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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Cairo to Cape Town Overland

from £3695

119 days

Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nami...

A trip for those who are happy to rough it and willing to muck in with a group of like-minded...

Savanna Dawn Nairobi to Victoria Falls

from £1145

34 days

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Get up close to the amazing wildlife in the Serengeti National park, chill out on the white sandy beaches of...

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...

HIV/AIDS Education and Counseling in Tanzania

from £100

2 - 4 days


HIV/AIDS is a serious challenge and if left uncontrolled, complications will continue to arise. Collaboration with local groups and organizations...

Music Education in Tanzania

from £300

4 - 12 days


With guitars, drums, and keyboards, we believe that music is a powerful tool helping to generate a community spirit, while...

Volunteering in Tanzania Teaching Program

from £100

2 - 4-weeks days


Teaching volunteers work by themselves or alongside local teachers and other volunteers, teaching subjects such as, English, Math, Science, Social...

Gorillas, Gameparks and Zanzibar Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

from £1285

33 days

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

From the opportunity to trek to the majestic Gorillas to the wildlife on offer in the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and...

Tanzania Whale Sharks & Turtles

from £745

7 - 140 days


Come and swim in the crystal clear waters off the coast of Tanzania and see the spectacular wildlife it holds...

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...

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...

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