Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

East Africa

Faculty: Carlisle Chambers, Anderson Campbell
Class Meeting: Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

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 Kenya we will visit the Masai Mara National Park one of the greatest wildlife habitats in the world.  We will also camp at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park.  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, a Masai tribe village, Ndere Cultural Center and interaction with our African guides every day.

Important notes:

1. Additional 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), 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!!


Tentative 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 to Hells Gate
Morning game drive in the park.  Afternoon travel to Hells Canyon national park.

Day 13) Hells Canyon
Mountain Biking through Hells Gate and  gorge hike.

Day 14) Travel to Amboseli

Day 15) Amboseli National Park
Game drives around the park.  Camping at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro


Day 16) Amboseli to Moshi, Tanzania

Day 17) Moshi 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