Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

East Africa

Faculty: Paul Chamberlain, Cliff Rosenbohm
Class Meeting Night: Tuesday


There will be an additional cost of for visas, $100 for Uganda/Kenya, $100 for Tanzania. (More information will be given in class)


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.  On our way to Kenya we will camp on the banks of the Nile where we will spend a day rafting and relaxing.   From Uganda we will travel through Kenya visiting one of the  greatest wildlife habitats in the world, Maasi Mara National Park, go biking through Hell's Gate National Park, and finally camp at Amboseli National Park at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  We then enter Tanzania where we we will travel to Dar es Salaam and then finish our trip with a visit to the ancient and historical spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean where we will also enjoy the white sand beaches of Zanzibar and snorkel on the Indian Ocean coral reef.

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, a Massai tribal village, Ndere Cultural Center, and interaction with our African guides on a daily basis.

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!!

Preliminary Itinerary


Day 1) Kampala

Arrival – Pick up at the airport and transfer to Kampala, check in to hotel, Namirembe Guest House.

Day 2) Kampala

Daytrip to city for lunch, shopping at Craft Market, ice cream at Specke Hotel. Overnight at Namirembe Guest House.

Day 3) Kampala to Murchison Falls

Travel to Murchison Falls National Park.  Overnight camping at MFNP.

Day 4 & 5)  Murchison Falls

From our camp in the MFNP, we explore the park by vehicle.  We will visit the top of Murchison Falls and will also take the boat up-river to the bottom of the falls.  On the second day we will track chimpanzee in the Budongo Forrest Reserve.

Day 6) Murchison Falls to Kampala

Leave the Murchison Falls after breakfast and drive back to Kampala with picnic lunch.  Stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Dinner at Ndere Cultural Center. Overnight at Namirembe Guest House.

Day 7) Kampala

Visit African Hearts Orphanage in the morning.  Free time in the afternoon in Kampala. Overnight at Namirembe Guest House

Day 8) Jinja and the Nile

Rafting on the Nile with ADRIFT – ½ day trip.  Spend night camping at Adrift camp.

Day 9) Jinja to Kisumu, Kenya


Day 10) Kisumu to Masai Mara

Day 11)  Masai Mara

Morning and afternoon game drives in the park.  Camping in Masai Mara national park.

Day 12) Masai Mara

Morning game drive in the park.  Afternoon travel to Hells Canyon national park. Visit to local village.

Day 13) Hells Canyon

Game drives and mountain biking through park.

Day 14) Travel to Amboseli

Visit Arusha, then travel to Marangu at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Day 15) Amboseli/Mt Kilimanjaro

Trekking around Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Day 16) Amboseli to Arusha, Tanzania


Day 17) Arusha to Dar Es Salaam

Catch the bus from Arusha to Dar es Salaam in early morning.  Accommodations at Econolodge.

Day 18)  Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Transfer to the Zanzibar Ferry to take early morning ferry to Zanzibar. Tour Stone Town. Shopping. Lunch.  After lunch leave for accommodations in northern Zanzibar.  Overnight at Sunset Bungalows.

Day 19)  Zanzibar

Snorkeling in the Indian Ocean. Overnight at Sunset Bungalows.

Day 20) Zanzibar

Free day to explore the beach life. Overnight at Sunset Bungalows

Day 21)  Zanzibar/Dar es Salaam

Return late afternoon via the ferry to Dar es Salaam.  Dinner and overnight at the Econolodge. 

Day 22) Dar es Salaam

Free day in Dar es Salaam.  Return to Portland