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Internships at Safari Lodges, Camps and Hotels

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Do your internship at a safari camp, a safari lodge or a tourist hotel in Tanzania! This is possible in the areas around the National Parks such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro, and also in cities like Moshi and Arusha, where the safaris usually start and end, as well as the largest city in Tanzania, Dar-es-Salaam. Please email us without any obligation you send us your CV/resume in English, and your desired time period, and within a few days we will suggest to you a camp/lodge/hotel where an internship is possible for you. You can also specify which department/activity within the camp/lodge/hotel you are interested in. There is no obligation for you until you decide on a hotel that we suggest to you. Often, but not always, accommodation and meals are provided free of charge. We will share the exact conditions, before you make your decision.

Safari-Lodges, Hotels and Safari-Camps in Tanzania

tznhotel10One safari camp which opened in July, 2008 is located in the Ikoma Open Area, North-West of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, not far from the border to Kenya and a 4 hour drive to Lake Victoria. The camp is situated on a rocky cliff protruding high over the surrounding savannah. Twice a year, the world-famous migration of wildebeest takes place in the area, when two million wildebeest and zebras - followed by hungry predators, migrate between the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti (August - October). However, throughout the year, the area is full of wildlife. The camp is used as a base for game drives to the Serengeti, and for hiking safaris and night game drives in the Grumeti Area. The camp has 10 spacious tents with toilet and showers and 7 bandas (traditional round huts of the Massai), as well as a thatched-roof reception and restaurant, where the lunch boxes for safari tourists are prepared. It is of standard category. As an intern, you can participate in all areas of the camp, such as preparation of the camp for new groups, welcoming guests and customer support, purchase and planning of food and supplies, preparation and implementation of activities such as bush lunches and excursions, and assisting with improvements and further development of the camp and activities in the area. Interns are accommodated in the camp and should stay at least for a month. The village of Mugumu is at a distance of around 2 km (1.5 miles).

tznhotel11Outside of Karatu, the last town before entering into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the same operator runs a 4-star hotel with 30 rooms, restaurant, bar, pool and night entertainment. The hotel is located on a hill with a view deep into the southern Ngorongoro forest and the surrounding coffee plantations. It serves as a base for safari trips to Ngorongoro crater and Lake Eyasi, and as a stopover for tourists heading towards the Serengeti which is located more in the west. Here, you can also be employed in services such as front office, planning and implementation of events, activities and cuisine. As the hotel has no accommodation for employees, would you stay in a guest house in the village of Karatu, where the other hotel employees live, about 5 minutes walking distance to the hotel. This will incur a monthly rent.

tnzhotel13This camp is situated in the Ngorongoro National Park, about 140 km from Arusha, overlooking the Lake Eyasi. There are 20 comfortable and fully furnished tents, all with shower and toilet for 2 guests and a large restaurant tent. Tourists usually reach the camp in the late afternoon and spend the evening and night there before continuing the next morning on their safari. At the camp, the lunch boxes are prepared for the subsequent day's safari. The accommodation for trainees is in the same camp in spacious tents, which are also used for the tourists; may you share this with another intern. Since it is expensive to get permission for you to live in the national park, we need at least 6 months lead time for this internship.

tnzhotel01This 4- star lodge is located in Kidagaa Beach, about 40 km south of Dar-es-Salaam on the beach. It has 6 bungalows with a total of 8 interestingly decorated rooms, a restaurant and a bar. The beach here is as beautiful as the best beaches in Zanzibar. Interns should already have some experience in service or tourism. Since it is a small hotel, you can choose what area you want to participate in. The owners are from Norway and also run a tour company that offers various tours and safaris in Tanzania; an internship at the lodge and tour company can be combined.

tznhotel02This 5-star hotel in Dar-es-Salaam is part of an international chain. It has 150 rooms and 2 suites, which are always occupied with at least 200 people daily. There are 2 restaurants, a café, 2 bars, gym, business center, a swimming pool and garden. Conferences are held daily. Trainees choose a specific department; for longer internships, rotation between departments is possible. The hotel only accepts students from hotel and restaurant management schools and universities, and those who will remain for 3-12 months. There is an established trainee program that you will go through.

tznhotel03This luxury boutique hotel is run by a Hotel Management Grouo that runs internationally renowned hotel brands. It is in a prime location on the sea front in the center of Dar-es-Salaam and has 62 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, swimming pool and gym, as well as a conference room for 300 participants. It is particularly sought after by business travelers. Interns should stay for 3 to 12 months and should be studying either hotel/tourism management or media/PR/communication. Interns in the areas of cooking, IT and technology/engineering are also taken. The management group also operates several restaurants and hotels of international brands in Dar-es-Salaam.

tnzhotel04This luxurious 45-room hotel is run by a hotel management group under an internationally renowned hotel brand. It is 7 km from the city center of Dar-es-Salaam, near the headquarters of several international organizations, embassies and government institutions. In addition to business travelers, there are also safari tourists in the hotel. There is a fitness center and restaurant. Interns should stay for 3 to 12 months and should be studying either hotel/tourism management or media/PR/communication. Interns in the areas of cooking, IT and technology/engineering are also taken. The management group also operates several restaurants and hotels of international brands in Dar-es-Salaam.

tznhotel05This 146 -room beach hotel is located 25 km north of Dar-es-Salaam. It has its own PADI diving center, a water amusement park, various water sports such as windsurfing, laser sailing, catamaran and kayaking, gym with sauna, health spa, 2 restaurants and 3 bars. The hotel is also popular for conferences and has 18 conference/meeting rooms and Events for up to 300 participants. Interns should stay for 3-6 months and be in some relevant professional study and/or experience in water sports.

tznhotel06Operated by locals, this Hotel of average standards in Moshi Kilimanjaro serves many tourists as a base for safaris. In a green garden at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, there are 30 bungalows, a swimming pool, a restaurant that specializes in grilled meats, bar and conference room. Interns should stay for 1-3 months and should be either studying something relevant or have prior experience.

tnzhotel06On the site of a historic farm building, in a coffee plantation near the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park, an Irish family, in 1932, built cottages and operated them as a hotel for international Kilimanjaro climbers. For decades, it was the only place for visitors, including many well-known personalities. The grandson of the Irish family, who was born in Tanzania, today runs the hotel and tries to preserve the historic charm of the property. Interns should stay for at least 6 months and be active in the fields of management, kitchen or technology. You should be at least 22 years old. In April and May the hotel is closed.

tznhotel07This luxury boutique hotel in Arusha has 13 modern suites that are lavishly furnished and decorated in an African theme. There is also a bar and a business center. Safari tourists stay here, as well as business visitors. Interns should be in relevant fields and stay for at least 3 months.

Info Box
Location: Various locations in Tanzania
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Month
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili, other languages
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Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Hotel Management Staff
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
No formal qualification required
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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"My name is Denise, I am 18 years old and come from Germany. I am an intern for five months in the Highview Hotel Karatu, Tanzania and think it's great here! As I start my training as a tourism clerk next year, I decided for this internship. Here at the hotel I get exposed to each department. I have worked in the warehouse, in the Procurement Department, in the kitchen and at the front desk. The staff are all super nice and I'm very quickly made friends. Evenings are spent in bars, discos, and people meet in the city to have fun. It is a great opportunity for me to gain a lot of great experience and I am overjoyed that I have dared to take this step to come here." Lots of love, Denise
"I really enjoyed my time in Ikoma. After two weeks of getting accustomed to being in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but stunning nature, I was able to enjoy my stay very much. The absolute deceleration of space and time helps discover oneself in a fabulously beautiful and wildlife-rich environment. The all-male team is incredibly nice and helpful and if you yourself try, you will be quickly integrated into the team. Due to the distance from other volunteers, you will be "forced" to socialize with the locals contacts and can quickly form deep friendships and gain insight into life off the normal tourist track. Therefore, I would recommend Ikoma to all who want to get to know the country and people. My experience during the few days in Moshi was that many volunteer workers meet with other volunteers there. This is certainly quite normal, as they come from the same culture and once feels a kinship. However, contact with the locals is what makes the trip complete. For me, the time there was very rewarding because I was able to learn a lot about a culture, a new country, its inhabitants and probably the most about myself." (Julia)
The accommodation depends on your location. Either you stay at the hotel/lodge/camp or in external housing in the area. We will share this with you ahead of your visit. For external housing extra costs of between 200-350 usd per month may be incurred, which we will also tell you exactly as soon as we suggest an internship to you.

I. World Unite! Service Package

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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Arrangements for your Residence Permit or similar permit and other official permits (if required), but not the official government fees for it/them (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on arrival and departure
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Moshi
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project
  • To compensate for the CO2 emissions of your long haul flight: 10 seedlings of indigenous trees that we plant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro
  • Local SIM Card with 10,000 TSH air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
  • 15% Discount for Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Excursions and Watersports Activities offered by "Budget Safari Tanzania"

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Tanzania (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa and Residence Permit (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.

II. Accommodation Costs

You can find accommodation costs in the tab "Accommodation".

Overview of other costs:

  • If meals are not included: around 110-200 USD/Month for self-catering (eating out at affordable yet good restaurants and/or cooking by yourself; you are much more flexible in this way compared to if we would serve food at your accommodation)
  • Visa and Permits (mainland Tanzania): In case of stay of up to 90 days: Visa 50 USD; In case of stay of 91-180 days: Visa total costs 200 USD
  • Small local expenses (e.g. Internet, local transport): around 30-50 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month


How do I pay?

Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer, credit card or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR / 250 USD when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.

Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Day Trips, Watersports

budgetsafaribannerAs "Budget Safari Tanzania" we are arranging cost-effective yet high-quality safaris, Kilimanjaro climbs, excursions, and watersports activities in Tanzania and Zanzibar. You will group with other World Unite! participants and further travellers.
As a World Unite! participant, you get a 15% discount on all offers of Budget Safari Tanzania. We will share a Discount Code with you that you can use with the online booking of your safari, Kilimanjaro climb, excursion or watersports activity.

Learning Swahili in Moshi!

Swahili TeacherIt is always helpful to know Swahili while doing your project here. Swahili is a relatively easy language for participants and some start to follow it within the first few lessons. You can choose the intensity of the lesson. We would, however, recommend a maximum of ten hours per week. The lessons are conducted individually; in some cases, 2-3 participants with similar levels of knowledge may be given combined lessons. The number of participants does not affect the cost of the lessons.
The cost for Swahili lessons: 1 Student: 10 EUR
Please check "Language Training Required" in the registration form and specify your desired duration (minimum 20 hours).

Travel Health Insurance

We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.


Karatu is a large village in the immediate vicinity of the Ngorongoro Crater. Surrounded by forests, coffee plantations and cattle herds, this site extends over a long distance along the dusty red road connecting Arusha Ngorongoro and Serengeti. All safari tourists who are traveling to the north of Tanzania pass Karatu. Hence, Karatu has experienced in recent years, a revival and development thrust. Some hotels and other services such as restaurants, small supermarkets, Internet cafes and garages have recognized the proximity advantage of Karatu. There are even several ATMs and busy nightlife.
Karatu is also the capital of the larger Ngorongoro/ Lake Eyasi area and has therefore, also shops with products aimed at the rural population. A special attraction is the market in Karatu on 7th of each month, one of the largest markets of Tanzania. Besides, many members of the various tribes of the region such as Maasai and Iraqw Datoga travel to Karatu to sell their products. Part of it is the cattle auction.

Sanya Juu

The village of Sanya Juu has grown significantly since 2010, when the road was paved to reach Boma Ng'ombe. The travel time has since, significantly reduced and has improved access by public transport (Daladala). In half an hour, you reach Ng'ombe in Boma, located midway on the great road between Arusha and Moshi and close to the Kilimanjaro International Airport. So, while you are in the rural areas, you have quick and easy access to larger cities. In Sanya Juu, the commercial center of the Siha District, there are now a variety of small shops where you can buy the most necessary things.
The Siha District is the region between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The region is sparsely populated, mainly by Maasai, who are there with their herds during the rainy season. Wameru and Waarusha are other tribes of the region; they are Maasai, who started with agriculture generations ago.

Tsavo, Kenya

In Tsavo, Kenya, we offer volunteering and internships in a private wildlife sanctuary - the Lumo Sanctuary. This is a private reserve, which borders the Tsavo National Park and the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary without any barriers, i.e., the wild animals roam freely between the National Park, Taita Hills and Lumo. It is a savannah landscape with rocky inselbergs. The sanctuaries are full of wild animals including elephants, giraffes, zebras, eland, kudu, lions, leopards, ostriches, etc.
Near the protected area, there are four villages; accommodation for participants is at the ranger's quarters. The drive from Moshi, Tanzania to Lumo takes about 3 hours.
You would first arrive at Moshi and spend 1-3 days (accommodation provided at no additional cost) to take part in our introduction. Then you drive with a staff of Camps/ Hotels to your internship location.
In the case of Ikoma, which is located northwest of the Serengeti, it is necessary to drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park. This will incur the entrance fees for National Parks (USD 50 per car for the onward and return journey, totaling 200 USD). Here, you of course, get to admire this natural wonder of the world. The location of the internship is outside the national park, i.e., there are no National Park costs for the stay within the camp.

Getting To Moshi

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You book your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). If the flights to Dar-es-Salaam (DAR) are much cheaper, you can also fly there and then book a separate connecting flight from DAR to JRO. From JRO airport, we pick you and take you to your accommodation in Moshi.

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