Each year, a great wildebeest migration takes place in East Africa's vast plains, as millions of ungulates trek more than 600 miles in search of fresh grass. Thomson's gazelles, zebras, and other prey animals join with the wildebeests en masse, and predatory lions, hyenas, and jackals follow the herd as a promising food supply. Safari Ventures, named one of the World's Best Adventure Travel Companies by National Geographic in 2009, sends tour groups in four-by-four vehicles on a circular trek across the Serengeti plains in search of migrating wildebeests and other big game. The itinerary includes the following and is available on select dates:Days 1–2: Flights on Ethiopian Airlines depart from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) and arrive at Tanzania's Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) the next day (after a stopover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). Upon arrival, visitors are transferred to the nearby Kia Lodge for an overnight stay. Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa at more than 19,000 feet, is visible in the distance on a clear day. Days 3–4: After breakfast, tour groups head to Lake Manyara National Park for the first of many game drives. There, zebras and buffalo rove the plains, and more than 400 bird species fly above. Blue monkeys, bushbucks, mongooses, and flamingos also comprise the area's native population. Visitors retreat for the night to Migunga Tented Camp. Days 5–7: After breakfast, tour groups enter Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site they'll explore for the next three days. On the way to Serengeti, the caravan stops at a Masai village to learn about the local tribe's culture and heritage. Most of the time in the park is spent on game drives, searching for the wildebeest, elephants, giraffes, lions, and jackals. Guests stay overnight in Ikoma Tented Camp.Days 8–9: After a breakfast and one last morning game drive in Serengeti National Park, the safari heads toward the Ngorongoro Crater. Along the way, the tour makes a pit stop in Olduvai Gorge, an archaeological site where paleontologists discovered fossils that date back nearly two million years. Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, safari drivers seek out the big four animals: lions, elephants, leopards, and rhinoceros. Nightly accommodations are at Crater Forest Lodge. Days 10–11: On the final leg of the safari, the caravan makes the return trip, passing through the town of Mto wa Mbu. Here, safari-goers can stretch their legs and browse local markets. Later that evening, guests take a homeward-bound flight on Ethiopian Airlines from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). View the FAQ page for more information. Pre-trip excursions to Mount Kilimanjaro and the beaches of Zanzibar are also available for an additional fee.
Land of Little Horses Farm Park awes visitors with pint-size miniature horses and a touchable menagerie of llamas, alpacas, donkeys, goats, and chickens. Each day brings a brand-new schedule of events for the farm's talented denizens, encouraging families and animal lovers of all ages to make tenderhearted contact with furry farm life. Visitors learn about the farm’s history and the daily ins and outs of maintaining a playground for its fuzzy stars. Goats demonstrate their generosity by producing rich, creamy milk for the farm's dairy workers, and mini horses enjoy grooming and luxurious sponge baths, sans the rubber ducky. The magnificent equine miniatures flaunt their finesse in arena performances, pulling off charming tricks and height-defying feats. Adults and children alike get up close during petting-zoo time, showing farm-dwelling critters just how well humans have mastered the hug.
Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg's candlelight ghost tours shepherd guests in search of specters through the spooky historic district under the cover of night. As the sun dips below the horizon, tourgoers follow their costumed guide on a 90-minute journey, tiptoeing down the same streets where soldiers marched more than a century ago. The captivating chaperones⎯with more than 50 years combined storytelling experience⎯recount eerie tales, ghostly legends, and firsthand experiences about the reappearing spirits of yesteryear and the android ghosts of the future. Adventurous souls walk through some of the most haunted territory in Gettysburg, running the spine-chilling risk of encountering phantoms along the route. During the 3–5-block trek, guides also chronicle facts about the history-steeped town, famous for the Gettysburg Address, which preempted regular network television programming in 1863.
At Adams County Winery, grapes mature in rich Pennsylvania soil before being used in recipes for bacchanalian beverages that have earned a place on Central PA Magazine’s 2010 Hot List. Married vintners John and Katherine welcome visitors to explore their more-than-30-year-old cellars during a private tour. Guests are escorted through the winery, which is housed in a 19th century Pennsylvania bank barn and can peek in on where the white, red, and fruit wines come to life. Starring among the rubicund inebriants is the Rebel Red, a semisweet wine with a dry finish, and the team of whites claims the Tears of Gettysburg, a Niagara blend as storied and sweet as a skyscraper made of cake. Nosh on regional munchables in the form of local summer sausage, cheese, and crackers. Visitors head home with two wine glasses and a waiter-style corkscrew inscribed with the Adams County Winery logo as well as a golden keepsake ornament.
The night sky lay heavy over the rolling hills of Gettysburg. In a tent among his fellows in the Union Army, Private Ron Angleberger woke from a restless sleep to the blaring of a cavalry horn and the earth-shaking rumble of hundreds of horses on the charge. He raced outside his tent with the other Civil War reenactors to discover that there were no horses present, and, in the eerie silence that followed the apparition, the regiments of actors realized they might have been privy to one of General Custer's July 3rd charges. This incident, along with a love for history and similar paranormal experiences on the many battlefields around Frederick, led Ron to form Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick and Mount Olivet Cemetery History Tours.
Today, Ron's tours explore the bone-chilling histories of Frederick's most haunted abodes as he tells stories of their inhabitants both living and dead.