TANZANIA

TANZANIA

Tanzania, an East African country situated just south of the Equator, formed as a sovereign state in 1964 through the union of the theretofore separate states of Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

The Tanzania mainland is bounded by Uganda, Lake Victoria, and Kenya to the north, by the Indian Ocean to the east, by Mozambique, Lake Nyasa, Malawi, and Zambia to the south and southwest, and by Lake Tanganyika, Burundi, and Rwanda to the west.

The variety of soils in mainland Tanzania surpasses that of any other country in Africa. The reddish brown soils of volcanic origin in the highland areas are the most fertile. Many river basins also have fertile soils, but they are subject to flooding and require drainage control. The red and yellow tropical loams of the interior plateaus, on the other hand, are of moderate-to-poor fertility.

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Mainland Tanzania can be divided into four principal climactic and topographic areas: the hot and humid coastal lowlands of the Indian Ocean shoreline, the hot and arid zone of the broad central plateau, the high inland mountain and lake region of the northern border, Rainfall is highly seasonal, being influenced greatly by the annual migration of the intertropical convergence zone. Roughly half of mainland Tanzania receives less than 30 inches (750 mm) of precipitation annually.

According to most reputable surveys, Tanzania’s population includes more than 120 different indigenous African tribes, most of which are today clustered into larger groupings. Because of the effects of rural-to-urban migration, modernization, and politicization, some of the smallest ethnic groups are gradually disappearing.

Student Tour Highlights

Wildlife Tribal Communities Ecology

Enviro Trips™ students will be amidst the East African wilderness. They will travel on rough adventurous roads, pass tiny rural settlements and see fascinating landscapes and abundant wildlife. All their senses will be involved; from smelling early morning coffee, experiencing the thrill of a kill to the chill of a morning game drive. Falling asleep to the hooting of an owl or waking up with the roaring of a lion is what you will experience.

Wildlife & National Parks

The great Wildebeest Migration, Serengeti plains, sighting the Big Five cats in their natural surrounding – are all awe inspiring features of Tanzanian wilderness. Home to 14 National Parks and several game reserves, Tanzania is the ultimate destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Our students will get a rare opportunity to visit 2 – 3 national parks and witness wildlife like no place else on this planet. Get ready to be awe-struck

Wildlife & National Parks

Tribal Communities & Native Culture

Tribal Communities & Native Culture

Tanzania’s population includes more than 120 different indigenous African tribes.  Our students get a rare opportunity to visit local villages and understand the challenges native communities face related to health, hygiene, education and livelihoods.   Because of the effects of rural-to-urban migration, modernization, and politicization, some of the smallest ethnic groups are gradually disappearing.   We encourage students to interact and conduct surveys to further their learning.

Hotsprings & Waterfalls

Students explore the unique hot springs and waterfalls of the Tanzanian landscape.  Tanzania is one of the several countries that are truncated by the East African Rift. The rift system has a high geothermal gradient and Tanzania has more than 15 locations with hot springs of temperatures greater than 40 deg Celsius.   These spectacular features offer great learning possibilities in the areas of geology, fresh water resources and water management.

Hotsprings & Waterfalls

African Village Life and Culture

African Village Life and Culture

A large proportion of Tanzanian people live in remote villages.  On Enviro Trips™, our students visit villages, interact with locals and conduct surveys in key areas of education, culture, history and livelihood challenges.  Our students will also learn about the various national and international initiatives in the key social and health areas to improve the living standard of the people.  How have tribal communities adapted to an agricultural lifestyle, what drives rural folk to migrate to urban areas, what are the challenges of the health delivery system…. are all questions our students will explore.  We strongly recommend that such visits are documented.

Students hosting Students – a unique Enviro Trips™ Initiative

Enviro Trips™ partners with some of the leading boarding schools in Tanzania.  Students on Enviro Trips™ get a rare opportunity to stay in these schools and live the life of a local student for a few days.  They participate in daily school activities, learn about the educational system of Tanzania, play local sports, attend classes, and get a rare chance to visit local students homes.   Most importantly, they make some friends for life.

Students hosting Students – a unique Enviro Trips™ Initiative

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