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POST PROGRAM EXTENSION - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

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Music Education Journey to Tanzania - led by Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer

Day 01: July 30, 2018 - Game Drive Day 1
Participants who choose this extension will fly today from Tarangire National Park to the NW Serengeti. Clients will be met upon arrival by private guides and vehicle and game drive today in the northern Serengeti.

The Serengeti is best known for its enormous herbivore migration, which is led by more than 1.5 million wildebeest and over 400,000 zebra. Their presence makes the Serengeti a fantastic smorgasbord for predators looking to fill their bellies, so keep your eyes peeled for a possible hunt. The Serengeti National Park is estimated to host about 70 types of large mammals and roughly 500 species of avifauna.

Spend the day exploring the game park with your guide and fellow travelers in small jeeps. Make sure you have your camera handy!

Check into your unique accommodations tonight at the Karibu River Camp. Meals will be provided today. 

Day 02: July 31 - Game Drive Day 2

A full day of game drives allows you to continue to explore the northern regions of the Serengeti.


This is a prime time of the year to be visiting the northern Serengeti and especially the northwest by the Mara River. The migration during the dry season has changed significantly in the past 10 years and the majority of the herd (65-70%) now remain inside Tanzania and the
Serengeti National Park rather than migrate into the Masaai Mara in Kenya. This change is due to the shrinking habitat in the Mara, having lost approximately 70% of their grassland due to Maasai cattle and the expansion of agriculture in the region. Tanzania has a policy to conduct
controlled burning of grassland, which encourages new growth of rich grasses.


Meals will be provided today.


​​Day 03: August 1 - Return to Arusha & Evening Departure
Soak in more wildlife sightings as you travel to the Kogatende airstrip and fly back to Arusha, Tanzania, leaving late in the morning and arriving shortly after noon. Drive back to Arusha arriving in time for a hot buffet lunch at the Arusha Coffee Lodge

You will have a chance to visit the Cultural Heritage Center today which boasts beautiful ebony carvings and one of the largest selections of gemstones in Africa, including tanzanite—a rare, blue-violet stone found only in Tanzania. See and shop for other African art including: batiks, masks, jewelry, baskets, and local crafts.

Return to the African Tulip Hotel where you will have access to a day room. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel this evening as you reminisce about your time in Tanzania.

Early evening transfer to the international airport for your return flight to the U.S.

Day 4: August 2 - Arrival in U.S.
Arrive back in New York today for your connecting flights home. ​


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

Tanzania has been recognized as unique among African nations in its tolerance for tribal, religious and racial differences. There are more than 132 distinct tribes in Tanzania and they are considered of equal value, without any tribe receiving favoritism. Tanzanians have learned the value of respecting differences and living in peace. ​Come explore this wonderful nation as we embark upon a Music Education Journey unlike any other! Spend time with faculty and students at Uraki Secondary School as well as Makumira University and attend a drumming workshop and an African dance class. Learn about the tribal culture of Tanzania and meet members of the Wa-Arusha tribe, visiting them at a local farm. Spend time with American couple, Peter and Charlotte, founders of Peter’s Place. Peter sought political asylum in Tanzania and has built a community focused on improving and enriching the lives of local people with a heavy emphasis on preserving traditional music and dance. Your journey also includes an open vehicle safari in Tarangire National Park at a prime time for viewing native wildlife. Tarangire is home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti eco-system. During the dry season (Jul-Oct), as many as 3,500 additional elephants migrate into the park alongside wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and antelope. Imagine the photos you’ll take and memories you’ll make – please join us!​​


**For those wishing to witness the famous wildebeest river crossing please review the extension opportunity below.**

Tanzania - Arusha, Tarangire | 11 days | July 21 - 31, 2018 | $6,399

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Continue your exciting journey in Tanzania at the famous Serengeti National Park during the famous wildebeest river crossings on the Mara River. Serengeti National Park, recognized as a World Heritage Site, is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world and is considered the world’s oldest protected eco-system. The Serengeti is the largest national park in Tanzania, with a staggering animal population of almost four million and 523 recorded species of birds! 

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International airfare (from designated US gateway city)


Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city


All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)


Accommodations in four to five star hotels


24/7 professional English speaking guide


Individual departure taxes (where applicable)


Fees for all services, most tips and taxes


Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details


Travel insurance


Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary


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10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country


Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession


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Tanzania: Serengeti National Park| 3 days|  July 30-August 2, 2018 | $2,499

LEADER SPOTLIGHT:
Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer
Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University. During 2006-2008 she served as President for The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC). She has conducted all state choirs and honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-eight states in the United States and thirteen different countries, including China, South Africa and Cuba.

Past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair and Conn-Selmer University Advisory Board. She also served as a Music Expert on the Disney, “Let’s Play Music” Site. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, Dr. Brinckmeyer received both the PTI Excellence in Teaching Award and the CenturyTel Award for outstanding

faculty. Other awards include the

MENC Lowell Mason Fellow,

Washington Music Educators

Association Hall of Fame, the

MENC Northwest Division

Distinguished Service Award and

Eastern New Mexico University’s

Outstanding Alumni Award.

Accomodations

Shared Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 6 weeks (x 3)$1,966.33 USD
Total $6,398.99 USD
Single Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 6 weeks (x 3)$2,199.33 USD
Total $7,097.99 USD
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Day 01: Depart for Tanzania
Depart today from an East Coast gateway city and make your way to Tanzania.


Day 02: Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival the group will be met and transferred to your local hotel for check in. Relax this evening and settle into your boutique hotel.


African Tulip’s 29-room property is an elegant and charming boutique hotel located along Serengeti Road right in the heart of Arusha. A warm and friendly welcome awaits guests who want to experience the best of Tanzanian hospitality. It has amenities of convenience while offering a high standard of luxury.


Dinner service should be provided on the flight.

​Overnight:  African Tulip (or Similar)
Meals: n/a


Day 03: Welcome to Tanzania

Morning orientation and welcome. All travelers will gather this morning with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities.


Transfer to the town of Makumira for a tour of the University and Cultural Arts Center. The University at Makumira provides the one and only diploma program in Music and the Arts in all of Tanzania. The school is not in session in July and August but staff and administrators will be present to discuss their program this morning.


The rest of the morning will be spent enjoying a workshop for African Dance and Drumming.
Enjoy lunch catered by TanzHands, a wonderful local eatery and bakery.

This afternoon, finish your traditional drums followed by a traditional dance and music performance by dancers from the Cultural Arts Center at the University.

Dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening.
Overnight:  African Tulip (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 04: Professional Exchange
After an early breakfast depart for the Uraki Secondary School, which is a traditional government run school, to attend music class from 8:00-9:30. This music program was started thanks to Makumira University. The pilot music program helps this poorly rated secondary school and its students with a means of inspiration to further encourage them in their academic pursuits.


Return to the University campus to learn about the Wa-Arusha tribe and visit a traditional shamba (local farm). The afternoon will also continue with completing your personal drum making and learning more of the traditional dance. Lunch will be included.


You will be transferred to Rivertrees Country Inn for a dinner with the music staff from the University. Rivertrees is set in the beautiful countryside and is a delightful outdoor restaurant with delicious food.
Overnight: African Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner












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Day 05: Professional Exchange
Transfer today to Peter’s Place and visit with Peter and Charlotte O’Neal for the morning. This American couple, who have been living in Tanzania since the 1970’s, were principal members of the Black Panther’s Movement. Peter sought political asylum in Tanzania and together they have built a community focused on improving and enriching the lives of local people with a heavy emphasis on preserving music and dance.


A traditional lunch will be served at the University and the afternoon will focus on completing your traditional dance for a performance at St. Jude’s.


Dinner will be provided at the African Tulip.
Overnight: African Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06: Professional Exchange - School Visit
This morning, visit the School of St. Jude, a non-governmental organization (NGO) providing a quality education to the most disadvantaged children of Arusha. Join the primary school-aged students for lunch, and meet with the school’s founder to learn more about challenges the school faces as it strives to encourage academic success.

Tour the primary campus before you are all officially introduced to the full primary campus at the assembly held right after lunch. Your leader will introduce the group members and the group will then perform the traditional dance you learned at the Cultural Arts Center.

We have arranged for you to ride the school buses home with the students this afternoon, giving you more time to talk with students and see where they live. It is easy to forget that the students at the School of St. Jude come from the poorest areas in the Arusha district, so riding home with them helps to put the value of this education into perspective.

Dinner will be provided at the hotel.
Overnight: African Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 














Day 07: School Visit

Return today to the School of St. Jude to spend the morning with students and faculty learning more about their school and music programs. Participate in music and art classes with the students today.


St. Jude’s provides a free, high-quality education to children who — due to poverty and social pressures — would otherwise be unlikely to complete their schooling. Drawn from families who often live on less than $1.25 per day, the pupils of St Jude’s are shining examples of what students can achieve when they are given the opportunity to receive a quality education.


Lunch will be provided at the school today.


Meet with the Maasai Choir today for a performance. Their choir is a group of about 25 men and women from the Maasai tribe who get together twice a week to market their beadwork and other crafts. They practice their singing during these get togethers as they are often invited to perform at weddings and other community events. They will sing some traditional songs wearing their traditional tribal clothing. It’s a great chance to learn more about their culture, gaining insight into the traditions of the Maasai people. 


Staff from the school will take you to dinner tonight at a nearby barbeque. Nyama choma means roasted meats and is a favorite meal featuring beef, chicken and goat.

Overnight:  African Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 08: Transfer to Tarangire National Park
After an early breakfast, leave Arusha for Tarangire National Park (2 hours from Arusha) to experience two days of wonderful wildlife. This is peak season for viewing in the park, when more than 3,5000 additional elephants along with other mammals such as wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and antelope migrate from the surrounding areas for the water found inside the park.  Transfer via safari vehicle which will be used for your time exploring the park. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park today.


Tarangire National Park is often referred to as the “Baobab Capital of the World” and is renowned for its wild landscapes and diverse habitats. The Tarangire River, from which the park derives its name, is the only permanent water source within 1,600 square miles of protected wildlife area. In addition to numerous animals, the park has over 550 recorded species of birds and has the highest recorded number of breeding bird species of any habitat in the world. 


Wildlife calls at the door of Maramboi Tented Camp. Zebras, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles…you could see them appear between the palm trees from the terrace of your exclusive tent, from the swimming pool while enjoying a cool drink after a walk with a Maasai guide, or while enjoying a delicious dinner under the stars.


Situated in the ecosystem of Lake Manyara, in fields of golden vegetation, the camp brings together premium service, exclusive attention, and genuine hospitality in a spectacular scene. The permanent camp has 38 spacious tented rooms, individually built on a raised deck with en-suite bathroom. The bathrooms have a built-in shower and each tent has its own terrace from where guests can enjoy views of Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley.


Lunch and dinner will be provided today.

Overnight:  Maramboi Tented Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 09: Jeep Safari

Enjoy a full day exploring Tarangire National Park. Climb into an open-top, four-wheel-drive land cruiser for your wildlife viewing adventure. Elephants begin to migrate into Tarangire as early as May and June as they follow the long rains and love the tall swamp grass found in Tarangire National Park. Elephant watching is excellent in Tarangire all year round, as is bird watching. During the dry season (Jul-Oct), herd animals of all kinds (elephant, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and antelope) migrate from the surrounding areas for the water found inside the park. Tarangire is home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti ecosystem.


Tarangire is also home to the last remaining pack of wild dogs in northern Tanzania. They remain an extremely elusive find, but in the last few years one pack has been breeding successfully and has been seen in the Silale and Gursi Swamp areas of the park.


Relax after a day of emotions in a luxury camp with the best views of the Great Rift Valley. Lunch and dinner will be provided today.

Overnight:  Maramboi Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Cultural Exploration 

Drive back to Arusha arriving in time for a hot buffet lunch at the Arusha Coffee Lodge.


You will have a chance to visit the Cultural Heritage Center today which boasts beautiful ebony carvings and one of the largest selections of gemstones in Africa, including tanzanite—a rare, blue-violet stone found only in Tanzania. See and shop for other African art including: batiks, masks, jewelry, baskets, and local crafts.


Return to the African Tulip Hotel where you will have access to a dayroom. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel this evening as you reminisce about your time in Tanzania.


Early evening transfer to the international airport for your return flight to the U.S. Say goodbye to Tanzania and all of your new friends! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your flight home.  


Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11: Arrival in U.S.
Arrive back in the U.S. this morning for your flight home.


The gateway city for your international flight is currently being evaluated and will be finalized closer to travel. 

Meals: Breakfast


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Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.