The Students Mountains Expedition and Game Safaris is an educational programme designed and developed by Eco Programs to enable students in Universities, Colleges and Secondary Schools Worldwide to visit, see and enjoy a wonderful natural heritage in the World Tanzania has.
The development of Students Mountains Expedition and Game Safaris Programme is in response to the needs of International understanding of the values of natural heritage in the universe so as to achieve a Global awareness that enables people to live and act with an appreciation of the natural heritage.
Students Mountains Expedition and Game Safaris Programme provide students with a golden opportunity of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and other selected mountains and Game Safaris and Tours to the World Leading National Parks in Tanzania, East Africa.
With Eco Programs, you will get a unique opportunity of exchanging views with professional guides in the fields of Forestry, Geography and Environment, who provide a challenging discussions and talks on the historical, geographical and scientific development of various wonderful features found in these natural areas.
As a special event, Students Mountains Expedition and Game Safaris Programme is planned to feature the following activities:
Game Safaris and Tours to the World Heritage Status National Parks of Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge:
Lake Manyara National Park:
The most famous spectacle in Lake Manyara National Park are tree-climbing lions which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of Acacia trees, six to seven metres above the ground. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is not for its incredible beauty. As visitors enter the gate they pass into the forest, home to troupes of baboons and blue monkeys.
Through Students Mountains Expedition and Game Safaris , you will visit Soda Lake, itself covering 390sq.km where over 350 species of birds including flamingo, pelican, strokes, sacred ibis, cormorants and Egyptian geese can be seen. The park is also noted for its numerous buffalo, elephants, giraffe, impala, hippo and great variety of smaller animals. Lake Manyara is located 210km from Moshi, the town of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken calderas in the World situated at the north of Tanzania at 2,286metres above the sea level. Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610m, from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre covers an area of about 260sq.km and is home of up to 25,000 larger mammals.
There is large number of gazelles, buffalo, eland, heartbeats and warthog, which attract predators, mainly lion, hyena, cheetah and leopard. More than 100 species of birds are found. Countless flamingos, which form a pink blanket over the soda or Magadi Lake, can be viewed. The crater has been declared a World Heritage Site. The Ngorongoro Crater lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation area, covering area more than 8,000sq.km. Lake Eyasi in the Southwest and the Gol Mountains in the north bound it.
At the centre of the great wildlife sanctuaries of Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti lies Olduvai Gorge. The “Cradle of Mankind” as this Stone Age site is popularly known is where the skull of the “Nutcracker Man” or Zinjathropus boisei was unearthed in a volcanic ash layer by Prof. Leakey in 1959. Nearby is Laetoli where the footprints of early humanoids (said to be 3.5 million years old) were discovered by Mrs Mary Leakey in 1979. To the north is Oldoinyo Lengai a living volcano. Around these sites of man’s origin team millions of wild animals. Archaeological work is still going on this area. The theory exists that Homo Sapiens originated in Africa and Olduvai Gorge provide the evidence.
Mountain Climbing Expedition – Mt. Kilimanjaro [Marangu Route:
Climbing this giant mountain requires no skills. Physically fit person can climb it! You will climb from the southeastern side of the mountain and descend using the same route. You will spend nights at built mountain huts. From start at the gate you across a fine fascinating rainforest and moor land walking beside streams.
The route to the Highest Point in Africa begins at Marangu park gate at 1800m above sea level via Mandara hut, at 2700m (8858ft) above Sea level to Horombo hut at an altitude of 3720m (12200ft) above sea level. Horombo hut is an altitude typically with magnificent sunset and nighttime views. You will proceed past the cactus like giant ground set and the last water point to the masoned Kibo hut at 4703m (15450ft) above sea level to prepare for the summit.
You will climb the steepest, interesting and demanding part of the route to Gilmans point at 5670m(18640ft) above the sea level, which is on the Crater rim. From Gilmans point you will proceed to Uhuru peak 5896m (19340ft) above sea level, the highest point in africa!. Throughout the way to the summit, you will experience several interesting features to memorise.
Visit to key places in Moshi, the town of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Villages on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro:
– Visit the Mweka College of Wildlife Management for wildlife experience before visiting the world famous national parks of Tanzania.
– Visit Cultural and Handcraft Centres in Moshi and Arusha.
– Visit the Local Living Villages of Marangu and Uru for cultural experience of the Chagga people. Learn about the history of Chagga, coffee production and processing, traditional fishing, blacksmiths and cooking traditional food. Visit the village based conservation sites to include the famous Kinukamori and Materuni waterfalls and protected lands.
Does Students Mountains Expedition and Game Safaris Programme inspire you? If yes, discuss first with your School or College mates and arrange for a group of preferably Five (5), Ten (10) or Twenty (20). You can as well contact us if you are alone or in case for a group of less than five. Contact us as soon as you decided to join this special programme through the below address. Tailor made programmes for an individual student or a group can be organised too!
Detailed programme is sent after receiving applicant’s forms. For more information and arrangement, please contact us at:
Students Mountains Expedition and Game Safaris Programme,
Building Opposite Moshi Cathedral Bookshop,
P.O Box 6928, Moshi, Kilimanjaro,