From taking a safari through the Serengeti to escaping to the exotic beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania offers something for every traveller’s taste. We’ve listed below some of the popular sites and tours that past IVHQ volunteers have experienced while on the IVHQ Tanzania program.
In and Around Arusha
The IVHQ Tanzania program is based in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha, lying in close proximity to an assortment of Africa’s most well-known national parks and spectacular landscapes.
Mt Meru Waterfall
Arusha lies at the foot of Tanzania’s second highest peak, Mt Meru, offering volunteers short walking adventures into the foothills to discover an impressive waterfall.
Meserani Snake Park
Just 25km west of Arusha, the Meserani Snake Park provides plenty of opportunities to learn about the most dangerous snakes in the world and the chance to hold a real live snake (if that takes your fancy)! You can also set your eyes on some hungry crocodiles at feeding time and pet a baby croc. Plus, take a special tour of the Maasai Cultural Museum with your personal Maasai guide.
A ten minute trip out of Arusha will lead you towards the beautiful Lake Duluti, a popular retreat for volunteers to take time out to go canoeing, fishing, bird watching or exploring the dense surrounding forest, home to a diverse range of reptiles and wildlife.
While volunteering in Tanzania, many volunteers choose to travel further afield together to gain a greater appreciation for the impressive landscapes and popular parks outside of Arusha. We’ve highlighted a couple of popular weekend activities, which our local staff can help coordinate when you arrive in country.
Conquer Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest walkable mountain with an experienced trekking guide. At 5985m and over 4000m above the surrounding plains, it’s even possible to see the curvature of the earth. Choose from one of the six different routes, set aside six to ten days and prepare yourself for a challenging, yet hugely rewarding climb.
Take an extended weekend safari and join fellow volunteers for an unforgettable adventure to Lake Manyara, Ngrongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Leave it to our local staff to coordinate an all-inclusive safari for you once you arrive in country.
Boasting pristine white beaches, exquisite rain forests and vibrant coral reefs, it’s no wonder Zanzibar has established itself as one of the most exotic locations on earth. With a variety of hotels and hostels to choose from, there are accommodation options to meet any budget, offering a space to stay after a day of snorkeling, diving, or swimming with the dolphins.
To apply for the program or explore the volunteering opportunities available in Tanzania, visit our Volunteer in Tanzania page.