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Going the Extra Mile in Tanzania

The great thing about travel is its ability to open hearts and minds. A recent trip to Tanzania inspired Scott Dunn guest Charles and his family to go above and beyond when they purchased a bus to help local children get to and from school safely. During their stay at Chem Chem lodge, the family visited a nearby school supported by the lodge’s LiveWildlife foundation.

While considering a variety of ways in which he could help the community, Charles learned that many of the children walked up to 10 miles each way to school carrying heavy books, often in the dark. With the help of Chem Chem owners, Fabia and Nicolas, the family sourced a bus, gave it a lick of paint and christened it the ‘Mongoo Express’.

After pondering the benefits of hooking the school up to electricity, Charles realized that getting to school safely was a serious challenge for many of the children and their families. Today, the Mongoo Express prioritizes driving girls to school safely and is making the daily routine for many so much easier.

About Chem Chem lodge, Tanzania

Beautiful Chem Chem lodge is a study in vintage safari style with stunning views in the heart of the Burunge wildlife management area in between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara. Your genial hosts, Fabia and Nicolas, are passionate philanthropists and nature lovers who believe that real life experiences outweigh the importance of material possessions.

At Scott Dunn, we love to connect people with local communities or wildlife projects they care about. Stories like this make our hearts swell with pride at our guests’ generosity. Thank you to Charles, Fabia and Nicolas for all of their hard work—we look forward to hearing more from the Mongoo Express.

Want to travel with purpose? Get in touch and let us help you plan a trip that really makes a difference.

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