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From Nov 27th 2006 - Nov 29th 2006
Nov 27th - Dec 1st In Arusha
- Preparation work for school building project
- Visiting Karatu: Ryan’s Well
Dec 1st – 4th In Rongai (backside of Kilimanjaro); Arusha region
- Building a school with Elmwood students
Dec 4th – 12th Mount Kilimanjaro
- Elmwood and Algonquin College students climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Dec 13th - 19th

In the National Parks; Northern Tanzania
- Serengeti National Park
- Olduvai Gorge
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Tarangire National Park

Dec 19th Back to Arusha
Leave for Dar-es-salaam
Dec 21st - 23rd In Dar Es Salaam
- Life in Tanzania’s largest city
- Visiting Right to Play project
Dec 23rd - 26th

In Zanzibar for Christmas Break
-History of the Spice Island
-Life in Zanzibar

Dec 27th - 29th Return to Dar-es-salaam
Leave for Zambia
Tanzania Route Summary - Google Earth Satellite Picture
Tanzania Route
Mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro Route
Mount Kilimanjaro

Learn more about the places to be visited by the Expedition Team:

Arusha Region, Tanzania
The Arusha region, in northern Tanzania, will be our home for the first two weeks in Tanzania. The city of Arusha itself is known as the safari capital of East Africa. If you plan to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, or visit the national parks, your journey will undoubtedly start from Arusha. Arusha is also home to the International Conference Centre. It is here that some of the most important peace treaties and international agreements in modern African history have been signed. The town has numerous markets, some with high quality art and crafts. The people of the Maasai tribe also live in this region; it is always fascinating to learn about their semi-nomadic traditional lifestyle, which we will tell you about.

Our first days in Arusha will be spent planning the school building project, which will be built in Rongai from December 1st to December 4th. We will also visit the Karatu District to tell you all about how life has changed for the people in this region!

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  • Karatu in Arusha Region
Ryan’s Well Foundation is working very hard to improve the lives of many Africans, in many African countries, including Tanzania. This foundation, with the help of partners such as the Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) and other indigenous organizations, supports well and sanitation projects. The vision of this foundation is to help provide clean water and related health services to people in African countries and in other developing nations. One of the places that benefits from these kinds of project is the Karatu District in the Arusha Region. Karatu District, located in the Arusha Region, has a population of 180,840 people. Since 2003, the Ryan’s Well Foundation has been improving the health standards of school children in selected primary schools.
This is accomplished through the development of safe water points. Also, this project is constructing and promoting the use of improved sanitation facilities as well as providing health and hygiene education.

We will visit the Karatu District to tell you about the project and the progress of the project. If you want to know how these kinds of project continue to change the lives of the people of Karatu, follow the expedition.  This is another story you cannot miss.

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  • Rongai in Arusha Region
From December 1st to December 4th, students from Elmwood High School will be in Rongai, in the Arusha Region, to help build a school. As the expedition team, we will also be part of this activity! Join us as we help build a legacy in this part of Tanzania.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha Region
Mount Kilimanjaro, located in the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, is the highest mountain in Africa (5,895 metres) and the highest walk-able summit in the world. It is made up of three extinct volcanoes; Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Although it lies just three degrees south of the Equator, the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi both have caps of snow and ice. This mountain is conquered by thousands every year; with only a portion of them getting to the highest point. After all, it is at Mount Kilimanjaro where ordinary people come to do extra-ordinary things!

Some members of the Expedition team along with some students from Elmwood High School, their friends and families, will spend some days climbing the mountain and hopefully, all of them will reach the summit. Take part in this adventure by following the climb.

Hear the stories of the climbers; from their climb preparation to what the hardest part of the climb is. This part of our expedition will inspire many; it is something you cannot miss! In the meantime, think about this; what do you think is happening to the snow on the peaks of the mountain? What kinds of vegetation can be found in the different levels of the mountain, from sea level to the highest peak? We will tell you everything you need to know about the mountain and the climb! Remember to mark Dec 4th - Dec 12th on your calender!

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National Parks of Tanzania

Have you ever wondered why Tanzania is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets? That is because it hosts some of the world’s best National Parks; some of which we are going to visit. Did you know that an unparalleled one-quarter of Tanzania’s surface area has been set aside for conservation purposes? While we are in the National Parks, not only will we tell you all about the parks, but we will also meet with some park employees and discuss the environmental concerns and the efforts that continue to be taken to protect the animals. Information about the national parks we are visiting is found below.

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  • Serengeti National Park
The first national park we are visiting is Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. This park stretches to the Kenyan border and almost to Lake Victoria. The people of the Maasai Tribe call this area Siringitu, which means ‘the place where the land moves on forever.’ The vast Serengeti plains are home to an estimated 3 million large animals.

This national park is mainly known for the migration of its animals. Over a million wildebeest and around 200,000 travel to the southern plains from the northern hills for the short rains every October and November. They also travel to the west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. No drought, gorge or river can ever stop this migration. The ecosystem of this national park is one of the oldest on earth. Join us as we explore this fascinating park.

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  • Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge is an archeological site situated in the eastern Serengeti Plains.  This gorge is about 50 km long and in some places 90 metres deep. This area is known for the rich treasure-trove of human and animal fossils. This is where, in 1979, Mary and Louis Leakey found the 3.7 million year old footsteps of Australopithecus Afarensis, an early hominid. In 1957, they also found evidence of the 1.8-million year old Nutcracker Man (Australopithecus – or Zinjanthropus - Boisei) and Handy Man (Homo Habilis). We will visit the site and the museum and give you an insight of this gorge!

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  • Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is one of the most diverse and fascinating parts of Tanzania. The land of this area is shaped by rifts and volcanoes. The crater shelters 30,000 animals and an immense variety of birds. The ‘big five’, namely Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Lion and Cheetah are all found in this Crater. Lake Makat, which is pretty much located in the center of the crater, is the main water source for the animals. It is around this lake that thousands of flamingos come for water. While we are in Ngorongoro, we will tell you all about the history of this conservation area, the animals found and what is being done to protect these animals. We may even get very close to the animals and have some amazing photographs to share.
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  • Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, along with some majestic baobab trees. It is home to some 30,000 zebra, 25,000 wildebeest, 5,000 buffalo, 3,000 elephant, 2,500 Maasai giraffe and over 1,000 fringe-eared oryx. During the dry season, animals such as elephants, zebras and buffalos migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to the Tarangire River in search of some water. As they do this, predators such as lions migrate along with them in search of preys. Did you know that during this period this park has the largest concentration of animals than any park in northern Tanzania?


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Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania
Dar-es-salaam is Tanzania’s largest city, located on the eastern coast of the country. It was the capital city of the country until very recently when it was moved to Dodoma. Often called ‘Dar,’ this city is a melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian cultures. Dar has everything from beautiful beach resorts, exquisite hotels to busy markets, such as the kariakoo market.

During our short stay in Dar-es-salaam, we will capture the history, culture and lifestyle of this city. To find out how different kinds of people make ends meet in Dar-es-salaam, be sure to follow our journey. We will also highlight the work of the Right to Play organization in Tanzania.

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  • Right To Play
This athlete-driven international humanitarian organization implements various sport and play programs designed to guide children on a positive path to a healthy development. These programs also teach important values such as leadership skills, teamwork, fair play, conflict resolution, self-esteem, communication, commitment, respect and integrity. These programs (SportWorks and SportHealth) are implemented in different parts of the world, namely in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In Dar-es-salaam, Right to Play continues to implement its SportHealth program. With this program, children learn everything from the importance of vaccinations as well as preventions of harmful diseases such as Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV/AIDS. After all, happier and educated children are the pillars of safer, healthier and more peaceful communities! What is the progress in Dar-es-salaam?

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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Just off the coast of East Africa, lies Zanzibar; an archipelago consisting of Unguja (commonly referred to as Zanzibar Island), Pemba and some smaller islands. It is very easy to get to these islands from Dar-es-salaam, by plane (15-minute flight) or by boat.

The Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs and English: what do they all have in common? They have all administered Zanzibar once upon a time. Some of them, especially the Shirazi Persians and Omani Arabs, stayed to settle and rule this territory. Because of this, Zanzibar has become predominantly Islamic (97%) and it is greatly influenced by Arabic culture; everything from the food to the music (Taarab music).
Stone Town, which is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, is a beautiful site. It is said that little has changed in the last 200 years when this area was filled with people from Oman. Stone Town has some winding alleys, busting bazaars, mosques and some grand Arab houses. The earliest building that remains on Zanzibar is the mosque at Kizimkazi which dates from 1107. Naturally, it is a present-day tourist attraction.

As we spend Christmas in Zanzibar, we will give you the history of this beautiful spice island. If you want to know about the Arabs and why they came to this part of Africa, all this information will be available once we arrive in Zanzibar. We will tell you all about the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, the old Slave Market and so much more. Can you imagine standing on the same ground where just about a hundred years ago, Africans were forcibly sold to slavery? Make sure you follow the expedition to learn all about Zanzibar Island and its rich history!

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