Category: Africa

Jabulani papermaking Green Village

A green village is in the process of being established in Jabulani, a community located 20 kilometres from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The aim of this initiative is to bring together people who are interested in establishing income-generating projects that are environmentally friendly, thus helping reduce waste that goes to landfill. Papermaking is one of the… Read more »

Trip Leaders in Zimbabwe “Teach” Travelers How to Teach

Overseas Adventure Travel visits three Primary Schools in Zimbabwe: two outside Victoria Falls and one in Hwange. Traveler interaction with students is invaluable, as it provides exposure and an opportunity for the children to listen, build language, encourage learning and hone their English skills. To ensure meaningful interactions and a mutually beneficial experience for both… Read more »

Saving Serengeti’s Species From Poachers

The Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania is a world-renowned natural landscape. The Great Migration of wildebeests, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles that takes place there is the largest hoofed mammal migration on earth. With resilient populations of predators and iconic wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, and rhinos, the Serengeti National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage… Read more »

O.A.T. travelers Terry and Nancy Dignan help put Kenyan students through High School

When seasoned travelers Terry and Nancy Dignan are deciding where and how to travel, they’re not interested in megaliners with their glamorous casinos and flashy entertainment. The East Troy, Wisconsin, couple looks for a travel provider that offers learning and discovery. So it’s natural that they have chosen O.A.T. and Grand Circle for 11 trips… Read more »

O.A.T. Travelers George and Lynda Carlson support the rescue of a Kenyan Primary Student

Put yourself in George and Lynda Carlson’s shoes. The Neavitt, Maryland, couple were visiting Kenya on the Best of Kenya & Tanzania adventure, when their small group was greeted by Sandra Vaughan, Grand Circle Foundation’s East Africa Foundation Project Manager. Sandra’s duties prevent her from meeting with all O.A.T. travelers to the region, but on… Read more »

Turning the Tide on Truancy

Grand Circle Foundation Tackles the Primary Issue at Changarawe Primary School Travelers often ask how we choose which schools to support with Grand Circle Foundation funds and projects. There are many factors, but the two biggest driving forces are academic performance and truancy levels. We’ve singled out these areas for help as we believe that… Read more »

Building a school one grade at a time in Zimbabwe

Founded in 2014, the Lesedi Primary School has been steadily growing year by year to cater to an increasing number of students and provide the children of the surrounding area with a quality education. The Lesedi Primary School was started by a former Overseas Adventure Travel guide, Benson Siyawareva, as a way to give back… Read more »

Toilets generate income for a community in Tanzania

We have partnered with Maasai Chief Lobulo in Tarangire, Tanzania for many years now. He recently had a meeting with the Kibauni community leaders, who requested a decent toilet be built and run as a small community business to generate income. The leaders donated some prime land to Grand Circle Foundation, who in return agreed to… Read more »

Sue Billingsley: An overflowing heart

How O.A.T. Traveler Sue Billingsley Supports Our Clean Water Initiative In 2016, photos, videos, and rave reviews of over 20 years of travel with O.A.T. by her cousin and his wife convinced Sue Billingsley of Frisco, Texas, to give the company a try. The trip she chose was Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari…. Read more »

Combating climate change one tree at a time in Tanzania

Tanzania is home to one of the largest tree covers in the world, covering more than 118 million acres of land—larger than the entire state of California—and covering more than half of the country’s rugged landscape.  Forests help fuel the national economy and provide sanctuary for the country’s abundant wildlife, but these forests are at risk…. Read more »