Join Mennonite women from across Canada and the US for a 9-day intergenerational women’s tour in Tanzania. Visit with Christians who are helping Tanzanian children at a school supported by a monastery and a unique community library started by a Canadian Mennonite. Learn about the Maasai way of life in a traditional village. Buy unique crafts at a local market and a social enterprise for people with disabilities. Interact with local Mennonite congregations and/or women’s groups. See elephants, lions, giraffes, monkeys, zebras and other wildlife plus a large assortment of colourful birds on safaris. Tour includes opportunities to share your skills and stories with local women through “wisdom exchanges.” You can also participate in a fundraising project that will benefit Tanzanian women. During the tour, deepen relationships with fellow travellers and foster connections with Tanzanians. Grow in your faith in Christ as you pray, worship, and reflect. Tour leader Shirley Redekop is the President of Mennonite Women Canada.
Tanzania Caring, Sharing & Safari Tour for Women
Saturday, August 4 Arusha
Arrive in Kilimanjaro and meet your fellow tour companions at your hotel in Arusha. Settle in and, depending on arrival times, get to know your fellow travellers over dinner.
Sunday, August 5 & Monday, August 6 Arusha
Over the next two days you will meet with a group of Tanzanian women. This women’s exchange will be organized by Esther Muhagachi, the Director at Grace and Healing Ministry in Tanzania. Spend time sharing experiences of life and faith through conversation and other group activities.
Tuesday, August 7 Arusha/Monduli/Karatu
In Monduli Village, visit Cheche Community Library, started by a Canadian Mennonite, which benefits Maasai children. Interact with the children and adults of the village.
Wednesday, August 8 Tarangire National Park
Venture out on a full day game drive in Tarangire National Park and spot the unique wildlife and sprawling landscapes in this famous park.
Thursday, August 9 Manyara National Park
Spend the day in Mto wa Mbu village, a district that’s home to more than 120 African ethnic groups. Try a few of Mto wa Mbu’s 30+ types of bananas while you’re there. Explore some of the rich African cultures. Then travel to Manyara National Park to see some of Africa’s largest, most remarkable game.
Friday, August 10 Ngorongoro Crater
Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater this morning for another game drive. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the globe’s largest intact volcanic crater at 10 miles wide with 2,000 foot high walls. A dense population of large game shelters in the crater. Expect to see cheetah, wildebeest, hyenas, lions and more. This is one of the most beautiful wildlife havens in the world containing an estimated 30,000 animals.
Saturday, August 11 Arusha
On the way back to Arusha from the Ngorongoro Crater, we’ll have a meaningful visit with nuns at the St. Catharine monastery where Christians are contributing to solutions for local people in need. During a free afternoon, learn about culture of the Iraqw tribe, sip African coffee, or taste traditional Tanzanian food as you explore Karatu Village.
Sunday, August 12 Arusha
On your last full day in Arusha, attend a service at a local church. Later, possible excursions include a trip to a local market, a local coffee plantation, or the Tanzanite Experience – a collection of the Earth’s rarest and most highly sought-after gemstones. Visit the Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO), an NGO, women-led organization that “aims to empower Maasai women, both economically and socially.” Finally, explore the Shanga Social Enterprise – a community project that employs people with disabilities to create high-quality décor, jewelry, and glassware from recycled materials.
Monday, August 13
Board your planes for home with new friends and hearts full of memories.
For further information, please contact us. We would be happy to be of assistance.