Situated on Africa’s east coast, Tanzania’s landscapes, cultures and wildlife encompass everything that comes to mind when someone thinks of Africa; beautiful beaches, tribal cultures, Mount Kilimanjaro and some of the best safari locations on the continent. Our group trips in Tanzania are open to anyone with an enthusiasm for volunteering together in the developing world; including those at school, in a community group, at university or working together.
Our projects could see your group working with vulnerable and poor children in schools, helping groups of women in community centres or shadowing medical professionals in hospitals and clinics learning about local health issues.
General information on Tanzania
Home to Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain; Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as Africa’s largest lake, hundreds of tropical beaches and huge wildlife reserves, Tanzania truly is one of the most appealing destinations on the African continent.
After Zanzibar gained independence from Britain and combined with the previous British colony of Tanganyika in 1964, the nation of Tanzania was formed. The modern exciting culture holds true to the roots of its tribal traditions and ancestors yet embraces the colonial influences of the last century. Despite being one of the world’s least developed countries, Tanzania’s improving economy and political stability have formed a solid base for continued growth which the people and the country is currently embracing. Since gaining independence, the country’s education and healthcare systems have also improved and volunteers working in medical institutions, day care centres and schools can help this progress to continue.
Where we are based in Tanzania
Projects Abroad is based in two locations in Tanzania; the coastal city of Dar es Salaam and the northern town of Arusha. Dar es Salaam is the world’s largest Swahili speaking city and is located on the Indian Ocean coast near to the island of Zanzibar. It has tropical sandy beaches and is the main arriving and leaving point for most tourists in the country who are visiting the tropical islands just off the coast. Arusha relies heavily on tourism and so is a popular destination for tourists undertaking safari trips, and with the Mount Meru volcano providing an inspiring backdrop and Mount Kilimanjaro just a bit further behind it, this town really is ideal for adventurous volunteers.
Most groups will stay in a local hostel or hotel so that organisation for work and trips is easier. This also means that it will be easier for volunteers to arrange activities to do together during their free time, such as exploring the sights and sounds of the city or town in which they are based.
Travel and Tourism in Tanzania
In the evenings and at the weekends, groups will have free time to do with as they please which can be anything from simply exploring the local town to integrating a weekend trip to a location of choice within the country at the weekend. The vibrant markets are worth exploring and are a great place to buy traditional batiks, wood carvings, and Maasai jewellery.
For groups based in Arusha, the town offers plenty of market places, restaurants, shops and museums to keep you entertained in the evenings. However, the true uniqueness of this location is obvious at the weekends when your group can take full advantage of the range of activities that surround the town. Whether it’s going on a safari in the Serengeti National Park, hiking up Mount Meru volcano overlooking the town or climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain!
For groups based in Dar es Salaam, there is plenty to explore including the National Museum, the Village Museum and the Botanical Gardens, as well as all the restaurants, shops and markets that the city is known for. At the weekends, groups should definitely take a boat trip out to the spice island of Zanzibar with its tropical beaches that are perfect for snorkelling, or take a hiking trip around the beautiful Udzungwa Mountains National Park which is famous for its waterfalls and tropical rainforest.
With an impressive 25% of the country protected as conservation areas and national parks, Tanzania is now firmly established as one of the best safari destinations in the world. Couple this with the great improvements in the country’s public transport system in recent years, a trip out of the city or town to see Africa’s famous Big 5 shouldn’t be missed.
“With our group we travelled to the picturesque island of Zanzibar, and went on safari to Mikumi National Park, visiting a local Maasai tribe on the return journey... I would recommend anyone to give Tanzania a go!”Al Macfarlane