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 28, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Age: Any registered college student, ages 18-25
Cost: $3,700 per student plus airfare
Deposit:  A $500 deposit is due at time of online registration. Final payment is due by November 24, 2017.
Registration deadline: October 20, 2017

How to Register

Register Online

Following is a list of some of what we’ll do over the course of our adventure! Email liz.e.dengate@state.mn.us for a full itinerary and more information about where we’ll be visiting and staying.

  • We’ll spend a few days getting to know one another, while exploring the wildlife of Tarangire National Park through game drives, hikes, and ranger programs, learning about the wildlife and human movements and interactions throughout the Kwakuchinja wildlife corridor, which includes Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Lake Natron Game Reserve.
  • Game drives and hikes inside Lake Manyara National Park
  • Hiking Manyara Treetops Walkway on aerial bridges and platforms. The walkway is an excellent way to experience Manyara’s groundwater forest ecosystem from a unique birds-eye view.
  • Educational program at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area visitor center, the first multi-purpose land use experiment combining tourism, research, archeology, wildlife management, and traditional livestock grazing for the Maasai pastoralists living within its boundaries
  • Game drives within the Ngorongoro crater, and a night camping on the crater’s rim
  • 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 waterfall for a swim
  • We’ll visit a village at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro for a farm and village tour, including a visit to the primary school, bee-keeping community development project, an explanation of coffee growing and roasting demonstration, and tree-planting reforestation activity
  • 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.

Your trip cost includes:

  • All transport, accommodations, meals, and activities as indicated.
  • Services of professional English-speaking guides trained in East African wildlife and ecology on safari.
  • Game drives in fully-equipped 4WD safari vehicles with pop-top.
  • Bottled drinking water in vehicles.
  • Camping gear (except sleeping bag; available for rent at $40)
  • All non-alcoholic beverages at Mbahe and at dinner on the 5th.
  • Cost of seedlings for tree planting
  • Tips for all guides, drivers, cooks, and crew

Does not include:
Meals on the 28th; dinner on the 8th; cold beverages except as noted; laundry; souvenirs; additional activities not listed here; international airfare; airport departure taxes; additional accommodations made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations, travel insurance, passports, and visas; and any expenses of a personal nature.

Camping-TentThis 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.


  • If you cancel before Sept 28th, 2017- Full refund of land cost, minus a $100 transaction fee
  • If you cancel between Sept 29th and Oct 20th – 50% refund of land cost
  • If you cancel after October 20th– No refund

All airfare once ticketed is completely non-refundable.

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.