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S T H G I N 28 N R E H T U O IN S A I N A Z N A T SOUTHERN TANZANIA 28 NIGHT ITINERARY

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KENYA

SEE THE WORLD Y! DIFFERENTL

TANZANIA

ZANZIBAR DAR ES SALAAM

RUAHA NP RUNGWE

IRINGA ULUGURU MOUNTAINS

ZAMBIA We believe in the power of extraordinary experiences. They allow us to see ourselves, others and the world differently, and develop our confidence, independence and resilience.

28 NIGHT EXPEDITION SOUTHERN TANZANIA SAMPLE ONLY Summit Mount Rungwe, trek through the Ulugurus, discover Zanzibar, and meet a remote community in rural Tanzania. With you and your team in charge of the budget and planning, this once-in-a-lifetime experience proves just how much you’re capable of. It could change the way you see yourself and the world, forever.

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DAYS 1-3 ARRIVE IN DAR ES SALAAM Sleep: Hotel

Touch down in Dar es Salaam – known as ‘Dar’ for short, you’ve arrived in Tanzania’s busiest and most exciting city. A melting pot of East African cultures, Dar is a fantastic place to start your adventure. When you head out to explore, you’ll see Maasai tribesmen and Muslim sheiks walking side by side through the bustling markets and cafes. Contact the ground team and jump into expedition life. Start by changing some money and dividing it between the group. From now on, you’ll need to manage the team budget in Tanzanian shillings.

DAYS 4-7 ULUGURU MOUNTAINS TREK Sleep: Camping Travel: Transfer 4-5hrs to Kinole, transfer 5-7hrs to Iringa Trek: 3 days

Take a private transfer from Dar to Kinole, a small town in the Uluguru Mountains. Rising to 2,743m, the lush Ulugurus are home to some of the most spectacular rainforest in the country – it’s a stunning place to explore Southern Tanzania on foot. Spend some time accimatizing and getting to grips with mountain life. Take on the role of team leader and gather the group to discuss your options. There are lots of great trekking routes here, so you’ll need to decide which ones are best for your group’s ability.

Plan ahead. Decide which accommodation you need to book or confirm, then hit the markets to buy food supplies for your upcoming trek in the Uluguru Mountains.

TRAVELLING RESPONSIBLY RESPECTING THE LOCAL CULTURE IS A CRUCIAL PART OF OVERSEAS TRAVEL. WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR? HOW SHOULD YOU GREET PEOPLE? WHICH RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS SHOULD YOU BE AWARE OF? DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU ARRIVE, ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS AND TAKE YOUR LEAD FROM THE LOCALS.

The plant life is incredible here, and you’ll spot monkeys and other wildlife as you clamber through the undergrowth. Finish your trek near the town of Morogoro, before travelling southwest to Iringa to pitch your tent. Roll out your sleeping mat, cook a team meal over the stove and crash out. You’ll sleep like a log tonight.

Joined by expert guides, you’ll trek through the jungle, past sparkling streams and cascading waterfalls.

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DAYS 8-13 COMMUNITY-LED PROJECT Sleep: Camping Travel: Transfer 5-7hrs to the community

DAYS 14-20 TREK MOUNT RUNGWE Sleep: Camping Travel: Transfer 6-8hrs to Mbeya Trek: 5 days

Time for a completely different challenge. Spend the next few days contributing to a community-led project that supports local needs in rural Tanzania. You’ll find out exactly what your project involves nearer the time, as it will depend on what’s needed most when you visit. This is a side of Tanzania that few tourists see. Rural life can be tough,

Travel southwest to the beautiful town of Mbeya, 1,700 metres above sea level. Surrounded by mountains, it’s a perfect base for trekking. Spend a day in Mbeya preparing for your trek and stocking up on food supplies. Your goal is the summit of Mount Rungwe – a 2.5 million-year-old volcano and the second highest peak in Southern Tanzania. That pre-trip training will really pay off now.

and you’ll have none of the comforts you’re used to back home. You’ll be living and working alongside the community, so grab this opportunity to immerse yourself in their culture. Make new friends, learn a few words in Swahili and try to appreciate the reality of rural life. These are the stories that will stay with you long after you leave.

Even the descent is incredible. You’ll trek through the Rungwe Forest Reserve to Ilolo village, where you’ll camp for the night. The final day sees you trekking past the mighty Marasusa waterfalls en route to Ilenge village. Rest your legs on the journey back to Mbeya and head out for a team meal – be sure to try Mbeya’s famous rice dishes and aromatic coffee.

Start your ascent through Poroto Ridge Forest Reserve. Trek past coffee, tea, banana and cocoa plantations to reach the Ngozi crater lake. Camp at the crater rim, then continue through rainforests and volcanic landscapes as you climb to the summit (2,960m) – the panoramas are out of this world.

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DAYS 21-23 SAFARI IN RUAHA NATIONAL PARK (VIA IRINGA) Sleep: Camping/other Travel: Transfer 6hrs to Iringa, transfer 2-3hrs to Ruaha NP

Thought this trip couldn’t get any better? It just did. You’re about to experience Tanzania’s best-kept secret: Ruaha National Park. First, you’ll need to travel from Mbeya back to Iringa. It’s a full day’s drive, so leave Mbeya early to arrive before dark. Ruaha National Park is teeming with elephant, zebra, antelope, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and more. It’s renowned for the fantastic quality of its light, which makes for truly stunning photos – camera phones at the ready!

look. There they are, roaming free on the plains and drinking at the waterhole. Pinch yourself – yes, they really are right in front of you. At night, you’ll have enough team budget to camp in the park, or you could use your own funds and upgrade to something more luxurious. Your expedition, your call.

The magic happens when you set out on game drives across the savannah. The cool early mornings and evenings are the best times to spot wildlife, so bring some binoculars for a closer

DAYS 24-28 ZANZIBAR OR SWAHILI COAST Sleep: Camping/other Travel: Transfer 10-12hrs to Dar, travel to the coast/ Zanzibar varies

Time to hit the beach. Travel back to Dar and plan your own itinerary from here. Zanzibar and the Swahili Coast are perfect places to round-off your expedition, with their white sands and fascinating history. This was a major hub of East African slavery, and you’ll find poignant reminders wherever you go. For the ultimate escape, book a ferry to the spice islands of Zanzibar. The largest island (Unguja) has a beautiful old town and stunning beaches. Alternatively, the beach

town of Bagamoyo is north of Dar. Full of history, everything from ivory to slaves were once shipped from here to Zanzibar. To the south is Kipepeo Beach – an upmarket escape for snorkelling, boat rides and lazy days. You’ll have enough budget left to camp, or you could dip into your own funds for an upgrade.

HOW TO HAGGLE WHEN YOU’RE BUYING SOUVENIRS, TRY HAGGLING IN SWAHILI. ASK ‘BEI GANI?’ FOR THE PRICE. ‘GHALI SANA’ MEANS ‘VERY EXPENSIVE’ AND ‘PUNGUZA KIDOGO’ ASKS THE SELLER TO LOWER THE PRICE. DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY – THE BEST TACTIC IS TO SMILE AND HAVE FUN.

DAY 29 TRAVEL HOME FROM DAR ES SALAAM Travel: Ferry/transfer 2hrs to Dar (depending on start location)

Time to go. Cram everything into your backpack and set off for the airport. It’s been a life-changing month and you’ve achieved more than you ever imagined.

cities, rainforests and Tanzanian bush. These experiences will shape who you are and change the way you see the world from now on. Prepare to return home forever changed.

Check-in, sit back and take a moment to reflect on everything you’ve experienced. You’ve climbed volcanoes, immersed yourself in local life and navigated your way through

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL. We base our responsible travel initiatives upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We’re driven to create positive contributions in the world, but also humble enough to know the types of community initiatives our young travellers should and shouldn’t be involved with. We carefully select all community engagements to be appropriate for young people and after more than 30 years of overseas student travel we’ve established strong and long standing relationships

with our overseas community partners that are evaluated each year to ensure we’re truly serving both people and planet. This holistic approach means our young travellers work towards a community initiative while also coming home with greater humility and sense of place in their world. Below are a list of the UN Sustainable Development Goals we’re positively contributing towards.

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