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.


12-Day Trip Itinerary

Starting at $3,475/person*

Day 1: May 31,2019

Travel

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


Day 2: June 1,2019

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: June 2, 2019

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 3, 2019

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 4, 2019

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 5,2019

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 6, 2019

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 7, 2019

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 8, 2019

Traveling to Dodoma (Road trip)

After and early breakfast we will make our drive to Dodoma Region , this will take all day with bathroom stops and picnic lunch. We arrive in the evening for and overnight stay at the New Dodoma Hotel.

The renovated New Dodoma Hotel is a well botanical oasis and conference center located centrally in the midst of Tanzania’s bustling capital city, – just minutes from downtown Dodoma, opposite Train Station. The renovated New Dodoma Hotel now stands 114 years old having been first erected by Germans in the year 1904 as a resting point for the Kaiser of German on his way to Ujiji during the inauguration of the Railway line from Dar es Salaam to Ujiji via Dodoma, but later the British colonies converted the Rest House to a Railway Hotel for the Tanzania Government to inherit after independence.

Accommodation:
New Dodoma Hotel (or similar) Full Board



Day 10: June 9, 2019

Well Aware Water Well in Mballawalla, Dodoma Region

A water well was constructed for Mballawalla ten years ago by an organization other than Well Aware. Unfortunately it was constructed incorrectly and completely failed to continue working a year later. Since then, the community has been forced to pull water from an from an open hole to just survive. Well Aware has designed a rehabilitation that will equip the system with a solar-powered submersible pump and solar panels that will keep the water clean. This system will provide enough extractable water for the 2,500-member community. In order to expand the distribution of the water to schools in the area, they will also be adding an elevated water storage.

This project is a Well Aware initiative and will be completed as soon as possible. Learn more about Well Aware here.

Accommodation:
New Dodoma Hotel (or similar) Full Board



Day 11: June 10, 2019

Flight to Dar es Salaam

After a leisure breakfast we make way to the Dodoma Regional Airport for out flight to Dar Es Salaam. Upon our arrival we will embark on a unique tour to see Dar es Salaam through the eyes of its most inspirational women. The tour includes: visits to meet the entrepreneur women of Ubungo and MEDA; the creative sculptors of Wonder Workshop; a tour of the Mabinti Centre which supports and retrains women to live fulfilling lives after life threatening surgery; and Makumbusho village Museum for a live performances of traditional song and dance.

We now say our goodbyes to Dar and heading to the Airport for our flight back to the US or for your next adventure to either Zanzibar or perhaps a Gorilla Trek in Rwanda or Uganda. Please inquire for a trip add on at info@urthsafari.com



Day 12: June 11, 2019

USA

Arrive back home in the early afternoon


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 Dodoma to Dar es Salaam

  • Transfer from Arusha to Dodoma

  • 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 $3475.00 per person, double occupancy

$300 additional for Single Occupancy*

*Tour is based on 6 participants


QUESTIONS?

For optional extension to Zanzibar or other African destinations, contact us.


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