IN LIVINGSTONE’S FOOTSTEPS: SOURCE OF THE NILE
13-Day Safari Following Livingstone's Adventures in Tanzania
In January 1866, famous explorer and missionary David Livingstone returned to Africa, this time to Zanzibar, from where he set out to seek the source of the Nile. Richard Francis Burton, John Hanning Speke and Samuel Baker had (although there was still serious debate on the matter) identified either Lake Albert or Lake Victoria as the source, which was partially correct, as the Nile "bubbles from the ground high in the mountains of Burundi halfway between Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria.” Livingstone believed the source was further south and assembled a team of freed slaves, Comoros Islanders, twelve Sepoys and two servants, Chuma and Sussi, from his previous expedition to find it.  Then, nobody from the West heard from him for years…

Henry Morton Stanley, who had been sent to find him by the New York Herald newspaper in 1869, found Livingstone in the town of Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on 27 October 1871, greeting him with the now famous words "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" to which he responded "Yes, and I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you." It is debatable whether this is the true account, but it is established that Livingstone visited many special places during his time here, and we will visit a few of them on this great safari, including Zanzibar, Lake Tanganyika and Mikandani.

Day 1 – DAR ES SALAAM: Upon arrival at Dar Es Salaam International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Southern Sun Hotel for overnight.

Day 2 – LAKE TANGANYIKA: After breakfast you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Kigoma, then transferred to your hotel set on a remote outcrop of lush gardens overlooking Lake Tanganyika. The rest of your day is at your leisure. Overnight Kigoma Hilltop Hotel. (B)

Day 3 –LAKE TANGANYIKA: After breakfast you will be met and driven to Ujiji for your Livingstone memorial sightseeing tour. Ujiji is the site of the famous meeting on October 28, 1871 when Henry Stanley found Dr. David Livingstone, and reputedly uttered the famous words "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" A monument known as the "Dr. Livingstone Memorial" was erected in Ujiji to commemorate the meeting. Return to the Kigoma Hilltop Hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 4 – LAKE TANGANYIKA/MAHALE: Depart with picnics from the hotel. Enjoy a boat transfer (there are no roads here) to Greystoke Camp, a luxury tented camp on the shores of the lake. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon swim or boating. Overnight here. (B, L, D, Dr)

Your home at Greystoke Mahale is in wildly exotic wooden bandas looking out across the soft sand beach, with interiors fashioned from seasoned dhow timber. The suites are open-fronted, with dressing rooms, adjoining bathrooms and upstairs chill-out decks; designed with flair and generosity. 

Days 5 & 6 – MAHALE: Spend your mornings trekking with the wild chimps of Mahale (subject to permit availability. Permits are included in the trip price but they are subject to a proposed increase to $150 per person). Although wild, some groups have been habituated, giving visitors the chance to see them up close. times, the terrain is steep and thick with brush and trees, but your hard work will be rewarded when you see our closest living relatives. Return to camp for lunch, then in the afternoon, relax, swim or choose optional activities  such as boating or fishing (fishing licence required). Dinner and overnight Greystoke Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)

Day 7 – MAHALE/ZANIBAR: After breakfast, you will transfer by boat to the Mahale airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Zanzibar Serena Inn in Stone Town. Overnight here. (B)

Days 8 & 9 – ZANIBAR: Enjoy two full days exploring the island's capital, Stone Town. Here, the present day site of the Zanzibar Tourist Board  is believed to be the ‘Livingstone House’, which the Sultan Majid provided for Livingstone's use in 1866 to prepare for his last expedition. Stone Town also boasts a labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling marketplaces, beautifully carved wooden doors, breathtaking mosques and grand Arab residences. The islands also offer magnificent, sandy, palm-fringed beaches and coves. Overnights Zanzibar Serena Inn.  (B)

Day 10 – ZANIBAR/DAR ES SALAAM:
Transfer to Zanzibar airport for your flight back to Dar. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to Southern Sun Hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 11 – DAR ES SALAAM/MIKINDANI: After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Mikindani, which is assumed to be the departure point of Livingstone's last expedition and home to the 'Livingstone House' (a building that never housed Livingstone and was erected long after his departure). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Old Boma Hotel, a 100-year-old fort and national monument beautifully restored into a comfortable hotel. The Old Boma is located on the side of a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean, providing breathtaking views from dawn to dusk. Overnight here. (B)

Day 12 – MIKINDANI: After breakfast, you will be taken on a Livingstone site tour. In the afternoon you can explore this rarely visited area independently.  Overnight Old Boma Hotel. (B)

Day 13 – MIKINDANI/DAR ES SALAAM: After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Dar es Salaam to connect with your outbound flights. (B)

Duration
13 days

2014 Departures
Saturdays

Accommodations
Deluxe hotels and camp

Fitness Rating
Easy

Activities
Touring, hiking, chimp treks, cultural experiences

2013 Land-only price*
$9,987 per person

Single supplement:

$2,500 per person


Proposed chimp trek permit increase:

$150 per person per trek

2014 Land-only price*
$10,986 per person

Single supplement:

$2,750 per person


Proposed chimp trek permit increase:

$150 per person per trek

* All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes accommodations, meals, some drinks, guides, transfers, vehicles, park fees, activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover & AMEX.   No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.

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