9-Day Pre-Congress Tour- Multiple use of rangeland and grasslands ecosystems

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The tour will take delegates through the savanna grasslands/rangelands to experience the different land use options at play, including ranching on the savanna and tourism in world class national parks. Role of research in sustainable management of these ecosystems for the benefit of mankind will be emphasized.

The price of the tour will cover the costs of accommodation, transportation, entry fees into parks and museums, an information booklet and meals (breakfast and lunches). Please note that delegates will be required to cater for their evening meals (dinner). 

The 9 days' tours, scheduled from 15th to 23rd October 2020, will be full of adventure and learning

Delegates booking the nine day-tour are advised to book their flights to Kilimanjaro where they will be picked by the congress organizers.

A detailed overview of the 9-Day Tour will be available soon.

9 Day Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 - Thursday, October 15

1) Kilimanjaro - Delegates arrive in Kilimanjaro National Airport (Tanzania) – delegates to be picked up and have a stop-over to take photos of Mt. Kilimanjaro 

Image courtesy Digital Vision/Thinkstock

DAY 2 - Friday, October 16

1) Arusha National Museum -  The museum is inside the old German boma (fortified compound), it was completed in 1900, and has three parts. Of particular interest is the wing dedicated to human evolution, since much of what we know about the topic came from fossils unearthed in Tanzania. There are also displays on insects, the history of Arusha during the German colonial era, wildlife photos and mounted specimens.

Image courtesy  Africantourer

2) Jane Goodall Heritage Centre - In 1960, Jane Goodall entered the forests of what is now Gombe National Park, Tanzania, to study chimpanzees in the wild. Since her pioneering research in Gombe,  the Gombe Research Center has become one of the longest continuously running and detailed wild animal studies in history.

3) Lake Manyara - land use changes; visit traditional manyatta (homestead); Lake Manyara viewpoint; Cultural art gallery

Traditional manyatta(homestead)

4) Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Crater viewpoint

DAY 3 - Saturday, October 17

1) Ngorongoro Crater - History of the Ngorongoro Conservation Unit - Its home to the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and "big 5" game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino). Huge herds of wildebeests and zebras traverse its plains during their annual migration. Livestock belonging to the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe graze alongside wild animals.

Descend/game drive into the Ngorongoro crater 

DAY 4 - Sunday, October 18

1) Ngorongoro to Serengeti national parkgame viewing as delegates drive by

2) Olduvai Gorge – pre-historic man remains - Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important fossil sites in the world, and forms part of a World Heritage Site. Just like the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, it has revealed a great deal about our past and should be protected for future generations. 

Image courtesy  Shadows of Africa

3) Serengeti Wildlife Research Institute – livestock and wildlife research in the Serengeti - The Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre (SWRC) is within the Serengeti National Park (SNP) which is about 327km from Arusha town.  The SWRC is the genesis of all wildlife research in Tanzania, since it is at this centre where first research work was initiated by the Germany scientist Prof. Bernhard Grizmek 50 years ago.

Image courtesy  Serengeti Wildlife Research Institute

DAY 5 - Monday, October 19

1) Serengeti National Park -  Morning game drive in Serengeti. The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration is one of nature's most amazing sights to behold. The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration is made up of vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and smaller herds of gazelle, eland and impala.

Serengeti – Sirari (Kenya), Game viewing along within the park, Land use changes - from conservation to farming and mining 

Sirari border point - Welcome note for Kenya – brief on Kenya 

DAY 6 - Tuesday, October 20

1) Migori -Land use and land cover and brief on the bigger Mara ecosystem.  KALRO Centre – their breeding programs – brief talk on the bus

2) Loisukut Community Conservancy - History of traditional Maasai grazing systems and changes over time; group ranch concept; history of the conservancy. 

Lunch break

3) Kawai -  Narok Brief talks on land use and cover changes – large scale wheat farming

DAY 7 - Wednesday, October 21

1) Nyandarua (Thompson Falls)  - Coffee and tea plantations; extensive plantations of wheat 

Image courtesy Dr. Oliver Wasonga

Lunch at Thompson falls 

Ol Pejeta -  History of Conservancies in Laikipia – precolonial to present; Ol Pejeta conservancy work and management systems; research work and experiences. Large scale beef production; wildlife/livestock interaction; beef value chain; abattoirs; export of livestock embryo - Borana and big horned Ankole; livestock fattening program.
Image courtesy Ol Pejeta

Photos at the Equator in the conservancy 

Night at Sweetwaters Serena Camp -  The facility offers night game drives at additional costs

DAY 8 - Thursday, October 22

1) Lewa Conservancy - History of pastoral community Conservancies – models of rangelands management; pastoral livelihoods support initiatives – control of invasive species; livestock marketing; research work.

Image courtesy  Lewa Conservancy

Lunch break at Lewa Conservancy 

2) ll INgwesi Community Conservancy within Lewa – interaction with the community managing the conservancy.

DAY 9 - Friday, October 23

Travel to Nairobi through the intensive agricultural production landscapes in central Kenya 

End of 9-day pre-congress  tour.

9-Day Tour Map