Safari in Amazing Tanzania with Biology Professor Ken Clifton

Participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

**This trip has reached capacity. If you are interested in joining the waitlist for this trip, please fill out this form.**

January 2 - 14, 2023

Led by Dr. Ken Clifton, professor of biology

This trip combines unique cultural encounters with the ultimate safari experience. Offering a balanced blend of activities, locations, and accommodations, and capitalizing on a long-standing relationship with our student overseas study program partner, Dorobo Safaris, we have created a not-to-be-missed adventure.

We will have guided nature walks and hikes with local Maasai guides. Animal enthusiasts will be thrilled by world-class wildlife viewing. Culture lovers will be enriched by connecting with local Tanzanians. We will travel with expert safari guides in rugged Land Cruisers (some days for several hours) over a variety of terrain, including a fair share of off-roading.

Our accommodations put you in the heart of the wilderness for four nights in rustic Doboro tent camps, two nights at a Serengeti tented camp, and six nights in comfortable lodges. Alumni, parents, and friends, we hope you will join us for this once in a lifetime experience - there’s something for everyone!

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. 
  • Explore the Yaeda Valley - home to the Hadza hunter gatherer people; we’ll learn from them through natural history walks and conversation. 
  • Oldonyo Sambu conservation area - providing 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.
  • Spectacular stargazing in the southern sky.

Accommodations (subject to change)


Price includes all meals from your arrival on January 2nd until our departure on January 14th. Daily snacks will be provided as well.

Trip Length: 13 days

Group Size: 16 - 20


  • Deposit: $1,000 per person (non-refundable)
  • Double Occupancy: $8,250 per person ($1,000 deposit, plus final payment of $7,250)
  • Single Occupancy: $8,995 per person ($1,000 deposit, plus final payment of $7,995)**See note below.
  • Projected Gratuity: $215 per person
  • Airfare is not included.

Deposit  (paid to Lewis & Clark College, non-refundable)

**This trip has reached capacity. If you are interested in joining the waitlist for this trip, please fill out this form. If you have questions, please email Emily Decker ’85:**


Final Payment Due Date (paid to Lewis & Clark College)

Monday, October 3, 2022

Flights and Arrival
Participants select and book their own flights arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by Monday, January 2, 2023. Please plan to arrive no later than 9pm local time. Airport transfer to our lodging for the night will be provided. Please do not purchase non-refundable airfare until we have confirmed the group has enrolled the minimum number of participants. We will let you know this asap.

Passport and Visa
Please take a look at your passport now and make sure there is a blank visa page and that it is valid for more than 6 months from the program return date. A visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Tanzania. Lewis & Clark will offer instructions on how to obtain this visa at the appropriate point prior to departure.

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend travel insurance for all Lewis & Clark trips. Currently the U.S. has a required negative COVID test result as a requirement for re-entry into the country. We will arrange for testing prior to our departure from Tanzania. In the event you test positive, please be prepared to cover your own additional costs (either personally or through insurance) if your departure is delayed.

**This trip has reached capacity. If you are interested in joining the waitlist for this trip, please fill out this form. If you have questions, please email Emily Decker ’85:**

Note: Before you register, please have your passport information handy. Once you begin, you will have 10 minutes to complete the registration process. 

Need more information?
The most complete information, itinerary details, and a list of trip inclusions and exclusions may be found at this link from our travel partner Dorobo Safaris. Additional information may be found at the links below. Please read ALL of this information carefully. After you’ve read through all of this information, if you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andrew McPheeters at

Faculty Leader: Ken Clifton, Professor of Biology

Ken Clifton 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 six 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. 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. 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. Ken led our 2020 Tanzania Alumni, Parent, and Friends trip as well as our 2022 Antarctica Expedition.

Take a look at our 2020 Tanzania Trip photos!