BSES Expedition to Tanzania in 2004

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Photographs - Tanzania 2004  

Photographs from the BSES expedition to the Gregory Rift and Ol Doinyo Lengai.


At two o'clock in the morning on 19th July 2004, 38 Young Explorers, with nine Leaders arrived at their camp site in the shadow of Longido some one hundred kilometres to the east of Ol Doinyo Lengai. 

These Young Explorers were a BSES expedition who would walk across the savannah on the floor of the Rift Valley to Ol Doinyo Lengai then climb its steep flanks before trekking across the Crater Highlands to mankind's birthplace at Oldupai Gorge on the edge of the Serengeti plains.

About MANDO  

MANDO ~ Matonyok Nomads Development Organization


MANDO is a young, rapidly growing non-profit NGO addressing huge challenges in the southern Rift Valley of Kenya.


Its nomadic, pastoral Maasai people face such a severe drought that they are forced to become more agriculturally based.


Matonyok Nomads Development Organization


MANDO is dedicated to improving the tomorrows of Maasai pastoralist, nomadic communities in Kenya.


Matonyok is a Maasai word meaning working together for success. It is based on the concept of a community deciding to help itself. This is how MANDO addresses its goals of achieving more secure livelihoods and reducing vulnerability to poverty. Once this process starts, it becomes very powerful.

The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania  

The School of St Jude, Arusha, Tanzania

"Fighting Poverty Through Education"


In February 2002, Gemma Sisia (nee Rice) from Northern NSW in Australia, founded The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa, which offers high-quality education to the poorest of the poor.  It is only with thanks to generous sponsors, donors, supporters and international volunteers that St Jude’s can open its doors everyday and continue to fight poverty through education.

Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Tourism Programme  

Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Tourism Programme


If you are travelling between Arusha and the Serengeti, Oldupai Gorge, Nogorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara or Engaruka then you will pass through Mto Wa Mbu, so why not spend some time there and experience the local culture and how the people of this region live by visiting the Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Tourism Programme.  You can contribute to the local economy by purchasing such items as wood carvings and paintings from the people who actually make them.

Visit Tanzania as a Volunteer or sponsor projects in the region  

Visit Kenya and Tanzania as a Volunteer or Sponsor local projects


Projects in Kenya and Tanzania are helping the local communities to escape from poverty as epitomised by the School of St Judes motto "Fighting poverty through education".

You can help in country or from home knowing where your money, time and effort is going.

Please visit my East Africa page to find out more.

Safari 2013  

Safari 2013


The adventure begins at the Kivi Milimani Hotel in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi.


Travel with Goway


Goway is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced travel companies in North America.

For world travellers, their diversity (Air, Land, Tours, Groups) and specialization ensures unrivalled expertise.

Their staff's commitment to service is paramount.

Destinations include African Safaris.

Global Safaris - Tanzania  

The Global Adventures Safari


After many years Global Adventure Safari have made a Safari to different National parks in Tanzania and were captured by the beauty of Tanzania in all its aspects, which made them decide to start as a tour operator in Tanzania.

If you are looking for adventure, action or a beach holiday, we can do it all for you and your customers.

Dahl Safaries to Tanzania  

Dahl Tours and Safaris Ltd

Dahl tours and Safaris LTD is a Tanzanian safari company primarily focusing in Swedish clients and market. Dahl tours and Safaris have been in business since 2004 and organise Safari trips within the Northern Safari circle: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Arusha National park. We also organise mountain climbs on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Most client end their holiday with a relaxing stay in the beautiful island Zanzibar.

Gane & Marshall  

Gane and Marshall

Gane and Marshall are specialists in African safaris and provided the logistical support for our BSES expedition to Northern Tanzania in 2004.  They have a wealth of knowledge and experience of  travel in this wonderful part of the world.  Gane and Marshall have been organizing Kilimanjaro climbs since 1991.  Take an African safari with Gane and Marshall and see a wide variety of natural wonders found in landscapes that have remained unspoiled for many hundreds of years.

British Exploring Society - formerly The British Schools Exploring Society   British Exploring Society

The British Exploring Society (formerly ‘The British Schools Exploring Society’) came into existence in 1932 from an educational idea by Commander George Murray Levick RN, a member of Captain Scott’s final Antarctic expedition of 1911 to 1912.  Their aim is: To provide young people with an intense and lasting experience of self-discovery in a demanding and natural wilderness environment”.  Exploration is the key element of such an expedition, but the British Exploring Society expeditions also involve the Young Explorers in scientific activities. 

British Exploring Society Application Form


British Exploring Society Application Form


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Science Report - Tanzania 2004  

Science Report

Science Report from the Geoscience and Survey Fires involved in the BSES Expedition to the Ol Doinyo Lengai region of Tanzania in July and August 2004.

Geoscience Fire Leader      Ewan Laws

Survey Fire Leader             Hugh Anderson

Megan's Story - Tanzania 2004  

Megan's Story ...

After a 6 hour, torch-light accent we were lost for words by the sight that met us, a white lunar landscape highlighted by the black streaks of new solidified lava. As we crossed the crater floor, which cracked like ice and crushed like snow, the drumming and swishing sounds of magma filled our ears like the continuous drums of Mordour.  Theses were our first steps on the summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai ...

Ol Doinyo Lengai and Kerimasi  

Four short videos from the summits of Ol Doinyo Lengai and Kerimasi

Four video extracts from video taken during the 2004 BSES expedition to Ol Doinyo Lengai and surrounding regions.

BSES Expeditions 2004 Annual Report  

BSES Expeditions 2004 Annual Report

The official BSES Expeditions Report for the Tanzania, Iceland and Svalbard expeditions.

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Young Navigators' Competition  

David wins prize in the Young Navigators' Competition

David’s entry for the Annual Young Navigators’ Competition run by The Royal Institute of Navigation won him a day out at RAF Cranwell, including a flight.

Ol Doinyo Lengai Crater  

Digital Terrain Model Survey of Ol Doinyo Lengai Crater

Both the Survey and Geosciences Fires were involved in measuring points in the crater of Ol Doinyo Lengai to create a Digital Terrain Model (DTM). The points used to create a DTM of the crater were measure in 3D using a Leica TPS1205 Total Station. The Young Explorers measured over 3000 points to provide the raw data for modelling the crater, from three Instrument Stations. The survey data was processed in LSS to create the 3D model of the crater floor and hornitos with the ability to dynamically view the data.  LSS is a survey mapping software provided by the McCarthy Taylor Partnership in Birdlip, Gloucestershire (

Differential GPS Measurements for Gravity Survey  

Differential GPS Measurements for Gravity Survey

A primary science activity for the Survey Fire was to provide accurate height information for a Gravity Meter Survey to be conducted by the Geosciences Fire.  In the event, both Fires worked together on this project. The most important consideration was the required accuracy of height measurements. The Gravity meter measures the pull of gravity and the last count on the dial is equivalent to a mere 0.03m in height so we needed to achieve relative heights between successive gravity reading of better than 0.1m with 0.03m as the goal. 

Geomatics and the Mountain of God  

Geomatics and the Mountain of God

This article was published in Geomatics World  Issue No 2 : January/February 2005 : Volume 13

Geomatics World  January/February 2005

Young Explorers survey Tanzanian volcano -  Ol Doinyo Lengai  

Young Explorers survey Tanzanian volcano -  Ol Doinyo Lengai

Issue 52 of The Reporter, the magazine for Leica Geosystems, featured this article, which tells the story of the BSES expedition to northern Tanzania in July and August 2004.  This expedition used Leica GPS500 and TPS700 and TPS1200 reflectorless Total Stations to carry out some of the science activities.

Map of Northern Tanzania visited by the BSES Young Explorers  

Map of Northern Tanzania visited by the BSES Young Explorers

Map with images of the Gregory Rift and Crater Highlands visited by the Young Explorers on a five week BSES expedition during July and August 2004. 

The World of Katherine Scholes  

Welcome to the World of Katherine Scholes


Visit Katherine Scholes' website where you will find all the latest news about her writing, books, travels and other adventures.

Katherine was born in Tanzania, the daughter of a Missionary Doctor and an Artist. She has fond memories of travelling with her parents and siblings on long safaris to remote areas where her father operated a clinic from his Land Rover. When she was ten, the family left Tanzania, going first to England and then settling in Tasmania.

Visit Hugh’s world of panoramas …

A site that is being developed to relate specifically to panoramic photography to show the potential of this media and how it is able to convey much more than words or single images.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then a panorama must be worth ten thousand, especially a 360° (or spherical) panorama where you can look all around and in any direction you wish to.