Explore Tanzania’s vibrant tribal cultures, captivating landscapes, and iconic wildlife. Start on the foothills of Kilimanjaro, exploring waterfalls, tribal caves, and the cultures of those who call the mountain home. Set out on safari and learn about wildlife ecology in Tanzania as you try to glimpse Africa’s big five game animals. Head to the island of Zanzibar for the final part of your adventure, which boasts its own unique history and culture. Visit nearby islands by boat and snorkel Zanzibar’s tropical waters. Visit a fragrant spice farm and wander the lively marketplaces of historic Stone Town.
Students love this epic safari and island adventure!
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
- Photocopy of passport
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Book and/or journal
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Outlet power converter
- Additional community service forms
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal. A wheeled bag is only suitable if it can be carried like a duffel over rough terrain.
- Socks (7)
- Underwear (7)
- Pants/capris (1-2)
- Jeans (1 pair)
- Knee-length service shorts (1-2)
- T-shirts (5-7)
- Long sleeved shirt (1-2)
- Quick dry towel
- Rain jacket
- Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
- Sun glasses
- Hats (2 – 1 for sun, 1 for warmth)
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Tooth paste
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray with DEET
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contacts solution
- Foam ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream
- Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
- Travel pillow (for comfort)
- Base layers (for safari nights)
- Dress – Tank tops and shorts are permitted on safari and on the beaches in Zanzibar, but capris/long pants are required at all times while in Stone Town for both boys and girls. In general, we expect our students to respect cultural norms and to dress accordingly.
- Safari colors – Earth tones are strongly recommended while on safari (khaki, brown, dark green, etc.), as Tsetse flies are attracted to bright colors.
- Outlet power converter— Tanzania has 230V Plug Type G outlets.
- Laundry – You will not have an opportunity to do laundry during the program; if you are connecting to another program you can do laundry on the connection.