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Travel to NOLS East Africa to explore Tanzania’s famed wilderness landscapes and rich cultural history. Depending on which course you choose, you will hike across renowned wilderness areas ranging from Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Crater to the Great Rift Valley and Oldoinyo Lengai, an active volcano. You’ll have the rare opportunity to experience Tanzania as a loololan, a traveler who carries a heavy bag, rather than a tourist. You might trek across the lowland savannah where the Maasai people herd cows amidst zebra and giraffes or bushwhack through the rainforest to Kilimanjaro’s summit—an experience as grand as its name. For part of your course, your group will have the privilege of hiking with a Maasai liaison and learning firsthand about local culture, ecology, and history. On courses with a homestay, you’ll participate in household chores, go to school with your host family’s children, and share their meals. Most of the food will probably be new to you and you’ll learn to cook some dishes, like ugali, the staple cornmeal, and uji, porridge made from millet and sorghum. The NOLS East Africa experience is not easy—but it is fulfilling and by the end, you won’t want to say goodbye.

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5805 N. Farm Loop
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 745-4047

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The boundlessness of the place will grab you first, for there is nowhere as far-flung as Alaska. It will alter your concept of space.

Glaciers calve into the sea, Arctic tundra stretches beyond the horizon, rugged and expansive mountains reach into the sky, wildlife is abundant, and humans are scarce.

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When I learned that NOLS uses the Muldrow Glacier route to climb Denali, I knew that was the way I wanted to ascend Denali. The Muldrow Glacier was the route used for the first ascent in 1913. Today, only 2% of the climbers follow the Muldrow Glacier route, mainly because it starts at 600 m/2,000 feet next to the famous Wonder Lake, making the approach much longer than most climbers are willing to undertake. For me, fewer people on the route meant more adventure.

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