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Overview

An enriching experience for the whole family

Unplug and spend quality time together during wildlife viewing rides in the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest volcanic caldera, and in the legendary Serengeti. Look for Africa's iconic animals—lions, leopards, elephants, African buffalo, and rhinoceroses—from our open-roofed safari vehicles.

Throughout our journey, while adults attend lectures by our Stanford faculty leader, kids hang out with their Young Explorer leaders. And in the Ngorongoro Highlands, young explorers learn about life in Tanzania, connecting with pen pals and engaging in a friendly game of soccer.

Dates

December 21–29, 2022

Duration

9 days

Price

From $9,995 per person

Trip size

40 participants

Minimum age

6 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.

Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell

Stanford University Medical School

An award-winning author and photographer, Dr. O'Connell-Rodwell has been studying elephants in the wild for the last thirty years.

Share the joy of learning

Meet our Young Explorer leaders

These razor-sharp recent Stanford grads and former Stanford Sierra Camp counselors love interacting with families and are experts at adapting to the personalities and interests of each Young Explorer. They fuel creativity with thought-provoking discussions and mind-bending games that keep the kids entertained while adults attend lectures. In addition, Young Explorer leaders bring the whole family together for activities such as family Olympics, trivia night and disco bingo.

Itinerary

An action-packed adventure in Africa

Explore Serengeti National Park and the adjacent, private Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem. Wonder at the Great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Crater and Highlands, where we’ll observe thousands of fascinating creatures up close and in their natural habitat.

  • Arusha, Tanzania

    Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to our lodge, located amid lush coffee plantations, and enjoy a welcome snack before settling in for the night.

    Accommodations:

    Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort And Spa

  • Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

    A short scenic flight takes us to a private 12,000-acre private nature reserve, located adjacent to Serengeti National Park and part of that ecosystem. After a safari briefing, head out for our first taste of wildlife viewing. Look for giraffe, eland, dik dik, ostrich, leopard and even wild dog in this unique wildlife haven, dubbed “Giraffic Park” by past visitors.

    Accommodations:

    Eastern Serengeti Nyumba Camp

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

    This region is the very definition of “off-the-beaten-path,” and the Maasai in this part of Tanzania have succeeded in maintaining their traditions, lifestyle and lore. Learn about this vibrant culture during a tour of a Maasai boma, or settlement of mud-and-dung huts and through a visit to a Maasai storyteller. Search for wildlife by foot on a guided nature walk and later, on a special nighttime wildlife drive.

    Accommodations:

    Eastern Serengeti Nyumba Camp

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Serengeti National Park

    Depart our private nature refuge for Serengeti National Park, traversing the Serengeti’s acacia-covered northern corridor. See wildlife along the way, arriving at our campsite in the early afternoon. After a late-afternoon wildlife viewing drive, relax at our camp while our local guides teach young explorers traditional Tanzanian games, including rede and bao, and perhaps a bit of Swahili.

    Accommodations:

    Serengeti Serena Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Serengeti National Park

    Enjoy a full day of wildlife viewing in Serengeti National Park. At the end of the day take in the spectacular colors of an equatorial African sunset from the cozy comfort of our camp, then after dinner, relax around the campfire and gaze up at the millions of stars overhead.

    Accommodations:

    Serengeti Serena Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    Enjoy a full day of wildlife viewing in Serengeti National Park. At the end of the day take in the spectacular colors of an equatorial African sunset from the cozy comfort of our camp, then after dinner, relax around the campfire and gaze up at the millions of stars overhead.

    Accommodations:

    Serengeti Serena Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Ngorongoro Crater

    Enjoy an entire day exploring the floor of the magnificent 102-square-mile wildlife haven of Ngorongoro Crater to observe an unforgettable spectacle: a teeming world of elephants, rhinoceroses, lions, hyenas, zebras and wildebeests living in harmony in this self-contained environment. This evening, relax at the tembo fire, traditionally lit to keep elephants (tembo in Swahili) from feasting in the organic gardens, and now an ideal sitting area for evening conversation and stargazing.

    Accommodations:

    Serengeti Serena Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Ngorongoro Highlands

    Today visit a local primary school in the Ngorongoro Highlands where young explorers meet their pen pals, followed by an informal soccer match. Check in to our lodge and enjoy a festive dinner with fellow travelers.

    Accommodations:

    Gibb’s Farm

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

    Return to Arusha this morning and celebrate at our lodge with a farewell lunch. Day rooms are available to rest and prepare for an afternoon departure. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for flights home.

    Accommodations:

    Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort And Spa

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

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Pricing

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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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