A Gap Year in Tanzania

Why go backpacking in Tanzania?

Tanzania is a massively popular gap year destination, with some of Africa’s top sites and activities.

If you picture Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti you might imagine romantic settings spread across the continent, but no, they’re all located within Tanzania’s borders. It’s a backpacking cliché, but Tanzania really does have a diverse amount of cool stuff to do; you can go from bustling cities to deserted beaches, from the tallest point in Africa to diving off the coast.

And if you’re looking for wildlife, Tanzania has some of the best in the world – the safaris are mind-blowing, with every chance to see Africa’s Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard). The country is also a gateway to some of Africa’s other animal highlights – mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda.

Tanzania is a brilliant country to volunteer, pass through on an overland tour or even just travel independently. What are you waiting for? Check out some amazing things to do here and start planning your gap year!

Things to do in Tanzania

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Tanzania Wildlife Conservation

from £735

7 - 140 days

Conservation efforts are vital particularly in areas where human environments are growing such as Africa. Come carry out rewarding and...

Medical Volunteer Program Placement in Tanzania

from £100

2 - 4 days

By learning directly from local experts within your field, our internships allow an in-depth understanding of issues affecting your chosen...

Care for Kids & Explore Zanzibar

from £719

14 - 70 days

Work with disabled children in Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania, before heading to the Indian Ocean Coast to help...

Volunteer with Children in Rural Tanzania

from £1295

21 - 180 days

Immerse yourself in Tanzanian life and volunteer at a children's village school in the Karatu Region. This is a fantastic...

Whale Sharks & Turtles Internship

from £1425

28 - 140 days

Spend your summer volunteering and gaining relevant experience in the African Island paradise. Come and see the crystal clear waters...

Volunteer in Tanzania

from £2050

28 days

Spend 4, 7 or 10 weeks making a difference in Tanzania with Raleigh International.

Gorillas & Gameparks

from £695

19 days

See awesome wildlife including Mountain Gorillas in their natural environment or if you want an adrenaline rush, try quad biking...

Dolphin Research and Conservation

from £1199

14 - 84 days

Discover the tropical paradise of Zanzibar as a volunteer. Contribute to the sustainability of dolphin tourism by researching tourism, monitoring...

Live and Work in a Tanzanian Village

from £410

14 - 112 days

Our gap year program in Tanzania is based in a carefully selected village. After the longer, 12-week program you can...

Africa Overland Coast to Coast

from £1695

56 days

Travelling overland from Kenya to the Cape, this trip is for adventurous travelers who are willing to be part of...

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