Tour Overview

2017 African Cultural Tour of Senegal & Gambia with Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Join Dominique DiPrima on her 2nd Annual Journey to the Motherland with a focus on the path that Africans followed before being sent across the Atlantic to the Americas during the centuries when abducting and selling black people grew the economic wealth for many, many countries in Europe, in the Americas and even in Africa. She will be doing live KJLH Front Page broadcast discussions with the audience and travelers throughout her journey.

JUNE 18 – JUNE 30, 2017 BASE TOUR

JUNE 18, 2017 DEPARTURE FROM (LAX) LOS ANGELES TO (ADD) ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA AND (DKR) DAKAR, SENEGAL
12 DAY PACKAGE WITH AIRFARE, HOTEL, MEALS, VISA FEES, TOURS, GRATUITIES, AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION

EARLY BIRD PRICE, IF BOOKED BY JANUARY 15TH
– $4,100, U.S. DOLLARS, PER PERSON, BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, IF BOOKED BY JANUARY 15TH
– $4,950, U.S. DOLLARS, PER PERSON, BASED ON SINGLE OCCUPANCY, IF BOOKED BY JANUARY 15TH

TOUR PRICE , IF BOOKED AFTER JANUARY 15TH
– $4,400, U.S. DOLLARS, PER PERSON, BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, IF BOOKED AFTER JANUARY 15TH, BUT NO LATER THAN MARCH 1ST
– $5,250, U.S. DOLLARS, PER PERSON, BASED ON SINGLE OCCUPANCY, IF BOOKED AFTER JANUARY 15, BUT NO LATER THAN MARCH 1ST

2017 AFRICAN TOUR PACKAGE COST INCLUDES:

  • Round trip economy class airfare from/to Los Angeles
  • Ground transportation to and from airport to hotel in Addis Ababa and Dakar, Senegal
  • Visa Entry Fees for both Ethiopia and Senegal are included, if a valid passport and signed visa applications are provided no later than April 30. If the valid passport and signed visa applications are received after April 30 there is a $300.00 expediting fee
  • All nights in top-rated hotels with air-conditioned rooms with private baths, TV and telephone, bar & restaurant and swimming pool and business center.
  • Breakfast, daily and dinner and/or lunch, as stated in the itinerary
  • Tour site entry fees, as stated in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour site guides, hotel baggage handlers and housekeeping
  • A trained licensed driver and English speaking tour guide will accompany the group activities, as noted in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking local guides
  • Cultural tours, per the itinerary
  • Addis Ababa City Tour
  • Addis Ababa Museums – Haile Selassie and Ethnological
  • Addis Ababa – Traditional Meal and Coffee Ceremony with Folk Dancers
  • Addis Ababa – Shopping at Merkato Market and Salem’s Market for Traditional Crafts
  • Dakar, Senegal: City Tour and Goree Island Slave Castle Dungeons
  • Dakar, Senegal: Mission Activity – Visit and Donate items to an Elementary School
  • Pink Lake, Senegal visit the salt production site and take a ride to the Atlantic Ocean over the sand dunes in a 4×4 vehicle
  • Dakar, Senegal: Traditional African Naming Ceremony
  • The Gambia: Visit Juffereh Village to see and learn about the oldest slave factories revealed in Alex Haley’s book “Roots”. Meet the 7th generation of Kunte Kenteh’s family that still lives in Juffereh
  • The Gambia: Banjul City Tour, Shopping – Craft Villages – Tie Dye Factory, Crocodile Pond

NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PACKAGE COST

  • Excess baggage charges
  • Passport fees
  • Immunization for Yellow Fever is mandatory for Senegal, The Gambia and Ethiopia
  • Immunization for Other than Yellow Fever will depend on Your Health Care Provider’s Recommendations
  • Meals not specified in this itinerary
  • In route meals, hotels, transportation, and other arrangements
  • All drinks except bottled water or soda with meals
  • Personal items such as laundry, email, fax, telephone, souvenirs, etc.
  • Trip cancellations, travel delay and baggage insurance
  • Charges incurred as a results of delays beyond the tour company’s control, such as delayed or cancelled flights

NOTES:

  1. Please advise, if a business class seat is preferred. We can provide a quote based on the airline’s available business class seats.

ADD ON OPTION: 4 DAY TOUR EXTENTION TO LALIBELA AND AXUM, ETHIOPIA
– $1,270, U.S. DOLLARS, PER PERSON, BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, IF BOOKED BY MARCH 15TH
– $1,680, U.S. DOLLARS, PER PERSON, BASED ON SINGLE OCCUPANCY, IF BOOKED BY MARCH 15TH

** OPTIONAL ADD-ON TOUR TO LALIBELA AND AKUM**
Featuring the Rock Churches of Lalibela and in Akum see 5th Century B.C. Historical Sites like Queen of Sheba’s Palace Ruins and the Sanctuary for the Art of the Covenant. Plus – See the Beautiful & the Unique North Ethiopian Landscape

Itinerary for June 29 – July 5, 2017

  • International Flight from Dakar, Senegal to Addis Ababa
  • Addis Ababa
    • Day One: Check into hotel and prepare for flight to Akum the next morning
  • Domestic flight in morning from Addis Ababa to Akum, Ethiopia
  • Axum (Ancient spelling was Aksum) dates back to the 5th century B.C. and it has a rich history as evidenced by the sites to be visited.
    • Day Two :
      • Enjoy city tour of Axum including the Obelisk Compound and St Mary of Zion Church. The Ark of the Covenant disappeared from Jerusalem sometime before Christ. Ethiopians believe that the Art of the Covenant is enshrined in the chapel St Mary of Zion Church.
      • Visit the ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace and bath.
      • Visit the Tomb of King Ramaha, and the Ezana Encrypt.
    • Domestic Flight in morning from Axum to Lalibela, Ethiopia
    • Lalibela was the 3rd capital in Ethiopia’s history from 11th and 13th century.
      • Day Three:
        • King Lalibela excavated the magnificent rock hewn churches (An official 8th Wonder of the World). The first group of rock hewn churches are defined as “Earthly Jerusalem”.
        • Ride mules to Asheten Mariam Mountain top to view the ancient church.
      • Day Four:
        • Visit The 2nd and 3rd group of rock hewn churches of Lalibela are known as “Heavenly Jerusalem”.
        • Visit markets for local crafts and religious art
    • Domestic Flight in afternoon from Lalibela to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    • Addis Ababa
      • Balance of Day Four: Shopping and organizing your belongs for the return flight home.
      • Day Five: Visit missed sites, do final shopping, rest and finish packing.
      • Early evening transfer to hotel for flight check in for return flight to United States

    General Terms, African Focus Organized Cultural Tour

    General Terms & Conditions of Tour

    Please read carefully – This is your responsibility

    Tour Package: The total price of this tour based on double occupancy is $4,100 per person, (price effective, if deposit is received by January 15, 2017. otherwise price is $4,400 after January 15th), for the accommodations and tours per the itinerary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Senegal and The Gambia and flights on selected Airlines from Los Angeles California. If you are leaving from any airport other than the Los Angeles Airport the cost will be different. Contact our office to confirm a package price if your flight departure city is not Los Angeles. The price you will receive is based on the difference of the flight cost from your departure city (estimated cost for connection flights in the U.S.A are $100-$500 based on distance from Los Angeles). If we are not able to accommodate any of your flight arrangements we will offer you the land package accommodations/tours in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Senegal and The Gambia for $3,000 based on double occupancy. In this case you will be responsible for your flight accommodations to and from Africa (ADD and DKR).

    View the tour overview on our website www.africanfocus.org for all details.

    Deposit: A $700 USD per person deposit is needed to secure your reservations for this tour. Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt and clearance of payment.

    Payment Schedule For the 12 Day Tour based on Double Occupancy: All Payments are due on or before documented dates listed below.
    Nov 1, 2016 $700 USD Deposit
    Dec 1, 2016 $300 USD
    Jan 1, 2017 $300 USD
    Feb 1, 2017 $700 USD
    Mar 1, 2017 $700 USD
    Apr 1, 2017 $700 USD
    May 1, 2017 $700 USD
    (Note: $300 late fee charge after this date)

    Note: 1. Other Payment Schedules exist depending on a 12 day Single Occupancy Tour or the Extended Tour with the option for Double or Single Occupancy
    2. If payments cannot be made by due date contact a Tour Organizer to make payment arrangements. Failure to make payments or arrangements will lead to cancellation of your reservation.

    This payment schedule is for travelers who purchase our tour package that includes flight accommodations leaving from Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. If the traveler is on a land only tour or is departing on a flight from other than Los Angeles on a flight arranged by the Tour Organizer the payment schedule has the same dates, but with adjusted cost based on confirmed tour package price from a Tour Organizer.

    Final Payment: The remaining balance is due by May 1. Final payments received after due date are subject to a $300 late fee. No personal or company checks will be accepted within 21 days prior to departure.
    No travel documents will be issued until tour is paid in full.

    Invoice: An invoice will be sent to you via e-mail each time you make a payment. Please verify the details on your invoice. Also keep up with the payments and your own documented payment history for management purpose.

    Methods of Payments:
    Make checks or money orders payable to:
    African Focus Incorporated
    Mail payments to:
    African Focus Inc
    P. O. BOX 4282
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729

    Other Payment Options:
    To make a payment using Credit Card via PayPal click on this link or logo below:
    www.africanfocus.org and select African Tour Payment for PayPal option. A 3% Credit Card Transaction Fee will be deducted from all PayPal credit card payments received.
    For non-standard payments, Bank Transfers, Money Gram, Western Union, etc. Contact us by Phone or E-mail.
    Note: Applicable fees will apply for payments other than check or money order.
    Returned Checks: A $50 fee will be charged for any return checks.

    Cancellation Policies: If you need to cancel your tour commitment we will need a detail confirmation – send an e-mail to afstour@africanfocus.org. We will process your credit & refund options within 1-2 business days. If you are eligible for a credit it can be put towards one of our next two tours. After those two tours the credit will no longer be valid and become a full lost. Credits are optional offers from the Tour Organizer and are based on your cancellation situation. Only 50-75% of the money you have paid will be offered as a credit. If you are eligible for a refund it will be based on the time frame of your notification and the related loss of total cost listed below.

    Cancellation notification time frame penalty
    121-360 days prior to departure Loss of Deposit
    91-120 days prior to departure 25% loss of tour cost
    61-90 days prior to departure 50% loss of tour cost
    31-60 days priors to departure 75% loss tour of cost
    Less than 30 days prior to departure 100% loss tour of cost

    Disabled Tour Participants: Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to the tour organizers/sponsors at time of reservation. The tour organizers/sponsors will make reasonable attempts to accommodate special needs of disabled tour participants, but is not responsible for any denial or services by carriers; hotels, restaurants or other independent suppliers of services that may be used in the fulfillment of this tour. Please note African Focus tour personnel can not physically lift participants or assist them on or off transportation vehicles. A person requiring such assistance must be accompanied by a responsible and qualified companion.

    Meals and Beverages: Each person will be responsible for meals and beverages not included as part of this tour program. Beverage and meals are those indicated in the itinerary and tour overview documentation.
    Hotel Paid in Full Receipt: Each person will be required to show a “paid in full” receipt from the hotel for any personal services that are not included in the itinerary.

    Immigration Requirements:
    A valid passport with at least 6 months remaining from departure date is required for entrance into countries. A visa is also required for entrance into Ethiopia and The Gambia.

    There is no refund whatsoever for failure to obtain all proper admission documents for any country included in this tour. Failure to obtain all valid travel documents shall not create a right to cancellation or refund. The tour organization will handle the request for visas, as appropriate, as long as a valid passport, signed visa applications for each applicable country and the required number of passport- size photographs no later than April 30th. If the April 30th deadline is missed, there will be an expediting of $300.00 to special handling.

    Health Requirements:
    None to travel with African Focus tours. The countries of Senegal, The Gambia and Ethiopia require proof of Yellow Fever immunization. Bring your immunization card or certificate with your passport for review at each country’s point of entry.

    Caution: Drink bottle or purified water; fruits and vegetable are ok to eat. Do your own research for additional information or check with a natural heath practitioner for recommendations.

    Documentation: We are committed to documenting our story and will use pictures, videos, audio, journalism and other means to promote/market this source of work. Tour documentations will be shared publicly. Any tour member who does not want to be a part of any documentation must let a tour organizer know immediately. We will not be able to change any public project if notification is not given a head of time.

    Tour Information: Our website www.africanfocus.org serves as our main source for information for this tour. Tour participants are responsible for reviewing information and contacting AFI staff with any questions or concerns. All tour information can be found in our website. Information will be sent to you at the e-mail address that you register with. We request a response to all e-mails with an indication: please reply.

    Responsibilities: African Focus Inc responsibilities for these tours begin from the city of departure in the United States airline terminal on departure day and ends on the return day from the respective African countries indicated in the itinerary. African focus and their domestic and international associates, representatives and suppliers of travel services act only as tour organizers and travel consultants. African focus Inc assumes no liabilities on connections with the service of any aircraft, vessel, carriage, hotels, and providers of international services, motor or any other conveyance which is used wholly or in part in the performance of the duty to the passenger. Nor will African Focus and its associates or representatives be responsible for any acts of God, weather, government actions, strikes, activities, errors or omissions, any personal injury, losses of limbs, loss of life, acts of terrorism, warranties, theft, losses or any additional expenses due to delays or changes in flight or other services, sickness, air or other causes. The right is reserved to withdraw any feature of this customized tour and to substitute hotel, and make alteration in the itinerary as may be desirable for the convenience and safety of the participants. The changes can be made without penalty or cost to African Focus Inc. and its associates/representatives. Additional expenses, if any shall be borne by the tour participants.

    Trip Protection – You have the option, at your personal expense to book travel insurance plan to help cover your vacation investment, offset expenses from travel mishaps and provide you with emergency travel assistance.

    Proof of Identity – Government-issued photo ID is required for all travel, both domestic and international. Passports are required for international travel. You will not be permitted to depart or to re-enter United States, without necessary documentation. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Passport and entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. For the most current information on passport and entry requirements, please visit the official website for the U.S. Department of State (www.travel.state.gov). Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting (including Canada, www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp) to inquire about visa requirements. You must also contact the Immigration and Naturalization Service (1-800-375-5283, www.uscis.gov) for re-entry requirements into the United States.

    Travel Health Information – For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at wwwn.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, safe food and water tips, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

    African Focus and their associates/representatives and the tour sponsors reserve the right to cancel the tour if the minimum group size required of full paying persons is not met. There is no refund for lateness, missed flights, meals or activities featured in this tour. A completed registration form is required for each tour participant prior to the issuance of any travel documents or vouchers, if under the age of 18, parental or legal guardian is required.
    By being a participant of this tour you agree to all our terms and conditions.

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    Summer 2017 Cultural Tour to Africa: Senegal & Gambia, Addis Ababa,Plus the Add-On for Lalibela and Axum in Northern Ethiopia
    Itinerary for June 18 – July 5, 2017 17 Day Tour Package with Air Transportation

    Join Dominique DiPrima on her 2nd Annual Journey to the Motherland with a focus on the
    path that Africans followed before being sent across the Atlantic to the Americas during the centuries when abducting and selling black people grew the economic wealth for many,
    many countries in Europe, in the Americas and even in Africa. She will be doing live KJLH Front Page broadcast discussions with her audience and travelers throughout the journey
    about the experience.

    DAY 1 – Sunday, 18 June( (Flight Begins After Midnight or 19 June)


    Depart Los Angeles and travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa on Ethiopian Airline
    Check in at airport 3 hours before flight is scheduled to depart, check baggage, clear security and
    board Ethiopian Airline flight for departure to Addis Ababa.


    DAY 2 – Tuesday, 20 June


    Arrival / Welcome to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia early in the morning. Clear customs and transfer from airport to your
    hotel. Have breakfast at hotel, check into your room around noon and rest for a few hours.

    Addis Ababa Half Day City Tour

    Mid-afternoon, embark on a sightseeing city tour of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Ride up “Entoto
    Mountain” (3100 meters above sea level) to have a look at panoramic down-view of Addis Ababa and
    the palace of Emperor Menlik II. Visit the National museum of Ethiopia where our ancestor Lucy (3.2
    million old skeletons) is displayed. Her remains have led to Ethiopia being described as the cradle of
    human beings.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel
    The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Addis Ababa.

    (Meals included D)

     DAY 3 – Wednesday, 21 June


     Addis Ababa
    Addis Ababa City Tour
    After breakfast, do a half day city tour that includes the Holy Trinity Cathedral with its outstanding architectural structure, mural, mosaic & stained  glass icon and the burial of the late Ethiopia’s royal family, and St. George Cathedral, where paintings by the famous Ethiopian artist Afewerk Tekle and  other ecclesiastical wealth and cultural heritage of the past are displayed, as well as the Addis Ababa Museum which displays the history of the city and other collections.

    In the afternoon visit Ethnographic museum which is famous for its art gallery and cultural antique collection of Ethiopian’s life located in the old  palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I (Currently in the compound of Addis Ababa University), then visit Merkato the biggest open air market in Africa. Continue shopping at other traditional markets in the Pissa, Shero Meda and Tewodros Square areas.

    Traditional Dinner and Folk Dancers
    Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dancers.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel (Meals included B, D)


    Day 4 – Thursday, 22 June


    Addis Ababa / Dakar, Senegal

     Arrival / Welcome to Senegal – “AKWAABA

    After breakfast, check out and transfer to airport, clear customs and take flight to Dakar, Senegal. Upon arrival at Leopold Sedar Sengor Airport, transfer to hotel in Dakar.  Attend orientation meeting and check in.

    Overnight at Novotel Hotel This hotel is located in the city centre of Dakar, overlooking the Atlantic
    Ocean.(Meals included B)


    DAY 5 – Friday, 23 June


    Goree Island / Dakar City Tour

    After breakfast, travel to the ferry terminal for ride to Goree Island. The island was once the depot and point of departure for millions and millions of Africans being shipped into bondage to the Americas. Learn from the curator of the infamous slave house about 3 to 4 centuries that the West African black slave trade. Experience the slave dungeons and look through the “Door of No Return”. Reflect on memories of our black ancestors that perished in the passage. Tour the island to visit the Women’s Museum. Enjoy lunch at a seafront restaurant.

    MISSION EXCURSION: Visit an Elementary School on Goree Island. This is an opportunity to see young people in a classroom setting and to share insights about the United States with the students. Give your donation items, including gifts like black baby dolls and soccer balls/pumps, along with basic school supplies to the children and teachers.

    Return on the ferry to Dakar to discover the vibrant capital city of Senegal. See the Presidential Palace, the Catholic Cathedral of the African Memory and the University of Dakar. Then, shop for traditional crafts at the colorful Sandaga Market. In addition, shop for fabric at the HLM market. Fabric
    can be used in the construction of custom made traditional African style clothing.

    Overnight at Novotel Hotel (Meals included B, L)

    DAY 6- Saturday, 24 June


    Retba (Pink) Lake / Fulani Village / Sand Dunes

    After breakfast, travel to the phenomenal Pink Lake. Riding in 4×4 buggies follow the last lap of the famous Paris to Dakar Rally.  Stop to meet the hundreds of men and women mining the salt from the rose colored body of water.

    Visit a Fulani village. Fulani are an ethnic group of people spread over many countries, predominately in West Africa. The Fulani are traditionally a nomadic, pastoralist, trading people, herding cattle, goats and sheep across vast dry hinterlands. They stay somewhat separate from the local agricultural populations.

    Enjoy the breeze and the soothing view of the blue water, while, riding up and down the sand dunes,while driving along the long stretch of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Overnight at Novotel Hotel(Meals included B, L)

    DAY 7  – Sunday, 25 June


    Dakar/Banjul (The Gambia) – “Part 2: Slave History Journey”

    Check out of hotel for an early morning departure and road trip to The Gambia. Stop for breakfast during the journey.

    Explore Nature

    Stop several times to view the Savannah and the African lifestyle first hand on the way to the border of Senegal and The Gambia. Catch the ferry to cross the Gambia River.

    Check into a beautiful beach resort hotel. The balance of the day is for your leisure and relaxation. There will be great shopping available at the hotel’s shops and down the street from the resort.

    Overnight at Ocean Bay Beach Hotel and Resort (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 8 – Monday, 26 June


    Banjul

    After breakfast, go to the capital city of The Gambia, Banjul and the surrounding area. Visit a women’s farms association. Learn and celebrate with these brave women their sisterhood.

    Visit Kachikally Museum and Crocodile Pool and have the opportunity to pet the friendly crocodiles. This one of three sacred crocodile pools used as sites for locals’ fertility rituals.

    Visit the famous Moma Tie Dye Factory, in Serrekunda to see traditional hand-made batiks, tie dye and mud cloth being created. King and queen size sheets, table cloths, indigo dresses and skirts are some of the popular items available to purchase.

    In the afternoon, visit the central market of Banjul for local crafts and artifacts before returning to the hotel.

    Overnight at Ocean Bay Beach Hotel and Resort (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 9 – Tuesday, 27 June


    Juffureh Village – Pilgrimage on the Land of Kunta Kinteh- “Part 3: Slave History Journey”

    After breakfast take a river cruise on the river Gambia for a discovery tour to St James Island where Kunta Kinteh (ancestor of Alex Haley, author of the bestseller Roots) was imprisoned before being sent to America through Goree Island. Then take a 2 hour sail up the river, passing Dog Island and Pelican Island, before arriving in Albreda on the north bank of the River Gambia.  Albreda is an old slave fort/French trading post and the site of the Freedom Flag pole.  Today, Albreda is an important fishing village.

    Stop for lunch and then continuing to the Juffureh village to explore the legacy left by the Kinteh family through the Honorable Lady Tacko Taal, chieftain of the Juffureh. You’ll meet the seventh generation of the Kinteh family.

    Begin the evening road trip to Saly Resort. During the journey reflect on the experience of Kunta Kinteh and his family, enjoy the scenery. Check into the hotel.

    Overnight at Teranga Hotel (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 10 – Wednesday, 28 June


    Dakar

    After breakfast,

    relax and enjoy the variety of activities available at the Saly resort. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, including the beach. There are options to shop at the local markets and galleries or to relax by the pool. Complete your packing for the departure in the morning.

    Naming Ceremony

    Enjoy the evening Farewell Dinner and African Naming Ceremony. Dress in your African attire while being entertained with African traditional music.

    Overnight at Teranga Hotel(Meals B, D)

    DAY 11 – Thursday, 29 June


    Dakar / Addis Ababa

    Enjoy an early breakfast, check-out of hotel, transfer to airport, check in, check baggage, clear
    customs, and board Ethiopian Airline flight for departure to Addis Ababa.
    Arrival / Welcome Back to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Arrive in Addis Ababa late in the day. Clear customs and transfer from airport to your hotel. Check into
    the hotel.

    Note: Consider checking any unnecesary baggage and packages with the hotel front desk to lighten
    your load during the balance of the trip

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel. This hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Addis Ababa.
    (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 12 – Friday, 30 June


    Addis Ababa / Akum

    Early breakfast, check out of hotel, and transfer to airport for domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to Akum

    Arrival / Welcome Akum

    Axum (Ancient spelling was Aksum) dates back to the 5th century B.C. and it has a rich history as
    evidenced by the sites to be visited.

    Enjoy city tour of Axum including the Obelisk Compound and St Mary of Zion Church. The Ark of the Covenant disappeared from Jerusalem sometime before Christ. Ethiopians believe that the Art of the
    Covenant is enshrined in the chapel St Mary of Zion Church. Visit the ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace and bath. Visit the Tomb of King Ramaha, and the Ezana Encrypt. Check into your hotel. Enjoy
    dinner.

    Overnight at Hotel – TBD (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 13 – Saturday, 1 July


    Akum / Lalibela
    After breakfast, check out, transfer to airport and take domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to Lalibela.
    Arrival / Welcome Lalibela
    Transfer from airport. Lalibela was the 3rd capital in Ethiopia’s history from 11th and 13th century. King
    Lalibela excavated the magnificent rock hewn churches (An official 8th Wonder of the World). The first
    group of rock hewn churches are defined as “Earthly Jerusalem”. Ride mules to Asheten Mariam
    Mountain top to view the ancient church.

    Visit markets for local crafts. Check into hotel. Enjoy dinner and relax for the balance of the day.

    Overnight at Hotel – TBD(Meals included B, D)

    DAY 14 – Sunday, 2 July


    Lalibela

    After breakfast, continue visiting the balance of the rock-hewn churches. The 2nd and 3rd group of
    rock hewn churches of Lalibela are known as “Heavenly Jerusalem”. Visit markets for local crafts
    and religious art, enjoy dinner and relax for the balance of the day.

    Overnight at Hotel – TBD(Meals included B, D)

    DAY 15 – Monday, 3 July


    Lalibela / Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, check out of hotel, transfer to airport and take domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to
    Addis Ababa.

    Arrival / Welcome back to Addis Ababa

    Transfer from airport to hotel for check in. On your own for balance of the evening for shopping,
    dinner on own and organizing your belongs for the return flight home.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel(Meals included B)

    DAY 16 –Tuesday, 4 July


    Lalibela / Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, check out of hotel, transfer to airport and take domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to
    Addis Ababa.

    Arrival / Welcome back to Addis Ababa

    Transfer from airport to hotel for check in. On your own for balance of the evening for shopping,
    dinner on own and organizing your belongs for the return flight home.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel(Meals included B)

    DAY 16 –Tuesday, 4 July


    Addis Ababa
    After breakfast, visit remaining sites, do final shopping, rest and finish packing.

    Departure for United States

    Early in the evening check out of hotel, transfer to airport, check in, check baggage, clear customs and
    board Ethiopian Airline flight for departure to final destination. (Meals included B)

    DAY 17 – Wednesday, 5 July

    Arrive at Los Angeles Airport. Claim checked baggage and clear customs.

    End of Itinerary

    Maps of Senegal, The Gambia and Ethiopia with locations on itinerary marked with stars

    Maps of Ethiopia with locations on itinerary marked with stars

    Map of Ethiopia with the destinations of Lalibela and Akum marked with stars

    Included in Air and Land Cost

    • International flights as per the itinerary, in coach seating, as per the itinerary
    • All Domestic flights in Ethiopia in coach seating, as per the itinerary
    • All airport departure taxes (international departure taxes to be paid in USD)
    • Visa fees for Ethiopia and The Gambia
    • All ground transportation and transfers as per itinerary or similar
    • All accommodations based on double occupancy, as specified in this itinerary or similar
    • All meals as specified within the itinerary, noted as in B,L,D
    • Entrance fees for all tours and excursions specified in the itinerary or similar
    • Gratuities for tour guides, hotel baggage and restaurant servers for itinerary identified meal
    • Professional English-speaking local guides

    Not Included in Land Cost

    • Excess baggage charges
    • Passport fees
    • Required immunizations: Yellow Fever is required for Senegal, The Gambia and Ethiopia
    • Meals not specified in this itinerary
    • En route meals, hotels, transportation, and other arrangements
    • All drinks except bottled water or soda with meals
    • Personal items such as laundry, email, fax, telephone, souvenirs, etc.
    • Gratuities for tour and site guides and drivers
    • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage insurance (Note: This optional coverage
    • is highly recommended and it can be purchased through your local insurance company)

    • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the African Focus Tour, such as delayed
      or cancelled flights

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    Summer 2017 Cultural Tour to Africa: Senegal & Gambia with Ethiopia

    ** OPTIONAL ADD-ON TOUR TO LALIBELA AND AKUM**

    Featuring the Rock Churches of Lalibela and in Akum see 5th Century
    B.C. Historical Sites like Queen of Sheba’s Palace Ruins and the Sanctuary for the Art of the Covenant
    Plus See the Beautiful & the Unique North Ethiopian Landscape

    $1,270 USD for Double Occupancy
    $1,680 USD for Single Occupancy
    Itinerary for June 29 – July 5, 2017

    DAY 11 – Thursday, 29 June


    Dakar

    Enjoy an early breakfast, check-out of hotel, transfer to airport, check in, check baggage, clear
    customs, and board Ethiopian Airline flight for departure to Addis Ababa.

    Arrival / Welcome Back to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia late in the day. Clear customs and transfer from airport to your hotel.
    Check into the hotel.

    Note: Consider checking any unnecesary baggage and packages with the hotel front desk to lighten
    your load during the balance of the trip.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel. This hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Addis Ababa.

    (Meals included B, D)

    Day 12 – Friday, 30 June


    Addis Ababa / Akum


    Early breakfast, check out of hotel, and transfer to airport for domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to Akum.

    Arrival / Welcome Akum

    Axum (Ancient spelling was Aksum) dates back to the 5th century B.C. and it has a rich history as
    evidenced by the sites to be visited.

    Enjoy city tour of Axum including the Obelisk Compound and St Mary of Zion Church. The Ark of the
    Covenant disappeared from Jerusalem sometime before Christ. Ethiopians believe that the Art of the
    Covenant is enshrined in the chapel St Mary of Zion Church. Visit the ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace
    and bath. Visit the Tomb of King Ramaha, and the Ezana Encrypt. Check into your hotel. Enjoy
    dinner.

    Overnight at Hotel – TBD(Meals included B, D)

    DAY 14 – Sunday, 2 July


    Lalibela

    After breakfast, continue visiting the balance of the rock-hewn churches. The 2nd and 3rd group of
    rock hewn churches of Lalibela are known as “Heavenly Jerusalem”. Visit markets for local crafts
    and religious art, enjoy dinner and relax for the balance of the day.

    Overnight at Hotel – TBD(Meals included B, D)

    DAY 15 – Monday, 3 July


    Lalibela / Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, check out of hotel, transfer to airport and take domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to
    Addis Ababa.

    Arrival / Welcome back to Addis Ababa

    Transfer from airport to hotel for check in. On your own for balance of the evening for shopping,
    dinner on own and organizing your belongs for the return flight home.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel(Meals included B)

    DAY 16 –Tuesday, 4 July


    Lalibela / Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, check out of hotel, transfer to airport and take domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to
    Addis Ababa.

    Arrival / Welcome back to Addis Ababa

    Transfer from airport to hotel for check in. On your own for balance of the evening for shopping,
    dinner on own and organizing your belongs for the return flight home.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel(Meals included B)

    DAY 16 –Tuesday, 4 July


    Addis Ababa
    After breakfast, visit remaining sites, do final shopping, rest and finish packing.

    Departure for United States

    Early in the evening check out of hotel, transfer to airport, check in, check baggage, clear customs and
    board Ethiopian Airline flight for departure to final destination. (Meals included B)

    DAY 17 – Wednesday, 5 July

    Arrive at Los Angeles Airport. Claim checked baggage and clear customs.

    End of Itinerary

    Maps of Senegal, The Gambia and Ethiopia with locations on itinerary marked with stars

    Maps of Ethiopia with locations on itinerary marked with stars

    Map of Ethiopia with the destinations of Lalibela and Akum marked with stars

    Included in Air and Land Cost

    • International flights as per the itinerary, in coach seating, as per the itinerary
    • All Domestic flights in Ethiopia in coach seating, as per the itinerary
    • All airport departure taxes (international departure taxes to be paid in USD)
    • Visa fees for Ethiopia and The Gambia
    • All ground transportation and transfers as per itinerary or similar
    • All accommodations based on double occupancy, as specified in this itinerary or similar
    • All meals as specified within the itinerary, noted as in B,L,D
    • Entrance fees for all tours and excursions specified in the itinerary or similar
    • Gratuities for tour guides, hotel baggage and restaurant servers for itinerary identified meal
    • Professional English-speaking local guides

    Not Included in Land Cost

    • Excess baggage charges
    • Passport fees
    • Required immunizations: Yellow Fever is required for Senegal, The Gambia and Ethiopia
    • Meals not specified in this itinerary
    • En route meals, hotels, transportation, and other arrangements
    • All drinks except bottled water or soda with meals
    • Personal items such as laundry, email, fax, telephone, souvenirs, etc.
    • Gratuities for tour and site guides and drivers
    • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage insurance (Note: This optional coverage
    • is highly recommended and it can be purchased through your local insurance company)

    • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the African Focus Tour, such as delayed
      or cancelled flights

    ————————————————-

    Itinerary 2017 Senegal & Gambia with Add On to Lalibela & Axum Load Base Tour

    Summer 2017 Cultural Tour to Africa: Senegal & Gambia, Addis Ababa,Plus the Add-On for Lalibela and Axum in Northern Ethiopia Itinerary for June 18 – July 5, 2017
    17 Day Tour Package with Air Transportation

    Join Dominique DiPrima on her 2nd Annual Journey to the Motherland with a focus on the
    path that Africans followed before being sent across the Atlantic to the Americas during the centuries when abducting and selling black people grew the economic wealth for many,many countries in Europe, in the Americas and even in Africa. She will be doing live KJLH Front Page broadcast discussions with her audience and travelers throughout the journey about the experience.

    DAY 1 – Sunday, 18 June( (Flight Begins After Midnight or 19 June)


    Depart Los Angeles and travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa on Ethiopian Airline
    Check in at airport 3 hours before flight is scheduled to depart, check baggage, clear security and
    board Ethiopian Airline flight for departure to Addis Ababa.


    DAY 2 – Tuesday, 20 June


    Arrival / Welcome to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia early in the morning. Clear customs and transfer from airport to your
    hotel. Have breakfast at hotel, check into your room around noon and rest for a few hours.

    Addis Ababa Half Day City Tour

    Mid-afternoon, embark on a sightseeing city tour of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Ride up “Entoto
    Mountain” (3100 meters above sea level) to have a look at panoramic down-view of Addis Ababa and
    the palace of Emperor Menlik II. Visit the National museum of Ethiopia where our ancestor Lucy (3.2
    million old skeletons) is displayed. Her remains have led to Ethiopia being described as the cradle of
    human beings.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel
    The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Addis Ababa.

    (Meals included D)

     DAY 3 – Wednesday, 21 June


     Addis Ababa
    Addis Ababa City Tour
    After breakfast, do a half day city tour that includes the Holy Trinity Cathedral with its outstanding architectural structure, mural, mosaic & stained  glass icon and the burial of the late Ethiopia’s royal family, and St. George Cathedral, where paintings by the famous Ethiopian artist Afewerk Tekle and  other ecclesiastical wealth and cultural heritage of the past are displayed, as well as the Addis Ababa Museum which displays the history of the city and other collections.

    In the afternoon visit Ethnographic museum which is famous for its art gallery and cultural antique collection of Ethiopian’s life located in the old  palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I (Currently in the compound of Addis Ababa University), then visit Merkato the biggest open air market in Africa. Continue shopping at other traditional markets in the Pissa, Shero Meda and Tewodros Square areas.

    Traditional Dinner and Folk Dancers
    Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dancers.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel (Meals included B, D)


    Day 4 – Thursday, 22 June


    Addis Ababa / Dakar, Senegal

     Arrival / Welcome to Senegal – “AKWAABA

    After breakfast, check out and transfer to airport, clear customs and take flight to Dakar, Senegal. Upon arrival at Leopold Sedar Sengor Airport, transfer to hotel in Dakar.  Attend orientation meeting and check in.

    Overnight at Novotel Hotel This hotel is located in the city centre of Dakar, overlooking the Atlantic
    Ocean.(Meals included B)


    DAY 5 – Friday, 23 June


    Goree Island / Dakar City Tour

    After breakfast, travel to the ferry terminal for ride to Goree Island. The island was once the depot and point of departure for millions and millions of Africans being shipped into bondage to the Americas. Learn from the curator of the infamous slave house about 3 to 4 centuries that the West African black slave trade. Experience the slave dungeons and look through the “Door of No Return”. Reflect on memories of our black ancestors that perished in the passage. Tour the island to visit the Women’s Museum. Enjoy lunch at a seafront restaurant.

    MISSION EXCURSION: Visit an Elementary School on Goree Island. This is an opportunity to see young people in a classroom setting and to share insights about the United States with the students. Give your donation items, including gifts like black baby dolls and soccer balls/pumps, along with basic school supplies to the children and teachers.

    Return on the ferry to Dakar to discover the vibrant capital city of Senegal. See the Presidential Palace, the Catholic Cathedral of the African Memory and the University of Dakar. Then, shop for traditional crafts at the colorful Sandaga Market. In addition, shop for fabric at the HLM market. Fabric
    can be used in the construction of custom made traditional African style clothing.

    Overnight at Novotel Hotel (Meals included B, L)

    DAY 6- Saturday, 24 June


    Retba (Pink) Lake / Fulani Village / Sand Dunes

    After breakfast, travel to the phenomenal Pink Lake. Riding in 4×4 buggies follow the last lap of the famous Paris to Dakar Rally.  Stop to meet the hundreds of men and women mining the salt from the rose colored body of water.

    Visit a Fulani village. Fulani are an ethnic group of people spread over many countries, predominately in West Africa. The Fulani are traditionally a nomadic, pastoralist, trading people, herding cattle, goats and sheep across vast dry hinterlands. They stay somewhat separate from the local agricultural populations.

    Enjoy the breeze and the soothing view of the blue water, while, riding up and down the sand dunes,while driving along the long stretch of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Overnight at Novotel Hotel(Meals included B, L)

    DAY 7  – Sunday, 25 June


    Dakar/Banjul (The Gambia) – “Part 2: Slave History Journey”

    Check out of hotel for an early morning departure and road trip to The Gambia. Stop for breakfast during the journey.

    Explore Nature

    Stop several times to view the Savannah and the African lifestyle first hand on the way to the border of Senegal and The Gambia. Catch the ferry to cross the Gambia River.

    Check into a beautiful beach resort hotel. The balance of the day is for your leisure and relaxation. There will be great shopping available at the hotel’s shops and down the street from the resort.

    Overnight at Ocean Bay Beach Hotel and Resort (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 8 – Monday, 26 June


    Banjul

    After breakfast, go to the capital city of The Gambia, Banjul and the surrounding area. Visit a women’s farms association. Learn and celebrate with these brave women their sisterhood.

    Visit Kachikally Museum and Crocodile Pool and have the opportunity to pet the friendly crocodiles. This one of three sacred crocodile pools used as sites for locals’ fertility rituals.

    Visit the famous Moma Tie Dye Factory, in Serrekunda to see traditional hand-made batiks, tie dye and mud cloth being created. King and queen size sheets, table cloths, indigo dresses and skirts are some of the popular items available to purchase.

    In the afternoon, visit the central market of Banjul for local crafts and artifacts before returning to the hotel.

    Overnight at Ocean Bay Beach Hotel and Resort (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 9 – Tuesday, 27 June


    Juffureh Village – Pilgrimage on the Land of Kunta Kinteh- “Part 3: Slave History Journey”

    After breakfast take a river cruise on the river Gambia for a discovery tour to St James Island where Kunta Kinteh (ancestor of Alex Haley, author of the bestseller Roots) was imprisoned before being sent to America through Goree Island. Then take a 2 hour sail up the river, passing Dog Island and Pelican Island, before arriving in Albreda on the north bank of the River Gambia.  Albreda is an old slave fort/French trading post and the site of the Freedom Flag pole.  Today, Albreda is an important fishing village.

    Stop for lunch and then continuing to the Juffureh village to explore the legacy left by the Kinteh family through the Honorable Lady Tacko Taal, chieftain of the Juffureh. You’ll meet the seventh generation of the Kinteh family.

    Begin the evening road trip to Saly Resort. During the journey reflect on the experience of Kunta Kinteh and his family, enjoy the scenery. Check into the hotel.

    Overnight at Teranga Hotel (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 10 – Wednesday, 28 June


    Dakar

    After breakfast,

    relax and enjoy the variety of activities available at the Saly resort. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, including the beach. There are options to shop at the local markets and galleries or to relax by the pool. Complete your packing for the departure in the morning.

    Naming Ceremony

    Enjoy the evening Farewell Dinner and African Naming Ceremony. Dress in your African attire while being entertained with African traditional music.

    Overnight at Teranga Hotel(Meals B, D)

    DAY 11 – Thursday, 29 June


    Dakar / Addis Ababa

    Enjoy an early breakfast, check-out of hotel, transfer to airport, check in, check baggage, clear
    customs, and board Ethiopian Airline flight for departure to Addis Ababa.
    Arrival / Welcome Back to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Arrive in Addis Ababa late in the day. Clear customs and transfer from airport to your hotel. Check into
    the hotel.

    Note: Consider checking any unnecesary baggage and packages with the hotel front desk to lighten
    your load during the balance of the trip

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel. This hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Addis Ababa.
    (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 12 – Friday, 30 June


    Addis Ababa / Akum

    Early breakfast, check out of hotel, and transfer to airport for domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to Akum

    Arrival / Welcome Akum

    Axum (Ancient spelling was Aksum) dates back to the 5th century B.C. and it has a rich history as
    evidenced by the sites to be visited.

    Enjoy city tour of Axum including the Obelisk Compound and St Mary of Zion Church. The Ark of the Covenant disappeared from Jerusalem sometime before Christ. Ethiopians believe that the Art of the
    Covenant is enshrined in the chapel St Mary of Zion Church. Visit the ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace and bath. Visit the Tomb of King Ramaha, and the Ezana Encrypt. Check into your hotel. Enjoy
    dinner.

    Overnight at Hotel – TBD (Meals included B, D)

    DAY 13 – Saturday, 1 July


    Akum / Lalibela
    After breakfast, check out, transfer to airport and take domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to Lalibela.
    Arrival / Welcome Lalibela
    Transfer from airport. Lalibela was the 3rd capital in Ethiopia’s history from 11th and 13th century. King
    Lalibela excavated the magnificent rock hewn churches (An official 8th Wonder of the World). The first
    group of rock hewn churches are defined as “Earthly Jerusalem”. Ride mules to Asheten Mariam
    Mountain top to view the ancient church.

    Visit markets for local crafts. Check into hotel. Enjoy dinner and relax for the balance of the day.

    Overnight at Hotel – TBD(Meals included B, D)

    DAY 14 – Sunday, 2 July


    Lalibela

    After breakfast, continue visiting the balance of the rock-hewn churches. The 2nd and 3rd group of
    rock hewn churches of Lalibela are known as “Heavenly Jerusalem”. Visit markets for local crafts
    and religious art, enjoy dinner and relax for the balance of the day.

    Overnight at Hotel – TBD(Meals included B, D)

    DAY 15 – Monday, 3 July


    Lalibela / Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, check out of hotel, transfer to airport and take domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to
    Addis Ababa.

    Arrival / Welcome back to Addis Ababa

    Transfer from airport to hotel for check in. On your own for balance of the evening for shopping,
    dinner on own and organizing your belongs for the return flight home.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel(Meals included B)

    DAY 16 –Tuesday, 4 July


    Lalibela / Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, check out of hotel, transfer to airport and take domestic Ethiopian Airline flight to
    Addis Ababa.

    Arrival / Welcome back to Addis Ababa

    Transfer from airport to hotel for check in. On your own for balance of the evening for shopping,
    dinner on own and organizing your belongs for the return flight home.

    Overnight at Getfam Hotel(Meals included B)

    DAY 16 –Tuesday, 4 July


    Addis Ababa
    After breakfast, visit remaining sites, do final shopping, rest and finish packing.

    Departure for United States

    Early in the evening check out of hotel, transfer to airport, check in, check baggage, clear customs and
    board Ethiopian Airline flight for departure to final destination. (Meals included B)

    DAY 17 – Wednesday, 5 July

    Arrive at Los Angeles Airport. Claim checked baggage and clear customs.

    End of Itinerary

    Maps of Senegal, The Gambia and Ethiopia with locations on itinerary marked with stars

    Maps of Ethiopia with locations on itinerary marked with stars

    Map of Ethiopia with the destinations of Lalibela and Akum marked with stars

    Included in Air and Land Cost

    • International flights as per the itinerary, in coach seating, as per the itinerary
    • All Domestic flights in Ethiopia in coach seating, as per the itinerary
    • All airport departure taxes (international departure taxes to be paid in USD)
    • Visa fees for Ethiopia and The Gambia
    • All ground transportation and transfers as per itinerary or similar
    • All accommodations based on double occupancy, as specified in this itinerary or similar
    • All meals as specified within the itinerary, noted as in B,L,D
    • Entrance fees for all tours and excursions specified in the itinerary or similar
    • Gratuities for tour guides, hotel baggage and restaurant servers for itinerary identified meal
    • Professional English-speaking local guides

    Not Included in Land Cost

    • Excess baggage charges
    • Passport fees
    • Required immunizations: Yellow Fever is required for Senegal, The Gambia and Ethiopia
    • Meals not specified in this itinerary
    • En route meals, hotels, transportation, and other arrangements
    • All drinks except bottled water or soda with meals
    • Personal items such as laundry, email, fax, telephone, souvenirs, etc.
    • Gratuities for tour and site guides and drivers
    • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage insurance (Note: This optional coverage
    • is highly recommended and it can be purchased through your local insurance company)

    • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the African Focus Tour, such as delayed
      or cancelled flights

    REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A VISA FOR ENTRY INTO ETHIOPIA

    1. Types of Visas – The types of visa most commonly issued by the Embassy are:

    ATourist Visa for US National

    • Duration: Multiple entry/single entry up to 2 (two) years
    • Amount of Fees – $70.00 USD

    B – Tourist Visa for Non US National

    • See duration with fee schedule at Ethiopia Embassy Visa Website

    C – Business / Employment Visa for US Nationals and others

    • See duration with fee schedule at Ethiopia Embassy Visa Website

    2. An applicant shall complete a visa application form in duplicates (2 copies) and attach two (2) passport size photographs which were taken not more than three (3) months from the date of submitting the application.
    3. An applicant should possess a return air ticket, which should be submitted upon request, especially in the case of an application for tourist visa.
    4. When an application for a visa is turned down, the visa-issuing officer is not obliged to offer any explanation. An applicant may however re-apply for a review.
    5. VISA FEES
    Money order, Cashier’s check or Certified bank check made payable to the Embassy of Ethiopia.

    Note: Personal and company checks are not accepted.
    Cash payments: Please do not mail cash.

    Please email us at afstours@africanfocus.org once you received your visa for verification.
    6. Visa application fees are non-refundable.

    7. ln accordance with INTERNATIONAL SANITARY REGULATIONS all persons entering Senegal and Ghana are required to have a valid certificate of immunization against yellow fever. Carry the yellow fever certificate of immunization with the passport and present it at the port of entry in Senegal.
    8. Carry a photocopy of traveler’s round-trip ticket or itinerary

     

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    Key Cultural and Customs you need to know

    CULTURAL/CUSTOMS & OTHER KEY THINGS TO KNOW

    When you visit do not come with a romanticized notion about Africa or you will be disappointed and unnecessarily frustrated. Come with open eyes and an open mind, knowing that most African countries are developing nations. There is much to do and we can be a positive contributory part of it. Keep in mind that Africa is not America or Europe nor do we want it to be. We are Mother Africa’s children returning home and we want to be part of Mother Africa’s growth and development.

    • Never ask an African “Are you crazy or mad?” It is a big insult- almost unforgivable.
    • It is important to be generous, to receive the generosity of others (i.e., accept food or water offered or graciously say, No thank you”.
    • Do not turn up your nose or “mash up” (frown) your face.
    • It is standard practice to shake hands when introduced and when leaving. It is an insult to shake hands with the left hand or to wave to an older person or a person of higher social status or rank.
    • It is customary when giving something to use your right hand and in greeting more than one person, start shaking hands from right, moving to the left.
    • Crossing one’s legs in the house of worship or while sitting in front of a chief or someone of higher status or rank is considered extremely rude.
    • It is important to greet people first, before asking for their services.
    • Whenever you visit an African’s home, it is their custom to offer you water first, if you cannot drink the water, politely decline, explaining that you are not accustomed to the drinking water. Next, your host will ask, “Is someone in pursuit of you)?” After you answer and that is out of the way, you are then asked, “What is the nature of your visit?”
    • Raising the thumb improperly is equivalent to raising the middle finger in the United States.
    • The American circular finger and thumb “OK” sign is also considered obscene.
    • Secure your money properly & be aware of pickpockets in crowed places.
    • No photo taking allowed at Airports, state office building, and other government facilities. Your film will be confiscated and you could be arrested.
    • Bank Account Requirements: 2 Passport style pictures, drivers license and Passport. www.ubagroup.com
    • When packing luggage remember that less is better. You will want to purchase clothing and artifacts to bring home.
      You are allowed 2 bags of 50 pounds for check in and 1 carry on & a Small bag.
      Packing less will allow sufficient space to accommodate your purchases during the journey.

    Trip Departure Information & What to Pack tips

    DEPARTURE & REMINDER LIST BEFORE YOUR TRIP

    1.We have customized the list of things that you need to consider before departing to Africa with us. If you have specific need or question, please email us at afstours@africanfocus.org and one of our tour team leaders will get back to you.
    2. Gratuities: Included in the African Focus Inc. tour price are tips for hospitality services that will be provided in Africa This amount is based off the numbers of confirmed tour participants. This will allow us to expedite services. You can give additional tips to anyone who gives you great services or whoever you choose. This is basic tips for tour staffs, including drivers, Guides at all sites, Hotel staff and Entertainment as specified in the itinerary.
    3. When you visit do not come with a romanticized notion about Africa or you will be disappointed and unnecessarily frustrated. Come with open eyes and an open mind, knowing that most of the African countries are developing nation. There is much to do and we can be a positive contributory part of it. Keep in mind that Africa is not America or Europe nor do we want it to be.
    4. Airline Ticket: Upon meeting all the travelling requirement, you will be issued E- ticket and the airline website and access to your ticket will be provided. To make changes or obtain your ticket you will be required to login with your confirmation number to access your flight info, change seats, add special services, add frequent flyer number, e-mail address, emergency contacts and more. Print the e-ticket and put with your passport. If you have any issues with accessing your ticket or see incorrect details on your flight itinerary or have questions in general please contact us immediately
    5. Make sure you secure your personal documents including passport, ticket etc. (Scan a copy of these documents, save on your e-mail and leave a copy with family).
    6. Please verify all travel documents and have them secured for your travel date.
    7. Arrive at the Airport 3 hours to give yourself enough time to check in, go through security and get on the flight. However this may be subject to change due to prevailing travelling and airport activities during the time of the trip.
    8. Check Baggage: Two (2) check in bags, with a 50 pound limit per bag, are allowed for each ticket holder. Make sure your bags are secured with a lock and name tag. Verify all labeling of bags. Note most airlines charges extra for overweight bags 51-70 pounds and $200 fee for an additional checked bag. No bags are allowed over 70 pounds.
    9. Carry-on Baggage: You may carry on one bag and one personal item at no charge. Please note that all items must easily fit into the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.
    10. When packing luggage remember that less is better. You will want to purchase clothing and artifacts to bring back.
    12. As part of this trip, we will visit a school and/or an orphange, please contact us for a list of items to bring for such visit, generally bringing school supplies books, bags, paper, pencils, calculators, clothing etc.
    14. Bring any necessary medicine that you may need in the carry-on baggage. DO NOT PACK any necessary medications in the checked baggage.
    15. Camera/ Camcorder: bring extra film or memory card and rechargeable batteries. If you have electronics bring a converter, foreign adapters and an extension cord.
    16. Travel Iron, Alarm clock, plastic bags, compact umbrella, waterproof poncho and other convenient accessories.
    17. Mosquito spray or repellant or Citronella oil which is an excellent insect repellent. (Avoid wearing scented lotions or oils, mosquitoes like sweet scents). Note most of these sprays have dangerous chemicals so do your research for the safest things to use.
    18. Calculator for basic things like currency exchange. Bring big bills $50s & $100s to get the best exchange rate for your money. 19. Bring as much cash as you think you want to spend.
    20. The weather is going to vary from East to West Africa.

    East Africa will be in the low to mid-60s in June. Be prepared for rain. Bring layered clothing, including a jacket.

    West Africa will be in the low 70’s to mid-80 like Jamaica. Bring light clothing; sandals, shorts, walking shoes, sundress, tank tops, swimwear etc. Bring Casual/ African clothing for certain night life and evening events like business network/ conference, welcome and farewell dinners.
    21. No photo taking allowed at Airports, state office buildings, and other government facilities. Your film will be confiscated and you could be arrested.
    22. African Focus organized tours does not offer travel insurance but it can be purchased from an independent insurer. Passport Health is one of the companies that have locations in different parts of the United States that offers travel and health services. www.passporthealthusa.com.
    23. Toiletries including toilet tissue, soaps, feminine napkins, wet wipes, facial tissues, wash cloth, beach towel, laundry soap etc.
    24. Africans are very friendly! However, be wary of people who just want to make quick money off you and make promises they cannot keep. You should know as much as possible about the people you are planning to do business with.
    26. Emergency things: Flash light, basic first aid kit, laxative, Pepto Bismal or similar product, Decongestants, Anti Diarrhea, Dramamine, any related emergency medicine or materials. Note: these medicines are not all natural; do your research for the safest and healthiest.
    27. Please focus on enjoying yourself and accomplishing your mission. Do not get distracted by others or get caught up in complaining. This is an experience that will have its ups and downs; it’s a part of your introduction to Africa. We recommend you go with the flow and enjoy your time in paradise around the wonderful itinerary that we have put together on this Journey of a Lifetime.
    28. Remember to have your yellow fever card or waiver to present at the point of entry into Ethiopia, Senegal and The Gambia before you get to customs to avoid any delay.
    29. When you get to baggage claim in airport, get your own free cart and put only your bags on it. Make sure you have your checked bag receipts from when you check your bags. These numbers need to match the ones on your bags to show during your final airport exit. Do not let anyone else push your cart while proceeding to the bus. Note: a meeting point will be identified before we arrive at the airport. Once we are ready we will exit the airport together and get on our bus to the hotel.
    30. Bring things to the holocaust dungeons like several candles to light in the different dungeons, a picture of an ancestor or anything you want to make this moment special.

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