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.

The Place and The People

Rising above the African plains, Mount Kilimanjaro serves as the backdrop of our private bed & breakfast. Located off the narrow dirt roads in a quaint village outside of Moshi, we’ll be in the center of Tanzanian culture. Walk down the road and inevitably be greeted with a handshake and a loud “Jambo!” The Chagga tribe, who are local to this region, are incredibly friendly and eager to share their customs and history. Venture out of town and the vast plains of the Rift Valley open up boasting an unrivaled abundance of wildlife. You’ll meet Esther “Mama” Simba, one of Discover Corps’ first guides who has continued to welcome our travelers into her life for over ten years. Watch the video to your right to hear from Mama Simba herself!

For those that want to continue the journey, opt for a 3 day/2 night extension to tropical Zanzibar Island in the Indian Ocean.

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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Itinerary Overview

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and unwind after the long flight at our quaint village lodge. Over the next five days, we’ll spend the mornings lending a hand at a local school teaching English and basic math to students from the community. We’ll also lend a hand to projects around the campus including painting and refurbishing the classrooms. In the afternoons, we’ll uncover the local culture including visits to local families, coffee co-ops, orphanages & learning batik painting. On the back-end of the trip,

we’ll venture out into the bush for an epic 3-day safari. Spot lions, giraffes, zebras, rhinos & wildebeest from our open air jeep and learn about these dynamic creatures from our expert safari guide. Throughout your journey, Esther Simba, your Discover Corps host, will share with you her traditional culture, and relate her personal experiences as a woman who has dedicated her life to community development. Continue the journey to Zanzibar Island with our post-trip extension.

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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

2018 Dates

August 26-September 4, 2018

Nov 18-27, 2018

2019 Dates

Jan 20-29, 2019 (STS)

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




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

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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