Tanzania is rich in cultural diversity, has outstanding wildlife, and also offers tropical coastline and islands, Africa’s highest mountain, and vast expanses of wilderness. All these features provide for a challenging and exciting school trip destination.
Fittingly, our Tanzania expedition programs feature a range of exciting options. Our expedition to Mt Kilimanjaro provides some big challenges, lots of variety including reaching the snow-capped peak of Africa’s highest mountain, plains teeming with wildlife, stunning beaches, and huge rewards. Mt Meru – Kilimanjaro’s little sister – offers a challenging trek through dense cloudforests and volcanic craters with staggering views, whilst our expedition to South Tanzania offers an insight into a side of Tanzania that many people never see. Amidst the lush green forest and beautiful mountains of the south there are many different communities and distinct cultures.
TANZANIA EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Tanzania expedition:
Tanzania offers fantastic acclimatisation options providing opportunities to stay in local villages, immerse yourself in some local culture and some enjoy shorter mountain and forest treks to get you used to the local conditions.
On the Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru expeditions, teams will acclimatise whilst trekking through the Pare Mountains through cultivated areas and natural vegetation accompanied by great views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Alternatively you may head to Longido Mountain. Ascending through dense bush, the summit is a peak of bare rock with fantastic views of the Rift Valley and surrounding mountains. There may also be opportunities to stay in villages, and meet the Maasai people of the area.
Southern Tanzania expeditions will head to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park to acclimatise, an area of dense tropical forest, rich in bird and plant life and home to many different species of monkey. Luhombero Plateau and Mwanihana Peak offer challenging climbs and trails through the rainforest, taking in waterfalls along the route.
Making a Difference
Across Tanzania there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the re-development and improvement of local primary schools. Tasks vary from project to project, ranging from redecorating classrooms to building new ones and getting involved in sports and academic lessons.
Tanzania Project Case Study –
Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need (KYGN), Moshi, northern Tanzania
This is a new project for 2013, organised by Timba Kileo, World Challenge’s new In-Country Agent for northern Tanzania. Timba already had links with the project host, so after a few visits, we quickly realised the huge potential at this site. So far, two teams have helped build the new school site. KYGN desperately needs this new site to expand; its 60 pupils, between three and five years old, are currently using a small outdated site, not fit for purpose.
Last year, World Challenge sent 22 teams to 13 different project sites in Tanzania. These projects have had a profound impact on communities from as far north as Moshi at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south in Iringa, particularly in their contribution to restoring and building educational facilities.
Previous World Challenge teams have been able to work on many fulfilling projects that are greatly appreciated by the local communities. The project is your best opportunity to interact on a more personal level with local people.
Tanzania Project Case Study –
Wangama Primary School
Head out into the rural communities of southern Tanzania and get involved at the grassroots level of education at Wangama Primary School.
Our expeditions to Tanzania feature some challenging and exciting trekking opportunities! Mt Kilimanjaro provides the chance to reach the snow-capped peak of Africa’s highest mountain, whilst Mt Meru – Kilimanjaro’s little sister – offers a challenging trek through dense cloudforests and volcanic craters with staggering views. Treks in South Tanzania explore lush green forests and beautiful mountains featuring stunning scenery.
Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru
At 5895m, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is a real challenge. Teams will spend 6 days climbing the mountain and will experience many personal challenges along the way. Often described as the “real” mountain of Tanzania, Mt. Meru stands at 4560m and presents an exciting challenge for an adventurous team, passing through several different vegetation zones in Arusha National Park.
Discover Mt. Rungwe
Get away from the crowds and discover something all to yourself, when you climb Mount Rungwe (2,960m) in southern Tanzania. The climb passes through stunning tropical forest, upland scrub and rock terrain. You might even see the recently discovered monkey species, the Highland Mangabey. It is a beautiful region of volcanic crater lakes, green hills, lush valleys and flowing rivers.
Rest & Relaxation
Go on safari or chill out on a a beach!
Come face-to-face with more wildlife than you would have ever expected on a fantastic wildlife safari in one of Tanzania’s famous game reserves. The safari is a chance to experience the diversity of African wildlife and to spot the ‘big five’. Alternatively head to the sandy shores of the coastal beaches or to the stunning turquoise waters of Zanzibar. Choose to go snorkelling, or just kick back and relax in a hammock!
- Tanzania, East Africa
- Population: 48 million
- Languages spoken: Kiswahili and English, with some Arabic in the coastal, more Muslim regions.
- Time zone: GMT +3
- Terrain: Mountains, savannah, coast, forest and beaches
- When can I travel there?: January, February and May-November and December.
- Climate: Tanzania is hot throughout the year and is humid on the coast and dry on the central plateau. The heavy rains last from March to June. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night. Zanzibar has a warm climate year-round and its coast is tempered by sea breezes. Heavy rains occur in April and May.
- Expedition Physical Rating: Moderate to high
- Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days
- Culture Shock: Medium to high
- Typical accommodation: Hotels, huts, hostels and tents
- Ideal for: An adventurous team looking for a challenge!
- Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, is not actually the capital. The true capital city is Dodoma, located in the centre of Tanzania.
- Head to Mwenge Cravers’ Market for some great last minute souvenirs.
- The word Tanzania is derived from the two nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar which before 1964 were separate. Tanganyika in Kiswahili, the local dialect (Swahili) is translated to mean “sail in the wilderness” and Zanzibar is derived from the Arabic words “Zayn Z’al Barr” which mean “fair is this land”…
- At 264km2, the Ngogongoro Crater is the largest complete crater in the world
Southern Tanzania: Richard Phillips
Richard was born and raised in and around Iringa, southern Tanzania. He currently runs the family farm about 10km outside of Iringa, where he lives with his family. Richard, like Timba, is passionate about his country and loves to show it off at its best. Through his extensive knowledge and skill, southern Tanzania has become a prime World Challenge destination.
Northern Tanzania: Timba Kileo
New to World Challenge, Timba joined the team in March 2013. He lives in Moshi, right next to Kilimanjaro, and as well as being the In-Country Agent for northern Tanzania, he is also the Operations Manager for Ahsante Tours, the company through whom we climb Kili and Meru. He is a fantastic individual who loves his native country and especially Kilimanjaro, having climbed it 17 times!
NEW TO WORLD CHALLENGE?
Every World Challenge starts long before your students step on a plane. With our support, develop life skills and take ownership of:
- Destination and itinerary planning
- Fundraising ideas and events
- Budgeting and money management
- Preparation, fitness and nutrition
Get in touch with one of our consultants to start planning your overseas school expedition today!