Tanzania Trek Expedition

Explore the hidden gems beyond the tourist trail and contribute to vital project work on this immersive expedition in rural Tanzania. The trek up Mount Meru is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself whilst getting to witness some spectacular views.

  • Location Tanzania, Africa
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Expedition Type Trek

The largest country in East Africa, Tanzania is a spectacular place to experience the best that Africa has to offer. You’ll tackle Mount Meru on a challenging 5 day trek and get to meet (and jump with) the world famous Maasai Tribe. Work on vital community projects and get to know the inspiring Mamas of the local villages who will teach you some traditional skills.

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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
  • Adventure challenge
  • 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 Leave for Tanzania This morning you will make your way to your designated meeting point ready to embark on your journey to Tanzania.
Day 2 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 3 – 10 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 11 – 16 Mount Meru Trek Time for your adventure challenge. For the next five days, you will trek through tropical rainforest before the sand and rocks take you skywards towards the summit of Mount Meru. You will be able to take in the stunning views across the dramatic volcanic ash crater. Waking in the early hours of the morning on your final day, you will attempt to summit the mountain to witness a spectacular sunrise – an incredible experience you will never forget.
Day 17 – 19 Environmental project work After transferring to your next camp, you will be getting stuck into some of our vital environmental project work. You’ll be helping to help actively tackle issues such as deforestation, climate change and habitat protection through projects such as tree planting, digging water holes or making elephant dung paper.
Day 20 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 21 Transfer to next camp Today you will be transferred to the final camp of your expedition. On arrival, you will be given a village orientation and briefing on the activities you’ll be getting up to over the coming days.
Day 22 – 26 Community project work Over the next 4 days, you will be taking part in project work to improve the local school. This will 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 27 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 28 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 improvements and erosion control

In this rural area of Tanzania, there is little funding to refurbish school buildings which are subject to damage from seasonal flooding and erosion. You’ll help by working on school improvement projects such as classroom refurbishment and laying clay sacks to control soil erosion.

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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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
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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 deterrent 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 Kidia

Kidia is a small and vibrant Chaga community set in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. The camp itself is set amongst banana and coffee farms and offers you the perfect opportunity to experience authentic rural Tanzanian life away from the tourist traps. With spectacular views in all directions and a waterfall nearby, this is the perfect place to relax and socialise with the locals after a day’s work.

  • Location: 55 km (1.5 hours drive) from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Bed type: Traditional bandas with comfy mattresses & bedding
  • Toilets: Modern toilets & sinks, 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, homestead visits
  • Signature dish: Pilau and 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, campfire & gift shops
  • Signature dish: Chapati & chicken stew. Even learn how to make your own chapatis!
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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 and stew
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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
  • 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, local football pitch
  • Signature dish: Pilau and chapati

I went on the trek expedition to Tanzania with Camps International, and it was honestly the most amazing experience of my life and I felt so so happy whilst I was away – I didn’t want to come home! For somebody that had to fundraise every penny of the trip and kit, I can say that I feel that all the hard work my family and I put in was worth it!! The projects we worked on were an enjoyable challenge and we could see our hard work turn into progress.

Ruby, 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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