President Donald Eastman and his wife Christine met up with the team for the Serengeti portion of the trip prior to visiting another Winter Term group in Cape Town, South Africa
Team member Craig Altemose completed his world tour of the 7 continents, having visited the continents of Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, and South America through Eckerd
7th Covey Habit - SHARPEN THE SAW
Monday, January 16
We enjoyed a game drive in the morning, then headed for the Serengeti in the afternoon. The next camp was situated in the central area of the Serengeti National Park and was our home for the next 3 nights.
Tuesday, January 17 and Wednesday, January 18
The Serengeti's abundance of game is legendary: vast herds, as must have roamed the continent before the disruptive arrival of man. Its size equivalent to the state of Rhode Island, the Serengeti is famed for the annual wildebeest and zebra migration, where few tracks mar its open grassland plains, dotted with acacia. Under the widest African skies animals go about their daily life: feeding and being fed; prey and preying.
Student pairs were assigned comfortable dome tents (10' x 10' x 8') with sewn-in ground sheets and mosquito proofed zips and windows. We spotted the following animals during game drives: zebras, giraffes, elephants, vervet monkeys, Thomson's gazelles, wildebeest, serval cats, topi, lions, hippos, crocodiles, impala, baboons, hyenas, cheetah, leopards, and several bird species.)
Thursday, January 19
After breakfast, we departed for Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge with a picnic lunch. The importance of archaeological finds at Olduvai and the link they have provided in tracing the earliest history of humans has tended to overshadow the equally important contribution the area has made towards understanding the evolving fauna and topography.
We visited a traditional Maasai village. The Maasai people live in the semi-arid Rift Valley region of Kenya and Tanzania. They own large herds of cattle, sheep and goats which they follow around seasonally in search of new grazing grounds and water sources. Cattle represents food and power in the life of the Maasai; the more cattle a Maasai has, the richer he is and therefore the more power and influence he will have within his tribe.
For the next 2 nights, we stayed at the Ngorongoro Farmhouse, a lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, in Ololdukan. The Farmhouse is a 500-acre coffee farm located near the Ngorongoro Crater.
Friday, January 20
The Ngorongoro Crater is an extinct volcanic caldera in the Eastern Great Rift Valley of northern Tanzania. The Crater measures between 10-12 miles and has an area of 102 square miles. We spent a full day on the crater floor where wildlife was plentiful. This spectacular area is known as one of the seven wonders of the natural world and is host to a dazzling array of animals.
Saturday, January 21
A & K driver guides transported the team from the Lodge to the Arusha Hotel for a brief shopping adventure before heading to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure from Tanzania that evening. Welcome home!