Start the trip in Arusha, Tanzania, where you’ll attend an interdenominational worship service, hike through lush forest and pass waterfalls along Mount Meru (15,000 feet tall), and drive around Momella Lakes, seeing giraffes, zebras, and hippos.
Visit various Lutheran church projects, many started by missionaries Eunice (Nordby) ’52 Simonson and the late David ’51 Simonson, such as Arusha Lutheran Medical Center, Selian Hospital for the Maasai, and Olchoki Elementary School. Visit the Maasai Girls Lutheran Secondary School in Monduli, David Simonson’s dream come true, and Lake Manyara National Park, where lions and baboons live along the base of the Great Rift Valley.
Wander through early morning fog and Spanish moss – glimpsing endangered black rhinos, ostriches and cheetahs – to the Ngorongoro Crater, with its 10-mile diameter and 2,000-foot drop. Drive through migrations of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti Plains. Stop at Oldupai Gorge, the famous archeological site where Mary and Louis Leakey found remains of early humans and strata give clues to the weather, volcanic eruptions and vegetation of years past.
Finally, end with a relaxing day in a swimming pool at Taranguire National Park, home to a large elephant population.