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An epic safari adventure

There is something truly inspiring about traveling with a multigenerational group. Ideas are shared, bonds are forged, and lifelong memories are made. Thirty years ago, we started these field seminars, and today they continue to provide an immersive academic experience for a group of undergraduate and alumni travelers. Attend a three-day workshop on the Stanford campus with Professor Bill Durham, ’71, and Dr. Susan Charnley, MA ’89, PhD ’94, before heading to Africa with them. 

Follow the migratory tracks of massive herds of elephants, watch the antics of playful monkeys, and view gangly giraffes nibbling from acacia trees—all from the comfort of our spacious four-wheel-drive Land Rovers that guarantee a window seat.


September 5–20, 2024


16 days


From $10,295 per person

Trip size

45 participants

Minimum age

18 years
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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Bill Durham

Anthropology and Human Biology

An enthusiastic and innovative educator, Bill's lectures cover ecology, evolution and the interactions of genetic and cultural change in human populations.

Susan Charnley

Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service

An environmental anthropologist, Susan studies natural resource use and management among rural producers and landowners. 

Unforgettable! It was a unique and very special way to travel and learn. The students bring a very vital and compelling presence to the travel experience, and Bill and Susan taught us so much!"

—Maureen Hawkins

A shared journey

SAC students standing and posing for picture

The joy of lifelong learning

Find out what happens when travelers engage with students in an open-minded, supportive environment. Listen to students, travelers, faculty, and staff share their perspectives on this unique travel experience.


An epic safari adventure

Travel alongside Stanford sophomores, listening to their presentations and searching for Africa’s most iconic mammals—lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape Buffalo—on daily wildlife drives. Visit a Maasai boma to witness daily life and hear about age-old traditions. At Olduvai Gorge, learn about the paleoanthropological discoveries that helped further the understanding of human evolution.

  • Home / Stanford University

    Meet seminar staff, the Stanford students, and fellow travelers on campus this evening during a special welcome reception, orientation, and dinner.

    Included meal: Dinner
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    Stanford University

    Join Professor Durham and Dr. Charnley on campus for morning and afternoon lectures and discussions on key aspects of land use and conservation in Tanzania.

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
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    San Francisco, California / Arusha, Tanzania

    Depart from San Francisco on overnight flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel in Arusha, northern Tanzania’s safari capital. 


    Arusha Hotel

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Arusha / Arusha National Park

    After breakfast, attend a safari briefing before traveling to Arusha National Park to partake in wildlife drives and a picnic lunch in the park. Gather this evening for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at our hotel.


    Arusha Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Tarangire National Park

    Following breakfast at our hotel on Wednesday, drive to Tarangire Safari Lodge, which will be our home for the next two nights. Our days here afford us opportunities for wildlife drives in the mornings and afternoons, stopping most days for a picnic lunch, and, in the evenings, listening as the students present their research. Enjoy time after dinner to relax at our lodge, which overlooks the Tarangire River.


    Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tarangire / Lake Manyara National Park

    After breakfast and a final game drive in Tarangire National Park, continue to Maramboi Tented Lodge, situated in the ecosystem of Lake Manyara. After lunch, settle into our lodge, taking in the endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm-lined desert.


    Maramboi Tented Lodge (or similar)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lake Manyara National Park

    This morning, drive to Lake Manyara National Park for wildlife viewing from our 4x4 vehicles. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park before driving up the Great Rift Valley escarpment late in the afternoon. Back at camp, join Peter Lindstrom, director of Hoopoe Safaris, for a talk on conservation. Born and raised in Kenya, Peter is passionate about nature preservation.


    Kirurumu Manyara Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    This morning, join our Maasai guides for a walking tour along the Great Rift Valley escarpment to a settlement of bomas. After lunch, depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Take a guided walk in the Ngorongoro Highlands after settling into our lodge and enjoy a full day of wildlife viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater the following day.  


    Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park

    After breakfast, drive to the Olduvai Gorge in the Serengeti Plains to visit the museum that showcases numerous fossils and stone tools and the skeletons of extinct animals that were excavated in the Gorge. Continue through Serengeti National Park, stopping along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon, arrive at our lodge, our home for the next three nights. Enjoy safari rides each day with student presentations before dinner each evening. On our final night, toast our adventure at a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.


    Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar)

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Serengeti / Arusha / Home

    Take one last safari ride this morning before heading to the Seronera airstrip for our flight to Arusha. There, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and check in to day rooms before catching late, overnight flights home from Kilimanjaro International Airport.


    Arusha Hotel—day rooms

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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The price of your trip covers a comprehensive educational program in addition to meals, accommodations, tours and excursions. Continue reading for a full list of what’s included.

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