Educator’s Trip

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Welcome Educators

“Pamoja” (Together)

“The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.”
- George Kimble

Build bridges, sow seeds of compassion understanding and responsibility, and cultivate peace with Urth Expeditions.

Urth Expedition Tours offers unique and pioneer cross-cultural and volunteerism opportunities across Tanzania, personalizing experiences and affording many opportunities to learn, share and discover in all the ways that are most important to YOU.

Whether you want to spend time reading in classrooms, playing football or music with orphans, visiting traditional Maasai bomas, hunting with the Hadzabe, and/or touring some of the most advanced medical centers in the country, Urth Expedition can make it happen... all before or after your journey deep into the bush where you can experience the greatest concentration of wildlife on Earth. Our goal: Match talent to need and empower powerful and transformative connections and exchanges for the greater good of all.

In partnership with Simon’s Promise, we invite our clients to visit New Hope School, ISM School, Ibuka Dance Foundation, AID Tanzania, and others where they are received as friends rather than tourists. It is our sincere hope that the people you meet become treasured relationships that last years to come. Our work is to ensure that our clients' experience is magical and true…

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Highlights:

Tanzania is home to fantastically rich wildlife and fascinating cultures like the Maasai. Yet rural life remains simple, and basic infrastructure is still being developed. Gain insight into the challenges they face and build lasting solutions to help empower the community. Cap off the trip on safari, exploring creative ways to protect the wildlife you encounter.

  • Stay near the communities you visit, celebrating customs and forming connections with locals.

  • Experience a village water walk.

  • Participate in a Swahili language lesson.

  • Visit a variety of schools in Arusha and Kilimanjaro Region, including IB Schools in northern Tanzania.

  • Well Aware, Water Well Project in Mbalawala, Tanzania.

  • Bead with the Village mamas.

  • Collaborate with artists, environmentalist, global thinkers, and Tanzanian change-makers.


13-Day Trip Itinerary

Starting at $3,495/person*

Day 1: May 29,2020

Travel

Depart Houston/Austin (afternoon) - Travel to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)


Day 2: May 30,2020

Arrive in Arusha (Evening)

Meet your Field Director at the airport and transfer to your accommodations in USA River (Arusha region). Settle in for the evening after your long flight. Arusha is a leading international diplomatic center. This city is considered the de facto capital of the East African Community.

Arusha is surrounded by some of the most famous landscapes of Africa and African National Parks (N.P.). Located at the foot of Mount Meru on the far eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley, the climate is mild and inviting. The transfer from KIA to your hotel will take up to 45 minutes so you can sit comfortably and enjoy the ride before arriving at your lodge for a well-deserved rest. You will be accompanied by a private guide who will be responsible for smooth operations during your trip.

Accommodation:
Arumeru River Lodge (or similar) Full Board



Day 3: May 31,2020

Orientation, Swahili, Coffee Plantation, and East African Dance

Participate in a community orientation, safety overview, and welcome to Tanzania. After your Swahili lesson at breakfast, you will visit the local organic and Fair Trade coffee farm in Nkoranga Village, 25 km from Arusha. Your local guide will show you the village and tell you about its history. You will see the oldest Lutheran church in Mt. Meru, visit a primary or secondary school, and as you walk to the farm you will see small shambas (farms), where people grow banana, maize, beans and other vegetables and fruits. You will learn and see the difference between organic and traditional coffee farming and see how coffee is grown from young trees to when it is picked.

After your walk you are invited to a big Tanzanian lunch in the garden of our host. You can taste chapati, ugali, roasted banana, rice, spinach, salad, goat meat and fresh fruits of the season. The last stop is the coffee roasting factory. Here, you can sample freshly roasted coffee while you see the process of the roasting and grinding coffee. You will get a free bag of your favorite coffee bag to bring home from Tanzania.

In the afternoon we will make our way back to Arusha town and visit Ibuka Dance Foundation an non-profit organization that focuses on inspiring and educating Tanzanian youth in the art of dance in East Africa. Founded in 2014 by Anna Bussey, Ibuka Dance Foundation provides dance classes, mentoring and training each year over 10 students and it is the first and only dance centre and performing arts hub in Arusha, Tanzania focused on empowering young women and outreach programs. All participants will get a chance to see an authentic live representation of an East African dance, performed by the dancers and drummers of Ibuka Dance Foundation. Participants will then join the dancers on stage for a 1 hour East African class.

Accommodation:
Arumeru River Lodge (or similar) Full Board



Day 4: June 1, 2020

Cultural Heritage Museum, Shanga, ISM School of Moshi in Arusha

In the morning after breakfast we will make our first stop to visit to the ISM School Arusha Campus, a fully accredited independent International Baccalaureate (IB) school in northern Tanzania. With a structured boarding programme, and the PYP, MYP and Diploma curriculum, ISM provides an education for children from both the local and expatriate communities. The students are aged from 3- 19 years, with over 500 students on two campuses from over 40 different nationalities. After that we will visit Shanga (a Swahili word for bead), a heartwarming project which employs over 55 Tanzanians with disabilities. We will have lunch at Jikoni, a authentic African kitchen at the Arusha Coffee Lodge.

Before heading back to the Lodge we stop at the Cultural Heritage Museum which houses the only collection of its kind in the world, ranging from African antiques to contemporary paintings and sculpture and you will be dazzled by the assembly of art and artifacts. This is also a great place to shop for your special items from Tanzania.

Accommodation:
Arumeru River Lodge (or similar) Full Board

Day 5: June 2, 2020

St. Jude's School Visit

We will visit St.Jude’s a school in Arusha that works with Rotary International to serve the poorest of the poor with exceptional results. See and learn how the founders of this school serve the community at St. Jude’s School. The mission is to educate disadvantaged, bright students from the Arusha District to become moral and intellectual leaders in their country and for St. Jude’s to thereby demonstrate education leadership in Tanzania.

We will visit student and teachers, drumming lessons with the students, class and school tours and explore how they sustain the school and how it thrives. Lunch will be provided at the school.

Accommodation:
Arumeru River Lodge (or similar) Full Board



Day 6: June 3,2020

New Hope School and Beading with Maasai Mamas, Promise Center Visit and Aid Tanzania

In morning after breakfast we will make one more stop for a school visit to the New Hope School. After that we will make our drive to Karatu and spend the day visiting / volunteering at projects in Karatu including a Maasai women's beading co-operative (AidTanzania) , and traditional Maasai goat roast welcome dinner.

Accommodation:
Rhotia Valley (or similar) Full Board



Day 7: June 4, 2020

Safari with Maasai Boma Visit

We hope by now you are well rested because today is going to be a full day of activities!

Venture deep into the Maasai country in safari vehicles, heading for kopje country, where dramatic granite boulders poke out of the savanna. We’ll drive to the mobile tented camp overlooking Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakey family has made groundbreaking discoveries of early human origins. We spend a day driving on the vast Serengeti Plain, Olduvai Gorge, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, keeping an eye out for wildlife or Maasai herding their livestock. Our Maasai host and walking guides will choose our route based on wildlife activity.

Accommodation:
Tanzanian Bush Camp (or similar) Full Board



Day 8: June 5, 2020

Ngorongoro Conservation / Crater

After an early breakfast, we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro conservation area supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picture-perfect national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever -elusive leopard which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. Talk with our safari guide about successes and challenges in addressing human-wildlife conflict, and learn how animals behavior and migrations are being affected by climate change. Late afternoon we transfer back to Rhotia Valley for an overnight stay.

Accommodation:
Rhotia Valley (or similar) Full Board



Day 9: June 6, 2020

Children’s Home Visit and day of rest

Rhotia Valley Children’s Home Visit after breakfast; optional after lunch service project in Karatu or other optional excursions or stay and rest at the pool.

Accommodation:
Rhotia Valley (or similar) Full Board



Day 10: June 7, 2020

Zanzibar and Swahili Dinner at Emerson and hurumzi

After a leisure breakfast we driver to Lake Manyara’s airstrip for our departure for Zanzibar in the early afternoon. We stay at Emerson on Hurumzi, which sits along with mosque minarets, temple towers, church spires, and the tower-top restaurant which forms an integral part of the skyline of Stone town. This was once the residence of a fabulously wealthy man in the Swahili empire. The furnishing are all original Zanzibari antiques of various styles and origins, that together create an atmosphere of Arabian Nights. This is undoubtedly one of the most charming and romantic restaurant in the world. You feel on top of the world as you sip on exotic drinks and watch the sun disappear into the ocean. The Islamic call to prayer accents the eastern ambience of Arab-style pillows and small tables, and the Hindu Temple bells remind you that you are far from stress. Dinner Sunset in Emerson on Hurumzi in Stone town

Accommodation:
Emerson on Hurumzi : (or similar) BB - Sunset dinner is included



Day 11: June 8, 2020

Zanzibar Stone town cultural and historical tour

After a leisure breakfast we engage in a “ Cultural and Historical Tour” of Stone Town including “ Slave Chambers”, We also learn about the traditional Henna Art at the Women of Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery, lunch will be on your own. The afternoon is for your own enjoyment, you can either relax at the beachside pool or wander the streets of Stone Town for some shopping, or pursue your passions as one of the island’s most famous and controversial son’s did. A world wide legend born in the middle of Stone Town. Take a trip back in time and learn of the childhood experiences of “ Freddy Mercury” . Growing up in Zanzibar… religion, culture ad society against one man’s dream.

Before the sun sets we will step onto the deck of our vessel, relax and let us sail you away on a magical sunset cruise to end your day. We cruise along the coast, slicing through the clear turquoise water as you enjoy the romance of Africa while watching the scenery drift by. When the sun sets, changing the sky from shades of pink and blue to magnificent golden, let the wind gently blow you back to shore, towards the glimmering lights of Stone Town. A visit to Stone Town is not complete without a stop at the Forodhani Food Market. Rows after row of grills with fish, squid, prawn, lobster, crab and seafood kebabs fill the square the air wafting with hunger-inducing smells. Freshly pressed juices, like sugar cane juice and cassava friend potatoes, chapatis, salads and much much more. Forodhani has a festive, carnival-like atmosphere, so go to enjoy yourself.

Accommodation: Emerson on Hurumzi or similar. BB

Day 12: June 9, 2020

Zanzibar Spice Farm Tour and “the rock”

In the morning after breakfast we make our long way to one of Zanzibar’s most recognized beautiful sights. It takes just one look to understand that no pencil nor brush could draw such beauty - only Mother Nature could have reach such heights. The Rock is an experience you can’t miss - colors, relish and sensation blend .This will be our farewell lunch on the shore of the beautiful Michanwi Pingwe beach. ( cost is not included).
After lunch we visit Zanzibar’s Spice Farms.

In the days past, Zanzibar was known as the Spice Island, exporting luxurious and exotic spices across the world. Today the spice plantations are a tribute to the island’s past. You will touch , smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Learn about their properties, their origins and their medicinal and culinary uses. This also gives you an insights into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes; taste the fruits in season and spice tea. Expect to find vanilla, cardamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, cumin garlic. Ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, chilli, oregano and so much more. You will also learn how to mix them all together in your Swahili cooking lesson.Arrive back home in the early afternoon

Accommodation: Emerson on Hurumzi or similar BB

Day 13: June 10, 2020

Dar Es Salaam

After a leisure breakfast we make our last stroll through the winding alleys, bustling bazaars and have our last look at brass-studded carved wooden doors of the cultured heart of Zanzibar. We now say our goodbyes to Zanzibar and heading to the Airport for our flight to Dar and back home to the US or your next adventure perhaps a Gorilla Trek in Rwanda or Uganda. Please inquire for a trip add on at info@urthsafari.com



What’s Included

  • Transfer to and from the Tanzanian Airports

  • 4x4 Safari Vehicle

  • Arusha Accommodations (4 nights), FB (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

  • Accommodation: Arumeru River Lodge (or similar)

  • Coffee Tour including traditional Tanzania lunch

  • Swahili Lesson

  • Ibuka Dance Foundation tour with African dance lesson

  • Jikoni African Kitchen Lunch

  • Karatu Accommodations (2 nights)

  • Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge (or similar)

  • Tented Camp (1 night) FB

  • All National Park Fees

  • Ngorongoro Crater fee

  • AMREF Flying Doctor coverage

  • English speaking guide throughout the duration of the trip

  • One UNESCO World Heritage sites (Ngorongoro Crater)

  • Flight from Manyara to Zanzibar and back to Dar es Salaam

  • Transfers

  • Transfer in Dar es Salaam

Rates exclude

  • Airfare from USA

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Spending money, souvenirs, extra snacks/drinks not included with meals

  • Tips for porters (those that carry your bags and help you)

  • Vaccinations recommended by your travel doctor

  • Costs for a new or updated Passport

  • $100 Tanzanian Visa (please go online for the eVisa)

  • Additional baggage fees

  • Tips for Guides

PRICing

Prices are per adult when sharing accommodations with another adult.

* The final price for your package will vary depending on how many people are in your travel group and also the specific dates of your trip.
We make a big effort to offer the best possible prices, which depend upon many factors like the constantly changing prices of gas and park fees, etc. 

Price of safari varies depending on the standard of accommodation. Accommodation can be upgraded or downgraded to suit your needs and budget.

Total Cost
Total Cost $3495.00 per person, double occupancy

$300 additional for Single Occupancy*

*Tour is based on 6 participants


QUESTIONS?

For optional extension to other African destinations, contact us.


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