The perfect combination of cultural immersion, service learning, adventure, physical activities and game viewing. Tanzania has some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, including the opportunity to spot the rare black rhino. Dramatic views of Kilimanjaro, Tarangire National Park with its unique landscape populated with elephants, the dense forest and tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara and of course, Ngorongoro Crater, a magnificent extinct volcano teeming with wildlife. We get off the beaten track and visit all of these, in the company of our expert safari guide, to the places where we know to be optimal viewing points for wildlife encounters. Stunning sunsets appropriately conclude the day, leaving lasting impressions of the charm and diversity of East Africa. Along with the incredible experience of witnessing the animals in their natural habitat, the other highlight and focus of your adventure, is the meaningful community project work that you will complete at Magara Primary & Secondary School.
You will spend 6 days working alongside the teachers and students, completing multiple tasks that will not only be personally rewarding, but positively impact the students and teachers at the school, and ensure an ongoing improved learning opportunity. The Magara Primary & Secondary School is one that has been long supported by our Community Project Travel division and World Expeditions Foundation. Our continued support, plus your completed, much needed projects will ensure the ongoing maintenance, upkeep and development of the school. There are many tasks that are required at the school and we will know more closer to your departure, however, projects may include: assistance with building and maintenance of recently installed solar panels and a greenhouse, building furniture for the classrooms, painting, general cleaning and possible concreting for newly planned additional classrooms. Your meaningful service work will provide much needed assistance at the school and will be a highly rewarding and enriching experience, providing cherished memories for years to come, for you and the village of Magara.
This is a once in a lifetime expedition not to be missed!
Overall this expedition has a grading of level 3 - "Introductory". This trip involves walking for up to five hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health. Suggested preparation: 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week. For trekking, hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended. The fitter you are for your trip, the more of a holiday it will be. Activities as close to the actual activity on your trip are the best training; in this instance walking with a light pack is the best form of training. This builds leg strength, aerobic capacity and confidence in your ability to travel comfortably with a pack for extended periods. The walking component is easy in terms of degree of difficulty, however the heat can be a major factor and we will be taking advantage of the cool mornings to cover the majority of the days required kilometres. You will be walking through rough country for up to five hours per day at a steady pace.
The community project is also another physical component of the expedition. Although there is no trekking, the restoration and building work being done around the school will be demanding. There will be lots of sanding, hammering, possible painting, load carrying, sweeping, digging and erecting - all of which is tiring but character building! Please speak to your teacher if you are unsure about your suitability for this expedition.
Jambo! After many months of planning and preparing, your adventure is finally here! Upon arriving at Arusha, you will be met by your World Youth Adventures guides at the airport and driven in private transportation to your hotel. After check-in, we will reconvene in the foyer for our Welcome Meeting. After your official welcome and hearing about what to expect over the coming few weeks, we head out to enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar
For your first full day in Tanzania, you will head to the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and learn all about this important organisation. Some of the current projects that TAWIRI conducts are Reducing Human and Elephant Conflict and Improving Elephant Welfare, Effects of Agriculture Activities in Wetland Ecosystems, Serengeti Wild Dogs Project and more. You will walk away with an appreciation of and an insight into, the daily research and conservation work that is necessary for the survival of wildlife in modern day Tanzania. After lunch, we will drive 2.5 hours to Tarangire National Park for your first opportunity at spotting several well known African animals! Once we arrive in the National Park we will spend time this afternoon game viewing within the park. This area has the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, with approximately 2000 sighted along the river at certain times of the year. In the dry season, (July–November) most of the wildlife in the Tarangire ecosystem migrates to the permanent water of the Tarangire River. The lush green shores of the river are a big attraction to many varieties of wildlife, so they offer fantastic game viewing. Dry baobab and acacia trees are scattered widely throughout Tarangire National Park and these provide an ideal home to over 500 species of birds. Most people who have visited East Africa give fabulous accounts of their safaris in this national park, which is famous for both its flora and fauna. After an exciting afternoon we will head to our campsite in the early evening, located within the park, for a well earnt, delicious dinner prepared by our cooks.
Today, you will emerse yourself in Tarangire National park, enjoying a full day of game viewing in the park, under cloudless skies and a fierce sun! Herds of up to 300 elephants, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland - it's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, a smorgasbord for predators, and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk, are regularly observed. Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail. You will be racing around in 4x4s today, spotting wildlife and experiencing the thrill of a safari! Also included today is an easy 2 hour return walk up to a vantage point, providing great views of the surrounding area in the Great Rift Valley. Picnic lunch will be taken in the park amongst some incredible surroundings and we will return to our campsite in the evening, for a hearty dinner out under the endless stars, laughing and sharing stories from what was an incredible day!
We begin bright and early today, as we head off on day one of two, short days of easy walking. We drive to the edge of the national park and wave farewell to our vehicles as begin our walk to Lake Manyara. A support vehicle will be around for those that get tired and to take all our luggage onwards to our campsite. The walk today is entirely flat and easy going and we take advantage of walking in the cool morning to escape the afternoon heat. We will be walking for a total of around 5 hours today and along the way, we will be taking in our incredible Tanzanian surroundings. We will be accompanied by our guide, experienced rangers and our cooking crew who will provide us lunch to keep our energy levels high! We aim to reach Lake Manyara National Park by early afternoon, where you will have time to relax and explore. Lake Manyara National Park is situated between the dramatic Rift Valley escarpment and there is an abundance of animals within only 125 square miles (two thirds of which is Lake), as they attracted by the permanent water in the lake and small rivers. The surrounding forest is jungle-like with giant trees and snaking lianas. Often called Tanzania's water wonderland due to the large number of birds and animals the lake supports, Lake Manyara National Park is also famous for its' tree-climbing lions. Tonight our campsite is nestled in a quiet corner on the northwest of the lake.
This morning we pack up camp and continue on with our walk to Magara, which is where we will based whilst we complete our community project at the Magara Primary & Secondary School. This morning, as we leave Manyara National Park, you will witness more elephants, baboons and warthogs. The park is arguably the best for viewing elephants up close, and has excellent birdlife, including masses of flamingos. Todays walk is again flat and easy and we will walk at a steady pace. We will reach the small village of Magara in time for lunch and in the afternoon, we will head to Magara Primary & Secondary School to meet the students, teachers and site supervisors, who will give us a warm greeting and a tour of the school. We will learn what and where we will be completing our projects and gain an proper understanding of what's expected over the coming week. Our campsite is located a 20 minute walk from the school and is fully set up with hot showers and comfortable camping equipment.
For the following six days we will work alongside the teachers and students from the school on a variety of jobs which will make the school a safer and more enjoyable place to learn. We will attend to the maintenance of recently installed solar panels and assist with building and maintenance of a greenhouse. We will also repair any broken or damaged walls, sand then paint all internal and external woodwork, repair any broken classroom furniture such as desks or chairs, painting blackboards, fix window frames, shutters and doors and perform general cleaning. There is plenty to do! Not all will get completed but we will do the best we can! Your work will involve manual labor and you should be prepared for up to eight hours of work per day. The work will be hard at times but rewarding, constructive and fascinating. We will know more about what exactly the project work will be as we get closer to departure and we are aware of how many people will be joining the expedition, plus how much funds are raised for the purchase of materials.
Each day, you will finish your project by late afternoon and enjoy some free time at the campsite to rest, relax, shower, read and even have the opportunity for interaction with local families in the village, before your included dinners, mostly out, under the tranquil stars. Upon completion, a plague will be mounted to display the hard, incredible and meaningful work done by St. Hilda's School.
After bidding farewell to our new friends at the school we will take an easy 2-3 hour enjoyable walk out of Maraga and then be met by our private vehicles. A 3 hour drive will then take us Karatu where we aim to arrive by mid afternoon. Karatu is a bustling district full of markets, small shops and simple rural living. Here you will see the locals go about their daily life, trading and selling and also have more opportunity to see lions, giraffe and zebra. This afternoon you will enjoy free time at the hotel, before meeting up for a group dinner.
Accommodation: Karatu Hilltop Hotel or similar
After breakfast we head to Ngorongoro Crater for some incredible game viewing! We enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater and spend a maximum of 6 hours game viewing in this unique park. At nearly 2300m, the crater is one of the last refugees for the endangered black rhino in northern Tanzania; the rhino population here is carefully protected and they are quite commonly seen. With over 30,000 animals, the Ngorongoro Crater can be regarded as a “Garden of Eden”. The 100 sq km caldera also has the highest density of lions anywhere in Africa. We will be zooming around in 4x4s today, making sure we have the best opportunity to spot "The Big 5". Watch for lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and hippos. The crater floor offers excellent game viewing all year round and the photo opportunities here are unrivalled!
Accommodation: Karatu Hilltop Hotel or similar
After breakfast, we will board our private coach for the 2.5 hour return drive to Arusha, arriving in town for lunch. After lunch, we will make our way to our hotel, where we will have some free time to freshen up, before we head out for a group farewell dinner, to celebrate the incredible experiences shared and bid a final farewell to Tanzania!
Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar
An included private airport transfer will take you to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.
Per Person, Twin Share