Join Mahiri Mwita, Tanzanian native and beloved lecturer of Swahili, for a safari adventure rich in both culture and wildlife.
Escape the doldrums of winter and head to the wilds of Tanzania with fellow Princetonians, March 12- 21. On this in-depth wildlife safari and cultural encounter, travelers will learn how Tanzania's unmatched biodiversity is mirrored by one of the world's most brilliant cultural tapestries. Outstanding wildlife viewing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater is enhanced by intimate visits with four unique ethnic groups: the pastoralist Maasai and Datoga, the agriculturalist Iraqw, and the hunter-gatherer Hadza peoples.
Our safari accommodations place you in the heart of the action as you spend four nights in signature Nyumba tented camps and six nights in classic safari lodges, including Travel & Leisure’s 2018 “Top-Lodge in Africa,” Gibb’s Farm. After wildlife-viewing game drives, guests who enjoy more physical activity can take advantage of optional guided bush walks and forest hikes on most days at camp.
Finish the adventure with an optional extension to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring its own rich culture and history. After the vast plains and craters of the Serengeti, your backdrop will be the Indian Ocean and the winding alleyways of Stone Town. A myriad of delightful sights, smells and tastes will leave you with a magical lasting impression of Tanzania!
About the Study Leader
Mahari Mwita is a lecturer of Swahili at Princeton’s Institute for International and Regional Studies. Dr. Mwita also leads Princeton in Dar es Salaam, an annual eight-week intensive Swahili summer course for students. He has taught Swahili at Egerton University in Kenya, where he also served as coordinator of the Swahili program, and more recently at St. Lawrence University in New York. Mwita has a particular interest in comparative literature and drama and is the author of a play, Posa (The Engagement, 1992). He has also written articles on Swahili literature and poetry. Besides his teaching duties, Mwita is working on a book, Improvising Experiential Activities and Creative Learning in the African Language Classroom, and on two collections of poetry. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Photo credit: Jason Zucco