TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR

Mid January 2019 - Exact Dates Pending

Location
Tanzania & Zanzibar

Duration
15 Days

Age Group
18 +

Gender
Groups/Individuals

App Deadline
Oct. 15th, 2018

Status
Open

THE VOLUNTEER, SAFARI AND CULTURAL – EXPERIENCE

You will be conducting the majority of your volunteer work in the village of Mweka, which is located in the lush foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will be participating in light construction work, painting classrooms and building school desks.

Cultural immersion includes spending a full day in the village of Datoga, where you will experience first-hand the traditional life of the Hadzabe. While in Zanzibar, you will learn about the slave trade, tour the ancient city of Stone Town and partake in a traditional island spice tour.

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Spend the day hiking along the lower trails of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Trek along the trail through the rain forest, which is filled with verdant flora and fauna, including beautiful violet and red impatiens. Keep your eye out for blue monkeys and other creatures. The end of your hike offers gorgeous southeast views into Kenya.

Mweka Village

After purchasing supplies in Moshi for your service project, you will make the trek up to the village of Mweka, located in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Once there, our group will set up our tents and call Mweka home for the next three nights.

Service work includes painting classrooms, building desks and light construction.

Safari Day 1 - Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is nestled below the western wall of the Great Rift Valley. Soda Lake, for which the park is named, appears tinted pink by huge flocks of flamingos. The lake is bursting with hippos bobbing in the water, and be sure to keep an eye out for the park’s famous tree-climbing lions!

Your day winds down with an hour long walk in the Ngorongoro highlands with a treetop walk at 18m off the ground. Walk a series of ten suspended bridges (protected by thick netting on each side) between high viewing decks around tree trunks, set in the forest canopy amongst butterflies, monkeys and rare birds.

Safari Day 2 - Ngorongoro Crater

Enjoy a full-day game drive through the Ngorongoro Crater, which is often referred to as “Africa’s Eden.” The decent into the crater is 2,500 feet below the rim. While only 100 square miles in all, the crater’s distinct habitat attracts 30,000 residential animals, which include lion, elephant, giraffe, water buffalo, hyena, and so much more!

Safari Day 3 - Hadzabe Tribe

Lake Eyasi is home to the Hadza bushmen, one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes on the continent. However, their numbers are dwindling, estimated to be fewer than 2,000 remaining.

Your final day on safari will be spent with the Hadzabe Tribe. You will participate in bush walks, where you can learn about their fascinating culture and survival skills in this harsh environment. You may also have the opportunity for a private visit into a Datoga compound to witness their daily lifestyle.

In an earlier time, the Hadza were fierce enemies with the Maasai, to whom they are similar in home construction, clothing, and social relations.

Stone Town

Learn the history of the slave trade and tour old slave quarters in the caves by the sea. Explore castles and the home of Dr. Livingstone, plantation spice tours, and marvel at the famous Zanzibar doors and their elephant spikes.

Zanzibar Beaches

Relax and explore the wild and stunning beaches of Zanzibar. A perfect way to end your trip!

WHAT’S COVERED:

  • Visa for Tanzania
  • All hotels & remote overnight accommodation
  • 3 meals per-day
  • Construction materials & paint – primary schools
  • In-country ground transportation
  • In-country volunteer staff & guide(s)
  • Round-trip flight – Kilimanjaro Airport to Zanzibar
  • Safari – park fees, safari vehicles, safari guides, private lodges
  • Private Zanzibar city / cultural tour
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Medical Insurance

WHAT’S NOT COVERED:

  • Round-trip flight US to Tanzania
  • Extra baggage fees ($250 per-bag weighing over 50 pounds)
  • Laundry
  • International Traveler’s Insurance
  • Vaccinations & anti-malaria medication