Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. This includes the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain.

From 5th to 8th March 2023, UDSM International students got to explore 3 of the 7 natural wonders of Africa (Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Mount Kilimanjaro).

The journey started with an early bus trip from Mabibo hostel to the famous safari capital city (Arusha), where students were blessed with beautiful scenery across the road. Upon arrival at Esami Hotel, dinner was served and students prepared for the "Arusha by Night" experience. 

By 10:30 pm all interested students boarded buses to The Hub night club where they enjoyed good music, drinks, and networking with Arusha natives. Around 2:00 pm students were back to the hotel for a short rest before the next safari day.

On 6th March, the day started early with a heavy breakfast at Esami and a road trip to Karatu and then to Ngorongoro Loduare Gate where check-in procedures and lunch took place and the group headed to the Ngorongoro Crater Viewpoint. This was followed up with a long safari to Serengeti with many stops to view giraffes, zebras, antelopes, wildebeests, and different bird types. The journey ended with a networking dinner and camping at Serengeti.

At 6:30 am on Tuesday 7th, cruisers started their game drive to tour Serengeti national park, and here students were blessed to spot different animals from elephants, and leopards on trees to more antelopes. The game drive proceeded until the participants had lunch and started the journey back to Arusha city with a few stops to spot the King of the Jungle (Lions) and zebra mating sessions.

Kilimanjaro hiking day started early with a bus trip from Arusha to Kilimanjaro KINAPA gate at Marangu, where participants explored the history of the mountain and did a hiking trip to the waterfall and other stops along the way, the journey ended with a bus trip to Dar es Salaam.

What a short, explorative and nature wondered experience, absolutely UNFORGETTABLE!