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Please note that this sample itinerary has a cultural arts focus but can easily be tailored to suit your particular needs! We are able to make programmatic arrangements on your institution or group’s behalf across a number of academic and interest areas, e.g. wildlife ecology, socio-cultural studies, music, arts, and much more.

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Day 1

Arrival

Arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to UAACC.  This is about a 45-minute drive.
 Your arrival will be met by fire torches, traditional dancers and drummers!  Dinner and Overnight @ UAACC.

Day 2

Orientation

After Breakfast brief talk about the history of UAACC and orientation. Walk around the UAACC campus with visits to classrooms to meet Day Students at UAACC and opportunities to share knowledge in English, Arts, Music, Computer classes, etc.
 *Walking tour in Imbaseni Village, in the foothills of Mt Meru. Possibly even a visit to a nearby snake and reptile farm!
 * Early evening interaction with UAACC’s LEADERS OF TOMORROW CHILDREN.
*Opportunity for viewing of one of several documentaries that have been made about Pete and Charlotte O’Neal including the classic
 *A PANTHER IN AFRICA by Aaron Matthews
 *MAMA C: URBAN WARRIOR IN THE AFRICAN BUSH by Dr. Joan Hershfield
 * LEGACY:  SPIRIT OF THE BLACK PANTHERS by Jermaine Taishi Thomas
followed by exciting Q&A session
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight @ UAACC.

Day 3

Arusha Park Safari     

Breakfast at UAACC before early morning departure for Arusha National Park which is one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Tanzania.  Aside from the abundance of wildlife, fauna and flora there are three spectacular features evident in the Park that include the Momella Lakes and the Meru and Ngurdoto Craters.  Both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru can be seen from the Park during fine weather.  Large flocks of waterfowl can be seen at the Momella Lakes.  Arusha National Park is one of the few Tanzanian parks to allow walking safaris, in part because it has few dangerous predators. The park boasts a variety of habitats and African wildlife.  The dense forests contain a wealth of birds and other animals like the bushbuck and the black-and-white colobus monkeys. Arusha National Park also has the largest concentration of giraffes in the world.

 

The Arusha Park safari includes a walking tour, transport and picnic lunch.  Departure early in the morning and drive to the park entrance to begin the 2-3 hour walking tour (with armed rangers as guides and 'protectors') in designated area; then return to vehicles for the rest of the tour in the park and lunch at observation point where there is a great view of the Big Momella and Little Momella Lakes.  Then it’s back to the center early evening for dinner and rest and possible music jam with UAACC musicians for those so inclined.  Dinner and Overnight @ UAACC.

Day 4

Arusha Town Trip

Breakfast and visit to Cultural Heritage Center in Arusha for a chance to study and research artworks connected to Tanzania’s 120-plus cultural groups, and from other parts of Africa, all in one compound.  This important combined museum, and Africa’s largest Art Gallery, is helping to preserve the art and culture of East Africa.  Lunch at Cultural Heritage Center and visit to Shanga Shanga, a community cooperative that provides opportunities for disabled people to become artists.   

Return to UAACC for dinner.
After dinner opportunity for evening Youth Forum which is chance to sit down with youth activists, artists and leaders in the community to share ideas, discussions and debates.  This always provides a lively time for all while opening up unique avenues of learning and contemplation.  Possibility for an after forum jam by the fire in the poetry pit (weather permitting!).  Overnight @ UAACC.

Day 5

Ngoma workshop

Ngoma is Kiswahili for both 'drum' and 'dance/celebration'.
After breakfast workshops are led by a dance group that has performed professionally for several years in the Arusha and Tanga Regions.  The students are taught some of the dances, songs and cultural history in morning workshops, and then perform what was learned in the afternoon, after lunch.  The students are also asked to perform in front of the community audience something that reflects their own diverse culture (eg. poetry, dance, song, skits, etc.).  This is an event that is both educational and fun!  Dinner and Overnight @ UAACC.

Day 6

More Cultural immersion

After breakfast opportunities to interact and bond with UAACC Day students with communal activities and choices that include yoga sessions, mural paintings, recording studio sessions, basketball or football games, learning to wear traditional clothing, kanga wrapping and head ties, and more!

Evening preparation for Maasai and Serengeti Safari.
Lunch,  Dinner and Overnight @ UAACC.

Day 7

Maasai & Serengeti Safari

After breakfast departure for visit to Maasai Land, home to the Maasai people, a proud and independent ethnic community who remain nomadic herders and warriors.  Visiting traditional, temporary villages called “enkangs” provides a glimpse into their fascinating culture.  The visit includes opportunities to be with both the elders and youth in the village and participate in various daily tasks including herding cattle and goats, milking and gathering firewood and even repairing houses with the cow dung and mud that is used to plaster the homes!  There are opportunities to make jewelry with the women and learn about significance of colors and patterns associated with the beads worn by men, women and children; learn about traditional Maasai medicines and remedies; participate in a sacred goat sacrifice and even dance with the morani warriors under a starlit sky!  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about these keepers of culture and stewards of natural environment.   Lunch and Dinner prepared by UAACC chefs and Overnight @ Maasai Camp.

Day 8

Travel Day

After breakfast break camp and depart Maasai village late morning.  Picnic lunch at one of the scenic spots overlooking Lake Manyara and early evening arrival at Karatu Campsite which is less than two hours from Ngorongoro Crater for dinner prepared by UAACC chefs and hot showers!  Overnight @ Karatu Camp Site.

Day 9

Ngorongoro Crater

Breakfast and early morning departure from Karatu to the Ngorongoro Crater.   Ngorongoro Crater, sometimes called the 8th Natural Wonder of the World, is the largest ancient caldera in the world.  The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is inhabited by thousands of animals, all protected within the confines of the crater walls. Resident zebra, wildebeest, Grants and Thomson’s gazelle and Tanzania’s few remaining black rhino are protected and regularly sighted in the crater, as are large herds of buffalo. Huge tusked elephants, black-mane lions, cheetah and spotted hyena are also found, as well as thousands of lesser and greater flamingoes in the magadi soda lake.  Picnic lunch in the Crater prepared by the camp crew and continuation of the tour.  Return to the Karatu campsite for dinner. 

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