Tanzania is the most country with a fantastically rich wildlife and fascinating cultures like the Maasai. Yet rural life remains simple, and basic infrastructure is still being developed. Settle into a village and work on conservation projects that promote sustainable development, helping to preserve the local environment while improving daily life for residents. Cap off the trip on safari, exploring creative ways to protect the wildlife you encounter.
Society/Community Service Village
Tanzania is a small agricultural village in the lush hills below Mount Meru. We’ll split into small groups and spend our days working with the village residents on a variety of community-initiated projects. Construct a new water-storage tank to aid in irrigation and sustainable crop growth during the dry season. Volunteer at the village primary school or a nearby orphanage, teaching children the importance of protecting the planet. Roll up your sleeves to plant and harvest at a family farm, and interview your hosts about how they’re adapting to a changing climate. Spend a day in Arusha National Park and hear from a ranger about challenges that arise when wildlife encroaches on village life. Propose creative conservation solutions for protecting wildlife from poachers, or strategies for reducing conflict between domesticated and wild animals.
In the late afternoons, get into the rhythm of village life. Play soccer with local kids, shop for dinner at an outdoor market, or write in your journal with views of Kilimanjaro in the distance. Meet with students training for careers in wildlife management, and discuss conservation in the developing world.
Wildlife Safari and Maasai Village
Here we drive from Arusha to Oldonyo Sambu Maasai boma, where, at the invitation of Maasai tribal leaders, we’ll stay a night in a traditional boma/camps settlement a group of mud huts ringed by thorns to keep away predators. We’ll get to know the customs of the Maasai, witness drumming and jumping contests, and learn about their pastoral lifestyle. Join our Maasai hosts for a hike in the Oldonyo Sambu Wilderness Area, where we’ll see impalas, gazelles, and giraffes and learn to identify wildlife scat and tracks.
Then set out on safari in three incredible and very different wildlife parks. In the low woodlands of Tarangire National Park, watch elephant families interact, look for tree-climbing leopards and lions, and spot a myriad of bird species. Ride across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, home to zebras, cheetahs, hippos, and rare rhinos. Finally, descend the Rift Valley escarpment to Lake Manyara, where vast colonies of flamingos often turn the lakeshore pink. In each park, talk with our safari guides about successes and challenges in addressing human wildlife conflict, and learn how animal behavior and migrations are being affected by climate change. Spends our nights in Tented Camps for both three Parks..
Here we’ll spend our last two days at the lodge/Hotel in Arusha city. Then we’ll have a farewell celebration before flying home.
In our host village, girls and boys bunk separately in Houses or Tented camps with shared bathrooms and a group kitchen. We work in teams to help prepare meals. In the Maasai tribal lands and on safari, we stay in tented camps.
DATES & TUITION
July 18 – August 23, 2017
- Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned en suite tented camps and lodges
- Private safari guide
- Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
- Transfers in both directions between the International Airport
- Park fees
- Crater fees
- All meals while on safari
- Airport Arrival/Departure Meet and Greets at the airport
- On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebooks
- Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
- Safaris not Include.
- Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions and/ or quoted separately
*International airport(s) departures taxes (if not included in your ticket)
- Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, internet, laundry etc
*Tourist entry Visa to Kenya or Tanzania or any other country
- Tips and gratuities to driver guides/ lodge/ hotel staff
*All other extras not mentioned in the ‘included’
* All alcoholic drinks, wines and spirits
- International Airfares
- Terms & Conditions for Students Groups
- Only groups are acceptable
- Minimum 14 students and above
- All students Must carry their International Identity Students Cards
- It’s purely a camping safari unless Lodge accommodations are requested.
We allow our clients to schedule/adjust the itinerary according to their time.