Lara McGlashan & Brandon Volz

Lara & Brandon

April 29, 2011

Lara McGlashan & Brandon Volz

Lara & Brandon

April 29, 2011

Hey everyone and welcome to our 'registry!'

It has long been a dream of ours to go on a safari, which combines our love of adventure and our love of animals into one. We've consulted with a travel agent and have come up with a fantastic trip worthy of honeymoon status to Tanzania and Zanzibar!

The Tanzania safari will be perfectly timed during the 'big migration.' Every year the wildebeest go north from Tanzania into Kenya; our trip will follow them along as they make their way through the desert, across rivers, and over plains. Along the way, we hope to see elephants, hippos, rhinos, and of course Brandon's favorite - the cheetah!

After eight days in Tanzania we'll make our way west to the island of Zanzibar for a few days of beachy fun and to explore what this exotic island has to offer.

There are so many great things about this trip it's impossible to detail in an introduction. Check out the travel details and see what we have in store!

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Lara and Brandon
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First things first: vaccinations. We want to come back from safari with memories and souvenirs, not dengue fever!
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Next up: get outta town! First we have to go from LA to the east coast, then fly directly into Kilmanjaro in Tanzania.
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Of course, we'd love to fly in style :) An upgrade to First Class would be fantastic!
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Day 1: Our first night will be spent in Arusha where we will stay at the famous Arusha Coffee Lodge, situated in one of the country's largest coffee plantations just below Mount Meru. We are excited to be starting our trip in style!
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Day 2: We'll have breakfast in Arusha and have a tour of the Burka Coffee Estate.
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Lunch in the beautiful gardens will follow the tour. We'll eat surrounded by the aroma of coffee and lavender.
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Day 2: From Arusha we'll travel by caravan to Tarangire National Park, where they have the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, including more than 550 bird varieties and giant termite mounds!
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Day 2: Right off the bat we'll go with a ranger on an afternoon drive. Hopefully we'll see some elephants - This park has some of the largest herds in the world!
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Days 2 &3: We'll stay two nights in the Tarangire Treetops, private bungalows situated high in the Baobab and Marula trees overlooking the plains. Sometimes the elephants and giraffes come to eat the leaves right outside your window!
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Days 2&3: While at the Treetops we'd love to enjoy dinner al fresco served to us in our treehouse for two evenings.
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Day 3: There are so many tours to take! Walking safaris, dawn safaris, and a tour of a local Maasai village.
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Day 3: We would also love to go on a nighttime safari - guided of course - where we could see animals normally sleeping during the day out and about.
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Day 4: We'll wake to the sound of birds and wilderness and have breakfast before heading out on a small game drive. Morning is supposed to be one of the best times to see active animals!
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Afterwards, we'll head to the airstrip to fly to our next destination: Lake Manyara.
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After landing we'll take a trip to Karatu to visit an african market.
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We'd love to buy some local art to decorate our house!
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Day 4 & 5: We'll stay two nights at the Manor at Ngorongoro, an exquisite estate on 1500 acres of land next to a nature preserve.
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Day 5: While a the Manor we'd love to indulge in a his and her massage!
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Days 4 & 5: Dining al fresco at our hotel surrounded by wildlife and the night air would be the most memorable meal ever!
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Day 5: We'll spend the day exploring Ngorongoro Crater, a 100 square mile area chock full of wildlife and adventure.
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We'd also love to take a horseback riding excursion around the beautiful acreage of the Manor.
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Day 6: After breakfast we'll fly from Ngorongoro to Serengeti National Park.
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Day 6: We'll start our time in the Serengeti with an evening game drive. The Serengeti has one of the oldest ecosystems on the planet, and vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the last million years!
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Days 6 & 7: We'll stay at the fabulous Serengeti Migration Camp. It's not unusual for the migrating wildebeest to travel right underneath your window here!
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Day 7: We'll start the day with an early morning drive, hoping to see the migration in action.
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Days 6 &7: Again it's all about food :) A nice dinner while watching the animals graze in close proximity to the camp is idyllic.
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Day 8: We'll take a walking safari this morning to get up close and personal with some of the smaller flora and fauna you don't get to see well from up in a car.
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Day 8: From Serengeti we'll fly to Zanzibar, a little island off the eastern coast of Africa.
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Day 8, 9, 10, 11: We'll stay seaside at the Baraza, a gorgeous hotel just steps from turquoise water and white sand beaches!
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This hotel also includes a lovely spa, and a massage would be perfect after eight days of roughing it (lol) in the bush!
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While in Zanzibar we'd love to take a snorkel excursion! There's a protected reef about a mile off shore.
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Though there are no big game animals in Zanzibar, there are monkeys, antelopes, bush pigs and mongoose. We'll spend a day exploring Zanzibar Town and perusing the markets for art and souvenirs.
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Zanzibar is also known for its spice plantations, and tours run frequently. It would be cool to see how vanilla beans, curry, cinnamon and cloves look before they get bottled and sent to the grocery store!
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Day 12: All good things must come to an end! Time to head home. It would be fabulous to head home in style with an upgrade to first class, so we can snooze and reminisce about our fantastic honeymoon adventure!
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