Safari in Tanzania with Professor of Biology Ken Clifton

At this time, due to the evolving guidelines and requirements by health officials, as well as entry requirements into individual countries, participants on travel programs sponsored by Lewis & Clark’s Alumni and Parent Programs Office are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to the departure date of their enrolled program. To read more about our vaccination policy, please visit this page.

If you are interested please fill out this form. We will contact you as soon as the price is finalized and registration is open.

Highlights may include:

  • World-class wildlife viewing in Tarangire National Park and the Serengeti.
  • Experience the 12‑mile wide Ngorongoro Crater. This World Heritage Site is a unique conservation area enclosed within a prehistoric caldera. A remarkable sanctuary for wildlife, it is home to the black rhinoceros, eland, gazelle, lion and over 500 species of birds.
  • Explore the Yaeda Valley - home to the Hadza hunter gatherer people; we’ll learn from them through natural history walks and conversation. This is a rare opportunity, made possible by our 20 year relationship with Dorobo Safaris.
  • Oldonyo Sambu conservation area - this is an area visited by our L&C student programs, and will provide travelers the opportunity to learn about local culture, history, and conservation efforts.
  • Learn about Tanzania’s natural history from L&C biologist and seasoned Tanzania traveler, Ken Clifton.
  • Southern Serengeti ecosystem - wildlife viewing in the short grass plains; we’ll be on the lookout for blue wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras.
  • Travel in open-air Land Rovers with expert safari guides who will offer insight into Tanzania’s ecosystem as you traverse the landscape across a multitude of habitats.
  • Spectacular stargazing in the southern sky.

Trip Length: 11 - 13 days

Group Size: 15 - 21

Cost: TBD

More information will populate this webpage in the future. If you are interested in learning more about this trip, please fill out this interest form. We will contact you with more details just as soon as plans solidify.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Alumni, Parent, and Student Engagement at or 503-768-7936.

Faculty Leader: Ken Clifton, Professor of Biology

More about Ken:
Dr. Ken Clifton has been teaching biology at Lewis & Clark for more than twenty years. He is a seasoned veteran of L&C study abroad programs and has led five semester-long programs to East Africa. Ken is an intrepid world traveler who has lived and studied outside the US for extended periods of time in far-flung places like Panama, Australia, Micronesia and East Africa. As a post-doctoral researcher, he and his wife, Lisa, maintained a tent camp in Kenya’s Maasai Mara for several years, an experience that forged an enduring love of the landscapes, animals, and people of the region. He looks forward to sharing his intimate knowledge of the sites we will visit, both in terms of the animals and plants we will encounter, but also with regard to the lessons that each location offers to visitors. Ken’s favorite place to be is outdoors. He is an accomplished birder, with nearly 1700 species on his life list, and also enjoys nature photography and fishing.

Ken’s expertise lies at the interface between animal behavior and ecology. He is particularly interested in how food availability and predation pressure shape the evolution of social behaviors. In addition to his years of studying East African habitats, Ken has spent many thousands of hours underwater and explored many of the planet’s coral reefs. Perhaps around the campfire he will regale us with tales of how he became unexpectedly famous for discovering the sex lives of seaweeds! At L&C he teaches courses in Animal Behavior, Marine Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, and Introductory Ecology.