Volunteer in Tanzania

Few destinations on earth can compare to Tanzania. With the sheer diversity of its scenery – from the iconographic Mount Kilamanjaro to the savannahs of the Serengeti – to the incredible array of wildlife on offer here – Tanzania really is one of a kind.

Perhaps one of the country's most famous boasts lies in the safari destinations of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Few regions on earth can match the Serengeti migration, in which up to two million zebras, wildebeest and gazelle move clockwise around this enormous ecosystem, driven by ancient instincts to find fresh grazing and water. If it's drama you're looking for, then you'll most certainly find it here, with the huge migrating herds under constant threat from predators, including lions, leopards and crocodiles.

Of course, there is plenty on offer here besides the wildlife. With the buzzing cultural hubs of Dar Es Salaam and Arusha rife for exploration as well as stunning marine destinations to enjoy – including Zanzibar and Mafia Islands – Tanzania is an unmissable destination

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Wildlife

Put simply, Tanzania is one of the most ecologically diverse locations on Earth. This country on Africa’s Eastern coast is home to more than four million wild animals and one of the most spectacular animal related events in the world. The annual migration of around 2 million animals in the Serengeti National Park is truly a sight to behold, and it is not something that can be seen anywhere else in the world. Some of the animals that call Tanzania home include:

  • Black Rhino
  • Elephant
  • Lion
  • Baboon
  • Gazelle
  • Hyena

As well as some of incredibly diverse ecosystems above land, Tanzania has just as much going on under the waves. Whale sharks frequent these waters and these gentle giants make good dive partners for those who venture onto our volunteering projects.

Culture

There are 128 different languages spoken in Tanzania and this should tell you all you need to know about this cultural melting pot. The people of Tanzania all originated from different places both in and outside of Africa, and as a result the culture of the country is very varied. One quick tip when travelling around Tanzania is to say “jambo” to everyone you meet. This is the Tanzanian version of hello and the locals are delighted if visitors can introduce themselves in the native tongue! Other interesting facts about the Tanzanian culture include:

  • The fact that hand shaking should always be done with the right
  • The country was the inspiration for Ernest Hemmingways “The Green Hills of Africa”.
  • Tanzania shares the same national anthem as South Africa and Zimbabwe!

You’re sure to love discovering things about the history and culture of this incredible place if you pay it a visit!

Popular Destinations

With vast expanses of wild, untamed grassland and savannah remaining, you could be forgiven for thinking that there is not much to see in Tanzania. This is simply not the case. A few of the things you could see when in Tanzania include:

  • Mount Kilimanjaro – Behind Mt Everest, probably the most well-known mountain in the world. Do you dare to climb it?
  • The Serengeti – This is the place to go to watch the spectacular migration of millions of animals each year.
  • Lake Victoria – Tanzania is home to the bottom half of this famous lake, so why not take a refreshing dip?

Tanzania is jam-packed with so many fantastic locations that it would take a website all of its own to list them all, but if you find any worth mentioning then don’t hesitate to tell us!

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