Karibu Tanzania Expedition: 3 Weeks

Experience the magic of safari, visit the stunning Marangu waterfalls and learn about true Tanzanian culture, living alongside communities in our authentic African banda camps.

  • Location Tanzania, Africa
  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Expedition Type Service Expeditions

Tanzania is a truly beautiful country to explore, teeming with incredible wildlife, stunning beaches and sprawling savannahs. On this immersive expedition, you’ll be working closely with local people to improve the infrastructure of rural villages and make a positive impact to the surrounding environment. The warm and welcoming people you meet will become like family and you’ll leave with memories that will last a lifetime.


A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Expedition Leader
  • All meals in camp
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Accommodation
  • Local Transfers (excluding to and from Australian airports)
  • Project costs and management
  • 24 hour support throughout expedition

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrive in Tanzania On arrival in Tanzania, you will be met by a member of our Camps Crew who will transfer you to the first camp of your expedition. Here you will have some time to settle in before an arrival briefing and camp orientation from our Camp Manager. In the evening, you’ll be treated to a traditional home-cooked dinner and time to relax around the campfire learning some Swahili phrases.
Day 2 – 5 Community project work Over the next few days you will get stuck into project work that will benefit the local community. This could include helping to build classrooms, constructing and refurbishing community buildings and installing water storage systems. By working hand in hand with local people, you’ll learn more about the challenges they face and work together to create sustainable solutions.
Day 6 Marangu Waterfalls The word ‘Marangu’ means a place with too many water streams and it is one of the most popular places to visit in Tanzania. Situated in the Kilimanjaro National Park the waterfalls are at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro and are surrounded by tropical rain forest. After just a short walk through the lush landscape (keep your eyes peeled for different types of monkeys, tropical birds and other animals) you’ll find yourself at the base of some seriously impressive waterfalls. The source of the water comes directly from the glacier on top of Kilimanjaro.
Day 7 Head to your next camp We will hit the road this morning and travel to your next camp, where you’ll be greeted by the Camp Manager. You’ll have a chance to get familiar with the camp and the local area before settling into your new home for the night.
Day 8 – 13 Environmental project work Over the next few days you will be getting involved in some of our vital environmental project work, to help actively tackle issues such as deforestation, climate change and habitat protection. This could include tree planting, digging water holes or making elephant dung paper.
Day 14 Embark on a safari adventure After an early breakfast at camp, you will embark on your Big Game Safari where you may be able to spot the Big 5. Keep your eyes peeled for lions, elephants, birds, zebra and giraffe to name just a few. This is sure to be a day to remember!
Day 15 – 18 Community project work After transferring to the next camp of your trip, you will be getting stuck into some more community project work at the local village to improve infrastructure. Tasks could include cement mixing, brick laying and digging. When you’re not working hard on projects, there will be plenty of time for you to rest, update your travel journey, play a game of football with the locals and take part in some planned cultural activities.
Day 19 Time to relax Today you will have some time to partake in last minute sight-seeing and souvenir shopping. Enjoy reflecting on the amazing memories you have made over the last few weeks and soak up your final few hours in Tanzania.
Day 20 Kwaheri from Tanzania It’s time to say your final farewells (or Kwaheri in Swahili) to the Camp Tanzania crew before we head back to the airport in time for your flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

Housing improvement

Tanzania – School and housing improvement

The traditional fishing community near camp suffers from high levels of unemployment and a lack of funding for local schools, forcing children to walk many miles each day just to get an education. You will help by building or renovating school buildings to create inspirational and stimulating learning environments, as well as building sustainable housing for needy families.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere


Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Conservation work

Tanzania – Conservation work

Human-wildlife conflict is an ongoing and significant issue here, threatening the future for many important species such as elephants. You’ll get involved in initiatives to promote a peaceful co-existence between the community and the local wildlife, such as improving natural waterholes and constructing elephant deterrant fences to safeguard the future for these incredible animals.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Camp Usambara

Camp Usambara

This beautiful camp is situated on the northern edge of Usambara Mountain – a stunning mountain range famous for its biodiversity, bright clear sky with amazing panoramic views. Staying in traditional bandas and eating traditional food, you will end up feeling like a local in no time!

  • Location: 285 km (6 hours drive) from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Accommodation style: Traditional bandas
  • Bed type: Comfy mattresses & bedding.
  • Toilets: Modern toilets & sinks
  • Showers: Bucket showers
  • Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: Camp fire
  • Signature dish: Pilau & Chapati

Camp Tanga

Camp Tanga is located in the coastal village of Boma Subutuni and is less than 5 metres from the beach, offering you a peaceful, beautiful location to chill out and lap up the warm ocean breeze and breathtaking views of the tropical Indian Ocean. One word. Bliss!

  • Location: 500 km (9-10 hours drive) from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Accommodation style: Tents
  • Bed Type: Comfy mattresses & bedding
  • Toilets: Modern toilets
  • Showers: Sinks & bucket showers
  • Power: Generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: Beach games, Camp fire, gift shops & drink area
  • Signature dish: Chapati & Chicken stew. Even learn how to make your own chapatis!
Camp Ndarakwai

Camp Ndarakwai

This tented camp is one of our most unique and exciting locations. Based in the heart of Ndarakwai Ranch within the Kilimanjaro Conservancy, this forms one of the most beautiful and important wildlife areas in Africa. Nestled amongst towering fig trees and acacias, the camp offers you a slice of real African adventure with plenty of wildlife watching available and some impressive views of both Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.

  • Location: 75 km (1.5 hours drive) from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Accommodation style: Tents
  • Bed Type: Comfy mattresses & bedding
  • Toilets: Long drop toilets
  • Showers: Wash basins & bucket showers
  • Power: Generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: Camp fire, Masai dancing in the village
  • Signature dish: Chapati & Stew
Camp Manyara

Camp Manyara

Camp Manyara is located next to lake Manyara, between several National Parks, making it an ideal location to spot some of the wildlife that Africa is famed for. Located near a small community, you will get to know the local people in no time and have the chance to interact with some of the students from the local school nearby.

  • Location: 166 km (2 hours drive) from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Accommodation style: Traditional bandas
  • Bed type: Comfy mattresses & bedding
  • Toilets: Modern toilets & sinks
  • Showers: bucket showers
  • Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: Camp fire, local football pitch
  • Signature dish: Pilau & Chapati

It was incredible being a part of project work and helping the community in Tanzania. I Loved every minute of project work.

Lauren, Camp Tanzania 2019

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.


Tanzania is such a great country with a mixed culture of Swahili and Bantu people you will experience a community like no other. You will get to experience first-hand the amazing work we do within the community and you’ll get to enjoy a safari in one of East Africa’s most famous National Parks!

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