One of the most beautiful, diverse countries in Africa, a trip to Tanzanian is at the top of many people’s bucket lists. With more than 25% of land in Tanzania devoted to parks and wildlife reserves, Tanzania is home to the safari. The word safari itself means journey in the country’s national language of Swahili, and journey really is the correct way to describe it. A safari is not simply wildlife viewing, it is an inspiring and transformative journey through various cultural, natural and wild experiences. The educational trip not only gives you an appreciation for nature but also broadens your perspective to a new way of seeing the world. Your knowledge of African culture, history, biodiversity, and ways of life will be greatly expanded during your various experiences here as you travel from one national park to another. Let naturalist guides and local experts introduce you to this fascinating land with an immersive educational journey.

Highlights of the Trip

  • Connect with local culture by visiting a traditional community
  • Learn about diverse habitats as you spot herbivores on a safari at Lake Manyara
  • Deepen your understanding of conservation and biodiversity with a Serengeti safari
  • Witness the world’s largest unbroken caldera at Ngorongoro crater
  • Gain knowledge from wildlife experts and naturalist guides with educational discussions

Key Pillars

Service: Learn about and support MEDLIFE’s work bringing medicine, education, and development to families in Africa and Latin America.

Environment: Stay in eco-friendly accommodations or camp as you learn about protecting the beautiful landscapes and incredible animals you encounter.

Education: Through experiential learning and engaging discussions you will deepen your knowledge of culture and the environment.

Life-changing experiences: Be blown away by the majesty and immensity of the African wilderness. Exchange stories with locals and build meaningful connections.

Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: Saturday

Arrive in Arusha and enjoy a free day. In the evening, you will have a chance to meet the group and review our plan for the week with a welcome meeting. 

Overnight in Arusha




Day 2: Sunday

Discover the African Savannah as the first rays of light peek over the horizon on your full-day in Arusha National Park. After a relatively quick 1.5-hour drive, you’ll enter the lush green grasslands of the park. Your naturalist guide will help you spot wildlife throughout your entire adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for herds of antelope and warthogs. There are a plethora of giraffes, zebras, and buffalo – and if you’re lucky, maybe even a leopard! You’ll be sure to spot a variety of species in this uniquely beautiful habitat.

Overnight in Arusha



Day 3: Monday

Learn about local indigenous culture on an immersive village tour. Experience the day-to-day life of nomadic herder communities as they share their stories and folklore. In the afternoon, head to Lake Manyara, known as ‘the loveliest lake in Africa.’ Continue to learn about biodiversity and conservation from your expert guide as you spot various herbivores, including hippos, impalas, wildebeests, elephants, and more.

Overnight in Manyara Lodge



Day 4: Tuesday

Today, we will travel from Manyara to Serengeti National Park where you’re sure to be mesmerized by the endless plains. Enjoy a relaxing evening as the group settles into the campsite. Be sure to get an early night so you’re well rested for tomorrow’s safari!

Camping Overnight



Day 5: Wednesday

There is nothing comparable on this planet to a safari in Africa and there is no better place on earth to enjoy this enriching experience than in Tanzania. Today you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the splendor of the Serengeti, one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife reserves. Your naturalist guide will share their knowledge of ecosystems and flora and fauna. With their expertise (and some good luck) you might spot all of Africa’s “big five” – elephants, rhinos, cape buffalo, leopards, and lions!

Camping Overnight



Day 6: Thursday

Wake up bright and early to depart the camp and head to Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is not only the largest unbroken caldera in the world but it is also one of the new 7 natural wonders of Africa and a World Heritage Site. Ngorongoro is thought to have formed approximately 2.5 million years ago from a giant volcano whose cone collapsed inwards after a major eruption. You will learn all about this and more during your guided visit with an expert! 

Camping Overnight 



Day 7: Friday

Travel back to Arusha as your African safari adventure comes to an end. Participate in educational discussions as the group takes a moment to reflect on all that we’ve learned during the trip.

Overnight in Arusha




Day 8: Saturday

Depart Arusha or travel to Moshi to join your Service Learning Trip group for the week ahead.


Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.