Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

East Africa

Faculty: Carlisle Chambers
Meeting Night: Tuesdayeast africa

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

Important notes:

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!!

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