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World Adventure - 21 Days in Zanzibar with Safari in Tanzania

Voluntourism Zanzibar and Tanzania
You spend the first 13 Days in Zanzibar as a volunteer and doing excursions and activities. Then you fly for 8 days to Kilimanjaro, where you do a 5-day safari in the northern national parks (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire), an excursion at Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, as well as visit a Maasai village.
Option 1: City and Country: The first week you spend in the city and the second week in rural areas. At the same time, you take part in various activities and excursions. In the city, your volunteering assignment is in the kindergarten of St. Monica. For the second week, you can choose between the marine turtle conservation sanctuary in Nungwi in the north of Zanzibar or the village Kitogani in the south of Zanzibar, where you volunteer in the environmental conservation program "Mother Nature" or in the village school. Option 2: Zanzibar Town: You stay within the city throughout your World Adventure program.
The following facilities are available for volunteering:
  • St. Monica Kindergarten and Primary School, Stone Town (1 or 2 Weeks)
  • Marine Turtle Conservation Station, Nungwi (for the 2nd Week)
  • Mother Nature Environmental Conservation Program (for the 2nd Week)
  • Jozani Community School (for the 2nd Week)

World Adventure Itinerary

Voluntourism ZanzibarDay 1
Arrival by flight to Zanzibar airport and transfer to your accommodation.
Day 2
Work at your volunteer placement. You will be picked up at your accommodation in the morning and taken to the site. At 3.00 p.m., you will then be picked up and given an approximately 2-hour tour of Stone Town, the historic part of Zanzibar Town.
Spice TourDay 3
After you have completed the second morning at your volunteer assignment, you have a "Spice Tour", a tour of a spice plantation in the afternoon. Besides exotic spices, tropical fruits are grown here that you can see, smell and taste.
voluntourism in sansibarDay 4
Full-day trip "Safari Blue“. From Fumba in the South of Zanzibar, on a dhow, the traditional sailing ship of the Indian Ocean, you will explore the natural wonders of Menai Bay. There will be a fruit snack on a sandbank, you can snorkel at a coral reef and swim in a lagoon. On an island there will be a beach barbecue with fish, lobster, chicken, vegetables and a tropical fruit tasting. You can also learn how to navigate a “Ngalawa”, the outrigger canoe of the local fishermen. In Menai Bay it is often possible to see dolphins. In the late afternoon, we will sail back to Fumba. Alcoholic beverages are inclusive.
Day 5
In the morning, you are at your volunteer placement. The afternoon is free, which you can use to explore Stone Town, either alone or with other volunteers. There are many small shops from which you can buy souvenirs.
Cultural Art Centre WorkshopDay 6
In the morning, volunteering in your site. In the afternoon, you take part in a Workshop at the Zanzibar Cultural Arts Centre, offered by local artisans. Depending on availability, you can make craft with paper, make candles, produce soap, do painting, make necklaces made of paper beads or do screen printing on a t-shirt.
Jozani ForestDay 7
Full day tour! The day starts with a visit of the Jozani Forest National Park, which is famous for its endemic Red Colobus Monkeys. Besides some colonies of monkeys, you can see the impressive plants and trees of this tropical rainforest and you can have a stroll through the mangrove area. After this, we will drive to the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, East Africa’s largest covered space for butterflies, which is a project of sustainable tourism. As the butterflies only live for a few weeks, the centre is in constant need of new butterflies. These are bred by the villagers of the nearby village Pete under the guidance of a biologist and sold to the butterfly centre.

ZALA ParkAfterwards, we visit the handcraft project “MOTO”, where we will first have lunch. Then, we will see how a women’s cooperative produces wickerwork and braided objects. They also weave Kikoi fabrics that they tint, making use of solar technology. You can even try out everything yourself! Another highlight is a visit to the Zanzibar Turtles and Tortoise Land. It is a small park which is run by a farmer's cooperative who are being supported by World Unite! volunteers. The park has amongst other reptiles Aldabra Giant Tortoises, which is a protected species. You return to your accommodation in the late afternoon.
If you spend the second week in Muungoni, you stay there throughout.
Day 8
The second week, you can either continue to spend in the city, or in Kitogani, or in Nungwi. Kitogani is a farming and fishing village in the south of Zanzibar, where little has changed in the last hundreds of years. You will find a piece of original Zanzibar, which was hardly influenced by tourism and modern development. You will live on full board with a local host family of simple standards or alternatively, if you prefer, at our Mother Nature Forest Camp. Nungwi, in the north of Zanzibar, however, is a lively seaside village with a lot of tourism. In Nungwi you can experience Zanzibar in both its rural life in the village, as well as aspects of beach tourism. In Nungwi, you live at the bungalow of the Marine Sea Turtle Conservation Sanctuary on full board (or similar accommodation, if not available).
If you are in Kitogani, then you start the morning of the 8th day with volunteering at the Mother Nature environmental conservation program or at the village school. If you continue in Nungwi, then you are transferred in the morning to your accommodation at the sea turtle bungalow, and you will start your volunteer assignment on the same day. If you stay in town, you continue with your previous volunteer assignment.
Days 9-11
Volunteering at your project.
mangroves previewDay 12
If you are in Kitogani or in the city then you will join a full-day canoe tour through the mangroves between Zanzibar's main island Unguja and Uzi Island. You will also walk through Uzi Island where you will have lunch with a host family and get to know the traditional life of Uzi Island's fishermen and farmers. If you are in Nungwi, you will drive to Kendwa where you will do a watersport activity (kayaking). You will return to your accommodation in the late afternoon.
Day 13
Transfer to the airport for flight to Zanzibar Kilimanjaro (JRO). There you will be met and transferred to Moshi - Accommodation at Kili Cottages on full board. In the afternoon, there is a briefing for the safari that starts the next morning.
Lake ManyaraDay 14
In the morning, start 5-day safari from Moshi. On the first day of the safari, we drive from Moshi to the Lake Manyara National Park (takes about 4 hours). The lake is impressively framed by the hills of the East African Rift Valley. In the tall trees, the humid forest monkeys swing from branch to branch and elephants stand in the shade of acacia trees. You can also see many zebras, impalas, giraffes, hippos and waterfowl. Lunch Box is provided on the go. Dinner is in Karatu (camping or Simple Lodge).
voluntourism serengeti1Day 15
On the second day, we drive to the Serengeti National Park through Olduvai Gorge. The Olduvai Gorge is a bizarre landscape, which was created over millions of years due to tectonic shifts. Here, they found significant remnants of early human beings which were fundamental in understanding the evolution of mankind. On the way to the Serengeti, we see many wild animals like wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, giraffes, elephants, antelopes, monkeys and various types of monkeys and birds. Lunchbox is provided on the way. In the late afternoon, we arrive at our accommodation in the area Ikoma, where we have dinner and and camp overnight.
voluntourism serengeti2 Day 16
On the third day of the safari, we have a day long safari in the world famous Serengeti National Park, in which there is the highest density of wild animals worldwide! Lunchbox lunch is provided and evening meals are in our camp site in the Ikoma Area.
voluntourism ngorongoroDay 17
After breakfast, we go on a 30 minutes drive from the lodge to Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest non-flooded volcanic crater of the earth, one of the most important natural wonders of our planet. It is not only the home of the endangered black rhino, but also there are lions, leopards, hyenas, antelopes and flamingos. We will have picnic lunch near the “Hippo Pool”. Then we go back for dinner and stay at our accommodation in Karatu (camping or Simple Lodge).
voluntourism tarangireDay 18
On the fifth day on safari, we visit the Tarangire National Park. The landscape of Tarangire is different from the other National Park in northern Tanzania, with lots of baobab trees and thick bushes. There are many elephants and tree-climbing lions that live here. Lunchbox is provided on the way. In the afternoon, we drive back to Moshi and the accommodation at Kili Cottages.
Day 19
Free morning in Moshi. In the afternoon is a visit of Shah Industries, a Workshop and Shop for souvenirs made ​​of leather and horn, where many people with impairment work. Accommodation is at Kili Cottages.
voluntourism materuniDay 20
Day trip to Materuni Waterfall and Materuni Village. The Materuni waterfall, with a height of almost 150 m (500 ft) is the highest and most impressive waterfall at the slopes of Kilimanjaro of the Moshi area. From Materuni Village, we will walk some 30 minutes to the waterfall. The walk itself is interesting, as you will see some smaller waterfalls and lots of waterways which are part of the irrigation system of the local farmers who grow coffee, bananas and many other fruits and vegetables.
At the waterfall, you can even refresh in the cool and crystal clear water – don’t forget to bring your swimwear! When we return, we will have a late lunch at Materuni village and then we will do a small walk around the village to see the typical life of the Chagga tribe. The village, located at a height of around 1300 m (4300 ft) above sea level is set within a dramatic landscape of high rises and deep valleys, all covered by tropical rain forest. Accommodation at Kili Cottages.
voluntourism maasaiDay 21
Full day trip to a Maasai village in Arusha. There, you can drag the steppe with the Maasai with a herd cattle or goats and learn about the Maasai culture. The Maasai will show you their traditional dance, their houses, their handicrafts and their school. Lunchbox is brought with you. Then you head back to Moshi and accommodation is at Kili Cottages with dinner.
Day 22
Transfer to JRO airport for your departure.

Picture Gallery of St. Monica Kindergarten


Picture Gallery of Mother Nature Environmental Conservation Program

Please note that the linked page and the image gallery also feature activities in Nungwi. If you are in Jozani, you can only participate in the activities that are offered in Jozani.

Picture Gallery of Nungwi Sea Turtle Conservation Sanctuary


Picture Gallery of Primary School, Kitogani





Combination of 1 week in the city and 1 week in the village:
In the city, inclusive of Shared Accommodation (no meals), in Kitogani with Host Family or at the Mother Nature Forest Camp (meals included):
For 1 Person: 2230 € (single room)
For 2 Persons: 2030 € (per Person in double occupancy)
For 3 or more Persons: 1930 € (per Person in double/ triple occupancy)
Single Room Supplement: + 50 € per person
Cost for Nungwi (instead of Muungoni): + 120 € per person
(Accommodation with meals at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center)
Combination of 2 weeks in the city:
For 1 Person: 2130 € (Single Occupancy)
For 2 Persons: 1930 € (per person in double occupancy)
For 3 or more Persons: 1830 € (per person in double/triple occupancy)
Single Room Supplement: + 50 € per person per week
Home Stay with family with middle standards full boarding instead of Shared Accommodation in the city: Base price + 240 € per person
Simple Lodge on safari (2 nights) instead of Camping: + 90 € per person


Homestay in the city with full boarding of high standards instead of a shared flat : Base price + 360 € per person
Hotel Al Minar (with breakfast): Base price + 470 € (Single Occupancy) or + 285 € per person on Double Occupancy
Simple Lodge on safari (2 nights) instead of Camping: + 90 € per person
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Details about the accommodation options here.
Price includes:
* Accommodation as booked (with or without food). For full-day excursions, lunch is included.
* Activities and excursions as described
* Local contact
* Donation for your placements, each 50 USD
* Transfers in Zanzibar for arrival and departure and relocation (city/village)
* Transfers from/to JRO-Airport for arrival and departure from Moshi
* Access to our online log-in area with extensive preparatory documents tailored to your travel destination
* In Moshi accommodation with full boarding in Twiga Home
* For Safari: Driver-Guide, entrance fees to all National Parks, all meals on safari, Accommodation as booked (Simple lodge or camping), in the case of camping, equipment is provided, VAT (18%) on the safari
* We plant 10 trees for you on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Prices DO NOT include:
* International flights to Tanzania
* Flights from Zanzibar to Kilimanjaro (we can book for you at a cost; the prices vary according to season and short-term booking between about 120 and 350 USD).
* Food, excursions and services that are not described in the package
* Personal Purchases, Souvenirs, etc.
* Travel Health Insurance
* Gratuities, other donations, etc.
* Visa Costs (250 USD)
You can start at any time during the year.
However, please note that the itinerary might change if your start date would cause the volunteering assignment to fall on weekends or holidays. During holidays or examination periods in St. Monica, we may have to place you in other projects.
If you book for your own and wish to do the excursions with more participants, we can usually find further participants.
Note: The start of this program is in Zanzibar (ZNZ) and the program ends in Kilimanjaro (JRO). It is ideal if you book your international flight, so that arrive in Zanzibar and depart from Kilimanjaro. Some airlines have this on offer. Alternatively, you can book international flights also to Dar-es-Salaam (DAR), but then you need to book domestic flights to get to and depart from your project sites.

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