Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tanzania Itinerary

On popular request here is our itinerary for Tanzania along with an itinerary map I put together. Sorry for the long post and lack of links but we are gone for 17 days and I ran out of time, what could I do...

28 June - Travel Day
We leave from Heathrow. Unfortunately it takes almost 2 hours to get to the airport from Redhill on the train. We fly all night arriving early the next morning in Kenya. Its then a quick hop to Dar es Salaam our first destination.

Zanzibar Itinerary

29 June - Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
After we are picked up from the airport we have a few errands to run and then we will be off for a quick lunch. After lunch we will catch a ferry at Dar Harbor to Zanzibar's Stone Town staying at Dhow Palace hotel.

30 June - Happy Birthday JNoland, Zanzibar Stone Town tours
After breakfast at the hotel we will have morning city tour of the many historical sites of Stone Town. From there we will have lunch and then an afternoon tour, possibly a Spice tour. The day will end with a drive to Ras Nungwi, the most northern point of Zanzibar. Here we will be staying at Ras Nungwi Beach Village HB Garden Rooms.

01 July - Ras Nungwi
This will be a day of leisure. The beaches at Ras Nungwi are picturesque white sand so we are going to catch a few rays. If we get bored they have plenty of water sports to keep us entertained. We will stay a second night at Ras Ningwi Beach Village HB Garden rooms.

02 July - Jozani Forest
This is another day of touring. We will first hit the Jozani Forrest where you can spot a monkey that only lives in this forest. Then we will drive back to Stone Town for the prison island tour. Finally we will catch the ferry back to Dar es Salaam staying at the Holiday Inn.

03 July - Off to Arusha, start of the wedding
We catch the Dar Express at 6:00am for the half day bus ride to Arusha, Sameer's home town. Estimates on the arrival time vary and depend on the driver. Some say arriving by 2-3pm other say arriving by 5-6pm?

Wedding Itinerary

03 July - Wedding Day 1
Mehndi Party at Patwa’s residence in Arusha at 05.30 p.m.

04 July - Wedding Day 2
Paan Gulab at Munaver’s residence in Moshi at 05.00 p.m.
Barne & Sharbat at Munaver’s residence in Moshi at 07.30 p.m.

05 July - Wedding Day 3
Nikah followed by Jaman at the Moshi mosque at 01.00 p.m.
Zafaf at the Youth League Hall, Moshi at 08.30 p.m.

06 July - Wedding Day 4
Walima Jaman at the mosque hall in Moshi at 01.30 p.m.
Reception at El Rancho Hotel, Moshi at 08.30 p.m.

Safari Itinerary

09 July - Safari Day 1
08h30, P/up from residence/hotel in Arusha and drive to Lake Manyara with lunch boxes, Afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.

10 July - Safari Day 2
After breakfast depart with lunch boxes and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, descend down the crater tour for game drive, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

11 July - Safari Day 3
After breakfast depart with lunch boxes and drive to Serengeti National Park for game drive, dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

12 July - Safari Day 4
After breakfast have morning and afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park, All meals and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

13 July - Safari Day 5
After breakfast depart with lunch boxes and drive to Arusha.

14 July - Travel Day
Our final day in Tanzania. We catch the bus back to Dar es Salaam to the airport where are flight departs for London.

15 July - Early Arrival
We get in early morning UK time and catch the train back to Redhill.

Whew...That is it!

Keep an eye on the blog as we plan to update it while we are gone...

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