IN & AROUND ARUSHA

PMGY volunteer in Tanzania participants are based in the quiet suburbs of the city of Arusha, near the foot of Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain at 4,556m. The Volunteer House accommodation is based around 20-minutes from the city centre and is easily accessible by foot or public transport.

 

This vibrant African city is an excellent base and for the most part, it is lush, green and enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year thanks to its altitude. You will find all the amenities you could need in Arusha including banks, supermarkets and international standard hospitals as well as excellent restaurants and nightlife.

 

Participants generally volunteer on a Monday-Friday basis and the weekends are free to relax or travel further afield. As our volunteers will testify, the wider travel opportunities are extremely important to the whole experience and it is something we certainly recommend you get involved in. Our local team are able to arrange activities, transportation and accommodation but please note this is usually an independent experience outside of the core programme.

Maasai tribal dance at the Maasai cultural museum

MAASAI MUSEUM

This informative Maasai cultural museum gives an incredible insight into the lives of this proud, colourful tribe. The museum comes complete with mock-ups of a Maasai house (Boma) and you are taken on a bush walk by a real life Maasai warrior. You can then take a 30-minute camel ride towards the Monduli Mountains, and visit a local Maasai village. Here you’ll get a chance to chat to the local Maasai people and learn about their culture and way of life. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see a real slice of Tanzanian life as its still lived today.

MT MERU CURIOS & CRAFTS MARKET

There are quite a few markets in Arusha but this is mostly definitely one not to be missed. Often referred to as the Maasai Market there are some great, local souvenirs to be found here as well some very good higher-quality items. There are almost 2,000 sellers here and it really is a one-stop shopping area for gifts, curios, gemstone minerals and traditional clothing. You will need to practice your expert haggling skills though and be persistent as this market is one of the best in central Arusha.

Tanzania Market
Volunteer Tanzania

FURTHER AFIELD

Tanzania has a plethora of highlights and so much to explore. Billed as ‘the’ place to safari, endowed with powdery idyllic beaches and topped off with the stupendous Mount Kilimanjaro, what’s not to love about this magical country. Throw in the exotic delights of Zanzibar and you can see why it will be unforgettable.

 

Our in-country team are on hand to help to sort out your weekend trips. They are easily organised and arranging them when you get there gives you much more flexibility, especially if lots of other volunteers want to go too!

ZANZIBAR

The exotic island of Zanzibar, locally known as Unguja, has it all: amazing beaches, fantastic dive spots, acres of spice plantations, the Jozani Forest Reserve and Stone Town. Stone Town is a maze of narrow streets lined with houses featuring magnificently carved doors studded with brass. What could be better than chilling out on a spectacular beach by the Indian Ocean? You can choose how to spend your independent travel time, whether it’s lazing on the beach, snorkelling or exploring. You can try it all!

An exotic Zanzibar beach
Giraffes wandering in Arusha National Park

NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

Arusha National Park allows for exploration of a beguiling diversity of habitats next to the majestic peaks of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The shallow Lake Manyara was described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. It’s a viewing feast for lounging baboon troops, scampering blue monkeys, dainty bushbuck, forest hornbills, large buffalo, wildebeest, zebra herds, and giraffes. The breathtaking natural wonder of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five.

KILIMANJARO TREK

Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountain in Africa at a height of 5895m but it is also the tallest free-standing mountain on earth. Conquering its unmistakable snow-capped peak has been the dream of seasoned trekkers for many years. It is a unique mountain full of extreme contrasts. It’s lower slopes are covered in dense forest, the mountain is surrounded by vast expanses of dry savannah, it’s caldera is covered with ice yet this dormant volcano is situated near the Equator. The views from the top of this vast mountain are mind-blowing.

The unmistakable snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain
 

UK: +44 800 321 3564

USA: 1-813-422-5109

hello@planmygapyear.com