Mt. Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater. The Massai Steppe and Yaeda Valley. Long-necked giraffes and lowly crocodiles. Lush, protected biospheres and the bleakness of deforestation. Tanzania is marked by the highest and lowest points of Africa, and The Road Less Traveled hits them all.
Along the way we meet the tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park, wildebeests and birds of every feather, and indigenous hunter-gatherer tribes surviving as they have for 100,000 years.
We do our own foraging in local markets for corn, cassava, and millet – key ingredients for ugali. We prepare it with stew over a fire we started with our own hands. Then we share. We join in the joy of Swahili song and admire the resolute strength of AIDS orphans. ... It’s a safari for the soul.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT the road less traveled teen community service AND safari trip tanzania: hujambo
11 years. We have a long history in Tanzania and have been working with Mama Caroline and the children at Econef for a number of years. We ran our first Tanzania program back in 2007, and have been enjoying the wild and scenic country ever since.
Econef is an independant non-governmental organization that is based in Northern Tanzania. The organization provides everyday necessitites and educational facilities for orphans. We join forces with Mama Caroline and the children to make improvements to the local school house, teach basic math, English, and computer skills, and form life-long connections with the community.
My most valuable and significant part of my RLT trip was having the chance to be immersed in the culture and to get to see many different ways of life and people everywhere I went, it really broadened my view of the world," Alyson M., Hujambo Alum
It really was amazing. I honestly had the summer of a life time. Brittany and Tom were awesome and hilarious and I couldn't have asked for better leaders. I loved building the classroom because all the local kids came out to watch and we actually got to know most of them by name. Everyday walking from the camp site we would be flanked by little kids, jumping on us and holding our hands all the way up the hill, more and more joining us each day. I loved the safari but that was honestly my favorite part. Everyone got along too which was fortunate. I wish it lasted longer. I actually really want to go back and help out at the orphanage we visited and I know the others feel the same. Hopefully we can all make it back there," Maegan A, Hujambo Alum
What an UNBELIEVABLE experience!!!Thank you SO MUCH for opening the world to our teens! I am incredibly impressed. I loved the exchange with the Hadza about how easy it would be to kill animals when they hibernate in the winter! A truly completely different world view! And the girls shooting better than the boys---role reversal!" Torre N, Hujambo Alumni Parent
After my trip to Tanzania in 2009, my life changed--while it was partly because of the relationships I made and experiences I had, it was more so because of the opportunity I had to learn and grow from my exceptional leaders. I was struck by their ability to so naturally exude such extraordinary qualities which I think is a testament to what RLT strives to accomplish. Immediately upon returning from Tanzania, it was my goal and dream to acquire the qualities and skills of Jeremy and Steph and to have the opportunity to one day make the impact and change that was made for me," Emily S., Hujambo Alumni
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To experience the diversity of Tanzania with its Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadza communities
To explore the Great Rift Valley, one of the world’s most important sites for the study of human evolution
To marvel at the wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater and the waterfalls of the Endoro River Nature Trail.
To teach math, English and computer skills and help with daily chores and projects at an orphanage
To be inspired by organizations working to combat HIV/AIDS
To learn how to speak Swahili and make traditional Maasai batiks
To achieve the “Hadza effect” from our tribal hosts — growing calmer together, more attuned to the moment, more self-sufficient, and a little braver
On a safari of a lifetime for a chance to spot the “Big 5”: elephant, cape buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard
Track leopard and buffalo prints, enormous scratching posts, and hyena hairballs to find the way to the elephant caves
Shop the markets of Arusha
We invite you to start your journey to Tanzania today.