Culture: Tanzania Edition

Trip Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Country(ies): Tanzania
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $3302
Airfare Estimate: $2500
Nightlife: 7   •   Activity: 7

Just like the Migos have changed the “Culture”, this Mtrek to Tanzania & Zanzibar will change the “Culture” as well. Are you ready to explore Ngoro Ngoro Crater, considered a “microcosm of natural habitats” in Africa? Are you ready to explore the greatness of Mt. Kilimanjaro? What better way to kick off your Ross journey than with the dopest Mtrek leaders at Ross.

After this trip, you’ be able to tell your classmates about the bad and boujee beaches you visited, the “home of the Elephants” at Tarangire Park, and the spice farms, where you can smell and taste spices such as cinnamon and ginger. You won’t want to leave Tanzania after this Mtrek. Last but not least, we will indulge in some of the finest wine and alcohol that Tanzania has to offer. If you are looking for relaxation or the ultimate turn-up, we got you covered.

Travel Day — Saturday, Aug 18

Flight to Tanzania. Optional activities. Group dinner and optional social gathering.

Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 19

Arrive in Arusha and transfer to Moshi. Fly into Kilimanjaro. “Welcome to Arusha”. This multicultural Tanzanian hub, known for its popular nightclubs and global cuisine, offers a lush green climate thanks to its location at the foot of Mt. Meru. It’s the perfect gateway to Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park- just to name a few. Meet your private group transfer at the airport. We will have a guide at the airport to greet us based on the most common arrival time. All others will need to make their way to the hotel on their own. Check in at Bristol Cottages. Welcome Dinner at Maembe. No time to rest, it’s time to rally! Depart the hotel for a group Welcome Dinner (walking distance from hotel). Tour manager will guide group to dinner from hotel (included 1 non-alcoholic drink).

Day 2 — Monday, Aug 20

Meet tour guide and drive to Kilimanjaro in private coach. Day excursion to Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park. Day hike with a local guide to the first hut of the Marangu Route to visit the Maundi Crater and enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding lakes. Return to Moshi after hike. Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure in Moshi, considered the cleanest town in Tanzania. Explore the town & colorful market, where people from the Chagga, Maasaim and Pare ethnic groups live together. Nightlife options include Red Stone Night Club and Black Diamond Night Club.

Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 21

Check out of Bristol Cottages. Meet tour guide and travel to Olduvai Gorge by Safari vans. Olduvai Gorge is a 30-mile long steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift valley and one of the most importabt paleoanthropologicial sites in the world. “Homo habilis”, probably the first early human species, occupied the gorge approximately 1.9 million years ago. Shifting Sands Dune. Don’t let the name fool you, this phenomenon is worth the stop. Learn the history of the shifting sands dune and the bizarre black volcanic sand this is made of. Guided expedition to Maasai Village to observe how these semi-nomadic people grow their crops and prepare and store food. You can even join their jump competition before they show you how to light a fire. Check into Ngorongoro Farm House and dinner at the lodge.

Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 22

Travel to Ngorongoro Crater. Optional activity includes a guided nature walk around the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Take an early morning guided tour around the rim of the crater. Led by a member of the Massai tribe, take in the breathtaking views as the world within the crater wakes up. Ngorongoro Crater Safari Drive is nicknamed the 8th wonder of the world and one of the most densely crowded wildlife areas in Africa. This area is home to roughly 30,000 animals, including herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthig, hippo, & elephant, as well as hyena, jackal, cheetah, and leopard.

Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 23

Check out of lodge in Ngorongoro and travel to Lake Manyara National Park. This day will include an expansive game drive: Search for Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, the famous Manyara tree-climbing lions, as well as the large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Manyaa has the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. The park also offers Acacia woodlands, water forests, baobab strewn cliffs, swamps, and the lake itself. Check into The Outpost Lodge. Dinner will be on your own and tour guide will provide recommendations for students.

Day 6 — Friday, Aug 24

Check out of The Outpost Lodge. Depart Kilimanjaro to travel to Stone Town in Zanzibar. Meet tour guide at airport and transfer to hotel. Check in at Maru Maru Hotel. Afternoon & lunch is on your own. Later that evening, travel to the meeting point for the Sunset Dhow Cruise. Return to hotel after the cruise for dinner and nightlife activities.

Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 25

Enjoy a private surf lesson for the group. Instructor and boards included. Minimum 5 participants and roughly 3.5-4 hours long. Time in the waves is 1.5-2 horus depending on the conditions. Other optional activities include spa services or a cultural meal/cooking activity with the locals. Free afternoon to explore Zanzibar (Prison Island Tour, Dolphin Tour, Jozani Forest Tour). Visit the beaches or markets or relax by the pool. Evening is free for students to grab dinner on their own and enjoy nightlife in Zanzibar.

Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 26

Depart hotel for Stone Town Tour. Stone Town is a very lively place where you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian and European cultures living comfortably together. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for cars to pass, you can see mosques, churches and temples side to side. While you wonder around the city, your guide will take you on a historical and cultural journey through the old slave market, Darajani market place, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort and the Sultan’s Palace. All entrances included. Lunch will be on your own and afternoon is free to explore/relax in Zanzibar. In the evening, meet the tour guide to walk to dinner to enjoy the last night in Tanzania.

Departure Day — Monday, Aug 27

Enjoy a free morning in Zanzibar picking up last minute gifts and checking out of hotel. Students would depart to airport for return flight home.

Michael "Money" Barnes

Born and raised in the Nation’s Capital, Michael grew up loving seafood, the Cherry Blossom Parade, and the Washington Wizards. An avid lover of Marvel superhero movies and Netflix originals, Michael is always debating how Black Panther is the G.O.A.T. Marvel movie and why House of Cards is highly overrated. Michael is the person you want around for providing turn up music in the car and restaurant recommendations in Ann Arbor. Captain of the “Gym is Life” team, Michael can be seen at the IM building multiple times a week lifting weights, taking yoga classes, and schooling undergraduates on the basketball courts. Don’t let the old man looks fool you, Michael has been known to “get busy” on the dance floor at Necto. Before Ross, Michael was adding value with his electrical engineering degree for engineering clients in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nicolas Thompson

Nick has ambitions on leading the coolest MTrek ever. Born and raised in Chicago, Nick enjoys long walks on the beach, boxing, and Hennessy, all of which seem useful for the Trek. Nick plans to embark on a journey to Wakanda and steal some Vibranium while he’s in the region. Always down for an adventure, he is known for bringing the “turn up” energy to every occasion.  He also brings Hennessy to every occasion.

A second time wolverine, engineer by education, and lifelong consultant, Nick will be spending his summer doing strategy consulting in Chicago.

Kosie Okafor

Born in the greatest city on earth (Dallas, TX), Kosie enjoys long walks on the beach, smooth jazz, and plain vanilla ice cream. Kosie is also the one that is writing this bio and knows that you most likely want to know less about him and more about this epic trip…so beach, turn up, animals, fun, history, lit, long days, litty, long nights, lit-uation, no regrets and family.

(A more prevalent biographical account of Kosieme Anthony Okafor can be found in the umich directory).

Courtney Stokes

Courtney is originally from the Bluegrass State. Courtney is interested in how financial services and social entrepreneurship can be leveraged to empower underserved communities in the United States, Latin America, and Africa. You will always catch her with a non-fiction book or trying to learn a new language or skill. She is a big fan of carving your own path and following your own unique , audacious goals. Her favorite quote is: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” She also likes to shop, sing, and eat good food.

Camille Crenshaw

Born in the greatest city on earth (San Diego, CA), Camille loves all things California and takes it as a compliment when Rossers tell her she’s “so LA.” This low-key weirdo loves kombucha, her hedgehog Bean Dip (yea, were serious), green juice, honestly anything that screams bougie. Camille can turn up but also has her sh*t together and will make sure were eating the best meals, going to the best clubs and drinking all the local drinks. She specifically wants you to know that YES this trip is an investment but that you.will.not.regret.it. Welcome to the world of monopoly money, this mtrek is the best place to spend it.

Oh yea, Camille comes from the non-profit world and will be going into strategy consulting this summer…in San Francisco, duh.