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Noloholo Environmental Center

Noloholo Hills

Noloholo Environmental Center is located on a hilltop overlooking the Maasai Steppe

The Noloholo Environmental Center is the realization of a dream born by Executive Director Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld in 1996 while she was working on a Fulbright Scholarship in southern Kenya, and the realization of an architectural vision by Director of Programs Charles Trout.

In late 2006, APW made history in Tanzania when it became the first non-profit to receive land donated by a Maasai village, upon which we built the Noloholo Environmental Center. Located within the Maasai Steppe of northern Tanzania and sharing a boundary with Tarangire National Park, Noloholo acts as APW’s regional headquarters as well as an educational center where rural villagers improve their understanding of the environment and develop hands-on skills in natural resource management. The only one of its kind in northern Tanzania, Noloholo is an important resource for local communities, conservation organizations and government authorities throughout the region.

Built on a 10 acre campus, the center includes a large educational facility, staff and directors’ offices, a 32 bed dormitory, visitors’ accommodations, dining hall and kitchen facilities, staff housing and extra tent sites for student groups. APW runs on 24 hour solar power, donated by the Wildlife Conservation Network’s solar project and donors, and features rainwater harvesting.