Travel with Gusties to Northern Tanzania Posted on November 2nd, 2009 by

Interested in traveling to Tanzania as part of a Gustavus group? Join Dr. Cindy Johnson-Groh on this unique opportunity.  The course is an introduction to the natural history of northern Tanzania including ecology, geology, anthropology, climate and culture. Participants will be exposed to all aspects of African wildlife conservation issues in the context of increasing population pressures and poverty.  An example includes our visit to the heavily used (by tourists) Ngorongoro Crater.  We will contrast this with a remote area just outside of Serengeti National Park comparing ecology of plants and animals in these areas and how they are affected by ecotourism as well as how they are impacted by the Maasai people.
Activities: Camping safari; hiking; photography; plant, bird, mammal identification and observation; visiting Hadza and Maasai villages. Participants will share a tent with one other person and must bring a sleeping bag and pad. Food is varied, ample and delicious. Vegetarian options and dietary needs are possible.  The trip will be led by  Cindy Johnson-Groh, professor in the department of biology, who has led 7 trips to Tanzania and is currently in Tanzania on a Fulbright Scholarship.  The trip is from Jan. 2-24 and the costs are approximately $5500, with airfare, accommodations and meals included.
Requirements for participation:
– A sense of adventure and enthusiasm for outdoor experiences, places, and people.
– Tolerance for uncomfortable and primitive conditions. Travel is over rough winding roads in open vehicles.
– An ability to hide 2-3 miles per day in varied terrain (slippery, rocky, steep or sandy). Tolerance of inclement weather.
– Participants will be taking this course with Gustavus students. Reading and writing assignments are required for all participants.
For more information, contact Carolyn O’Grady, Director of the Center for International and Cultural Education  or Cindy Johnson-Groh.


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