AFRICAN LAND CONFERENCE & SAFARI ADVENTURE 2023

CREDIT UNION SURVIVAL STRATEGIES

August 11th – 23rd, 2023

GO FROM SURVIVAL TO THRIVAL MODE TO IMPACT YOUR CREDIT UNION’S FUTURE

It’s a real Jungle out there! Credit Unions can’t continue to simply react to change, but must become more flexible to quickly make adjustments. To go from a survival to a thrival mode, credit unions must be able to anticipate and prepare for those unexpected challenges and opportunities heading their way. Times and locations for Educational sessions will be announced daily by the EduCruise Group Leader

This Private Small Group Safari Trip is limited to 10 COUPLES MAX.

We will explore magnificent national parks and reserves on this exciting Kenya and Tanzania safari around the time of the incredible GREAT MIGRATION! Travel from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game area. You will embark on morning and afternoon game drives in the “Mara,” home to lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, wildebeest and zebra. Next, explore Amboseli National Park, known for its spectacular views of 19,341 feet high Mount Kilimanjaro. Here, you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of elephants, Cape buffalo, and more.

Cross the border into Tanzania and journey to Lake Manyara National Park. Explore this ecologically diverse park on a morning game drive. In Karatu, visit a local school to interact with the children. Your escorted African safari continues to the amazing Ngorongoro area with its astonishing crater measuring 2,000 feet deep and spanning 102 square miles. Revel in the fantastic game-viewing vantage point to spot lion, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. Next, you will enter Serengeti National Park, site of the seasonal great migration of wildebeest, but a great game-viewing area year-round. Covering 5,700 square miles, the Serengeti will thrill you with both morning and afternoon game drives with the chance to see Nile crocodiles, big cats, giraffes, and gazelles.

This guided Africa Safari through Kenya and Tanzania is a dream-come-true for the adventurous of spirit. It is truly a life changing experience!

CREDIT UNION TOPICS WE WILL EXPLORE

  • Growth Strategies for Surviving an Economic & Regulatory Jungle
  • Greatness, Not Just Goodness, Needed in a New Era of CU Change & Innovation
  • Leadership Strategies for Moving Your Credit Union from just Surviving to Thriving 
  • Big Ideas Session: participant hot topic discussion –the sharing of successes, stumbles, and lessons learned – best practices exchange
  • Striving for Relevance in a Competitive Landscape
  • Principles in Thrival Leadership: Exploring the Common Denominators of Successful Credit Union Leaders
  • Lessons Learned from Local African Credit Union Leaders
  • And much more

BENEFITS FOR YOU & YOUR CREDIT UNION:

  • Receive Free Consultation with our industry leaders
  • Participate in timely educational sessions & several nightly networking discussions
  • Take home examples of proven credit union success strategies that can make a difference
  • Discover how an effective Board/Management Team equals future success
  • Learn from others about their Credit Union's strategic plans
  • Discover how your credit union can thrive in times of fast paced change
  • Create a game-plan for future survival during rough times
  • Find solutions to problems your CU is facing today, and will soon be encountering
  • Share with other CU volunteers and management staff from across the country
  • Learn how local African credit unions are surviving tough challenges

DISCUSSION LEADERS

Tony Robinson is President & Founder of Credit Union EduCruises, a credit union conference/cruise and training organization located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Tony has presented credit union educational sessions in numerous states across America, and also in 17 countries around the world. His sessions include such topics as Credit Union Leadership, Board/CEO Communication, Creating World Class Member Service, Understanding Why Some Credit Unions Fail, Credit Union Board/Management Succession Planning, and much more. Tony is known for his fast-paced, creative and fun presentation style!

Before founding Credit Union EduCruises, Tony had leadership positions with the CUNA Mutual Group, Tennessee Credit Union League, EPL Software & Data Processing, and two large credit unions. He was also the Founder of Masterful Events, Inc., a credit union training and consulting company.

Tony has a BS Degree in Business from the University of South Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Southeast CUNA Management School and the CUNA Graduate Management School.

 

Tony Robinson, CEO
Credit Union EduCruises

ABOUT THE LODGING

Thoughts of safari conjure visions of wildlife and beautiful landscapes, but safari accommodations are equally as diverse and play an integral part of the safari experience. Where you eat, sleep, and relax is important after a rewarding day in the bush. Safari lodges typically feature more of the comforts of a traditional hotel, with unique designs that showcase the local charm. Tented camps invite you to feel at one with nature as you sleep under the canvas, without sacrificing many of the comforts found in lodge accommodations. Roughing it never felt so good! Our Safari tour company has personally visited and hand selected the some of the best safari lodges and tented camps that deliver comfort, top-notch service, and the best amenities. And location? You’ll stay in the heart of some of Africa’s most celebrated national parks, game reserves, and conservancies. Check in perfectly relaxed knowing we’ve already checked everything out.

SCHEDULE

Day 1: Friday, August 11, 2023
ARRIVE IN NAIROBI, KENYA
Welcome to Africa! Arrive this evening, check in to your hotel, and prepare for your safari adventure!
Hotel: Tamarind Tree Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Saturday August 12, 2023
NAIROBI, KENYA
Free day to relax and enjoy Nairobi.
Hotel: Tamarind Tree Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Sunday August 13, 2023
NAIRROBI–MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
This morning depart for Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game area. After lunch at your lodge, set out on your first game drive in search of the “Big 5” lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.
Hotel: Mara Sopa Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Monday August 14, 2023
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Today, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the “Mara,” as it is called by locals. Part of the Serengeti ecosystem, the reserve boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena.
Hotel: Mara Sopa Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tuesday August 15, 2023
MAASAI MARA–NAIROBI–AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK AREA
Today, board a plane for the quick flight to Nairobi. After a short break, drive to Amboseli National Park, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. Embark on an afternoon game drive before settling in at your lodge.
Hotel: Amboseli Sopa Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wednesday August 16, 2023
AMBOSELI AREA
Morning and afternoon game drives offer you a great opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog and more. During the heat of the day, relax at your lodge.
Hotel: Amboseli Sopa Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Thursday August 17, 2023
AMBOSELI AREA–ARUSHA–LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK AREA
This morning cross the border into Tanzania. After lunch in Arusha, proceed to your camp overlooking Lake Manyara.
Hotel: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Friday August 18, 2023
LAKE MANYARA AREA–NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Lake Manyara National Park is a small, ecologically diverse park with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. The park is also home to the world’s largest concentration of baboon. Watch for these mischievous primates, giraffe, hippo, and more on your morning game drive. Then, journey to your lodge and enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon. Perhaps join an optional trip to a local primary school to meet the children.
Hotel: Marera Valley Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Saturday August 19, 2023
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Descend into the crater for a full-day game drive. Ngorongoro Crater is technically a caldera, the world’s largest unflooded one, in fact, at more than 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles. Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year-round. You can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant and flamingo. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater.
Hotel: Marera Valley Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Sunday August 20, 2023
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA–SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Today drive to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, it attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing year-round. Enjoy lunch at your lodge before an afternoon game drive.
Hotel: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Monday August 21, 2023
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles, so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word siringit meaning “endless plains.” Continue your exploration during morning and afternoon game drives. You have the chance to see the big cats, lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as an abundance of other animals, including the Nile crocodile, giraffe, gazelle and eland.
Hotel: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Tuesday August 22, 2023
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK–ARUSHA
Fly back to Arusha and transfer to the Mount Meru Hotel. Relax and enjoy a day at leisure.
Hotel: Mount Meru Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Wednesday, August 23, 2023
ARUSHA
Transfer to the Arusha Airport for your flight home.
Meal: Breakfast

Daily Itinerary is subject to change.

RATES

Double Occupancy
$5,780.00 per person

Single Occupancy
$6,734.00 per person

*Arrival Airport/Hotel Transfers: Nairobi - $27.00 / Arusha - $53
(Transfer rates are based on 2022 and are subject to change)

CU EduCruises Information:
$1,800.00 registration fee for the seminar attendee if paid by credit card (not each person)
$1,700.00 registration fee for the seminar attendee if paid by check

WHAT YOUR RATE INCLUDES:

  • Two-night hotel stay at Tamarind Tree Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya (or similar)
  • Two-night hotel stay at Mara Sopa Lodge in Maasai Mara National Reserve Area (or similar)
  • Two-night hotel stay at Amboseli Sopa Lodge in Amboseli National Park Area (or similar)
  • One-night hotel stay at Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp at Lake Manyara National Park (or similar)
  • Two-night hotel stay at Marera Valley Lodge at Ngorongoro Conservation Area (or similar)
  • Two-night hotel stay at Serengeti Sopa Lodge at Serengeti National Park (or similar)
  • One-night hotel stay at Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha (or similar)
  • Hotel taxes and surcharges
  • Two inter-African flights - Maasai Mara National Reserve to Wilson Airport, and Serengeti National Park to Arusha Airport including taxes and fees
  • Meals to include twelve breakfasts, nine lunches, and nine dinners
  • Daily guided safaris by local experts

Sightseeing Highlights to include:

  • Nairobi: Pre-Tour hotel night and free day 
  • Maasai Mara Nation Reserve: Game drives in search of the “Big 5” lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo
  • Amboseli National Park: Scenic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, game drive to view elephant
  • Lake Manyara National Park Area: Home to the world’s largest concentration of baboon; game drive to see giraffe, hippo and more
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area:  Descend into a crater for a full-day game drive with best opportunity to see the rare black rhinoceros 
  • Serengeti National Park:  Home of the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, enjoy game drives with a chance to see Nile crocodile, giraffe, gazelle, eland, cheetah, and leopard  
  • Arusha: Free day for relaxation 
  • Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
  • Not Included: Airline flights, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, Country entrance fees, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection strongly recommended!. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable Travel insurance options.
    • Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
    • Final Payment: No later than May 2, 2023
    • Requirements: A valid US passport is necessary with a minimum validity of 6 months from date of return. A Visa is required to enter both Kenya and Tanzania. Fox World Travel will provide information and fee info necessary to secure both Visas. Official proof of manditory vaccines to include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, COVID. Check the CDC website for suggested and mandatory vaccinations, as well as recommended medications, such as Malaria pills

Important Information:

  • Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase and any hand luggage must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 lbs. Laundry facilities are available in most lodges and camps.
  • We do not recommend this trip to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off game park trails.
  • Guests will be required to sign a liability waiver before travel to acknowledge the risks of game viewing.
  • Prior to departure, we recommend reading country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State 
  • PLASTIC BAG BAN: In an effort to reduce pollution several African governments have passed laws banning single use plastic bags. This ban impacts at least one country you are visiting. Due to this, plastic bags should be left at home and bags given for items purchased at the airport, including duty free, should be left on the plane when disembarking. Failure to comply could result in large fines. Multi-use toiletry/packing bags are not part of the ban, and at this stage, an exception is being made for tourists to carry Ziploc bags for toiletries. 
  • US citizens require a visa for KENYA & TANZANIA. Fox World Travel will provide guests with additional information and fee information to secure the visas. 
  • This Conference & Safari is limited to 10 COUPLES MAX!
  • Cancellation Penalties:
    From date of deposit to May 2, 2023 - Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
    May 3, 2023 to June 6, 2023 - 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
    June 7, 2023  to July 11, 2023 - 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
    July 12, 2023 to 0 days prior to travel - No refunds

This Conference & Safari is limited to 10 Couples! 

To attend conference and/or to take advantage of these low group rates, all Safari reservations must be booked through our travel affiliate Fox World Travel.  The Safari deposit and conference registration fee is immediately payable upon first booking this conference. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact our FOX World Travel Team at:

educruises@foxworldtravel.com

Toll Free: 1-888-367-2571