The Aga Khan Schools in Tanzania

Experiential adventure to Pugu Hills Forest Reserve

02 November 2023

Grade 8 students at the Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School (AKMSS), Dar es Salaam had an experiential adventure trip to Pugu Hills Forest Reserve over two consecutive weekends in October. The trip provided students with a unique opportunity to engage in outdoor activities, develop essential life skills and foster new relationships.

Experiential adventure to Pugu Hills Forest Reserve Experiential adventure to Pugu Hills Forest Reserve
Upon arrival, students were divided randomly into groups, allowing them to step out of their comfort zones and interact with peers they had not previously engaged with. Throughout the trip, students had similar opportunities to build connections and take risks by participating in fun and competitive group activities. These activities included hiking, kayaking and fishing. 

“Other than choosing our friends to sleep in the tent, we were placed into groups for the hiking, which made most of us better friends,” said Grade 8A student Raghav Bhattacharya. 

One of the most challenging but powerful activities was the hike to the highest part of the reserve. Students hiked in their assigned groups, ensuring that everyone progressed together, emphasising patience and tolerance. 

“My trip experience was good,” said Grade 8D student Elinkunde Akyoo. “I had the opportunity to work out, which was beneficial to both my body and mind. I saw the good sides of people I didn’t know and developed a new bond with my peers.” 

The experiential adventure was a transformative experience for the students. The activities and interactions throughout the journey not only made it enjoyable but also facilitated significant personal growth and skill development. The students learned the importance of the "3 C's": chance, choices and consequences. 

“It was an unforgettable adventure that provided valuable life lessons, encouraging students to approach life with an open mind and a willingness to embrace diversity and collaboration,” said Ms Joyce Muthoni, head of physical education department. 

Photos (top to bottom):
  • Students sitting around a campfire at Pugu Hills.
  • Students canoeing. 
  • Students by the water.