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Hemingway's Africa: Sights and Safaris

March 11-22, 2007
With Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at U.Va.

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Tanzania is the perfect East African destination for any traveler with an open mind and heart to experiencing wildlife and culture, past and present. This is a luxury safari with all wildlife viewing by landrover with professional naturalist Augustine Minja. As you sip banana beer with new friends in modern Mto Wa Mbu village, join in the welcoming dance at a traditional Maasai stead, and see zebras buffalos, elephants, black rhinos, cheetah, leopards, lions, hyenas, and more, you will realize you are not the first to be entranced by this magical land.

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) made two trips to East Africa during his adventurous life, one in 1933 and one during the winter of 1953-1954. Some have credited him with introducing the Swahili word "safari" into English. Against the background of the works that these trips produced and Hemingway's biography, we will visit many of the places he did. With Steve Cushman as our literary guide, we will consider these destinations in the context of both Hemingway's verbal magic and his mythical presence as a big-game hunter charged by rhinos and surviving all African adventures

At the program's conclusion, there is an optional extension opportunity to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, the best kept secret in the Indian Ocean with a fascinating history and magnificent beaches.

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Program Highlights

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Three full meals each day, including:

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Stephen Cushman is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at U.Va., where he has taught since 1982. With a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Yale, he has brought to the English Department and the American Studies Major his commitment to American literature, modern Literature, poetry, literature and the environment, and the American Civil War. His teaching has been honored with an All-University Teaching Award and the first Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship. A poet as well as a scholar, he has published six books, most recently Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle (Virginia, 1999) and Cussing Lesson, a volume of poems (LSU, 2002). His next book of poems, Heart Island, will by published by David Robert in fall 2006. Steve and his wife Sandra have two sons, Sam, who will enter U.Va. in the fall of 2006, and Simon, a high school freshman.

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DAY 1 - New York / En Route

Your journey begins as you board your KLM/Northwest Airlines flight in Washington (or other gateway city) en route to Amsterdam, enjoying KLM's excellent in-flight service (air-inclusive passengers only).

DAY 2 - Amsterdam / Arusha ~ Lake Duluti

This morning in Amsterdam connect with your flight to East Africa. Upon arrival in Arusha this evening you will be transferred to your hotel on a coffee plantation on the shores of Lake Duluti.

DAY 3 - Arusha / A Picnic on Mt. Kilimanjaro

This morning drive through the bustling town of Arusha en route to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and, at 19,340 feet, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Between the base and top there are rain forest, moorland, alpine desert, snow fields and ice cliffs. Today the snow at the top is rapidly melting and the peak is almost bare for the first time in 11,000 years.

You will drive up the base of the mountain on the route to the Shiraa Plateau. How far you get will depend on road conditions. This is a spectacular drive offering magnificent views of Mt. Meru and the Great Rift Valley. On the lower reaches you will pass farms, villages and markets. As you reach the upper slopes, game is often sighted through forest, grassland, heath and possibly moorland. There will be several stops allowing you to walk in the various types of vegetation and take advantage of the views. Time permitting you will have a tour of the town of Arusha before returning to you hotel.

DAY 4 - Lake Manyara National Park ~ Lunch In A Local Village And Wildlife Viewing In The Rift Valley

A two-hour drive takes you to the town of Mto Wa Mbu, a modern village made up of people from several tribal areas, near Lake Manyara. A true ecotourism project, a portion of your fee for the visit goes towards supporting projects for the village. Explore the area with your village guide then have a lunch of traditional Tanzanian dishes served under banana trees in the heart of the village. After checking into your hotel, visit Lake Manyara National Park, an ornithological paradise with over 350 species of birds. You may see Verreaux's Eagle, a variety of vultures, storks, swifts and swallows winging their way atop the spectacular cliffs overlooking the lake which often has a pinkish hue due to the flamingos, pelicans and storks shimmering in the distance. You may also see buffalo, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, zebra and the elusive tree-climbing lions. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool that seems to meld with the horizon overlooking the Great Rift Valley.

DAY 5 - Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro National Park ~ Action Activities And A Visit To A Maasai Village

Savor the beauty of your lodge or partake in one of the many exciting optional activities: trek along the escarpment, rappel, mountain bike or canoe on Lake Manyara. After lunch, drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site. The mist which often obscures the crater floor of this extinct volcano from the surface only adds to the sense of wonder when the floor reveals elephant lumbering through the primeval forest, lion resting in the tall grass, black rhino grazing and the distinctive grunt of the hippo as you lunch overlooking their pool. Visit a nearby Maasai Village where you will experience this nomadic tribe's way of life and colorful culture.

DAY 6 - Ngorongoro National Park ~ Wildlife Spotting And A Picnic In The World's Largest Crater.


Today you will descend 2,000 feet into what seems to be the land that time forgot. As your landrover wends its way along the escarpment edge, down to the floor of the crater, vegetation changes. You begin to see the abundant wildlife sheltered within the walls of the cauldron: rhino, lion, elephants, herds of zebra, hippo and flamingoes in the crater lake. A late brunch will be prepared for you on the crater floor.

DAYS 7/8 - Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park ~ 2 Million Old Fossil Remains, Wildlife Drives, And Nature Walk.

Drive to Olduvai Gorge, one of the world's most important paleoanthropological sites. It was here in 1959 that Mary and Louis Leakey found 1.7-million-year-old Zinjanthropus and Homo Habilis (Handyman). A Tanzanian guide will explain the geological features of the gorge and the work of the Leakey's.

Continue to Serengeti National Park, what the Maasai refer to as Siringitu - 'the place where the land moves on forever.' Here, life's possibilities seem as infinite as the endless variety of wildlife you will see, such as lion, leopard and cheetah, and their prey - giraffe, topi, buffalo and impala. The kopjes (prehistoric rock outcroppings) host hyraxes, dwarf mongooses, red-headed agamas and often a sleepy black-maned lion or leopard. The open grassland is home to large groups of Thomson's and Grant's gazelles, spotted hyena and jackal. Each year, more than a million wildebeest, accompanied by thousands of zebras and other herbivores, trek a cross the Serengeti in search of fertile grasslands.

Visit the Serengeti Research Station and go on a guided nature walk at the Serengeti Nature Trail onto a granite kopje to learn about the grasses, bushes and trees that create the Serengeti habitat and the research projects that attract scientists from all over the world.

DAYS 9/10 - Serengeti National Park ~ A Tenting Experience In The Remote Western Corridor

Continue your exploration of the Serengeti in the Grumeti River area of the Western Corridor, famous for the huge crocodiles and hippo pools. Enjoy the Victorian elegance and romance of 'camping' the way it was meant to be - four-poster beds, private bathrooms, hand-carved wooden furniture and tea or coffee brought to the porch of your tent each morning. Enjoy delicious cuisine in the dining tent served on fine china and after dinner drinks before retiring to your tent.

DAY 11 - Arusha / En Route

Transfer to the airstrip this morning for your flight back to Arusha. You will have an opportunity to shop at the African Heritage, before relaxing in your dayroom at the Serena Mountain Village. Enjoy an early dinner tonight at your lodge before your flight to Amsterdam and home, bidding a fond farewell to your driver and guides.

DAY 12 - Amsterdam / New York

This morning you land in Amsterdam where you will connect with your flight to Washington or other gateway city, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of East Africa.

Please note that the itinerary sequence is subject to change.

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Program Fees

$5,295 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $895.

Price includes:

$7,373 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare ($12,541 for business-class). A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $895.

In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes:

Optional Extension to Zanzibar: $1,595 per person, double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $495 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 800-346-3882. Or, e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot, plus an additional deposit of $100 per person if you wish to take the extension. Final invoicing will be done approximately four months prior to departure. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or check. Checks will need to be made payable directly to the travel provider. We will provide you with this information, along with a mailing address. Checks only can be accepted for final payment.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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Terms & Conditions


Please note the amount of departure tax reflected on the Reservation Form is subject to change, at the discretion of governments and airlines, and with no advance notice. Should this occur, you will be invoiced prior to departure for any additional taxes imposed.


International flights from the U.S. allow two pieces of checked luggage, each not exceeding 70 lbs. However we recommend you travel as light as you can manage. The baggage limit on domestic flights is one piece at 33 lbs. per person (plus a carry-on bag.) Also, the size and the structure of the bag is limited. Soft duffel bags are ideal. Large suitcases are virtually impossible to stow on smaller aircraft and vehicles and therefore should not be used. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY.


Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, lodges and tented camps, and entrance fees to all National Reserves as outlined in the itinerary are included. U.S. and foreign airport taxes are not included and will be billed prior to your departure. Tips to driver/guides are not included and are at the discretion of the tour members. A suggested tipping chart will be forwarded with the final documents.


We would suggest you contact your personal physician or local health department for their recommendations as to inoculations. At the time of printing, no vaccinations are required for entry into Tanzania. However, it is a sensible precaution for visitors to take one of the preventive pills that are in common use against malaria. Water is NOT safe to drink throughout and it is always advisable to drink bottled water which will be provided for you free of charge in the vehicles.


All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of April 11, 2005, and are subject to change. Should increases be forced on us by airlines, exchange rates, etc., we reserve the right to surcharge, up to a maximum of 10% of the tour fare.


Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately three weeks prior to departure. We regret to advise that no documents can be released if final payments are not received.


Cancellations are only effective upon receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this safari: o Up to 75 days prior to departure, less $200.00 handling fee. o 74-60 days prior to departure, less $500.00, plus $100 for the extension. o 59-45 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost on both the main trip and the extension. o Less than 45 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers. These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines.


Your tour operator will include information on obtaining trip insurance in your confirmation letter. Please note that there is a time frame for securing trip insurance. The University of Virginia will cancel its endorsement of and faculty and staff participation in any program destination for which a Travel Warning is issued by the U.S. Department of State. Vendor Terms of Agreement will specify under what circumstances the vendor will cancel a program and/or under what circumstances participants might receive some reimbursement if they cancel their travel with the vendor themselves. U.Va. strongly recommends that all participants purchase trip cancellation insurance which includes protection in the face of political unrest, natural disasters, and personal emergencies and participants should discuss this insurance directly with the vendor or other travel services with whom they deal. You will find more useful travel information by going to the Travel Resources link on this website.



Should additional reservations be required, including extensions in Europe or in Africa, we will happy to make all the arrangements. However, there will be an extra charge of $150 per person for such deviations, over and above the cost of the services required.


Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost will be invoiced to you.


Cost of passport and visa fees, and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by airlines; meals other than specified; beverages and meals not specified in itinerary; gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants; laundry and other items of a personal nature; gratuities not imposed by hotels and/or restaurants for included services; optional personal, baggage and tour cancellation insurance policy; U.S. and foreign airport taxes; cost for anything not specifically included in listing above.


Please be aware that this safari may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but no safari into the African wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither the company, nor their employees, nor agents can be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that not all camps are fenced.


The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The company, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor the cost of visas.


Neither the University of Virginia nor Classic Escapes (the Company) nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the aforegoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the Company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any safari or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and, in the event of any safari being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest's booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the aforegoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her


The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the safari by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.


Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and camps on safaris as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in wildlife areas, by wildlife migrations from one region to another, or airline r other booking problems, etc


While the Company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due.


The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers' tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.


We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running on schedule. If one of our guides is unable to take a safari due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide. This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the safari takes place. Classic Escapes acts merely as an agent for the operating companies. To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing.


The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a safari constitutes consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this safari, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.


It is a condition of booking, that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip to Africa. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities: cancellation or curtailment of the safari, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependants or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities. Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services they may require, and may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant insurance cover.


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