Tanzania Impact Expedition

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 4 weeks
  • Expedition Type Impact

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.

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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.  

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights
  • In country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

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 – 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 – 15 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 16 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 17 – 24 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 25 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 26 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. 

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School and housing improvement

Improvement
This traditional fishing community 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
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Quality education

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

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Decent work and economic growth

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

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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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.

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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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.

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Camp Usambara

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

  • Location: 285 km (6 hours drive) from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Bed type: Traditional bandas with 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
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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 and gift shops
  • Signature dish: Chapati and chicken stew. Even learn how to make your own chapatis!
Tried, tested, loved

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. 

Hassan

“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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