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Tanzania

October 6–17, 2019

Trip Highlights

This comprehensive adventure brings you up close with Tanzania’s most famous wildlife as well as its people. Interact with the Maasai and Hadzabe Bushmen, plus visit farms, schools, and health clinics to give context and authenticity to this cultural education. The expedition culminates in the legendary Serengeti, where you will see the vast migrating herds and many predators who follow them. Our camps are positioned right where the seasonal migrations are most prolific. Not only that, your game viewing takes place on foot as well as in safari vehicles, a rare approach that provides the most up-close and thrilling safari experience ever.

  • Engage with Peace Corps projects and partnering NGOs, focusing on healthcare, education, economic and sustainable wellbeing.

  • Follow the Serengeti herds during the legendary Great Migration, the world’s largest terrestrial mammal movement.

  • Celebrate African culture as you explore communities, have lunch in a village home, browse the markets and visit local schools.

  • Seek out the Big Five in Ngorongoro Crater, a natural amphitheater with one of the earth’s richest concentrations of wildlife.

  • Learn clues to the origins of mankind at Olduvai Gorge, where Louis and Mary Leakey discovered important fossil remains.

  • Embark on a walking safari in the Serengeti, a unique safari experience compared to that of standard game drives.

ACCOMMODATION

Prices are based on shared rooms. Travelers will be assigned by gender to a twin room with 2 separate beds. If you wish to have a private room, you will be charged a supplemental fee. Single supplements will be billed approximately 95 to 125 days prior to departure when the rooming list is finalized.

PHYSICAL LEVEL

This tour can involve long days outdoors, a good amount of walking/light hiking in the sun, driving along unpaved and bumpy roads, long journeys by van, and other similarly challenging scenarios.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Price includes accommodations, meals, entrance fees, and activities as indicated in the itinerary, private transportation unless otherwise noted in itinerary, non-alcoholic beverages with meals, local guides in each region for duration of program.

  • Guided interpretation
  • Private transportation
  • Community engagement
  • Accommodations
  • Activities and park fees
  • Meals
  • Bottled water on the bus
  • Carbon offsetting

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

International airfare, gratuities, or items of a personal nature are not included.

CANCELLATION POLICY

A $250 per person deposit and enrollment form is due to secure your reservation. This deposit is refundable until 95 days prior to departure excluding a $100 cancellation fee. Non-refundable final payment is due at 95 days prior to departure.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure

Depart from United States on your international flight.

Day 2 - Arusha

Arrive in Amsterdam and then continue your journey to Arusha. Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your lodge. The rooms are available for check-in at 12:00 pm.

Overnight at Ambureni Coffee Lodge.

Day 3 - Arusha

Begin your journey with a focus on learning about the educational and health systems in Tanzania. Our first visit will be to a Peace Corps project at a secondary school to understand how volunteers are supporting goals of improving achievement in math, science, and English proficiency, plus supporting Tanzanian teachers with content-based, student-centered teaching techniques. After lunch, we will visit a health clinic in Arusha and meet with health workers to understand the focus of HIV/AIDS prevention and primary healthcare education. Learn how volunteers are also involved with care and support for orphans and vulnerable children. Then return to the lodge for some free time to rest before dinner.

Overnight at Ambureni Coffee Lodge.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 4 - Tarangire National Park

Depart Arusha for a visit to a local farm to learn about a Peace Corps project on sustainable agriculture initiatives and natural resources management. Tanzania’s rural poverty rates and food insecurity have dramatically increased, and land management is increasingly important. Learn about agricultural techniques such as livestock rearing, fuel-efficient stove construction, water storage, and sanitation construction. After lunch, travel to Tarangire National Park and Osupuko Tarangire Lodge. After arrival and check-in, we have our first game drive later in the afternoon.

Overnight at Tarangire Osupuko Lodge.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 5 - KARATU

Embark on our second game drive in Tarangire. Look for elephants, impalas, buffalos, and lesser kudus. Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park of Tanzania, located about 75 miles southwest of Arusha. It is famous for its large herds of elephants, birding, and authentic safari atmosphere. The landscape and vegetation of the park is incredibly diverse. This park is a little gem, especially for elephant enthusiasts! Enjoy the beautiful views over the Tarangire River, where large families of elephants often gather. After our game drive, return to the lodge for lunch, then depart for Karatu. En route, visit Losirwa Primary School and meet with educators to learn about their system.

Overnight at Marera Valley Lodge.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 6 - Karatu

Walk to the Maasai Village from the lodge early in the morning, arriving in time to see the Maasai women milking their cows and preparing breakfasts, while the men are preparing to take the cows, goats, and sheep grazing for the day. After breakfast, visit Mto wa Mbu Village. The cultural experience in Mto wa Mbu (pronounced “UM-to WAM-bu”) includes lunch – you may even have the opportunity to help in the preparation. Food is grown locally and includes 30 varieties of banana; they even make banana beer! You will see local craftsmen from different tribes, visit their farms to see their innovative irrigation methods, and observe the local schools. Return to the lodge for lunch and a free afternoon. In the evening, we will have a talk on rural economics and agriculture. Learn how volunteers create and facilitate opportunities for villagers to improve their livelihoods through sustainable agriculture.

Overnight at Marera Valley Lodge.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 7 - Serengeti

Check out from the lodge to visit with Hadzabe Bushmen. A local expert will serve as an interpreter while you interact with members of the community to learn about their culture and witness their daily rituals, including preparing arrows for game hunting. The Hadzabe Bushmen live in the area around Lake Eyasi in Tanzania’s eastern Rift Valley. Their unique language is composed of clicks, similar to the languages of the Khoisan peoples of South Africa. Despite constant pressures from the outside world, they have managed to keep to the simple, yet challenging, way of life of their ancestors. They are one of the few remaining hunter-gatherer societies left in Africa, living off what berries, roots, honey, and tubers they can forage and any game they are able to kill. Men hunt with bows and poisoned arrows, and the meat is shared with the whole community. With so few material possessions to worry about, the Hadzabe easily pick up and move their homes depending on the seasons and where the food is more plentiful. During the dry season they dwell in simple huts, but once the heavy rains arrive they move into the shelter of local caves. After the visit, begin your journey to Serengeti National Park. Your destination is the Mbugani Seronera Camp. Upon arrival, you’ll have lunch and get settled into your tented suite. Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity for a game drive before dinner under the stars.

Overnight at Mbugani Seronera Camp.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 8 - Serengeti

Spend the day adventuring on a safari and immerse yourself in the daily life of the wildlife inhabiting Serengeti National Park. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of the world famous annual migration of over a million wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle. The Serengeti stretches an area of 5,500 square miles and is divided into two distinct geographical zones: the vast grasslands of the south, and the woodlands of the north and west. Other wild game at the park includes buffalo, elephants, and giraffes. A boxed lunch will be provided during the safari. Evening campfire and stargazing.

Overnight at Mbugani Seronera Camp.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 9 - Ngorongoro Crater

Go on an early morning game drive at the Serengeti, then return to camp for a late breakfast. Then travel to Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge. Nicknamed the “Cradle of Mankind,” this famous anthropological site is located on a steep sided ravine approximately 30 miles long and 295 feet deep. During an informative onsite lecture, learn about the accomplishments of Drs. Louis and Mary Leakey, archaeologists who excavated key hominid fossils that provided significant understanding of the course of human evolution. Exposed deposits show fossils and remains of objects dating as far back as 2 million to 15,000 years ago. Continue to the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Upon arrival and check-in, you will have lunch with amazing views of the crater below. The afternoon is free for personal pursuits.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 10 - Ngorongoro Crater

You will have full day to experience Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site and often called the 8th Wonder of the World. Ngorongoro is a sunken caldera, 10 by 12 miles in diameter. Ngorongoro is one of the most spectacular places to spot animals in Africa, and contains an impressive variety of wildlife including black mane lion, the highly endangered black rhino, herds of wildebeest, zebra, elephant, ostrich, and hippo.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 11 - Arusha

Midmorning we will make a visit to a local coffee producer to tour the facilities and explore the emerging economy of coffee production in the region. After lunch at the lodge, depart for Arusha, where you’ll be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Day 12 - Arrive in U.S.

Arrive home.

 
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full trip price - $4,450 ($550 single supplement)

trip size: Maximum of 13

This purchase and the associated trip is made available via a close partnership with Holbrook Travel–an RPCV recommended operator.

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A Note on the Final Itinerary:

Itineraries and pricing are subject to change. Travel almost always involves unexpected situations so things might need to be re-arranged at times. However, it is important to remember that travel is all about the journey, and so even the unexpected situations we may face should be treated as part of the overall experience.