Tanzania—its beauty and promise—distilled.
Some people dream of the wildlife. Others the service. Still others Kili. What’s your dream? What will you look forward to most? When you join a Field Studies Tanzania group, your dreams flow together, and the group very quickly shares one dream: to have the greatest three weeks possible in a beautiful, fascinating place.
We’ll explore the wildlife-filled Ngorongoro Crater and spectacular Serengeti. These are must sees on any trip to East Africa, but we’ll do more: we’ll take a number of hikes and experience the rugged simplicity of camping in beautiful natural areas off the beaten track. Our first week on safari is a great introduction to Maasai culture. Our Maasai guide will lead us through remote parts of the land. The days are long, but the rewards are great as we catch glimpses of giraffes and gazelles through stands of acacia.
In Arusha the focus is service. We’ll volunteer at an orphanage and primary school, teaching English to young children, playing games and helping with after-school chores. Every day, our group will take time to study Swahili with a native-speaker language instructor and learn about the geography, culture and history of Tanzania.
On Kilimanjaro we’ll challenge ourselves with a weeklong summit bid. At 19,341 feet Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the continent—a spectacular snow-draped volcano astride the equator.
Experiencing all of this—the Crater, the Serengeti, Arusha, Kilimanjaro—is the stuff of dreams. Field Studies Tanzania makes those dreams a reality—and let’s you share them in a fun- and friendship-filled Overland group.
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- Karen Falk, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Three Weeks in East Africa!
Days 1 & 2: Flights to Arusha, Tanzania
Our group flight from Boston connects in Amsterdam and arrives in Arusha, Tanzania, at Kilimanjaro International Airport (see below for important information about these flights). Upon arrival, a private shuttle will bring us to our accommodations in Arusha.
Days 3-8: Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater & the Serengeti
Our adventure begins with a five-day trek through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Highlands. Our guides will pick us up in Arusha, and we’ll head west to the National Parks, home to the most spectacular vistas and impressive wildlife Northern Tanzania has to offer. We’ll spend five days traveling through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti. This route gives us great wildlife viewing opportunities (wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, elephants and lions) and the chance to challenge ourselves with a number of day-long hikes off the beaten track: through the lush Ngorongoro Highlands, up Mt. Lemagarut (10,200 feet) and around the short grass plains of the Serengeti. At the end of the week, we will drive into the Ngorongoro Crater to observe wildlife at close range.
Days 9-13: Volunteering in Arusha & Swahili Lessons
In Arusha, we’ll spend five days volunteering at the Living Water Children’s Centre, an orphanage and primary school in rural Tanzania several miles outside of Arusha. We’ll spend our mornings studying the basics of Swahili with a native-speaker language instructor and learn about the geography, culture and history of Tanzania. In the afternoon, we’ll work with the children, teaching them English, playing games and helping with chores. We’ll cook dinner together before returning each night to our volunteer accommodations.
Days 14-20: Kilimanjaro
After two weeks in Tanzania, we’ll be ready to tackle Africa’s greatest hiking challenge–a weeklong summit bid on Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the continent. We’ll meet our guides at a mountain lodge to prepare for our summit attempt. Over the course of five nights, we’ll progress towards the summit of Kilimanjaro, hiking the Rongai route with our professional guides. We’ll move at a pace that will allow us to appreciate every moment and to adjust to the gains in altitude as we ascend towards the roof of Africa.
Day 21: Trip End
At the end of the trip we’ll head to Moshi and celebrate with a final dinner before boarding our flight home from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
For students starting their trip on June 23rd, the Overland leaders will accompany the group from Boston to Arusha, Tanzania departing on Saturday, June 22. At the end of the trip, the leaders will assist in Arusha with check-in and Overland staff will be on-hand upon the group’s arrival in Boston. The leaders will stay in Tanzania to meet the next group.
For students starting their trip on July 14th, Overland staff will assist in Boston at check-in on Saturday, June 13, and the leaders will meet the students upon arrival in Arusha. At trip end, the group will return to Boston with their Overland leaders.
2 nights aboard a flight between Boston and Tanzania (one going to Tanzania, the other coming back from Tanzania).
3 nights in private rooms at lodges in Arusha and on Mount Kilimanjaro.
10 nights camping (with access to drinking water, primitive bathroom facilities and camp showers) while on safari and on Mount Kilimanjaro.
6 nights in a private volunteer residence at the Living Water Children’s Centre. Itinerary may vary by group and is subject to change.
Students going on Field Studies Tanzania should prepare for:
- Full days of outdoor activities led by two caring Overland leaders
- A week-long, supported trek with camping
- 5 days of volunteer service for an average of 5 hours each day
- A fun, supportive and wholesome Overland experience
We expect you to arrive to your trip fully prepared for all activities.
Preparing for the Hiking
On Field Studies Tanzania, you should be prepared for day hikes, as well as a week-long trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. During the trek, your group will be accompanied by professional guides and porters who will carry the majority of your group's gear. You will carry a day pack with additional layers of clothing, water, snacks, a camera and lunch. In the month before your trip, you should break-in your hiking boots (wear them a lot!) and complete the pre-trip training (see below). Once on your trip, you'll find that enthusiasm and a positive attitude will help to make the trip a success for you... and for everyone in your group.
- 4 weeks before your trip: three 30-minute hikes or walks in your boots.
- 3 weeks before your trip: three 1-hour hikes or walks in your boots.
- 2 weeks before your trip: three 1½ -hour hikes or walks in your boots.
- 1 week before your trip: three 2-hour hikes or walks in your boots.
Preparing for Service
Trips involving service work require a positive attitude and willingness to work hard as a volunteer. You should arrive eager to participate in a variety of service projects. You and your group might do chores or play soccer with local students, or read with and teach elementary school students. The projects your group work on will depend upon the availability of service opportunities and the needs of the local community.
Preparing for an Overland Experience
Overland trips are wholesome, structured experiences with high expectations of each student’s behavior. You are expected to be enthusiastic, positive, helpful and supportive of your trip mates and your leaders. We ask that you leave your cell phone and electronics at home (cameras are always welcome), so you can fully engage with your group and your trip. Arriving ready for a challenge—and prepared to contribute to an enthusiastic group—will go a long way toward creating a successful trip. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss preparing for your Overland trip!