Day 1 - Departure
Depart from United States on your international flight.
Day 2 - Arusha
This morning you will arrive in Amsterdam, and then continue your journey to Arusha. Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport this evening, after clearing customs and collecting your luggage, you will be met and transferred to your lodge for overnight. The rooms are available for check-in at 12 pm. Overnight at Ambureni Coffee Lodge.
Day 3 - Arusha
After breakfast we have a brief orientation to meet your specialist guide. We will begin our journey in Tanzania 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 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. We return to our lodge with time free time to rest before dinner. Overnight at Ambureni Coffee Lodge. (BLD)
Day 4 - Tarangire National Park
This morning 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. (BLD)
Day 5 - KARATU
This morning, 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. (BLD)
Day 6 - Karatu
Early in the morning walk to the Maasai Village from the lodge, 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, we 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. This evening we 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. (BLD)
Day 7 - Serengeti
Early this morning, 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 building a fire and 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. Once you’re inside the park, the game drive begins. 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. (BLD)
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. (BLD)
Day 9 - Ngorongoro Crater
Go on an early morning game drive at Serengeti, then return to camp for a late breakfast. Afterward, 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. This afternoon is at leisure to prepare for tomorrow’s observation project in the crater. Overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. (BLD)
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. Animals are found throughout the year due to the permanent availability of grass and water. Ngorongoro is one of the most spectacular places to spot game 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. (BLD)
Day 11 - Arusha
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on our last morning. 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. (BL)
Day 12 - Arrive in U.S.