Nature Journaling Safari July 17-25, 2017


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This trip is sold out. If you would like to get on the waiting list send me an email with the title “NJS  Waitlist.” If there is a cancellation, I will notify you to see if you are still able to join us.

Join the Nature Journal Club and John Muir Laws for a 6 night, 7 day Safari in Tanzania. We will explore amazing parks at a sketcher’s pace, taking time to draw and observe. Together we will search for critters from open top Land Cruisers, observing and drawing everything we find. Lions, elephants, cheetah, hippos, giraffes, rhinos, baboons, gazelle of all types, and amazing birds will fill your sketchbook. During the safari, we will have drawing technique and anatomy workshops relevant to what we are seeing.

Our safari will be coordinated by Face of Africa Adventures. The package includes: Accommodation (BB) in Arusha before and after safari. All meals and accommodation in lodges or campsites as per itinerary. Transfer to and from the Airport. Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser or Land Rover with photographic roof hatch. Night game drive with bush dinner in Lake Manyara National Park. Services of a professional safari guide. All park entry fees/ crater service fees. 1.5 liters of water per person per day during game drives.

July 17, Arrival Day: Airport-Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport met by our representative then transfer to the Hotel for an overnight at the Green Mountain Hotel.

Day 1; July 18, Arusha to Tarangire National Park

At 0830 pick up at the hotel with packed lunches and drive towards Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest National Park and sanctuary for an unusually large Elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah and up to six thousand Elephants. Lunch boxes will be provided to you at the picnic point. Late afternoon after game drive, drive to  the  Kudu Lodge for a shower and refreshments  after wards set off for a night game drive with bush dinner in Lake Manyara National Park (maximum 03hrs). The experience is completely different from a day safari. A whole new world of animal species (nocturnal) awaits you. The less seen animals during the day are generally active at night and Lake Manyara National Park they are abundant Porcupines, genets and civet cats are frequently seen in the forest. Hippos, lions and leopards can be spotted. Afterwards return to Country Lodge Karatu for overnight.

Day 2: July 19, Tarangire to Serengeti National Park

In the morning after breakfast drive to Serengeti national park passing Ngorongoro conservation area authority, your driver will stop in some of the beautiful views overlooking the crater, further continue via Olduvai gorge (OPTIONAL) the cradle of mankind, Where Dr Lois and Mary Leakey made a significant discovery of the first man. On crossing the border picnic lunch will be provided by your driver guide followed by game viewing en route. Drive further for sun set game drive before going to Kenzan Luxury Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: July 20, Serengeti Full Day

Early morning game drive to see also nocturnal predators returning from hunting and animals waking up in early morning light followed by full day Serengeti national park tour putting you in a position to see lots of the animals. Serengeti is the Name comes from Maasai Language meaning endless plain. Therefore is home to many animals including Lions, Elephants, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Leopard, Cheetah, warthogs, Hyena plus a lots and lots of bird life. In many cases migration is taking place around Serengeti and at that particular time millions of wildebeest and zebra are mingling together followed by predators Dinner and overnight at Kenzan Luxury Camp.

Day 4: July 21, Serenteti to Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning game drive to see also nocturnal predators returning from hunting and animals waking After breakfast continue game viewing en route to Ngorongoro Crater with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge

Day 5: July 22, Ngorongoro Crater Tour

After breakfast you will descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater often described as one of the wonders of the world. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only. Then late afternoon drive to the Retreat at Ngorongoro for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: July 23, Norongoro Crater Tour to Karatu

After breakfast another day in the crater. This is a magical place. After the first day you will just want to dive right back in- so we are. Late afternoon drive to Country Lodge Karatu  for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: July 24, Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha

After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch for a game drive in the park; late afternoon drive back to Arusha to Green Mountain Hotel for dinner and overnight.

July 25, Departure Day

After breakfast at leisure; transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for outbound flights home or further adventures abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Donations

If you would like to join us on this adventure but can not afford to go, there may be financial help available. Send me a private email and I will notify you if funds become available. I can not guarantee financial support but I will do my best to help you. If you are able to help fund a fellow nature journaler on this trip, please donate to the Tanzania Scholarship Fund through my online donation form. If no one requests the support I will return your donation before the trip. Thank you.

Additional Costs

Travel insurance: All participants should have fully comprehensive travel insurance. The policy should be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for any cancellation prior to departure. During travel the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation cover. If you would like a recommend a broker,  please let me know. Some of the safari partners on the ground may well ask for your policy details during travel, so please make sure you at least know the insurance company, policy number and the 24hr contact details. If you are unable to provide these then they reserve the right to refuse to take you on that portion of the trip and any alternative arrangements will be made at your expense.

Airfare: Air travel to Arusha from San Francisco is around 3K.

Visa  $100 to be paid in cash upon arrival (bring US dollars, the ATM at the airport is not reliable)

Tips. Our guides earn the majority of their income through tips, so it is important that each satisfied customer provide a tip to their driver at the end of the trip. Tipping is discretionary of course, but those who are happy with their experience may use the following guidelines: Drivers/guides: $15 USD per day (per person). Also bring some cash for tips for lodge staff.

Drinks. Additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are not included and may be purchased

Olduvai Gorge  We may want to visit this historic archeological site on day 2. If we do, this would cost an additional $40 per person.

Vaccinations See the CDC website for recommended  and required vaccinations. All participants should visit a travel clinic at least two months before departure.

Return Policy

If you need to cancel your reservation , let me know by e-mail as soon as possible. I will issue a full refund if I can fill your spot from the waiting list. The closer we get to the date of the safari, the more difficult it will be to add someone from the waiting list because people will have made other plans. If there is no one on the wait-list, the following scale of cancellation charges will apply, depending on the day before the departure of the tour when the cancellation notice is received.

  • 25% if cancelled before June 16 (30 day notice)
  • 50% if cancelled between June 16 and July 1 (30 to 15 days notice)
  • 100% if cancelled after July 2 or no show

Who should apply and group norms

This adventure is going to be fun, amazing and the will blow your mind. The trip is for folks who really want to explore Africa at a sketcher’s  pace within a community of like minded naturalists. If you are not into nature journaling, this is not the trip for you. The trip is open to all skill levels, you just really need to love it. Most of the trip you will be observing and sketching from an 8 seat Toyota Land Cruiser with 7 other people and a driver. We stay inside the vehicle most of the day because Lions eat you. This means we need to cooperate with and accommodate everyone else in the vehicle. A big part of the success and enjoyment of the trip will depend on how we work and play together. We want people who get along well with others, and are flexible and kind, even when tired. Our guiding principles are respect and kindness, for each other, for our guides and drivers, for staff and community people we meet, and for the places and animals we will encounter.


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