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<ul><li>1.IMPORTANT NOTESTravel to Africa requires a passport valid six months beyond your return date and a minimumof two (2) blank VISA pages in your passport (if you are visiting more than one country inAfrica, you must have an additional blank visa page available for each country).It is important to reconrm all of your commercial ight arrangements with the relevantairline at least 48 hours prior to departure. Please ask ask us if you need assistance.Travel to Africa, including Tanzania may require a vaccination against Yellow Fever. Pleasecontact your travel healthcare professional for more information. Be sure to carry your yellowvaccination card with you during travel as you may be required to present it at immigration.Entry into Tanzania: A passport and visa are required.A visa for Tanzania can be obtainedupon arrival.CONTACT -If youre excited by the thought of joining one of our Active, Small Group WomensTours or Safaris to Africa, India or Vietnam and Cambodia then now is the time toreserve your space. The earlier you book the more you save! Once youre ROAMadventure trip is booked, your trip price is guaranteed NOT to increase. Otherwise,prices are subject to change.Our Travel Consultants are available to respond to questions and inquiries... By email : 7 days a week - 24 hours a day - We try to respond within 24 hours ofreceiving your inquiry. By telephone : Monday - Friday : 10 am to 4 pm EST</li></ul><p>2. ITINERARYDAY #1 - DEPART USA/CANADA/YOUR HOME FOR AMSTERDAM, HOLLANDToday travelers depart the USA/Canada/From Home on an overnight international flight toAmsterdam, Netherlands.Overnight flight - DDAY #2 - ARRIVE AMSTERDAM, HOLLANDTravelers arrive throughout the day to Amsterdam, Netherlands. A ROAM associate will meettravelers at their arrival at the Amsterdam airport to transfer to our airport hotel. Travelers may wish toexplore downtown Amsterdam during the day or simply rest from jet lag in preparation for our flightthe next morning.Please note: It is not possible to fly from the US/Canada to East Africa in one "direct" overnight flight.For this reason, travelers fly to Amsterdam where the group meets and overnights at a local airporthotel. The following day (Day #3), we then continue on, as a group, with the next leg of our adventureflying on Day #3 "direct" to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.Overnight airport hotel Amsterdam - L, DDAY #3 - DEPART FROM AMSTERDAM TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT, TANZANIA, AFRICA,ARRIVE TANZANIAToday we depart from Amsterdam for our direct flight to Tanzania, Africa. On arrival at the KilimanjaroAirport, after completing customs, immigrations and collecting our luggage, we will be met by ourdestination specialist representative who will transfer us to Arusha National Park to our camp situatedat the base of Mount Meru, a 14,900-foot volcano, also nick-named "baby Kili". Along the way you willspotlight for nocturnal wildlife. The camp is at an elevation of about 6,000 feet, which aids in 3. acclimatization for the Kilimanjaro climb. Upon arrival we will enjoy a buffet dinner.Overnight Private Camp - DDAY #4 - MOUNT MERUToday we will have a chance to recuperate from the long flight, check our equipment, and have athorough trip briefing on what to expect on the climb. There will also be time to hike along the forestedslopes of Mount Meru, which has a history similar to that of Mount St. Helens in Washington, in thathalf the mountain was blown away by a violent volcanic explosion. Merus eruption occurred some250,000 years ago, though, and great forests of African cedar and podocarpus have since grown upto cover its crater and slopes. On our hike, we have the chance to see colobus monkeys, bushbuckand duiker, buffalo, giraffe, and perhaps elephant or (rarely) leopard. The forest bird life is excellentand includes touracos, hornbills, and parrots. Weather permitting, we can enjoy the sunset from asmall hill beside camp and view the alpenglow descend on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.Overnight Arusha National Park - B/L/DDAY #5 - BEGIN TREK ON KILIMANJARO 4. This morning, we drive 2 hours to the starting point of the MachameRoute, four miles past the village of Machame on the southeast side of Kilimanjaro. We begin hikingat about 6,400 feet and follow a windingtrail up through montane forest and into stands of giant heather, to campnear the Machame Hut at 10,000. The forest can be wet at any timeof the year, so we can expect a real tropical experience as we climbover roots and through giant fern forests with tangled vinesand creepers. Buffet lunch en route. (6-7 hours hiking, 8 miles)Overnight Machame Camp - B/L/DDAY #6 - SHIRA CAMPToday we will climb up to our destination above the Shira Plateau at 12,650. A steep trail leads out ofthe giant heather and onto a ridge that commands wide vistas of both the Shira Plateau and theplains to the west (5 hours hiking, 3 miles).Overnight Shira Camp - B/L/DDAY #7 - BARRANCO CAMPToday, we will trek east toward the Kibo Massif, we follow a ridge and climb toward the large rockoutcrop of Lava Tower (15,100) before veering off and down toward camp. Our destination is thebase of the Great Barranco, a steep canyon emerging from Kilimanjaro Great Breach Wall, which isfilled with hundreds of outlandish giant senecio and lobelia plants. The afro-alpine scenery here isfantastic and the views of the Breach Wall and Kilis southern glaciers are better than from any otherpoint on the mountain. Our camp is at 13,000. (6 hours hiking, 6 miles)Overnight Barranco Camp - B/L/D 5. DAY #8 - KARANGA CAMPThis morning we will continue our hike as the elevation starts to really set in here. After a few hourswe reach a short but steep climb up the start of the Western Breach of Kibo emerging onto a smallplateau after about one and a half hours. Camp is made here, and the rest of the day is spentrelaxing or exploring the Big Breach glacier to the south of the camp. This is a relatively short daymeant for acclimatizing. (4-5 hours hiking, 3 miles)Overnight Karanga Camp - B/L/DDAY #9 - BARAFU CAMPToday we will have a relatively short hike to Barafu Camp. From Karanga we head up a ridge takingour time and going slowly. The views here can be spectacular on the southern glaciers of the glacialvalleys that snake their way down the mountain. The final stage to Barafu Camp is quite steep, andas always we take it very slowly. As with the day before, we reach camp by around lunch time leavinglots of time to relax and rest up for the summit day. In the evening our guides will brief us on the finalascent. (4-5 hours hiking, 2.5 miles)Overnight Barafu Camp - B/L/DDAY #10 - CRATER CAMPToday we will hike to the crater floor of Kilimanjaro. The high altitude of Crater Camp makes it aphysically demanding experience, but the reward is a radical scene of towering glaciers rising fromthe harsh rock landscape. (6-8 hours hiking, 2 miles)Overnight Crater Camp - B/L/D 6. DAY #11 - SUMMIT DAY!This morning we will rise with the sun for our 1,000-foot summit bid (we should be at the summit by9:00am). The rewards of seeing the summit crater glaciers and surreal views of the African plainsnearly three miles below you are well worth the effort. After a short stop for summit photos and mutualcongratulations, we descend on the Mweka Route past Barafu, a direct descent of the mountain. Afterlunch and a short rest at Barafu, we continue to our camp at Mweka (10,200) where a deliciousdinner of fresh vegetables, bread, fish or chicken and dessert await us. (8+hours hiking; 8 miles)Overnight Summit, Mweka Camp - B/L/DDAY #12 - END TREK, CELEBRATIONToday we will hike 5 miles back through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate where we will meet ourvehicle for the drive to the Dik-Dik Hotel for a celebratory dinner and overnight.Overnight Dik-Dik Hotel - B/L/DDAY #13 - NGORONGORO CRATER HIGHLANDSThis morning after breakfast, we will be met and transferred into the highlands above NgorongoroCrater (approximate drive time: 4 hrs) where well make a steep but relatively easy ascent of about an 7. hour through montane forest for fantastic views of the surrounding Crater Highlands. Here well alsomeet the fascinating Maasai, pastoralists who have lived in harmony with the northern Tanzanianecosystem for centuries. Well be welcomed into their boma (homestead), and greeted with traditionalwelcome dances, noted for athletic leaps and earth-shaking stomping. Well also have the opportunityto ask extensive questions about this traditional culture. Our hosts will also have the chance to askquestions about our own culture as we visit their homes. Continue to our private camp in the craterhighlands for overnight.Overnight Private Camp - B/L/DDAY #14 - NGORONGORO CRATEREarly this morning, after breakfast, we board our Land Cruisers for the descent into NgorongoroCrater-truly one of the great natural wonders of the world- for a fabulous day of wildlife observation onthe Eden like crater floor. A spectacular setting for wildlife is presented within its 102-square-milecrater framed by steep green walls. It is almost entirely open country, so wildlife is in full visibility, awonderful opportunity for photography and meaningful observations. Well have six hours of wildlifeviewing in the crater. This evening there will be an opportunity for a sunset ridge hike andparticipation in an Ol Pul (meat fest) festival with our new Maasai friends are highlights of this visit.Return to our private camp for dinner and overnight.Overnight Private Camp - B/L/D 8. DAY #15 - OLDUPAI GORGE- SERENGETIToday we descend from the Crater Highlands into the Serengeti Plains. En route we pass throughOldupai Gorge, where Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the most important discoveries in thesearch for early man. Well visit the simple Oldupai Museum, which documents the Rift Valleyspaleoanthropological history. We will continue northwards into Serengetis kopje country arriving atcamp in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. We will spend two nights here.Overnight Serengeti Private Camp - B/L/DDAY #16 - IN THE SERENGETIToday, we will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in this spectacular part of the world; mealswill be served back in campOvernight Private Camp - B/L/D 9. DAY #17 - DEPART TANZANIAThis morning, we fly back to Arusha and transfer to the KIA Lodge, where we will have day rooms.This evening we will be transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for our homeward-bound flights. B/LTRIP DATES - February 14-March 2, 2013 - (17 days/16 nights)TOTAL PER PERSON - $9,995 per person, land-all-inclusive--optional single supplement (if wanting your own private room, no sharing) - add $1,300 per personRoom-shares guaranteed on all trips, if you dont want to pay a single supplement fee.Group Size - 16 personsTrip Rating - Easy to ModerateBook Your ROAM Adventure 24 hours a day/7 days a weekTo reserve your place on our ROAM-Zimbabwe Safari, please click here to access our online booking information page orcontact Christy Destremau at ROAM Womens Adventures by email at or call 1-877-814-6864to request a booking form and to ask any questions you might have about this trip.Travelers can also reserve their space on any ROAM adventure trip or safari by completing, signing and submitting ourbooking form (Adobe pdf format) by fax or email to our office, or by completing the Paypal deposit payment option locatedat the bottom of each trip destinations itinerary page and on our BOOK NOW page. 10. A complete registration package will be emailed to you once you have booked your ROAM Adventure.This is a "Land-ALL-Inclusive" Trip, meaning the Trip Price Includes ALL of the following: A professional, expert, English speaking naturalist, destination specialist guide to accompanythe group throughout our climbing and safari adventure. BEST Climbing Guides in Tanzania - Professional mountaineering guides - The climbingcompany we use is world class their guides are the highest trained in Tanzania and they leadsafety seminars for other guides in Tanzania. They have been the benchmark on Kilimanjarofor 10+ years and you will be in the best hands. All mountaineering equipment, safety equipment. All fees &amp; gratuities for porters (to carry our packs). All fees for professional mountaineering guides. Transportation during the safari portion of this adventure in open-top 4x4 vehicles driven byknowledgeable, English-speaking safari driver-guides. Guaranteed window seat for everyguest. Professional local, English speaking safari guides throughout the safari portion of the trip. Fees for all daily game viewing activities during the safari portion of this trip. 14 nights superior accommodations February 15-March 2, 2013, in luxury climbing and safaricamps, lodges, and hotels with private en-suite facilities and modern amenities, based on twopeople sharing a twin room (2 single, 2 double or 2 queen sized beds per room). 1 overnight at airport hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands prior to our group departure toTanzania. Guaranteed room-mate : every woman is guaranteed a room-mate. Single rooms available foran additional fee. ALL meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. Non-alcoholic and local alcoholic drinks included at camps during the safari portion of thisadventure (excludes premium imported brands &amp;champagne) Complimentary bottled water in vehicles during safari and Kili climb. 1 ROAM Associate who manages all the details on behalf of our group throughout the trip. Applicable hotel and lodge taxes, plus gratuities for baggage handling. Fees and gratuities to naturalist, other safari guides and porters. All internal flights - Fees for private charter aircraft (internal airfare) between camps andactivities Ground transportation and corresponding fuel surcharges throughout the adventure Entrance fees to all reserves and game parks. 11. NOT INCLUDED International airfare to/from Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (there is a daily direct flight from Amsterdam on KLM that we recommend) Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas for Tanzania. Personal purchases (i.e. souvenirs) and fees for laundry services at camps if used Trip cancellation/Medical Insurance *Please note that there is a supplement applicable for participants surpassing 220 lbs. that is beyond our control. This fee is imposed by the charter company for flights between camps. If you surpass this weight limit, please contact us, so we can communicate the fee to you privately. 12. - 2012 and 2013 - ROAM Womens Adventure Tours &amp; Safaris - Complete List of Trip Destinations - Dates &amp; PricesPLEASE NOTE: We have a 12 women limit for most of our Africa Safaris (16 women limit for Uganda/Rwanda) and a 16-24 women limit for our India and Vietnam/Cambodia Tours, and space is available on a firstcome, first serve basis. Since our trips fill quickly, it is recommended to reserve your space as early as possible.Also, unlimited single rooms are available on India and Vietnam/Cambodia trips. However, there are a limitednumber of single...</p>