Creative Trek: Swahili Coast

July 18, 2019 - August 1, 2019


The 2019 Creative Trek will be held on the vibrant coast of Tanzania — a stunningly beautiful East African nation marked by its vivid landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and incomparable wildlife reserves.  From the lively streets of Bagamoyo, to the crystal blue waters of Zanzibar, and the teeming Eden that is Sadaani National Park, artists will experience an authentic taste of Tanzania while working on new and in-progress projects of their own.

Throughout the trek, artists will have the opportunity to share their work with each other, while also taking part in any number of cultural, professional, and leisure activities. Personal work-time will be punctuated by community service projects with Zanzabari children, wildlife safaris, exploring Zanzibar’s Stone Town, historical tours on the spice and slave trade, exchange with local artists, and more.



JuLY 19 - Bagamoyo

  • Flight arrives in Dar es Salaam (departing from home on July 18)

  • Travel to the mainland coastal town of Bagamoyo for orientation

  • Toast the success of our trek


  • Personal & artistic development workshops

  • Explore Bagamoyo’s role in the slave trade

  • Connect with local artists and inspire one another

JULY 21 - Sadaani National Park

  • Wildlife safari in Tanzania’s only coastal national park — where the beach meets the bush!

JuLY 22 - STONE TOWN, Zanzibar

  • Take an express ferry to Zanzibar

  • Get lost on a derivé — a creative walk through the maze of Stone Town’s narrow streets!

JuLY 23 - STONE TOWN, Zanzibar

  • Meet with local partners

  • Workshop with Zanzabari youth

  • Enjoy a homemade traditional meal


  • Explore Zanzibar’s connection to the slave trade

  • Take a Daladala from busy Stone Town on the West coast of the island to the relaxed village of Matemwe on the Northeast coast.


  • Artistic development workshop

  • Enjoy the beach


  • Snorkel a stunning reef in the pristine waters of the Indian ocean


  • Artistic development workshop

  • Enjoy the beach and island nightlife

July 28 - STONE TOWN, Zanzibar

  • Daladala ride back to Stone Town with a stop in the center of the island to tour, support, and have a homemade lunch at a Spice Farm Community Cooperative.

July 29 - Stone TowN, ZANZIBAR

  • Personal development workshop

  • Sharing session — share work-in-progress with fellow traveling artists

  • Farewell feast & drinks

July 30 - Stone Town, ZANZIBAR

  • Choose your own adventure — last full day in Tanzania!

July 31 - Dar es Salaam

  • Express ferry to Dar es Salaam

  • Flight departs (arriving home on August 1)



October 20 - CREATIVE TREK reunion & sharing event at Travelogue in NYC (OPTIONAL)


NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change -- your departure and arrival dates may vary by a day or two.



Artists: $2500 USD

This amount includes:

  • Lodging for all nights in Tanzania

  • Traveler's insurance

  • All ground transportation (including airport pickup and drop-off)

  • All scheduled activities (including wildlife safaris)

  • All personal & artistic development workshops

  • A daily food per diem (to cover all meals in Tanzania)

  • And more!

NOTE:  The cost of participation does not include your round-trip flight to Dar es Salaam or any necessary visas or vaccinations. Please also note that due to the nature of this project, there are no refunds. For a more detailed breakdown, contact Executive Director Mary K. -


Ready for a dramatic adventure?

We are carefully selecting a small team of artists to take part in this year's Creative Trek.  

We are looking for:

  • Talented artists who are in need of a retreat to take their independent projects to the next level

  • Bold artists ready to blaze a trail for future DAT adventures in the region

  • Generous artists ready to connect with other artists and offer constructive input

  • Curious artists ready to learn and be inspired.


Apply online today!

Send an email of interest to, then fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION to take the first steps on this exhilarating trek.