday in Japan Online Experience

Written By Arigato Travel

Travel to Japan this year for the Holidays! Meet up with Friends and Family online for a fun virtual trip.

We are all sad that we cannot travel or see some of our friends and family this season, why not give the gift of a shared virtual getaway to Japan. Meet us for this online interactive experience to celebrate the winter season and learn all about the holidays in Japan! On our 1 hour and 15-minute online experience, we will share Christmas and New Years’ in Japan from a local’s perspective. You will get to hear about the history, culture, as well as stories, fun facts, trivia, and even, make your own Japanese style holiday decoration together online.  Our virtual tours are fun, family-friendly, and interactive. Great for ALL ages to experience together. 

How to prepare:

  • Let’s get in the HOLIDAY MOOD!
  • Wear something festive! Break out your Santa hat, your Christmas sweaters, etc!
  • Prepare some mulled wine, eggnog, or hot cocoa, or some holiday beverage!
  • Christmas cookies? Or other tasty snacks…
  • Important: Please have a square piece of wrapping paper or Origami paper (any size but not too big) cut and ready to go for our activity! should be patterned on one side and plain on the other.
  • Have an open mind, heart and be ready to ask any questions you have about Japanese holiday time!

We are experts in culinary tourism and we are excited to connect and share our stories and knowledge with you right in your own homes. We keep the groups small to ensure a more intimate experience, so everyone can have a chance to ask questions and connect with our local guides! Everyone who attends the session will also get special info and resources after the experience.

Pricing (Adult):
2545 JPY + 10% = 2800 JPY for one Adult (tax included)
24.55 USD + 10% =  27 USD for one Adult (tax included)

We are looking forward to meeting you online and making some delicious memories!

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April 27, 2021

Day Tour to Amboseli National Park

Written By CASOTRAVEL

Enjoy a convenient pick-up from your centrally located accommodation bright and early for a full day tour of the Amboseli National Park. Enjoy a ride in a luxurious tour van as you take a scenic 3-hour drive via the Maasai land. Here you will be able to witness the splendor of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Kenya which is visible from the park. Also to be spotted are ample herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and impala, as well as giraffes and warthog. With all this variety you can be sure a healthy population of predators also call Amboseli home. Lions, leopards, caracals, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas and serval cats are all frequently seen in the park.

Day tour to Amboseli National Park.

0500hrs:Pick up from your Nairobi Hotel/ Residence

Depart for the Amboseli National Park via  the Nairobi – Mombasa highway.

We catch the African sunrise as we progress towards Amboseli
The morning drive is  via  African savanna country dotted with local homesteads and colorful Masai herdsmen grazing their cattle.

There shall be a brief breakfast stop on the way

On arrival at the Amboseli, proceed for a game viewing drive in search of  Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Cheetah, Warthog, Ostrich and more…

The Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the skyline and surrounding country.

It is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world.

While Mount Kilimanjaro remains in  the background we shall marvel at the wildlife and scenery found in this park.

Enjoy buffet lunch at a lodge e.g Oltukai lodge,  lodge, serena e.t.c.

A short early afternoon game viewing drive as we exit the park.

Later depart for Nairobi to arrive in the early evening.

Drop off at your Nairobi hotel / Nairobi Airport or residence

Inclusions

Entrance fees.

All Transport in a van with a pop up roof.

Lunch at a lodge

Pickup  and drop off to your hotel

Bottled water

 

Exclusions

Drinks and beverages.

Breakfast.

Airport pickup will charge an extra 20 USD

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Top Travel Activities : Africa , Safaris , Sightseeing


April 27, 2021

Discover Mt. Fuji Online Experience

Written By Arigato Travel

Travel Virtually to Mt. Fuji with our local host and learn all about this Iconic Mountain and the surrounding area.

Join us on this amazing, hosted experience as we share all the amazing things about the Mt. Fuji area, the history, culture, food, activities and people that make this place the true heart of Japan!

Our Mt. Fuji Virtual Tour is a great way to get to know the most iconic and majestic symbol of Japan.  Mt Fuji is very special to Japanese people, it represents faith and admiration. On our online experience, we will share Mt. Fuji and the areas around it from a local’s perspective. You will get to hear about the history, culture as well as stories from the locals who live in Shizuoka prefecture.  We will discover some of the things to see and do and of course the best food that you must try when you visit someday! 

We are experts in culinary tourism and we are excited to connect and share our stories and knowledge with you right in your own homes. 

On our 1 hour Virtual Experience, we will meet, talk, and learn together!  We keep the groups small to ensure a more intimate experience, so everyone can have a chance to ask questions and connect with our local guides! Everyone who attends the session will also get special info and resources after the experience.

We are looking forward to meeting you online!

Time/Days offered: Monday-Saturday

  • Morning Session 9am-10am JST
  • Afternoon Session 3pm-4pm JST
  • Evening Session 9pm-10pm JST

Custom times may be available, contact us bookings@arigatojapan.co.jp

Pricing (Adult): 

1500 JPY + 10% = 1650 JPY for one Adult (tax included)
14.00 USD + 10% = 15.40 USD for one Adult (tax included)

Visit our website for more information!

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Top Travel Activities : Asia , Cooking / Culinary


April 27, 2021

Zen Experience and Gotemba Local Hidden Gems & Culture Tour

Written By Arigato Travel

Enjoy a full day of food, zen experiences, and local culture in this beautiful and historic area near iconic Mt. Fuji!

Gotemba is a hidden gem and yet it is an easy day trip or wonderful overnight excursion from Tokyo.

On our full-day (6 hours) tour you will discover the best local and hidden experiences. Try local specialties in two different locations around the Gotemba area. Explore and connect with the spirit of one of Japan’s friendliest cities.

For lunch, we will enjoy a special soba noodle dish, a variation on one of Japan’s most popular foods. Then you will visit a special zen temple, unlike anything you can see in other parts of Japan. And immerse yourself in your own zen experience.  After you are fully relaxed and inspired we will visit a local brewery and winery spot and try some craft beverages. Feeling refreshed it will be time to visit a master artisan and make your own traditional and all-natural indigo-dyed souvenirs to bring back with you as a special memory from your unforgettable journey.

Our expert guide will share the stories of this dynamic community opening the door for you to experience local hospitality and create lasting memories. 

As we visit 5 delectable food stops guests can try local foods special to Gotemba City and taste some of Japan’s most famous green teas. 

Price: ¥ 48,000 / Person

Visit our website for more information!

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April 20, 2021

Cherry Bossom Season “Hanami” online experience (limited edition)

Written By Arigato Travel

From March 15 to April 28 2021

Join us on this VERY LIMITED edition Cherry Blossom seasonal experience as we share all the traditions of  Sakura Season in Japan.

Many Japan fans and travelers around the world have dreamed of their trip to Japan during this beautiful season but have had their plans postponed due to travel restrictions. You can still have fun with your friends and family this Spring! Travel together on a shared virtual getaway to the land of the rising sun! Meet us for this online interactive experience to celebrate the cherry blossom season and learn all about this special time across Japan.

Our special 2021 online Cherry Blossom Hanami Experience is a great way to learn all about this important and gorgeous season celebrated the JAPANESE way! This year many of us are really missing travel. Give this gift to yourself and those you love and take a fun and interactive trip to Japan together from the safety of your own home!

On our 1 hour and 15-minute online experience, we will share Sakura (Cherry Blossom time) in Japan from a local’s perspective. You will get to hear about the history and culture as well as stories, fun facts, trivia, and play some unique  Cherry Blossom games together online.  Our virtual tours are fun, family-friendly, and interactive. Great for ALL ages to experience together.

Experience Highlights:

  • Share our stories and hear about you!
  • Learn all about the very unique and wonderful Cherry Blossom and hanami traditions in Japan.
  • Find out why this time of year is so special to Japanese people.
  • Play along with Interactive games testing your trivia knowledge about Japan.
  • Learn a few tricks to creating your own Sakura art at home.
  • What the best things to see, do and eat during Sakura Season.
  • Best spots around Japan and how Hanami has spread around the globe.
  • Q&A time about any of your Japan Cherry Blossom and travel questions.
  • We share a resource pack afterward (no worries about taking notes).

How to prepare for our Hanami Experience:

  • Let’s get in the Sakura MOOD
  • Wear something pink!
  • Prepare some tasty beverages to enjoy while we have our online experience together.
  • Make sure you have some snacks too! Maybe try something Japan inspired. How about sushi, rice crackers, or maybe frozen mochi?
  • Important Please  be sure to have  paper and something to write with for a few of our games!
  • Have an open mind, heart and be ready to ask any questions you have about Spring in Japan!

Price: ¥2500 / Person

Visit our website for more information!

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April 20, 2021

Map Amboseli, L.Naivasha, Samburu, Aberdares, L.Nakuru & Masai Mara-10 Days 9 Nights

Written By CASOTRAVEL

DAY 1: NAIROBI – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy your breakfast and depart thereafter for Amboseli National Park famous for its large Elephant herds. Arid looking, it has historically supported both game and the Masai that kept their herds of cattle here. It is thanks to the waters that run off Africa’s greatest mountain that the apparently dry Amboseli, Kenya’s first game sanctuary is able to support its wildlife. Mount Kilimanjaro broods high over Amboseli, generally cloaked by clouds but appearing in all its snow-shrouded magnificence from time to time. The mountain now provides water for the park, wonderful views and of course, the most glorious background for animal photography.

Dinner & Overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge or Similar On Full Board

DAY 2: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Another exciting day in Amboseli National Park. We recommend that you get up early morning where one can experience excellent game viewing & an unprecedented view of the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to the lodge for breakfast. You may opt for an additional game drive after breakfast to visit the swamp with its magnificent wildlife present all day long or simply relax at lodge and take in the African wilderness. Afternoon game drive in anticipation of seeing the “BIG FIVE”.

Dinner and Overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or Similar On Full Board

DAY 3: AMBOSELI NATIONAL – LAKE NAIVASHA

After an early breakfast depart from Amboseli and drive via Nairobi along the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha. Stop over for a quick lunch before proceeding to Lake Naivasha En-route, stop over at the Rift Valley view point offering a breathtaking view and incredible panorama, ideal for photographs to be taken. Proceed on to your lodge arriving late afternoon / early evening.

Dinner and overnight at L. Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

Optional Activities in Naivasha:

  • Hells gate National Reserve: USD 26 Per Person. The only reserve in Kenya where you can enjoy game viewing while on a Bicycle.
  • Visit to Crescent Island: USD 40 Per Person

Dinner and Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Similar On Full Board

DAY 4: LAKE NAIVASHA -SAMBURU GAME RESERVE

After breakfast you check out of the lodge and drive to Samburu Game Reserve. Samburu is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Ewaso Nyiro River. It is also one of Kenya’s most protected areas and home to species only found north of the equator, from the reticulated giraffe to Grevy’s zebras and Beisa Oryx. A luxurious hostelry set beneath a canopy of acacia trees along the banks of the river.

Dinner and Overnight at Ashinil Samburu or similar On Full Board

DAY 5: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE 

Dawn breaks in golden bands as we start our day in the bush before the dew is off the grass, we’re off in pursuit of the “Big five” Elephants, Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs that thrive in the reserve’s grasslands and acacia woodlands. And so the day is spent in alternating pursuits of exploration in the bush and relaxation at our camp.

Dinner and Overnight at Ashinil Samburu or Similar On Full Board

DAY 6: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE- ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK 

Check out of the lodge early in the morning our destination today is the Aberdare National Park We travel overland south from Samburu to The Aberdare Country Club, nestled on the slopes of Mweiga Hill. After lunch, set off for the Ark tree lodge, located in the forest on mountain slopes of the Aberdare Mountains at 7,000 feet. This outstanding lodge offers high altitude game viewing, including animals that are rarely encountered elsewhere: giant forest hog, bush pig, tree hyrax, large spotted genet, and the elusive bongo. Wildlife can be observed from different levels and from outside where you can see, hear and smell everything and inside where you can sit with a cup of tea and stay warm and cozy. A herd of Elephants might be just a feet away and if you are lucky, a Leopard or large male Lion might put in an appearance.

Dinner and Overnight at the Ark or Treetops Hotel Similar On Full Board

DAY 7: ABERDARES NATIONAL PARK- LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

This day our destination is at Lake Nakuru National park. Lake Nakuru National Park hosts a fresh water lake. The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore. The park has recently been enlarged partly to provide the sanctuary for the black rhino. This undertaking has necessitated a fence – to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife.

The park now has more than 25 rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country, so the chances of spotting these survivors are good. There are also a number of Rothschild’s giraffe, again Trans located for safety from western Kenya beginning in 1977. Waterbuck are very common and both the Kenyan species are found here. Among the predators are lion and leopard, the latter being seen much more frequently in recent times. The park also has large sized pythons that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees.

Dinner and Overnight at Lake Nakuru sopa or Similar hotel on Full Board basis.

DAY 8: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK- MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

After an early breakfast set off for the highlight of your trip, the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve driving past extinct volcanoes on the bottom of the Rift Valley floor. Enjoy a game drive en-route to your camp where you might encounter some of the “Big Five” and you will most certainly be impressed by the wide variety of species present in this area. The Masai Mara has the highest concentration of land mammals compared to all other parks!

Dinner & Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or Similar on Full Board.

DAY 9: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Spend one more exciting day with unlimited game drives exploring the Mara, home to the proud and traditional Maasai tribe. We can arrange a visit to a local Masai Village if you like. (@ extra cost) The Mara is more than just the most popular wildlife park in the country in many cases it is the reason why people come to visit Kenya. This is a classic African savanna and the sheer density of wildlife is amazing. Gazelle, wildebeest and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found so are predators. Watered by the Mara River and its tributary the Talek, the park here compromises 1510 sq kilometres of open grassland tucked away in the south west corner of the country. In the Mara you will see an astonishing amount of wild life, including the big cats, where lions are found in large prides everywhere and it is not uncommon to see them hunting. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot, but are still fairly common. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in large numbers.

Dinner & Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or Similar on Full Board.

DAY 10: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE – NAIROBI

Early morning after breakfast check out of the lodge with a game drive en route arriving Nairobi in the afternoon. Lunch will be at your own cost.

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April 20, 2021

4 Days: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

Written By Papagei Tours and Safaris

Wonderful wildlife migration.

This Amaizing 4 days safari the two unquestioned most impressive national parks and conversation area of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit. Experience to the breathtaking wildebeest migration at Serengeti and spot one of the rare rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater. We will take you on the Best Safari in Tanzania you did not even picture in your wildest dreams.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day One: Arusha to Serengeti National Park

We will depart from Arusha in the morning and travel to Serengeti National Park. We will take the scenic route to the Serengeti which allows us to travel near the Ngorongoro Crater. There is a possibility of spotting game. The endless golden savannah with splotches of colour created by the vegetation and wildlife make it easy to understand why the Serengeti is one of the Seven Natural wonders of Africa. We will stop so that you can enjoy your picnic lunch on a kopje (a small hill in a generally flat area). We will proceed further into the Serengeti for a leisurely game drive. You will spend the night at the Serengeti Camp, comprehensive camping facilities are available.

Day two: Serengeti National Park

The day will begin in the center of the majestic Serengeti. After a nourishing breakfast, we will continue our journey into the plains. Since we have a full day of game driving, you will likely view hundreds of the diverse animals that find their home within the Serengeti’s endless plains. This day will likely offer sightings of the African mammals that make the park famous- lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, and water buffalo, all within a few feet of the jeep. Visitors will also have the chance to view some of the park’s lesser known, but equally majestic animals including, elands, hyenas, gazelles, crocodiles, giraffe, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos and antelope. Depending on the time of year, visitors will also have the chance to view thousands of zebra and wildebeest on their Great Migration. The hundreds of bird species, both endemic and migrating from the Eurasion region, are a special bonus for bird-watchers. Guests will enjoy fresh and delicious dinner at our campsite in Seronera.

Day three:Serengeti National park to Ngorongoro Creater.

Today is our last game drive in Serengeti before we continue to Ngorongoro Crater. We will overnight at Simba Camp, which is located at the rim of the crater, ideal for watching the gorgeous sunset expand over the savannah within the caldera. After watching the sunset, guests can look forward to a delectable dinner made fresh by the Papagei tours cooker.

Day Four: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

We will depart for the Ngorongoro Crater early in the morning as it is a wonderful time to spot game. We will go on a game drive with a picnic lunch inside the crater. Majority of the animals tend to reside within the crater due to its elevated structure. There is a high possibility of spotting every member of ‘The Big 5’. The group comprises some of the strongest animals in Africa – the ferocious lion, the giant elephant, the swift leopard, the tough rhino and the charging buffalo. The Crater was formed millions of years ago when a large volcano erupted. You can expect to encounter zebra, hippo, wildebeest and cackling hyenas. There are graceful flamingos along the Soda Lake and vultures are constantly circling the sky in search of discarded carcases. Storks and geese are popular water birds in the crater. Our game drive will conclude shortly after lunch. Our driver will transport you to Arusha but transportation to the airport or Fly to Zanzibar can be arranged on request.

 Safari Package Includes

  • Camping & park fees
  • Transport (4×4 Land Cruiser) with open roof
  • Tent & mattress
  • Professional English speaking safari guide & chef
  • 3 breakfasts; 4 lunches; 3 dinners
  • 1,5 bottle of water per day; tea and coffee with meals

Not Includes

  • Visa and passport fees
  • Flight
  • Travel insurance
  • Increases in park fees where applicable
  • Accommodation & meals in Arusha
  • Personal items
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for safari guide & chef
  • Soda and Alcoholic beverages
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April 20, 2021

Kilimanjaro Trek Machame Route 6 Days

Written By Enjoy Kili Limited

Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route

If Marangu is the “Coca Cola” route, then the Machame Route is the “Whiskey” route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millenium camp the final night on the mountain.

Day 1 – Machame Gate (1,640 meters) to Machame Camp (2,835 meters)

  • Distance: ~11km / 7 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest

The first day trekking begins at Machame Gate (1,640 meters). Typically you will drive from the town of Moshi to the Machame gate, which takes approximately an hour. At the Gate you will meet your trekking crew – your guide, porters and cook. You, your guide and climbing team will in the meantime begin the ascent through the stunning rainforest that covers the South-West of the mountain. You will have picnic lunch on the way. The first day trek on the Machame Route is a long one (~11km / 7miles) and takes approximately 5-7 hours to complete. The day’s trekking ends at Machame Camp (2,835 meters) which sits near the border of the rainforest zone and the low alpine zone. By the time you arrive your porters will have already setup your camp and tents, and dinner will be served.

Day 2 – Machame Camp (2,835 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)

  • Distance: ~5km / 3 miles
  • Trekking time: 4-6 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

After breakfast you will pack your gear and prepare for the trek from Machame Camp to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters). The trek is relatively steep as you enter the low alpine zone which is characterised by moorlands and grasslands. Shira Camp 2 sits on a plateau which provides you with the first views of Kibo in the North-West and Mount Meru in the East. Day two takes approximately 4-6 hours and covers a distance of 5km / 3miles.

Day 3 – Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then Barranco Camp (3,900 meters)

  • Distance: ~11km / 7 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

After breakfast trek East off the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’, up to Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters and then back down via the Southern Circuit to Barranco Camp (3,900 meters). The route is approximately 11km / 7 miles in length and takes 5-7 hours to complete. Although you end the day at a very similar elevation to when you started from Shira Camp, it is arguably one of the most important days on your trek as it gives you a chance to climb high and sleep low which is important for proper acclimatisation.

Day 4 – Barranco Camp (3,900 meters) to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters) (and then Barafu Camp – 4,680 meters)

  • Distance: ~9.5km / 6 miles
  • Trekking time: 8-10 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone

After breakfast our days will begins with a steep traverse up the Barranco Wall; a 257 meter rock face that requires basic scrambling skills to the top of the Karanga Valley. The path then follows a series of inclines and declines to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters). If you are on a six day trek you will stop for lunch at Karanga Camp and then continue on along the Southern Circuit until it joins the Mweka Trail up to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). For six day trekkers, day 4 takes approximately 8-10 hours to complete and covers 9.5km / 6 miles. When you arrive at Barafu around mid-afternoon you will be served an early dinner and encouraged to get some shut-eye as the summit trek commences around 24:00 that night.

Note: Trekkers on the seven day route spend the night at Karanga Camp before continuing on to Barafu. This additional day is beneficial in terms of acclimatisation.

Day 5 – Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

  • Distance: ~4.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 11km / 7 mile descent
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka
  • Zone: Glacial zone and the all preceding zones

You will be awoken around 23:30 with hot tea and biscuits. Hopefully you have managed to get a few hours’ sleep; don’t worry if you haven’t as most people struggle to sleep before summit night. Do however make sure that all your kit, including warm clothes, headlamp, insulated water reserves and snacks are ready for a sharp departure at 24:00. The trek up Kibo is steep and slow. The trick is to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. It takes about 6-8 hours to reach the top of the crater rim where you will see the sign for Stella Point (5,739 meters). You still have another 156 meters of altitude to walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, a 4.5km / 3 mile ascent, you still have an 11km / 7 mile descent to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)! Mweka is situated in the upper part of the rainforest zone. The richness of oxygen and moisture in the air will be a very welcome surprise.

Day 6 – Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

  • Distance: ~9km / 5.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest

In the morning after breakfast you will be trekking down to Mweka gate. The trek is a pleasant one through the lower rain-forested slopes and down to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). Although you cover 9km / 5.5 miles, the trek only takes 3-4 hours. Assuming you successfully reach Stella Point or Uhuru Peak you will be presented with official certificates – a green certificate for the former and a gold certificate for the latter. It is customary to tip your trekking crew before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi.

Included

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • mountain tents
  • Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 2- way airport transfers
  • Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
  • 2 nights of accommodation at Park view inn or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent)
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April 20, 2021

Fuji City Fabulous Local Food Tour

Written By Arigato Travel

Experience local hospitality on this daytime tour in one of the most charming cities around Mt. Fuji!

Get to know the local stories of the charming and beautiful area of Yoshiwara in Fuji City at the base of Mt. Fuji. On this culinary adventure, we will visit traditional family-owned businesses that have been around for more than 100 years. As a wonderful contrast, we will also learn the amazing stories of revitalization by the locals of Yoshiwara. Now, young entrepreneurs are creating new opportunities in this historical “Post Town” on the Tokaido Road, dating back to the Samurai era. These young creatives are reviving the traditions of the town to continue the strong sense of community in this special neighborhood. 

Our expert guide will help you connect with passionate members of the community who are dedicated to sharing their love for their city. Experience local hospitality through the beautiful people of the Yoshiwara neighborhood. We will share stories of how this community stays strong through support and celebrations including a famous festival held here every summer for hundreds of years!

Visit 5 food stops where you can try delicious local traditional and modern foods special to Fuji City and Yoshiwara. You can enjoy a modern-mash-up “surprise” lunch, try a special sweet bite as well as local savory specialties. Blend your own signature tea to enjoy with a local snack and much more!

Price: ¥ 22,300 / Person

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