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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
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!
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!
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!
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.