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Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

Traditional & Modern Women in Tanzania

March 4-17, 2009

Come join Bryn Mawr alumnae/i and friends for a cultural and wildlife safari that presents an extraordinary opportunity to experience life through the eyes of a Tanzanian woman. During this two-week journey, we will take you into the homes, businesses, and villages of the rural, urban, and traditional women of Tanzania. As we take part in their daily lives, learn about their challenges and accomplishments, and join in discussions with the help of an interpreter, we will gain a uniquely intimate perspective on women's issues in a developing nation. This rewarding experience will take place against a backdrop of stunning scenery, from the bustling villages on the slopes of Mount Meru to the pristine wilderness of the great Serengeti. To complement the experience, we will observe the spectacular wildlife that plays such an integral role in the lives of the people of Tanzania. Our adventure includes an exploration of the Ngorongoro Crater, a magnificent wildlife haven; the Great Rift Valley, where we will climb the escarpment into the lush green highlands; and the famed Olduvai Gorge, where some of the earliest remains of species were discovered. The safari concludes in the vast Serengeti Plains, where we will find some of the highest concentrations of animals in the world.

Bryn Mawr Study Leader

Leading our trip to Tanzania is Nancy J. Kirby, MSS '65. Nancy is the assistant dean and director of admissions for the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. She also serves on the boards of several health related non-profits and is a trustee for two foundations. Nancy has participated with study tours to Senegal and Ghana with the Association of Blacks in Philanthropy and to the new South Africa with the University of North Carolina School Of Social Work. She has particular interests in women's issues including health, economic development and culture and crafts.

Preliminary Itinerary

Tuesday, March 4

Depart USA/ Amsterdam/ Arusha, Tanzania
Depart from Newark to Tanzania via Amsterdam.

Wednesday, March 5

This evening we arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where our guide greets us. We transfer to a beautiful lodge a few miles outside of Arusha. The private cottages are set amidst an old growth forest on a hillside with stunning views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Proceeds from the lodge benefit the Sibusiso Foundation, which aids mentally challenged children and their families throughout Tanzania.
Accommodations: Rivertrees Country Inn (snack)

Thursday, March 6

After a safari briefing, we meet with The Society of Women with AIDS, a local support group for Tanzanian women living with the HIV/AIDS virus. In the afternoon, we visit with Peter and Charlotte O'Neal, the founders of the United African American Community Center, a non-profit community which funds programs and projects for the betterment of the Tanzanian people. Tonight we settle in our comfortable lodge for our welcome dinner.
Accommodations: Rivertrees Country Inn (All meals included)

Friday, March 7

Today we get an early start with a visit to a traditional village on the slopes of Mt. Meru. Here we are introduced to our respective hosts from the Wameru tribe who are part of the Upendo Women's Group. We spend the next few hours assisting in the daily routine of the local women, learning about their houses, the community dynamics, farming, and the way their children are raised. We are welcomed into their village as friends of Thomson Safaris. After a traditional lunch, there will be time for discussion before we head back to the lodge.
Accommodations: Rivertrees Country Inn (All meals included)

Saturday, March 8

Lesilalei Maasai boma and Selela Village/ Ngorongoro Highlands

Early this morning we head into the Great Rift Valley where we will meet with two "modern" Maasai women. We will have the opportunity to learn about their ever-changing roles as tribeswomen and a variety of issues ranging from legal rights to living in a polygamous community. Traditionally the spokesmen at Maasai bomas are men who, by social taboo, are not allowed to talk about women's "business." Finally, we make our way towards Gibb's Farm nestled among coffee plantations in the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Accommodations: Gibb's Farm (All meals included)

Sunday, March 9

Mbulu Village in the Karatu Region
Early this morning we travel to the seldom-visited Mbulu area set in a large marginal agricultural region. Like most subsistence farmers, these women of the Mbulu tribe take care of their chores during the first few hours of the day. We will join the women in their daily life and experience a lifestyle quite different from that of the Wameru women. Over 80% of the people in Tanzania live as subsistence farmers, a life of difficult labor linked inextricably to the land.
Accommodations: Gibb's Farm (All meals included)

Monday, March 10

Ngorongoro Crater
After a late breakfast, we spend the day discovering Tanzania's "Garden of Eden" – Ngorongoro Crater. Within this ancient collapsed caldera, a near perfect balance of predator and prey exists. We'll have the opportunity to experience the unforgettable spectacle of African wildlife. At the end of each day, we return to our comfortable Classic Camp to savor the seclusion and rustic beauty of our nights deep in the heart of Africa.
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Classic Camp (All meals included)

Tuesday, March 11

Ngorongoro Crater
After an early breakfast, we descend the 2,000-foot crater wall via Land Rover into this mini-ecosystem of savanna, forest and small lakes, which sustains a huge number of non-migratory animals from gazelle, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, hippo, and elephant to flamingo, cheetah, and African buffalo. Because of the elevation, we'll want to cozy up by the campfire in the evenings, to ward off the cooler air and enjoy the surroundings.
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Classic Camp (All meals included)

Wednesday, March 12

Olduvai Gorge/ Serengeti National Park
Today we'll journey into the great Serengeti plains and visit Olduvai Gorge along the way. Here, some of the earliest hominid remains were unearthed by the Leakey family. A small, informative museum explains their archeological methods and remarkable finds. Continuing into the bush, we'll look for migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle massed on the plains. Tonight we'll settle in for two nights at our Classic Camp in the southern Serengeti, which affords the luxury of sharing the wilderness with the wildlife. The charm is in the rusticity, and, though you are in the remotest wilds, you will find yourself feeling pampered and at ease in the quiet seclusion of our camps.
Accommodations: Serengeti Classic Camp (All meals included)

Thursday, March 13

Serengeti Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is home to literally hundreds of thousands of hoofed animals. It is a unique and pristine sanctuary that will give us a glimpse into "the world as it was in the beginning." From the comfort of our beautiful camp, we will enjoy this extraordinary wilderness.
Accommodations: Serengeti Classic Camp (All meals included)

Friday, March 14

Serengeti National Park
Today we journey to the central part of the Serengeti, where we rest our heads for two nights. An infinite number of dramas play themselves out on these endless plains: predators stalk prey, animals eat, scavenge, and graze, mothers nurture their young, birds hover and soar overhead, young animals frolic as older animals keep a watchful eye on these vulnerable little ones… in short, it is a story of life and death, decay and renewal and ultimately, survival of the fittest. There is almost no other place on earth where one can see "the world as it was in the beginning." Tonight, we'll enjoy one more night in this unforgettable wilderness.
Accommodations: Serengeti Classic Camp (All meals included)

Saturday, March 15

Serengeti National Park
One of these mornings in the Serengeti, guests with advanced reservations, will have the opportunity to enjoy a balloon safari, returning back to camp later in the morning for further wildlife viewing with the group. There are countless other unique and fascinating sights for us to see. Tonight, enjoy one more night in this unforgettable wilderness and prepare for your re-entry into the bustle of the modern world.
Accommodations: Serengeti Classic Camp (All meals included)

Sunday, March 16 & Monday, March 17

Serengeti National Park/ Arusha/ Return to the U.S.
After an early morning wildlife viewing in the Serengeti, we fly back to Arusha and enjoy a farewell lunch at a local lodge where private day rooms are provided. We may rest, swim, or shop before driving to the airport for the overnight flight to Amsterdam for flights home.
Accommodations: Arusha Hotel – day room (B, L, snack)

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Cost and Program Inclusions

Cost (Preliminary)      Adult Land Only: $6,490
                                    Single Supplement: $990
                                    Optional Balloon Safari: $450
Approximate Airfare from Newark to Kilimanjaro on NW/KLM Airlines: $1,300

The Traditional and Modern Women Safari Includes:

  • Tanzanian-born professional safari guides who are our companions, our teachers, and at our service throughout the trip.
  • Comfortable wildlife viewing in specially equipped 4-wheel drive Land Rover Defenders with popped top roofs and video camera charging sockets. Each traveler is guaranteed a window seat.
  • Meals and bottled water, as listed in the itinerary, accommodations based on double occupancy, and park fees.
  • Services at Thomson Safaris' Classic Camp.
  • Daily safari briefing to help prepare for each day's game viewing.
  • Internal flight from the Serengeti to Arusha.
  • Beer, wine, spirits and soda included at welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Bush lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Cultural and Village Visits.

Rates Do Not Include:

Optional group international airfare from U.S. to Tanzania on NW/KLM Airlines, unless airfare is arranged by Thomson Safaris; airport departure tax, unless airfare is arranged by Thomson Safaris; variable fuel surcharge; passport and visa fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; trip insurance; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, laundry, telephone and fax calls, gratuities for staff, and excess baggage charges.

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Gibb's Farm

Gibb's Farm is a small and intimate lodge nestled on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands, four kilometers from the small town of Karatu. It is a convenient stopover for both Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Surrounded by coffee plantations and a vegetable farm, with the rain forest of Ngorongoro above, it offers expansive views over lush and verdant agricultural country.

The main facilities - lounge, dining room, and shop - are situated in the old farmhouse, graced with locally crafted furniture and African hospitality. The sleeping accommodations are in 20 cozy bungalows set amidst the colorful gardens. The cuisine is among the best you'll have on safari, prepared from produce from their own organic garden. There are daily guided walks available into the hills to a waterfall and a natural mineral lick that is favored by elephants. Gibb's Farm today consists of 30 Acres of quality organic coffee, 10 acres of organic vegetables and fruit, 5 acres of flowers and herbs and a working dairy and pig farm. There is also a tree nursery on the Farm where hundreds of young saplings are grown to encourage the growth of native tree species in the area. The entire operation is a model of ecologically sustainable agriculture. Everything is grown organically using only natural fertilizer from the farm. Farm Manager Petro uses plants with insect repellent properties instead of pesticides to ensure that no chemicals are added to the vegetables. Reclaimed water is used whenever possible. All buildings and furniture are built using local materials and local labor, at our on-site workshop. All bottles are broken down and recycled, or used in building foundations. 90% of our hot water is heated using solar power. In short, every possible element of GIBB'S FARM is ecologically friendly and sustainable. For additional information on Gibb's farm »

Rivertrees Country Inn

Rivertrees is a small Country Inn accommodating up to 24 guests, guaranteeing privacy, personal attention and service. Their eight self contained guestrooms are located in the main farmhouse or within the spacious gardens. The two 'River Cottages' offer private decks and wood burning fire places.

Rivertrees abounds with birdlife, making it a haven for ornithological enthusiasts. Beyond the gardens, grass lined pathways lead to the Usa River that flows through the property. Shaded by beautiful old trees, the river is a study of peace and calm. The pool is located near the river and surrounded by sights and sounds of nature. Rivertrees can arrange Horseback riding in the countryside, be it short excursions or longer trails with prior notice. It is an experience any outdoor enthusiast will remember for a long while to come. Another important aspect is that the lodge benefits Bahati Tanzania, a non-profit organization, which supports Tanzanian women who have been imprisoned and looking to overcome their past and start a new dignified life. In addition to Bahati, Rivertrees also supports S.I.A.F.U., an organization which aids widowed women. For more information on Rivertrees Country Inn »

Thomson Nyumbas

Swahili for "home," Thomson Safaris Nyumbas are eco-friendly, mobile camps that are strategically located in the Serengeti and at Ngorongoro Crater. They always offer exclusivity, scenic vistas and excellent access to wildlife.

Designed exclusively for Thomson and by Thomson, and based on over 27 years of experience, these comfortable canvas bush homes allow you direct access to the wildlife with all the amenities you need to feel comfortable during your safari. Thomsons conservation-minded approach also means that the environment both the wildlife and the landscape - is not adversely affected by our stay. Accommodations are simple, yet comfortable and elegant. Spacious, walk-in tents feature locally crafted decor, solar-powered lighting, fine-mesh screened windows, verandah and private en-suite bathroom.

Please note that because these are mobile and environmentally friendly camps, they do not have fixed plumbing. Still, you will have all you need with hot showers any time of day, private dressing area, sinks with water basins, and ingenious, water-saving, self-contained flush toilets.

There are no noisy generators or light pollution in these eco-friendly camps, leaving you free to enjoy endless fresh air, beautiful night skies and the exotic sounds of the thriving eco-system around you. In our Nyumbas you will find soft, cozy bedding, privacy, handcrafted Tanzanian-made décor, excellent service from an attentive staff, exclusive locations and delicious meals. We believe there is no better base from which to explore the wildlife and landscapes of Tanzania.

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