Bluegrass Dive Club
Lexington, Kentucky

June 10th - 23rd - Tanzania, Africa

Trip Leader:

For Questions Regarding Trip
Doug Geddes
(859) 224-3197

For Questions Regarding Trip
Corrine Mulberry
(859) 913-0892


For Questions Regarding Payments
Dan Miller
(859) 948-5133


Click here ===> To fill out and submit your reservation.
Please Note: Your reservation is not accepted until a trip deposit has been received by the Treasurer.  Please mail your deposit to:
     Dan Miller
     824 Gunpowder Drive
     Lexington, KY 40509-1754
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If you wish to CANCEL an existing reservation


Sunday to Saturday (13 nights) June 10th - 23rd, 2018
Please note that travel dates and optional additional side trips may extend this date range.


Trip Itinerary:  CLICK HERE to view a day by day interactive trip itinerary.  Place your cursor over different points and click to view slide shows

(Location 1) Selous, Tanzania - Rufiji River Camp - Selous Game Reserve (3 nights)

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Trip limited by accommodations at Rufiji River Camp.  Rufiji has 11 rooms/double occupancy = 22 people.  An additional 12 people can be added to the trip by utilizing 3 Family Suite upgrades at Rufiji.

 - The Rufiji 2-bedroom family suite upgrade has 2 large tents with shared platform, private plunge pool, 2 bathrooms and private vehicle for 4 people.  Upgrade is $330 per person for Quad occupancy for the three night accommodations at Rufiji.

(Location 2) Ruaha, Tanzania - Ruaha River Lodge - Ruaha National Park (3 nights)
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(Location 3) Kendwa, Tanzania - Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa (7 nights) standard rate quoted includes Deluxe Garden View Room
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 - The Gold Ocean View upgrade is $700 more per room for 7 nights (double occupancy).
 - There are two more upgrades available at Gold’s as follows, Gold Suite upgrade is $1,540 more per room for 7 nights (double occupancy) and the Gold Luxury Villa is $4,690 more per room for 7 nights (Quad occupancy).

Note: Please call your Trip Leader before contacting the resort directly.  The Trip Leader may already have the answer and/or your question/concern may be relevant to other club members on this trip.

Dive Operator:

Scuba Do Zanzibar - Off Site

View August 2011 video of a “day's scuba diving activities with Scuba Do Zanzibar, located in Kendwa Beach and La Gemma Dell'Est on Zanzibar's Northwest Coast.”

Also, see 2009 Magazine article by Christopher Bartlett (Indigo Safaris) with diving and Zanzibar information and pictures.  Click for article.


No Club Group Air available - Please secure own reservations


Participant is responsible for securing international airfare in and out of Zanzibar.

In-country air & ground transportation are included in package.

Dive bag pick-up at Zanzibar airport and storage at Gold included in package.

Sample Air

This itinerary is for illustration only.

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cannot commence prior to
24 JUL 17

Date: From: To: Flight: Leave: Arrive:
06 JUN 18          
06 JUN 18
23 JUN 18
Dive, Dine & Explore Tanzania
23 JUN 18          




These cost figures are accurate (except those marked estimate) but not to the penny.  Some are rounded.  Your final cost will be determined by the club treasurer.

Note: a
Price w/sign-up &
deposit by 10 FEB 17

Note: b
Estimated Price after
10 FEB 17

Package Includes:
 - 3 nights accommodation at Rufiji River Camp; Full Board, game drives, boat safari and walking safari.
 - 3 nights accommodation at Ruaha River Lodge; Full Board, game drives.
 - 7 nights accommodation at Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa
    * 3 dives per day (15 dives) (2 can be dusk/night dives)
    * Half board (breakfast/dinner, no drinks/lunch)
 - In-country air and ground transportation.
 - Dive bag pickup from Zanzibar airport, transportation and storage at Gold Zanzibar Beach House.
 - Weights and tanks at Gold Zanzibar Beach House.
 - Park Fees (subject to change if price increase)
 - VAT (subject to change if price increase)

Not included in the price:
 - International airfare to and from Zanzibar.
 - Travel Insurance.
 - Lunch & drinks at Gold Zanzibar Beach House.
 - Drinks at Rufiji & Ruaha.
 - No Nitrox (not available)
 - Dive equipment (BCDs, regulators computers, wetsuits, masks or fins)
 - G
 - Tours at Zanzibar through Indigo Safaris from 4 people together, including transportation.  (10% commission applied at end of trip=net price)
 - Snorkel trip to Tumbatu Island $50 pp ($45 net)
 - Snorkel trip to Mnemba Island $90 pp ($81 net)
 - 4-hour Jozani Forest $40 ($36)
 - 4-hour Spice plantation $40 ($36 net)
Combined full day Jozani Forest and Spice Plantation tour $65 ($58 net)
 - Full day Stone Town $60 ($54)
 - ˝ day Prison Island (giant tortoises and snorkeling near Stone Town) $40 ($36)
 - 6-hour slave route tour $55 ($50)

Optional add-ons: 
Full Board option at Gold’s is available.  $40 per person per night includes All Inclusive Package is valid from 10 am to 11 pm and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant Kilimanjaro.  Water, fresh juice, soft drinks, local beer, selected house wine, cocktails list, American coffee and tea.  Tea time is 5 pm.  Mini bar in the room; one refill per day (does not include premium brand spirits, wine selection, “a la carte restaurant, espresso and cappuccino.


NOTES Single Double Quad
11 Double Occupancy rooms available (max 22 people) $ 6,150a
$ 6,620b
$ 5,100a
$ 5,570b
11 Double Occupancy rooms available (max 22 people) $ 5,325a
$ 5,711b
$ 4,275a
$ 4,661b
Rufiji Upgrade
3 Quad occupancy "Family Suite" upgrades available (3 nights) Double occupancy at Ruaha & Gold - Quad at Rufiji     $ 5,430a
$ 5,900b
Rufiji Upgrade
3 Quad occupancy "Family Suite" upgrades available (3 nights) Double occupancy at Ruaha & Gold - Quad at Rufiji    

$ 4,605a
$ 4,991b

Diver - Gold
Ocean View Upgrade
See description, above, under accommodations $ 6,500a
$ 6,970b
$ 5,450a
$ 5,920b
Non-Diver - Gold
Ocean View Upgrade
See description, above, under accommodations $ 5,675a
$ 6,061b
$ 5,625a
$ 5,011b
Diver - Rufiji & Gold Upgrades Includes both upgrades at Rufiji and Gold     $ 5,780a
$ 6,250b
Non-Diver - Rufiji & Gold Upgrades Includes both upgrades at Rufiji and Gold     $ 4,955a
$ 5,331b
Air Fare (Estimate Only) $1,400.00
Trip Administration Fee (non-refundable) $10.00
Click here ===> To access BGDC Trip Refund Policy


Payment schedule for resort portion of trip only
Due Date Amount
Initial Deposit due at signup $1,100.00
2nd Payment due 10 FEB 17 $550.00
3rd Payment due 15 JUN 17 $550.00
4th Payment due 15 OCT 17 $500.00
Final Payment due 15 FEB 18
(Will include Transfers and any misc fees - you will receive an invoice from Club Treasurer.)

Dead Lines:

25% non-refundable deposit.
Cancellations more than 60 days prior to arrival 75% refundable.
Can swap out people/names.
Cancellation 59 days to 8 days before start of services, 100% of land costs, domestic flights reimbursed; less 25% deposit.
Cancellation 7 days before the start of the trip: No refunds.

Cancellation - Club policy is you will not be charged for cancellation as long as the club does not lose anything and/or other trip participants will have to bare the costs.  Exception: You will not be responsible if your cancellation causes a reduction in available rebates/discounts. 

CLICK HERE to review the BGDC Refund Policy

Trip Limit:

Limited to 22 people, double occupancy.

First come, first serve with completed reservation form and deposit.

Note:  There are three Family Suites available as an upgrade at Rufiji River Camp (Selous Game Reserve).  Booking the Family Suites upgrade would allow 12 more participants on the trip.  (3 night upgrade at Rufiji only).


Trip is open for sign-up. 

Dive Activity

Dive Activity Waiver is now an integral part of the reservation form.  You must agree to the waiver in order to submit your reservation.  To review click here ===>

Trip Insurance:

Click here ===> To view information about Dive Emergency Assistance and Trip Insurance from a Bluegrass Dive Club partner.

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Standards & Plug

230 Volt AC (Alternating Current) 50 HZ (Cycles)

Plug Type "G"

Plug Type "D"

Plug Type "G" is the most common (Click on a link, above, for more info)
NOTE: You will need ADAPTERS to convert this outlet type to something a U.S. Electrical plug will go into.  You may also need a transformer if you have items that are not marked as described in the following paragraph.

Most newer electrical  devices (Camera battery chargers, Laptops, iPads, iPods, Phone chargers) and many other devices can accept a broad range of electrical input 100VAC to 240VAC, 50-60 HZ.  Be sure to look closely at the sticker or power requirement stamp on the device or charger to check.  If it only says 110 or 120 VAC you will need a transformer.  Click to see a sample voltage label.

If you have a number of items to plug in, I recommend taking a small power strip and connecting it with the appropriate adapter to the available power.  Just remember - once you do that - the power at the power strip is now 230 Volt AC - 50 HZ.  Do not plug anything into the power strip that requires 110 or 120 VAC only.  If you use a power strip, make sure it is a "cheap" one that does not have a built in circuit breaker otherwise it may pop the circuit breaker in the resort.


Flag of Tanzania

Coat of Arms of Tanzania © By FischX - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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About Tanzania

Tanzania on the map

Tanzania is a country located in East Africa (6°00?S, 35°00?E)

Brief History
(Copied from Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania)

The United Republic of Tanzania (Kiswahili: Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a country in East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. To the east it borders the Indian Ocean.

Tanzania is a result of the unification of Tanganyika (the mainland) and the Zanzibar islands. Tanganyika and Zanzibar united on 26th April 1964, forming the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanganyika became independent from the British on December 1961 and Zanzibar became free through a revolution on 12th January 1964.

Julius Nyerere

Mwalimu Julius k. Nyerere – Revolutionary leader and First President of Tanzania

Some of the oldest human settlements have been unearthed in Tanzania. The oldest human fossils were found  in and around Olduvai Gorge (Oldupai) in northern Tanzania, an area referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind”. It is believed to be the birth place of humanity. Fossils found in this area include Paranthropus bones thought to be over 2 million years old, and the oldest known footprints of the immediate ancestors of humans, the Laetoli footprints, estimated to be about 3.6 million years old. 

About 10,000 years ago, Tanzania was populated by hunter-gatherer communities who spoke Khoisan. They were joined by Cushitic-speaking people who came from the north about 5000 years ago. The Khoisan peoples were slowly absorbed. Cushitic peoples introduced basic techniques of agriculture, food production, and later cattle farming. About 2000 years ago, Bantu speaking people began to arrive from western Africa in a series of migrations. They further developed iron working skills, introduced different ideas of social and political organization. Later, Nilotic pastoralists arrived, and continued to immigrate into the area through to the 18th century. 

In the early first Millennium CE, trade with Arabia and Persia made the East African coast economically strong. As a result Islam was introduced and due to the Arab-centric doctrine of Islam, some Arabic influences entered the language – resulting in the emergence of the Kiswahili language. The Kiswahili language continued to grow as a result of thriving trade with Arabs, Persians and Indians. Today’s Kiswahili language is colored with influence from Arabic, Indian and European languages, but a majority of it remains Bantu.

Man found at Olduvai Gorge

Stone tools by early man found in Olduvai Gorge-Tanzania

All along the coast, as well as on the islands of the Zanzibar, archipelago, and Kilwa, many trading cities thrived. Between the 13th and 15th centuries, in a period known as the Shirazi Era, these cities flourished, with trade in ivory, gold and other goods extending as far away as India and China. The Swahili influence was felt east to the islands of Comoros and Madagascar, as well as west into central Africa, the great lakes kingdoms, and Zimbabwe. In the early 1300s Ibn Battuta, an international Berber traveler from North Africa, visited Kilwa and proclaimed it one of the best cities in the world. Kilwa was one of the early trading towns in the world to use money. 

In 1498 Vasco da Gama became the first European to reach the East African coast, and by 1525 the Portuguese had subdued the entire coast. Portuguese control lasted until the early 18th century, when Arabs from Oman established a foothold in the region. During this time, Zanzibar became the center for the Arab slave trade. Due to the Arab and Persian domination at this later time, many Europeans misconstrued the nature of Swahili civilization as a product of Arab colonization. However, this misunderstanding has begun to dissipate over the past 40 years as Swahili civilization is becoming recognized as principally African in origin. 

The port of Zanzibar was visited by Dutch, English and French ships. The British East India Company had a representative in Zanzibar, who acted as an advisor to the Sultan. In 1873 a British fleet forced Sultan Barghash to declare the end of the slave trade. Although reduced, illegal slave trade continued. 

In 1848 the German missionary Johannes Rebmann became the first European to see Mount Kilimanjaro, and in 1858 Richard Burton and John Speke mapped Lake Tanganyika. In January 1866 the Scottish explorer and missionary David Livingstone went to Zanzibar, from where he set out to seek the source of the Nile. After having lost contact with the outside world for years, he was found in the town of Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on November 10, 1871. Henry Morton Stanley, who had been sent in a publicity stunt to find him by the New York Herald newspaper greeted him with the now famous words “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”

Marhubi Palace ruins - Home of Omani Sultan in late 1800s

Marhubi Palace ruins – Home of Omani Sultan in late 1800s on the Zanzibar Islands

In 1877 the first of a series of Belgian expeditions arrived in Zanzibar. In the course of these expeditions, in 1879 a station was founded in Kigoma on the eastern bank of Lake Tanganyika, soon to be followed by the station of Mpala on the opposite western bank. Both stations were founded in the name of the Comite D’Etudes Du Haut Congo, a predecessor organization of the Congo Free State. The fact that this station had been established and supplied from Zanzibar and Bagamoyo led to the inclusion of East Africa into the territory of the Conventional Basin of the Congo at the Berlin Conference of 1885. 

At the table in Berlin, contrary to widespread perception, rules were established among the colonial powers as how to proceed in the establishment of colonies and protectorates. While the Belgian interest soon concentrated on the Congo River, the British and Germans focused on Eastern Africa and in 1886 partitioned continental East Africa between themselves; the Sultanate of Zanzibar, now reduced to the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, remained under the Sultan from Oman for the moment. 

The Congo Free State was eventually to give up its claim on Kigoma (its oldest station in Central Africa) and on any territory to the east of Lake Tanganyika, to Germany.
Tanganyika as a geographical and political entity did not take shape before the period of High Imperialism; its name only came into use after German East Africa was transferred to the United Kingdom as a mandate by the League of Nations in 1920. 

Tanganyika was colonized first by Germans (1880s until 1919) then the British (1919 to 1961). It served as a military outpost during World War II and provided financial help as well as munitions. Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere became Prime Minister of British-administered Tanganyika in 1960, and continued as Prime Minister when Tanganyika became independent in 1961. He went on to become the first president of Tanzania, after the unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar on April 26, 1964. Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere introduced African socialism or Ujamaa, which emphasized justice and equality. 

For more information please visit the following sites: Tanzania National Website

Map of Tanzania

Image result for free map of tanzania

Links to information on:

Rufiji River Camp - Accommodations for nights 1 thru 3
Ruaha River Lodge - Accommodations for nights 4 thru 6
Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa - Accommodations for nights 7 thru 13
Scuba Do Zanzibar - Dive operator in Tanzania
United Airlines - Flight transportation (Continental merged with United)
Delta Airlines - Flight transportation
Tanzania - History, Geography, Government and Culture
U.S. State Department - Consular Information Sheet - Tanzania
Embassy of the United States of America - U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Tanzanian Embassy in America - Washington DC, USA
Centers for Disease Control - Health information for Tanzania
Time in Tanzania - Specifically in Dar Es Salaam
Weather in Tanzania - Specifically in Dar Es Salaam
CIA World Factbook - Tanzania

Time Zones in Africa


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