Heart of Africa
February 9-16, 2021
Heart of Africa
Trip Dates: February 9-16, 2021
Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Trip Level: 2-3 - Easy to Moderate (click for details)
Trip Type: Luxury (click for details)
Spend 4 nights on safari in a luxury tented camp in the Serengeti - including an incredible Shabbos in the bush.
Get up close and personal with all the wildlife you
ever dreamed of - lions and leopards, giraffe and elephants, and everything in between.
View the greatest spectacle on earth - the great wildebeest migration. Visit during calving season, which spurs tremendous predator action.
Stay in a remote mountain lodge in Uganda and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime jungle gorilla trek.
Enjoy a constant supply of delectable gourmet food prepared fresh on-site by Moshe Weiss of the famous Weiss Brothers Catering.
No holds barred to make this the most amazing kosher safari experience ever - from exclusive use of lodges to chartered private aircraft for all our intra-Africa travel.
Day 0, Monday
Depart for Africa
Depart for Moshi, Tanzania - Kilimanjaro International AIrport (JRO).
Day 1, Tuesday
Arrive in Tanzania in the early afternoon. Meet and greet, and transfer to our hotel outside the bustling town of Arusha. Unwind from a long day of traveling, meet your hosts, and get to know your fellow travelers before enjoying a wonderful welcome dinner.
Days 2-5, Wednesday - Shabbos
Safari in the Serengeti
We start our day on Wednesday at Arusha airport for a private charter flight directly into Serengeti National Park and our private lodge. We and immediately begin seeing wildlife, and this remains the theme for the next few days. We'll get up close and personal to everything from giant elephants to tiny antelope - and everything in between.
The star of the show is viewing the Great Migration, where hundreds of thousand of wildebeest along with untold numbers of zebra and antelope gather to feed. We'll visit during calving season, when two to three thousand babies are born every day - which brings out the predators in full force. Lions, leopard, hyena, and lots more are sure to make an appearance. The calving season last only a few short weeks each year, and this promises to be the experience of a lifetime.
Wrap up the first part of our safari with an incredible Shabbos Rosh Chodesh out in the bush. Unwind on your private veranda overlooking the Serengeti while indulging in incredible food, wine, and fantastic company.
Days 6-8, Sunday - Tuesday
Say goodbye to Tanzania as you board our chartered plane to Uganda. After a quick stop in Entebbe International Airport for custom and health formalities, we continue to the Kisoro Airstrip deep in the mountains of Uganda.
This is the "real" Africa, where people live off the land, women carry the crops to market on their heads, and the natural beauty is awe-inspiring. This is the land of mountains and mist, of tiny colorful birds and the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Getting to our remote lodge is an adventure onto itself, with views of volcanoes, tea and banana fields, and stunning lakes.
Our lodge is nestled high in the mountains overlooking Uganda's most scenic lake. Each individual cottage had a private veranda overlooking the lake, its many islands, and - if the weather in the neighboring Congo is clear - an actual active volcano.
On Monday we head out for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure: tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. There are only around a thousand mountain gorillas remaining on earth, and over 400 live here. We'll hike through virgin jungle with our guides and porters, while the trackers who have gone out earlier report the gorilla's location so we can make the most direct route.
We'll get right up close and personal with the gorillas and spend a magical hour with them. The silverback and adult females will typically ignore us and go about their daily business, while the babies may try to show off their antics to get our attention. This is truly an incredibly unique experience which is sure to remain with you for a long, long time.
Finally, on Tuesday morning, it is time to say goodbye with a final chartered flight to Entebbe and your continuing flight home.
Trip cost: Contact us
For a complete list of what is and what isn't included in the trip cost, see the Important Info section below.
All stays are double occupancy.
A deposit of 50% of the trip cost is required to confirm your participation. The balance is due in full 15 days before departure (January 25, 2021).
It may be possible to use your credit card points or airline miles to pay for the trip. Contact us for more info.
This trip requires a minimum amount of participants.
We strongly recommend that all travelers obtain comprehensive travel insurance including "cancel for any reason" coverage.
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Our meals will be prepared fresh on-site by Moshe Weiss of the famous Weiss Brothers Catering. All food will adhere to the highest standards of Kashrus - Cholov Yisroel, Pas Yisroel, Glatt, and Chassidishe Shechita.
Prepare to be wowed by lavish breakfast buffets, delicious packed lunches, and elegant sit-down dinners complete with fine wines - not to mention heimisha and warm Shabbos Seudas.
Special requests: If you have any dietary restrictions, let us know and we'll try to accommodate you.
All airport transfers
All internal flights: Arusha to Serengeti, Serengeti to Bwindi, Bwindi to Entebbe, and all baggage and airport passenger fees
All lodging and resort fees
All activities, admission fees, fuel surcharges, national park fees, guides, etc. for the above listed itinerary.
All meals for the duration of the trip
Fine wines at dinner, plus hard alcohol on Shabbos
COVID testing arrangements in both Arusha and Entebbe
Professional photography throughout the trip
What's Not Included:
Airfare to or from Africa
Items of a personal nature (spa services, souvenirs, etc.)
Guide, porter, and chef tips (optional, count on $150 or so per person)
Visa fees ($150 in total for Tanzania and Uganda) or airport taxes
Vaccination or inoculation costs (yellow fever vaccine required)
COVID tests themselves (two are required and will be arranged, total cost ~$180)
Kosher Horizons strongly recommends that all travelers obtain comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance may provide coverage for losses suffered in the event of trip cancellation and interruption, travel delay, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical emergencies and the like.
Kosher Horizons shall take no responsibility or liability for any other expenses incurred, including but not limited to non-refundable airline tickets, personal, or property damage before, during, or after the duration of this trip. A signed limit of liability form and medical release form may be required to attend this trip.
The trip pricing is based on the current National Park fees and exchange rate. Should any of these change before the trip takes place, Kosher Horizons reserves the right to adjust the trip pricing accordingly.
The above itinerary is intended as a guide only and may change based on weather, group preferences, or other reasons.