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Ngorongoro Crater | Serengeti| Lake Manyara
SAFARI DAYS: 13 DAYS. NIGHT DAYS: 12 DAYS.
Students will enjoy 13 days concentrated program. Devote most of your days finalizing service work in a village close to infinite plain of Serengeti national park home to great wildebeest migration and the famous Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania. Work on organization developments at the local primary school and lead English lessons with the students, spend a day with a roving tribe, the Hadzabe last hunters and gatherers tribe left in Tanzania, learning about their iconic routine. Prize your hard work with an implausible safari through the crater, seeing as many of the 25,000 species as likely that dwell the area.
Your quest for Africa starts upon your arrival in Tanzania. You will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet with a Mama Africa Safaris representative and be transferred by private vehicle to Arusha town for overnight at Kuzuri Tanzania.
Adventure impress, driving to the Northern base located in the heart of the village you will be serving, called Qang dend, situated about 5hrs from Arusha town. This day will be one of acquainting yourself with the village and the people that you will be working meticulously with for the next two weeks, counting appreciated village elders and leaders, teachers from primary or secondary school, vocational training center, the headmaster, masons, and, of course, many of the scholars or students. You will also be introduced to the students you will be spending time with on an education exchange project.
Each morning, you will be allotted to a detailed project, and your team will work together with and under the leadership of a Mama Africa team member and numerous members of the local civic. There will be sufficient time at the school, where you can get to know local students over activities intended to indorse teamwork, residency, cultural skills, and communication. The heart of your time will be consumed by organizational developments, which will likely take the form of classroom renovations, teachers’ housing to improve student-to-teach ratios, or village water access projects. About every other day, you will have time to meet with your training exchange groups to continue to build non-cognitive skills. As you sit with the students, share stories about your families, daily agendas, classes, hopes and dreams, increasing your strong friendship along the way!
After an early morning breakfast, you will jump on a Land cruiser with a local guide from the village who will lead us to a new venture of the Bushmen expedition with the famous Hadzabe, Tanzania’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribe.
Back in the village, you will return to your various projects. By now you should be able to use a little Swahili and surprise the villagers and children with greetings and basic conversation. Now used to the area and projects, you will dig in twice as hard and focus on service and Cultural immersion as you learn to do things like making the local Staple food, Milking Goats, or Harvesting Maize. Overnight at Camping Site
After all that hard service work, a trip to discover the wilderness will be well made. Ngorongoro is the largest steady caldera in the world. Inside the crater is a booming Ecology of Lush forests, Vast plains, a freshwater Lake, and some 25,000 Wild Animals, including Lions, Zebras, Elephants, and Gazelles. It is also the traditional home of the Maasai, who live both within the Crater and around its rim. Overnight at camping site
As you jump into a 4*4 safari vehicle and start the short drive to the rim of the crater, you will see some of Africa’s most magical animals. The famed Big five game animals – Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Cape Buffalo and Rhinoceros – all make their home here. You may also catch a glimpse of the Maasai grazing and herding their Cattle. Spend the whole day in the crater viewing wildlife animals. Overnight at Camping Site.
Today is another cultural experience from another Bushmen tribe, the Datoga famers. Start your day after morning breakfast, joined by a local guide who speaks both Datoga native and English language, walking to Datoga village. Spend a couple of hours from morning till noon with a Datoga traditional living family. Learn about their interesting traditional way of life. You can wear a temporary version of the permanent facial tattoo of Datoga women, an iconic practice within their tribe. Go back to the camp for lunch and rest for a few hours before jumping on the land cruiser for the evening magical African sunset at Lake Eyasi.
DAY 13: Goodbye Africa
Return to Arusha early in the morning for a hot shower. Enjoy a Swahili meal in town for your last taste of local cuisine, and then hit the markets and barter prudently as you browse the stalls for popular souvenirs like paintings, Tanzania soccer jerseys, wood-carved masks, the Masai tribal blanket called the Shuka, and more! Options abound. Compare your purchases with your friends as you prepare for your journey home in the evening.
Walking Boots, Training shoes, Water proof Jacket, Pants, Shirts, Trousers, Skirts, Socks, Gloves, Sun Hat, Balaclava / Woolen Hat, Gaiters, Thermal Underwear, Towel, Toiletries, Toilet Paper, Sun Glasses, Snow Goggles, Water Bottle, Walking Pole, Crampons, Torch / Flash light, Sun Cream/Sun block, lip salve, Whistle, Penknife, Day pack, Camera, Films, Emergency Foil Blanket, Four season Sleeping Bag, Heavy Duty plastic Bags, water Purification Kit and First Aid Kit.