Paleoanthropology & Field Geology in Tanzania
getting to Tanzania
1. travel info

See the US Department of State website on Tanzania to read about infrastructure, safety, health advisories, and other important information on traveling and studying in the country.


2. get a visa

Go to the Embassy of Tanzania website for visa application forms and information on the country’s laws and customs, language, culture, music, food, and required immunizations.


3. flight

It is recommended that you book your tickets as early as possible as prices increase rapidly after March.

Airlines serving Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) are DELTA/KLM, UNITED/Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airlines, and Turkish Airlines.


next steps

4. enroll

STEP:Tanzania is currently not on the US State Department Travel Alert or Travel Warning List. All students are required to enroll in the US Department of State’s STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) prior to their travel, in case of emergency situations.


5. sign up

AMREF: All students are required to subscribe for membership in AMREF before leaving home. This is NOT included in the field costs. The membership is $16/month for a package that includes 2 air ambulance evacuations.


6. shots

Immunizations: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide recommendations for travel to Tanzania. Consult your doctor to determine your immunization updates, discuss malaria prophylactics and other necessary prescriptions.


what to expect

After you are accepted into the course you will receive a course packet containing information on safety and security issues, health and emergency preparedness, immunization, travel (e.g., visa, flight and bookings to Kilimanjaro International Airport, ground transportation), local currency, food (ethnic and international), living in the field camp, clothing and field gear etc. Local contact information in Tanzania and emergency contact information are also provided.

Kilimanjaro International Airport "JRO" is the airport serving the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania. Flights from North America to Tanzania will have a short layover in Europe (Amsterdam/ Heathrow/ Istanbul/ Paris etc.) and/or Africa (Addis Ababa, Nairobi or Dar Es Salaam).

Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro, course instructors will pick you up from the airport and take you to Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha (a one-hour trip) where the field school begins.


what to pack?

  1. (PDF) Bring a carry-on bag with an extra set of field clothing, field shoes or sneakers, prescription medications, travel documents including immigration material (visa), and personal essentials in the event that your luggage does not arrive due to short connections. If your bag does not arrive, fill in the forms at the airport and use the provided address as the delivery address. We will make a follow-up trip the next day.
  2. A supply of field clothes to allow you to change when dirty ones have been put out for laundry. Mostly casual safari/travel clothes), including some longer pants and shirts (or convertible pants that can be long-or-short legged and shirts with button-up sleeves), a sweater or light jacket for cool nights.
  3. Rugged boots, a pair of comfortable walking shoes, work gloves, brimmed hats, sun glasses.
  4. A couple of flashlights, solar lantern, batteries, sleeping bag and/ or set of bed-sheets, towel, small tent, shower bag, personal toiletries, hand sanitizers, sunscreens, insect repellants, camp chair etc.
  5. Bring notebooks – you will keep a field journal for daily activities. You may bring your own field kit (e.g., geo-hammer, archaeological trowel, hand lens (10-16X), excavation brushes, pens, clipboard, good camera, pocket knife with can/ bottle opener (any sort of small survival kit is good).
  6. Books (novels, articles etc.), personal music etc.


contact information

dr. jackson njau | dr. jim brophy
department of earth and atmospheric sciences
indiana university
1001 e. 10th st. bloomington in 47405

phone: 812-856-3170 | 812-855-6417

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