Since the first overwhelmingly successful family safari was offered by Princeton Journeys in 2005, scores of Princeton families have enjoyed introducing the children in their lives to the timeless beauty and drama of Africa. Gather the clan and join other Princeton families over the winter holiday period December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015, and learn with your loved ones in three wildlife areas.
After meeting in Arusha, head out on safari, staying both December 24 and 25 at the Eastern Serenegti Nature Refuge, a 12,000-acre private reserve outside the national park. Along your approach, your wildlife viewing will begin and your expert guide will amaze you with his tracking abilities. A morning hike and bush breakfast in the wilds begins two full days of exploring, in hunt of the "Big Five." Head west toward Serengeti National Park, where wildebeests, giraffes, lions, zebras, warthogs and buffalo roam the wide-open plains, and stay in your first private nyumba, Swahili for "home." These tented camps feature soft linens on the beds, en suite bathrooms with pump-flush toilets and gravity-fed hot showers, and other surprising amenities. Two days in and around the park allow for ample game viewing and opportunities to meet locals — through a visit to a women's service cooperative, a school and maybe even a pick-up soccer game! Move to another nyumba for another two nights to get a different perspective on the parklands. Taking a break from wildlife, learn about prehistoric man at Olduvai Gorge, where archeologists have been making thrilling fossil discoveries for nearly a century. At Ngorongoro Conservation Area, look for black rhinoceros, lion, hyena, zebra, elephant and hippo in the stunning collapsed caldera of Ngorongoro Crater, now a magnificent haven for wildlife. Two nights on the crater rim round out the experience before ending the Journey in Arusha. (This year, as the school calendars may allow for an extended stay, we are offering a post-safari extension at Blue Bay Beach Resort on the island of Zanzibar.)
From the unexpected comfort of the walk-in tents and the popcorn by the campfire to the kid-friendly pacing and the exciting proximity of the wildlife, this is not your average family camping trip! Knowledgeable naturalist guides will lead your family, providing you with some of the most extraordinary game viewing opportunities in the world. This is an exceptional opportunity to experience a different world, far from crowds and away from the unwelcome distractions of our busy modern lives — a chance for your family to relax, explore exciting places, learn about new cultures and create unforgettable memories together.
Mace Hack '86 S86 P15, Nebraska State Director at The Nature Conservancy, will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this Journey.
Having lived in a tent on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater for two years after leaving Princeton, Mace Hack will have many stories to tell as Princeton Study Leader for this Journey. Currently, he serves as Nebraska State Director at The Nature Conservancy, ensuring the state's rich natural heritage remains healthy for future generations, however he has worked on wildlife conservation projects elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally, including extensive work on grasslands in East Africa. Dr. Hack, who holds a doctorate in ecology, evolutionary biology and animal behavior from the University of California, San Diego, and an undergraduate degree in those fields from Princeton, is also an adjunct associate professor in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's School of Natural Resources.