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Tanzania: A Coastal Exchange

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Seacology volunteers stay in bandas  on Tanzania's Chumbe Island

WHAT'S NEW: For 15 years Berkeley-based nonprofit Seacology has worked to preserve the environments and cultures of undeveloped islands around the world. It does so by collaborating with local communities in places such as Fiji and Tonga to provide critical social services—medical clinics, schools—in exchange for locally backed conservation initiatives. This year, for the first time, the organization has opened its expeditions to the public, and in February, Seacology leads its debut trip to Tanzania's Chumbe Island, Lake Manyara, and the Ngorongoro Crater.

ON THE GROUND:
With staff ecologists as guides, you'll check out Zanzibar's spice markets, snorkel and hike Chumbe Island (the first official marine park in Tanzania and host to a Seacology project to install mooring buoys for fishermen), and scout sites for other potential ventures. The trip wraps with six days of safari game drives through Lake Manyara National Park, which Ernest Hemingway called "the loveliest [park] I had seen in Africa," and in the Ngorongoro Crater, where your arrival coincides with the greatest annual wildebeest migration. Though lodging along the way is cushy—intimate inns, eco-resorts, and safari hotels—you'll know that you're supporting a nonprofit that has earned kudos from famed marine biologist Sylvia Earle.

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Outfitter:
Seacology (www.seacology.org)

Length:
11 days

Price:
$5,600

Difficulty:
Moderate

Departs:
February



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