Tanzania - Safari & Service – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Tanzania – Safari & Service

Discover the heart, soul, and wildlife of East Africa.

Go beyond the movies and discover the real Africa: spot wildlife on an African safari, spend time in a quaint African village, and volunteer at a village school. This journey is a window into a uniquely preserved way of life.

Our Purpose

In village schools in rural Tanzania, student-teacher ratios regularly reach 50-to-one, with overcrowded classrooms negatively affecting the quality of education. To achieve our purpose in aiding these teachers and students, volunteer a few mornings during the trip at a local primary school and tutor children in English and math, work alongside teachers to help create instructional aids, and help craft a curriculum that can be used for future success.

When not helping with teaching, you will work to improve the infrastructure of the school by planting gardens and building classrooms, all of which will help improve the lives of local children. Watch the video to the right to hear from Esther “Mama” Simba, your guide on this trip who has also been working in these primary schools for over fifteen years, about the impact Discover Corps has on the community of Rau and why the teachers and children love our travelers.

(Volunteer Time = 12 hours, or 3 mornings)

What You'll Do

Over the course of 10-days, our time will be split between the relaxed village life of Moshi and the Big-5 game parks that Tanzania is known for. Our primary project in the community will be located at a local village school. Take time to teach English and basic math to the young minds of the village. Volunteer alongside teachers to develop instructional aids and engage with the students through games, music and activities. When not in the classroom, help to improve the school’s infrastructure by planting gardens and refurbishing classrooms.


What You'll See

We’ll balance our time lending a hand in the school with exciting cultural activities around the village and a 3-day excursion to three of the best safaris in East Africa. Take a nature walk to a stunning waterfall along the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Learn to make traditional batik art and visit a coffee cooperative that supports local women. Take the jeep ride of a lifetime in three of the world’s most famous safari parks: Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park. See a pantheon of wildlife in their natural habitat, including zebras, lions, leopards, elephants, wildebeest, and rhinos.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Zanzibar Island (3 Days/ 2 Nights). Your journey doesn’t have to end on the mainland! Opt for a post-trip extension to Zanzibar Island and complement your time in Kilimanjaro’s vast plains with an Indian Ocean island adventure. Explore the winding streets of Stone Town venturing through the former Slave Market, the Sultan’s Palace and the Old Arab Fort on a guided

tour. Along the way, experience modern-day island life in the coastal spice and fish markets. Venture offshore to idyllic Prison Island and scout for the island’s famous giant tortoises at a sanctuary, relax on powder white beaches and swim in crystal blue waters. Learn more about this 3 Day/2 Night post-trip extension here.

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Where You'll Stay

Your home-away-from-home lies tucked into the narrow dirt roads that snake through the quaint Tanzanian village of Rau. Just outside Moshi, the large walled lodge boasts stunning views of Kilimanjaro in the distance, peaceful gardens and a lively common area that serves as the perfect backdrop to your East African experience. Rooms are double or single occupancy with attached private bathrooms. Most meals are eaten at the bed and breakfast cooked by our lovely local team.

Karen King

Morrison, CO

Traveler's Journal

“Tanzania was an inspiring place. Mount Kilimanjaro and the wildlife safari were definite highlights, but having a personal connection to the community made a world of difference. While I wish I could have volunteered more, I did feel like my time at the school connected me to the community. I feel like I have friends there now and I’m looking forward to going back.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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Duration: 10 days

Program Cost: $3,295 Adult / $2,795 Child

2019 Dates

March 17-26, 2019

May 19-28, 2019 (STS)

June 1-10, 2019

July 7-16, 2019

August 25-September 3, 2019 (STS)

October 13-22, 2019 (STS)

December 22-31, 2019

2020 Dates

January 5-14, 2020 (STS)

February 9-18, 2020 (STS)

March 22-31, 2020

July 12-21, 2020



What's Included

Our trips are all-inclusive which makes your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All meals included: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 7 nights bed & breakfast lodging in Rau Village, outside Moshi
  • 2 nights at a safari park lodge in Karatu
  • Volunteer project: all supplies and materials
  • All activities: guest speakers, hands-on workshops & performances
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • All excursions: nature hike at base of Kilimanjaro & three world-class safaris
  • All gratuities for lodges, meals, and baggage
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Discover Corps pre-departure booklet
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to your arrival back home

What’s not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visas
  • Phone calls, laundry, or Internet costs during the trip
  • Extension: $250 one-way domestic flight supplement

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Add a 3 day/2 night post-trip extension to Zanzibar Island to any Tanzania departure. Click here to learn more.

  • Venture to the tropical Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar
  • Snorkel over neon coral reefs scouting for colorful fish
  • Explore historic Stone Town meandering through ancient markets
  • Come face-to-face with giant tortoises on offshore islands
  • Relax in oceanfront 4-star hotel lodging


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