Faculty: Carlisle Chambers
Meeting Night: Tuesday
This course will focus on the endangered wildlife of East Africa. Students will have opportunities to explore a variety of rich and distinctive ecosystems, such as jungles, tropical rainforests, tea plantations, savannas, and marine habitats. In particular, we will study the efforts to save the elephant from extinction due to poaching. In Uganda we will visit Murchison Falls National Park on the border with the Congo, where we will go on a Chimpanzee trek. In Tanzania we will visit Ngorongoro Crater National Park and Serengeti National Park, undeniably the greatest wildlife habitat in the world. We will also camp at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and spend a day trekking on the mountain. We will finish our trip with a visit to the ancient and historical spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean.
To add to the cultural flavor of the course, students will have the opportunity to visit the capitals of Tanzania and Uganda, Dar es Salaam and Kampala, and to interact with the local population in a variety of environments. These will include a visit to African Hearts Orphanage, the Hadzabe tribe, the last true nomads of Africa, Ndere Cultural Center, and interaction with our African guides on a daily basis.
EAST AFRICA TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1 — Leave Portland for Kampala, Uganda
Day 2 — Arrive in Kampala. Experience the culture of Kampala
Day 3 — Travel to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 4 — Chimpanzee trekking, MFNP
Day 5 — Wildlife viewing, MFNP
Day 6 — Travel to Kampala
Day 7 — Kampala, African Hearts Orphanage, Ndere Cultural Center
Day 8 — Jinja, Whitewater rafting on the Nile
Day 9 — Travel to Kisumu, Kenya
Day 10 — Travel: Kisumu to the Serengeti National Park
Day 11 — The Serengeti and wildlife viewing.
Day 12 — The Serengeti and wildlife viewing.
Day 13 — Ngorongoro Crater and travel to Karatu
Day 14 — Visit an African village, travel to Arusha
Day 15 — Mt. Kilimanjaro
Day 16 — Travel to Dar es Salaam
Day 17 — Travel to Zanzibar, tour Stone Town
Day 18 — Zanzibar and coral reefs - Snorkeling
Day 19 — Zanzibar
Day 20 — Return to Dar es Salaam
Day 21 — Return to Portland
1. Immunizations will be required
2. A major portion of this trip will be tent camping. This means sleeping in tents on the ground, very primitive toilets (holes in the ground at times), doing your laundry by hand, and cold showers, if they are available. If you sign up for this trip, please be prepared to rough it!!