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Africa Expedition 2011

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A three-week trip to Kenya and Tanzania, including the island of Zanzibar. The expedition begins in Kenya, with an overnight in the capital, Nairobi, the departure point for a three-day safari to the Masai Mara National Game Reserve, where we will see giraffes, elephants, zebras, and many other animals with wildlife guide Isaac Kinyanjui and wildlife photographer Paul McDougal. Following the safari, we will cross the equator along the Rift Valley to Ol?Ngarua , the home of Isaac Kinyanjui and family, for a unique opportunity to live in an African village and participate in family activities, such as shopping in the local markets, gathering vegetables in the farm, preparing and cooking meals. While at the village, we will visit Thompson Falls, schools, churches, orphanages, and farms, as well as the nearby towns of Karandi and Nyaharuru. Following the village stay, we will travel to Hell?s Gate National Park in the Rift Valley for a mountain bike trip into Hell?s Gate gorge to see the beautiful cliffs and a wide variety of bird and animal life. We will spend a day in Nairobi for shopping, a city tour, and for visiting the Sheldrick Wildlife Center and the Kazuri bead craft center before we board the overnight train across Kenya to the coastal city of Mombasa. We will continue on a coastal route along the Indian Ocean to Tanzania?s capital, Dar es Salaam. Our next adventure starts on the ferry to the legendary island of Zanzibar and the exotic city of Stone Town, with its fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and Swahili architecture. Activities on Zanzibar include a spice tour, snorkeling, beaches, fishing villages, seeing the many famous carved wooden doors, visiting museums, tasting Swahili cuisine, and watching the dhows (ancient sailing ships) in the harbor. A ferry returns us to Dar es Salaam for our departure.