Tanzania: Wildlife Safari

Every bird flies with its own wings.
(Kiswahili proverb)

For those who love wildlife, study its conservation, and crave exploration, travel to Africa is the ultimate adventure.

At the Minnesota Zoo, we’re excited to present a Wildlife Safari EdVenture to Tanzania just for college students. Along with our partner, Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experiences (SENE), we’ve developed a unique itinerary for the Minnesota Zoo that combines exciting game drives and hikes through the home of lions, elephants, and zebras, with talks from local researchers, hands-on conservation work, and visits to museums, farms, and villages. You’ll hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro to 10,000 feet, swim in a waterfall, meet local children at a primary school – and learn from SENE and Minnesota Zoo staff alike, as you bond with fellow college students also interested in animals, ecology, and conservation.Tarangire-National-Park

Dates: December 2017-January 2018: Exact dates TBD
Age: Any registered college student, ages 18-25
Cost: TBD

Following is a rough outline of what we’ll do over the course of our adventure! Email for a full itinerary and more information about where we’ll be visiting and staying.

Our departure and travel day!

We’ll spend a few days getting to know one another and our SENE guides, while exploring the wildlife of Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, including meeting a local ranger and camping right on Ngorongoro crater.

A three-day trek through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, our provisions and gear carried by donkeys! This area is home to elephants, giraffes, zebras, flamingos, and hundreds of other species.

Activities include exploring the area around Lake Natron and hiking to a Camping-Tentwaterfall for a swim.

We’ll visit a village at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, learn more about local conservation issues, assist in a reforestation project, and enjoy a lecture on important local wildlife issues from a researcher at the College of African Wildlife Management.

These days will include more village visits, time exploring and viewing wildlife in Arusha National Park, a tour of an organic coffee farm, and more lectures and demonstrations on issues of local ecology and conservation.

We’ll spend our day climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to 10,000 feet with experienced local guides.

On our final full day together, we’ll enjoy some time to relax, hold a few closing activities, and take some time to sightsee and shop for souvenirs before our flight out later in the day.

We arrive back in the United States.

This trip has a moderate to strenuous physical activity rating.  It includes a 3-day hike covering 34 miles and a 10,000 ft hike up part of Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact educate@mnzoo.org.

Wildlife Species We Could See Include (among many others):

  • elephant
  • hippo
  • giraffe
  • buffalo
  • wildebeest
  • zebra
  • lion
  • cheetah
  • black-backed jackal
  • bat-eared fox
  • hyena
  • 4 kinds of mongoose (banded, dwarf, slender, water)
  • honey badger
  • aardvark
  • pangolin
  • baboon
  • blue monkey
  • colobus monkey
  • bushbaby (lesser and greater)
  • rock and tree hyrax
  • cape hare
  • bats
  • terrapin
  • leopard tortoise
  • chameleon

If you would like more information on this trip, or to be placed on the interested list for any future trips, please e-mail Liz Dengate at liz.e.dengate@state.mn.us.

Note: There are no current travel warnings for the country of Tanzania. Should the U.S. State Department issue a travel warning for our travel dates before airfare is paid, the trip will be cancelled and payments refunded.