Community and livelihood project (Moshi Villages)

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On this project you will join like-minded volunteers assist families to improve their surroundings in Moshi. Your time will be split between helping on our building project, assisting at a local children’s centre and teaching at a local school. There is always the opportunity to get involved assisting teachers in the classroom and running after-school activities, especially with games and sports. The key to any SAVE project is the partnership between our team and the local community. As well as bringing essential donations to the project the presence of a team of volunteers in the community can be a great motivator to local NGOs.

The type of building projects we get involved in varies and depends on the number of volunteers. In the past, we have helped to build sanitation blocks, water storage tanks, school classrooms, clinics, kitchens, community halls, basic housing, and much more. Depending on the time of year, the number of volunteers and funds available for the building work may vary from painting a classroom to building a school block. Building sites are a lot of fun and you will be surprised at your own capabilities and strengths! You will be instructed on building techniques by local professionals and your SAVE Project Leader.

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We support a number of villages set upon the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. The slopes of Kilimanjaro offer not only breathtaking views, but its fertile soil gives way to virgin forests, mountain flowers, fruit trees, ferns, and clean mountain springs and waterfalls.

Tanzanians are known for their peacefulness, openness and community spirit. Villages are organized into households which speak through elected spokespeople at regular village meetings to deal with any problems under the guidance of the village chairman.  This fair and democratic way of village governance maintains community unity, safety, equality, and makes this a particularly enjoyable place to work and learn about African culture.

Tanzanian kids are easy to teach as they are appreciative of the opportunities an education will give them, and are very respective of their elders. The education system in Tanzania is quite poor with insufficiently trained teachers, a lack of resources, crowded conditions, etc. The educational standard of Tanzanian students is generally at a lower standard than that of their age group in Europe.

The schools in Tanzania are understaffed and under-resourced. We would appreciate any help, especially in terms of stationery supplies such as stickers, pencil crayons, educational posters, and sports equipment. Consider teaching artistic projects, conservation education, or health awareness. Sports events are also very popular, especially football and netball.

Project highlights

Take a trip to the largest country in East Africa. A land of spectacular game reserves and the dusty savannah grasslands of the Serengeti, wide expansive palm fringed beaches and the snowcapped peaks of Kilimanjaro. It’s also home to the colourful, fragrant and mystical spice islands of Zanzibar, across the Indian Ocean from the ancient kingdoms of the coastal region. In this beautiful nation with beautiful people your time will be spent working alongside villages to improve their education or sanitation systems that will make a positive impact for years to come.

  • Learn and interact in a Tanzanian community
  • Become part of a WaChagga community and learn about their culture
  • Learn some basic Swahili
  • Help with community initiatives that will change people’s lives
  • Make a difference to a community

Information about the children/schools

Nkwamwasi Primary School has 8 teachers and 241 students aged from 5 to 14 years old.  Of the 241 Students, 107 are girls and 134 are boys. There is one Pre-School Class and 7 Standard Classes. The average class size is 30. The area boasts one of the best levels of education in Tanzania and values learning greatly.  Woman have been allowed an education for much longer than any other region and many have become teachers, or enjoy employment in other educational facilities.  The pass rate currently stands at 97% which allows their students to progress to Secondary School.

Despite this the community struggle to contribute to school developments as there is little or no spare cash to be pooled towards such efforts, and the school wishes to build a dining hall and to renovate the kitchen area. This will enable all students to have nutritious food in a hygienic environment and a place to sit out of the sun and the rain to eat. The government has a tendency to distribute funds to urban schools, thus furthering the poverty trap felt by rural communities.

  • Most of the children can speak a little English yet their home language is usually Swahili
  • The children live in underdeveloped areas
  • Children in the program range from 4-15 years old.
  • School starts at 08:30 and closes at 15:00

Project Details

  • Location: Within 2 hours of Moshi in Tanzania
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks
  • Group dates are available year round.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Police clearance
  • Basic level of competency in English
  • Copy of return flight itinerary
  • Acceptance subject to availability of position

Volunteer Tasks

Your usual working hours are 8.30am-4pm with breaks during the day. Volunteers will work 5 days a week.  The volunteers’ mornings are either spent helping in a school or building. You will have an opportunity to take a morning break as well as lunch. Throughout the day we will rotate classroom assistance as and when lessons are timetabled, should you wish to take part in some teaching and/or after school activities and sports, however the main focus for the team will be the build.

School holidays

  • Late November – mid January
  • Mid April – early May
  • Early to late August

Location

The location of this project is within the town of Moshi. From Moshi you get spectacular views of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Here there is a wealth of banana plantations, rivieras, and on a clear day, spectacular views of the mountain itself.  This area is ideal for both climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and also the Northern Safari Circuit, Zanzibar and Mombasa are also within reach.

An economically poor country Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa.  The many local African tongues, combined with Swahili and English, reflect this land’s tribal diversity.  A land of spectacular game reserves and the dusty savannah grasslands of the Serengeti, wide expansive palm-fringed beaches and the snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro.  Stood out on the vast open plains of Tanzania you are amongst one of the largest wildest animal populations in the world.  Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, gazelle, flamingo, elephants, giraffes – the list is endless.  Tanzania is also home to the colourful, fragrant and mystical spice islands of Zanzibar, across the Indian Ocean from the ancient kingdoms of the coastal regions.

Climbing the peaks of Mount Meru or Kilimanjaro, exploring the crater of the Ngorongoro, driving through the grasslands of the Serengeti, or exploring the beautiful beaches of the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania has something to offer to everyone, be it climber, explorer or animal fanatic.

Mai Taleb, 26, London

I had the most amazing 6 weeks of my life. I learnt a lot about myself, other people, Tanzania, building and life for everyone I’ve worked with. I will never forget my time in Tanzania and will miss it.

Gayle Johnston, 19, Aberdeen

An experience with every type of emotion from happiness to sadness (when I had to leave) A great organisation to do a project with and I would definitely recommend them to others.

 

Accommodation

First night’s accommodation in Moshi
You will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport and taken to Haria Hotel in Moshi or the project site for a welcome meeting, depending on your arrival time on the Saturday. If you’re arriving late, you’ll spend the first night in Moshi as we prefer not to travel at night. Our meeting point hostel is located in the centre of Moshi and has facilities including a rooftop bar with views on Kili, a restaurant and wifi.

Project Accommodation
Housing is in a secure location close to the project site. Your accommodation is provided by the local community and shared with your fellow volunteers, usually girls in one room, boys in another. Beds are foam mattresses on the floor.

For our current project site we’re using a fairly luxurious house. There is running water, a shower and 2 flushing toilets. However, in the past we’ve use different accommodation closer to our other project sites. These houses are close to a water source water source, but do not have running water. There are shower cubicles either indoors or outdoors where you can take a traditional ‘bucket shower’. Be aware that we may be using this kind of housing for future projects.

There is electricity available at the house but the area suffers regular power cuts. In this case we’ll provide alternatives, usually candles of paraffin lamps which create a cosy atmosphere in the evenings.

There is no wifi available at the volunteer house. You can use the wifi at hotels and restaurants in Moshi on weekends. Alternatively you could get a local sim card with an internet bundle but the connection can be far from great.

Meals

We usually employ a local cook to provide meals, which will be mainly traditional dishes. The Tanzanian diet is full of starchy foods with rice, beans, maize meal and chapati’s as standard, sometimes with simply prepared meat and mostly with some locally available vegetables. You will be encouraged to help with cooking so that everyone is involved in getting involved with the project.

We do a weekly shop at the market, which you may enjoy visiting with the cook. We can cater for most dietary requirements and it’s important that you let us know before you arrive. However we do not cater for picky eaters, so please be respectful of the local food, cultures, traditions and give everything a try. You may even enjoy them. If you do some independent travel on the weekends, you can try a number of other foods including more westernised’ dishes if you wish, particularly when you are heading to tourist spots.

Tanzania to Kruger

Introduction
This exciting holiday you will experience some of Eastern and Southern Africa’s highlights. Our unique itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experiences in the time you have exploring this incredible continent with us. From a glimpse of Mt Kilimanjaro to sun kissed beaches on tropical island of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi and onto Victoria Falls, one of the 7 nature’s wonders of the world.

Included Highlights
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation

Intended Itinerary
It is our intention to adhere to the route described below but a certain amount of flexibility is built into the tour and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the following as a guide only.

Duration: 15 Days
Countries visited: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

Day 1:
Arusha – Pangani River
Distance travelled: +/-350kms
Approx driving day: Full day

Our first day of tour we depart Arusha and head south via Moshi to Pangani Camp. If the weather is clear we may gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest freestanding mountain in the world at 5895 metres. Our overnight camp is nestled against the Pangani River, one of the most important rivers of the country and set below the spectacular Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range.

Accommodation: Pangani Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included:  Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 2:
Pangani Camp – Dar es Salaam
Distance travelled: +/-350kms
Approx driving day: Full day

This morning we leave Pangani Camp and make our way south to Dar es Salaam, the main port and hub of commerce and industry of Tanzania – an integral port on one of the most important sea routes in the world. This bustling, hot and unique city offers and brightly coloured markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast. However, to a majority of travellers, this city is but a port to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other Archipelago islands. Our camp is located outside the city centre on a beautiful white sandy palm fringed beach. This evening we prepare for our 3 night/4 day Zanzibar excursion.

Accommodation: Kipepeo Beach Resort – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 3 – 5:
Zanzibar
Distance travelled: Ferry crossing on day 30
Exotic Zanzibar is part of a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania consisting of Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island and many smaller islands. Zanzibar Island itself is approximately 90km long and 30km wide and conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches. Winding cobbled alley ways with brass-knobbed doors line the street of the capital, Stone Town and the lush exotic spice plantations dot the centre of the Island, as it was once a major trading centre of spices. In the 19th century it was a base for famous explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone.
Over the next 3 nights/ 4 days, time on the island is at leisure. Typically we spend 1 night in Stone Town and 2 nights at the northern beaches. Your tour leader will be joining you on your Zanzibar excursion to assist if you experience any problems.
Stone Town is certainly best explored by foot and nothing beats the intriguing alleyways filled with bazaars selling old maritime trinkets, cloths and wooden carvings. There are some interesting mosques, palaces and courtyards to visit and restaurants to sample the local cuisine.

En-route to the clear turquoise waters and beautiful white sandy beaches of the Northern Beaches, you can enjoy an optional spice tour of the plantations to sample the finest spices and fruits of the island. Once relaxed and settled into your accommodation, there are many optional activities in the area. Try snorkeling and diving, indulge in some delicious fresh seafood, or simply relax in a hammock under a coconut palm with an exotic cocktail

NB: Our Accommodation on the Island is basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. For the sake of flexibility to enjoy your time at leisure, lunches and dinners are left for your own discretion

Accommodation: 1 night Stone Town, 2 nights Northern Beaches
Meals included: Breakfast included with hotel accommodation
WIFI: No

Day 6:
Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam
Distance travelled: Ferry crossing

This morning we make our way back to the Port of Stone Town, enjoying the last bit of shopping before returning to the mainland by ferry and our camp for the evening.

Accommodation: Kipepeo Beach Resort – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included:  Breakfast, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 7:
Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National park area
Distance travelled: +/-290kms
Approx driving day: Half day

Leaving the coast early in the morning, we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park. This park is the fourth largest park in Tanzania at a Size of 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles) and we may even spot a variety of antelope and giraffe feeding near the side of the road as we pass through the park. Our campsite is located a short distance from the park gate and if time allows,      we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Tan-Swiss Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 8:
Mikumi – Iringa
Distance travelled: +/-220kms
Approx driving day: Half day

Today , we make our to Iringa and the Kisolanza farm which is nestled 1600m above sea level in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. This stunning farm owned by the Ghaui family for over 100 years is a working farm with both cattle and organic produce and is an overlanding haven. This farm is famous for its amazing hot showers, homemade chocolate brownies, organic farm dinners in the original homestead and hot chocolate with Amarula that can be bought at their quaint candlelit bar.

Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm House – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 9 -10:
Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi
Distance travelled: +/-550kms
Approx driving day: Full day

Leaving Tanzania, we cross the Songwe border post into Malawi. The next two nights are spent at Chitimba Beach Campsite.

Time is at leisure to enjoy beach activities, play with the local children or shop at the local curio market outside the main camp gates where you can test your bargaining skills and buy some of Malawi’s famous wooden carvings. Alternatively, hike to Manchewe falls, or Chihanga Walk with a local guide. These trails are beautiful and serene but can take a full day.

Lake Malawi formally ‘Lake Nyasa’ covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. The lake also has the highest number of endemic fresh water fish species of any in the world.

NB: The Malawi section of this Itinerary may alter slightly. With days at the campsites. Please therefore treat the Malawi section of the dossier between days 9-10 as a guide line only.

Accommodation: Chitimba Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2,  Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
WIFI: Yes

Day 11 -12:
Kande Beach
Distance travelled: +/-240kms
Approx driving day: Half day

Our next over-night stop is Kande Beach, but not before a stop at Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. Kande Beach is the activity hub of Malawi where you have the opportunity to try some of the many activities and water sports typically available – scuba diving, snorkeling, boat hire, canoes and horse riding. There is the opportunity to interact with the local community to gain insight into their ways of life.

Accommodation: Kande Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2,Dinner x 2
WIFI: No

Day 13:
Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia
Distance travelled +/-440km
Approx driving day: Full day

Leaving Kande Beach, we make our way to the capital Lilongwe to stock up on supplies for our onward journey to Zambia. Crossing the border, we arrive at our camp 20km from the border, in Chipata. Chipata is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia with a population of approx. 98,000. This colorful town is filled with ornate mosques due to its large Indian community.

Accommodation: Mama Rula’s Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 14:
Chipata – Lusaka
Distance travelled: +/-620kms
Approx driving day: Full day

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road over the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government with approx. 17 million people.   Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm where Zebra and many species of antelope run free around the camp.

Accommodation: Eureka Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 15:
Lusaka – Livingstone
Distance travelled: +/-520kms
Approx driving day: Full day

Leaving Lusaka behind, we make our way south to Livingstone, the adventure capital of Southern Africa.  After setting up camp at the beautiful Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, we head for a full briefing on all the optional activities that you can enjoy over the next 3 free full days. (Typically these include white water rafting, bungy jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging, scenic flights, volunteering day projects, game drives and river cruises).

If time allows today (if not, this will be done tomorrow), we visit the mighty Victoria Falls themselves, at 1708m wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat as at various times of year the spray from the Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometers away.

NB For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone over the next few days are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take time and enjoy the many optional activities on offer, some including meals.  Try the local cuisine in the centre of town, high tea at the Livingstone Hotel or simply enjoy the scrumptious meals that the lodge has on offer whilst enjoying the views over the river. Allow USD 15-USD20 per meal.

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
WIFI: Yes

Day 16 – 18:
Livingstone
The next 3 days are yours at leisure to explore the Livingstone area to the fullest. There are many options to choose from so if you are not up for the adventure side, check out the local markets in the centre of town or the fascinating Livingstone museum. Alternatively, simply enjoy a good book on one of the deck chairs at camp that dot the water’s edge of the mighty Zambezi and if you are lucky, spot hippos wallowing in the river and elephants drinking as well as a variety of different monkey species.

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 3
WIFI: Yes

Day 19:
Livingstone – Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Distance travelled: +/- 120km
Approx driving day: Half day

Leaving Livingstone, we cross the border to Zimbabwe, passing through Victoria Falls town, and head for the Hwange National Park which is Zimbabwe’s largest and best known game reserve. This magnificent park covers just over 14 600 square kilometres and is home to 105 mammal species, including nine large herbivore and eight large carnivore species. Elephant make up the largest proportion of the biomass. In the early 19th century it was the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi. In the afternoon we head out for an open 4×4 game drive before returning to our camp to overnight.

Accommodation: Hwange Main Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 20:
Hwange National Park – Antelope Park
Distance travelled: 430km
Approx driving day: Full day

This morning we rise early and after a well needed breakfast we head through Zimbabwe’s central plateau via the town of Gweru to the Antelope Park. This private game ranch, set in over 3000 acres of open savannah grassland and mesmerizing African bush, is one of the most successful private game reserves in southern Africa hosting numerous antelope, zebra and giraffe. Explore the area on horseback, walking safaris, game drives or canoe on the scenic lake.

Accommodation: Antelope Park – camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 21:
Antelope Park, Gweru – Tshipise, South Africa
Distance travelled: 510km
Approx driving day: Full day

Today we make our way south to the border at Beitbridge crossing to South Africa. After completing formalities we cross the Limpopo River – the second largest river in South Africa – to our camp near the town of Tshipise. Our campsite is set adjacent to the Honnet Nature Reserve at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies. There are hot springs in the area and if time allows, we explore these in the early evening.

Accommodation: Tshipise Adventure Resort – Twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 22 – 23:
Tshipise – Hazyview – Kruger National Park, South Africa
Distance travelled: +/-380km
Approx driving day: Full day

From Tshipise, we head for the Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 sq. km and is divided in 14 different eco zones, each supporting different wildlife. The wildlife is free to roam after the fences were removed between the Kruger and Greater Kruger national parks and the area has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora.  This park offers a staggering 145 species of mammals, 500 species of birds and over 300 varieties of trees. We spend the next 2 nights in the Kruger area, enjoy a night of traditional dancing and singing with the Shangaan and take in a full day game drive in the National Park the following day in 4 x 4 open safari vehicles to spot as many animals as possible.

Accommodation: Hotel Numbi – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
WIFI: No

Day 24:
Hazyview – Greater Kruger – Johannesburg
Distance travelled: +/-410km
Approx driving day: Full day

Our last day of tour we make our way to South Africa’s commercial hub of Johannesburg, where our tour ends late afternoon.

Accommodation: No Accommodation
Meals included: Breakfast
WIFI: Yes (Johannesburg accommodation)

VISA REQUIREMENTS
The table below indicates the visas required for travel to the countries on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. At least one month prior to travel seek confirmation from embassies or a visa specialist, that these requirements are still current. For UK citizens the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) offers free up-to-date travel info: www.fco.gov.uk  For other nationalities a number of travel advice websites are listed on the Acacia website.

INSURANCE
It is a booking condition of Acacia that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country. Your guide will ask you for a copy of this when you join the tour. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact. We can recommend a respected, specialist travel insurance provider for this tour.

Money Matters
PERSONAL EXPENSES
Naturally you will require extra money for your own personal spending on the tour, for Activities and Excursions, snacks, drinks, souvenirs, tips and items of a personal nature. Everybody has different spending habits but as a guideline we suggest you budget US$15-20 per day. Also keep US$ cash for relevant airport taxes and visas needed, optional activities and any additional accommodation before or after your tour.

– Spending money is best carried as cash in US dollars (US Dollars in clean, un-torn, post 2006 edition notes), Sterling or Euro which you then exchange into local currency on arrival and as you go. Your guide can advise how and when you can change the rest of your money throughout the tour.
– Currencies are as follows: Tanzania – Tanzania Schilling; Malawi – Malawi Kwacha; Zambia – Zambian Kwacha; Zimbabwe, US Dollars, South Africa – Rand.
– ATM machines are found in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and in Southern Africa. Please note they are sometimes unreliable (and therefore should not be relied upon).
– Credit cards can be used to pay for optional activities although charges may be may be high by western standards (+/- 5%).

We recommend you bring your spending money in several different ways (some cash and some cards); your guide can best advise on what to use where.

TIPPING
This is always a matter for your own individual discretion but as in many areas where tourism is an important contributor to the economy, it has become customary to give a small gratuity to local staff, including your tour leader and driver, at the end of a tour if services rendered have been to your satisfaction.

Responsible Travel
We strongly believe that you get the most out of a journey by respecting the culture and people of the places you visit. On our tours we try to travel in a way that benefits the communities we pass through and minimises negative impact on the environment. This can be from ensuring the campsites we use are clean when we leave and dressing respectfully in conservative areas to getting involved with local charity projects. We ask that you are open to this when you travel with us. Being proactive in responsible travel helps develop cross-cultural understanding and friendships with the local people, and will greatly enhance your experience in Africa.

Tanzania to Zambia Overland Safari

Introduction
This exciting holiday you will experience some of Eastern and Southern Africa’s highlights. Our unique itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experiences in the time you have exploring this incredible continent with us. From a glimpse of Mt Kilimanjaro to sun kissed beaches on tropical island of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi and onto Victoria Falls, one of the 7 nature’s wonders of the world.

Included Highlights
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation

Intended Itinerary
It is our intention to adhere to the route described below but a certain amount of flexibility is built into the tour and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the following as a guide only.

Duration: 15 Days
Countries visited: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

Day 1:
Arusha – Pangani River
Distance travelled: +/-350kms
Approx driving day: Full day

Our first day of tour we depart Arusha and head south via Moshi to Pangani Camp. If the weather is clear we may gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and, the highest freestanding mountain in the world at 5895 metres. Our overnight camp is nestled against the Pangani River, one of the most important rivers of the country and set below the spectacular Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range.

Accommodation: Pangani Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 2:
Pangani Camp – Dar es Salaam
Distance travelled: +/-350kms
Approx driving day: Full day

This morning we leave Pangani Camp and make our way south to Dar es Salaam, the main port and hub of commerce and industry of Tanzania – an integral port on one of the most important sea routes in the world. This bustling, hot and unique city offers and brightly coloured markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast. However, to a majority of travellers, this city is but a port to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other Archipelago islands. Our camp is located outside the city centre on a beautiful white sandy palm fringed beach. This evening we prepare for our 3 night/4 day Zanzibar excursion.

Accommodation: Kipepeo Beach Resort – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 3 – 5:
Zanzibar
Distance travelled: Ferry crossing on day 30
Exotic Zanzibar is part of a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania consisting of Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island and many smaller islands. Zanzibar Island itself is approximately 90km long and 30km wide and conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches. Winding cobbled alley ways with brass-knobbed doors line the street of the capital, Stone Town and the lush exotic spice plantations dot the centre of the Island, as it was once a major trading centre of spices. In the 19th century it was a base for famous explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone.
Over the next 3 nights/ 4 days, time on the island is at leisure. Typically we spend 1 night in Stone Town and 2 nights at the northern beaches. Your tour leader will be joining you on your Zanzibar excursion to assist if you experience any problems.
Stone Town is certainly best explored by foot and nothing beats the intriguing alleyways filled with bazaars selling old maritime trinkets, cloths and wooden carvings. There are some interesting mosques, palaces and courtyards to visit and restaurants to sample the local cuisine.

En-route to the clear turquoise waters and beautiful white sandy beaches of the Northern Beaches, you can enjoy an optional spice tour of the plantations to sample the finest spices and fruits of the island. Once relaxed and settled into your accommodation, there are many optional activities in the area. Try snorkeling and diving, indulge in some delicious fresh seafood, or simply relax in a hammock under a coconut palm with an exotic cocktail

NB: Our Accommodation on the Island is basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. For the sake of flexibility to enjoy your time at leisure, lunches and dinners are left for your own discretion.

Accommodation: 1 night Stone Town, 2 nights Northern Beaches
Meals included: Breakfast included with hotel accommodation
WIFI: No

Day 6:
Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam
Distance travelled: Ferry crossing

This morning we make our way back to the Port of Stone Town, enjoying the last bit of shopping before returning to the mainland by ferry and our camp for the evening.

Accommodation: Kipepeo Beach Resort – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 7:
Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National park area
Distance travelled: +/-290kms
Approx driving day: Half day

Leaving the coast early in the morning, we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park. This park is the fourth largest park in Tanzania at a Size of 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles) and we may even spot a variety of antelope and giraffe feeding near the side of the road as we pass through the park. Our campsite is located a short distance from the park gate and if time allows, we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Tan-Swiss Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 8:
Mikumi – Iringa
Distance travelled: +/-220kms
Approx driving day: Half day

Today , we make our to Iringa and the Kisolanza farm which is nestled 1600m above sea level in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. This stunning farm owned by the Ghaui family for over 100 years is a working farm with both cattle and organic produce and is an overlanding haven. This farm is famous for its amazing hot showers, homemade chocolate brownies, organic farm dinners in the original homestead and hot chocolate with Amarula that can be bought at their quaint candlelit bar.

Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm House – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 9 -10:
Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi
Distance travelled: +/-550kms
Approx driving day: Full day

Leaving Tanzania, we cross the Songwe border post into Malawi. The next two nights are spent at Chitimba Beach Campsite.

Time is at leisure to enjoy beach activities, play with the local children or shop at the local curio market outside the main camp gates where you can test your bargaining skills and buy some of Malawi’s famous wooden carvings. Alternatively, hike to Manchewe falls, or Chihanga Walk with a local guide. These trails are beautiful and serene but can take a full day.

Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’ covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. The lake also has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world.

NB: The Malawi section of this Itinerary may alter slightly. With days at the campsites. Please therefore treat the Malawi section of the dossier between days 9-10 as a guideline only.

Accommodation: Chitimba Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
WIFI: Yes

Day 11 -12:
Kande Beach
Distance travelled: +/-240kms
Approx driving day: Half day

Our next over-night stop is Kande Beach, but not before a stop at Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. Kande Beach is the activity hub of Malawi where you have the opportunity to try some of the many activities and water sports typically available – scuba diving, snorkeling, boat hire, canoes and horse riding. There is the opportunity to interact with the local community to gain insight into their ways of life.

Accommodation: Kande Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2,Dinner x 2
WIFI: No

Day 13:
Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia
Distance travelled +/-440km
Approx driving day: Full day

Leaving Kande Beach, we make our way to the capital Lilongwe to stock up on supplies for our onward journey to Zambia. Crossing the border, we arrive at our camp 20km from the border, in Chipata. Chipata is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia with a population of approx. 98,000. This colorful town is filled with ornate mosques due to its large Indian community.

Accommodation: Mama Rula’s Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 14:
Chipata – Lusaka
Distance travelled: +/-620kms
Approx driving day: Full day

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road over the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government with approx. 17 million people. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm where Zebra and many species of antelope run free around the camp.

Accommodation: Eureka Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 15:
Lusaka – Livingstone
Distance travelled: +/-520kms
Approx driving day: Full day

On our last day of tour we make our way South to Livingstone, where our tour ends.

If time allows we suggest that you spend a few extra days taking some of the numerous opportunities available to explore and enjoy what this magnificent destination has on offer. From the spectacular Victoria Falls, game walks, Micro-light flight or white water rafting to name a few, Livingstone will capture and fulfill your imagination.

Accommodation: Nil
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
WIFI: Yes

Tour Information
TOUR STYLE
Overland Tour
This tour is a participation camping tour and your help will be needed by assisting (usually on a rota basis) with the various day to day campsite duties, such as shopping, setting up the camp, cooking and keeping the truck tidy. But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour – most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
All tour highlights and inclusions, 2- person dome tents, fully equipped safari vehicle,
camping and cooking equipment, sleeping mattresses, service of two crew, all road and
vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, meals as indicated.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Local Payment, Activities and Excursions (optional), visa’s, travel insurance, flight
departure taxes, airport transfers, optional activities, tips, drinks, sleeping bag and items
of personal nature.

LOCAL PAYMENT
Every Overland tour has a Local Payment amount which must be paid to your tour leader
in Africa at the beginning of the tour. This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price
which is paid before travel. Paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the website
(usually US dollars in clean un-torn post 2006 edition notes) that pays for food, park
entries, activities and camping costs along the way with payment goes directly to the
supplier. Please refer below to what is covered by the Local Payment.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
These are optional activities that are paid directly to the provider while on tour and you
are free to decide what activities you would like to do. Please see table below for prices.

ACCOMMODATION
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, zip-up insect screens
and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and
shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming
pool.

TRANSPORT
24-seater, self contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets,
freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers.

LUGGAGE
Please try to keep your luggage to a minimum, bearing in mind that most airlines impose a 20kg limit. It should be brought in a soft backpack or rucksack along with a smaller day bag. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings and early morning game drives. You also need a sleeping bag (and small pillow if preferred). We recommended you pack a small torch or headlamp, mosquito spray and a money pouch/ belt that can be easily hidden. Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your hotel safe to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. A full ‘What to Bring’ list is included in our pre-departure booklet (online version), issued when you book.

VACCINATIONS/HEALTH
The table below indicates the vaccinations suggested for travel on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. You should seek professional medical advice from your GP or clinic at least six weeks prior to departure.

Please be aware that some of the areas visited on this tour are malarial. We strongly recommend you seek professional medical advice for the appropriate anti-malarial tablets.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
The table below indicates the visas required for travel to the countries on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. At least one month prior to travel seek confirmation from embassies or a visa specialist, that these requirements are still current. For UK citizens the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) offers free up-to-date travel info: www.fco.gov.uk For other nationalities a number of travel advice websites are listed on the Acacia website.

INSURANCE
A full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country is required. Your guide will ask you for a copy of this when you join the tour. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact.

Money Matters
PERSONAL EXPENSES
Naturally you will require extra money for your own personal spending on the tour, for Activities and Excursions, snacks, drinks, souvenirs, tips and items of a personal nature. Everybody has different spending habits but as a guideline we suggest you budget US$15-20 per day. Also keep US$ cash for relevant airport taxes and visas needed, optional activities and any additional accommodation before or after your tour.

– Spending money is best carried as cash in US dollars (Us Dollars in clean, un-torn, post 2006 edition notes), Sterling or Euro which you then exchange into local currency on arrival and as you go. Your guide can advise how and when you can change the rest of your money throughout the tour.
– Currencies are as follows: Tanzania – Tanzania Schilling; Malawi – Malawi Kwacha; Zambia – Zambian Kwacha
– ATM machines are found in Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Livingstone. Please note they are sometimes unreliable (and therefore should not be relied upon).
– Credit cards can be used to pay for optional activities although charges may be may be high by western standards (+/- 5%).

We recommend you bring your spending money in several different ways (some cash and some cards); your guide can best advise on what to use where.

TIPPING
This is always a matter for your own individual discretion but as in many areas where tourism is an important contributor to the economy, it has become customary to give a small gratuity to local staff, including your tour leader and driver, at the end of a tour if services rendered have been to your satisfaction.

Responsible Travel
We strongly believe that you get the most out of a journey by respecting the culture and people of the places you visit. On our tours we try to travel in a way that benefits the communities we pass through and minimises negative impact on the environment. This can be from ensuring the campsites we use are clean when we leave and dressing respectfully in conservative areas to getting involved with local charity projects. We ask that you are open to this when you travel with us. Being proactive in responsible travel helps develop cross-cultural understanding and friendships with the local people, and will greatly enhance your experience in Africa.

Will I have time off?
Yes, volunteers have the weekends off unless we are organising a special event. This is your volunteer program so you may take time off during the week provided you first ask your Project Leader and give us time to plan around your absence.

The location of this project is at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Here there is a wealth of banana plantations, rivieras, and on a clear day, spectacular views of the mountain itself. This area is ideal for both climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and also the Northern Safari Circuit and Zanzibar are also within reach.

Arriving in Tanzania

Do I need a visa?
What do I need when landing into Tanzania?
Do I need to bring any medications?
Budgeting
What we don’t cover
Do I need malaria medication?
What vaccinations do I need?

Staying in Tanzania

Where will I find the shuttle at the airport?
What if I don’t arrive on a Saturday?
How does the Departure Work?
Do I need to bring cash or can I use my debit / credit card?
Can I drink the tap water?
Are there a lot of mosquitoes?
What kind of food are we going to eat?
What is the accommodation like?
Is it possible to smoke?
Will I have internet access?
What happens if there is an emergency?
Are there plug sockets?
Is it safe on my project?
Why do I have to pay to volunteer?
Should I bring donations?
I want to make the most of my programme, what length of time is best?
What do I need to pack?
How do I get to my project?
Will I meet other volunteers from other Projects?
Can I take photos of the children?
I’m scared of HIV and AIDS, what are the risks?
How many hours / days will I be working?
Will I have time off?
What are my working hours?
How many people sleep in a room?
Will there be a possibility to go shopping, (for food or groceries etc) while at the program, or are we just staying at the Volunteer House?

Project dates 2015

17th Oct – 13th Nov for 4 weeks
17th Oct – 30th Oct for 2 weeks
31st Oct – 13th Nov for 2 weeks

Project dates 2016

2nd July – 29th July for 4 weeks
2nd July – 15th July for 2 weeks
16th July – 29th July for 2 weeks

Example Itinerary

MonTuesWedThurFriSatSun

A.M: Helping in the classroom

P.M: Building work

A.M: Teaching lessons at school

P.M: Building work

A.M: Sports lessons at school

P.M: Building work

A.M: Sports lessons at school

P.M: Building work

A.M: Helping in the classroom

P.M: Building work

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

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