All That You Need to Know About Your Gap Year in Tanzania
When you think of Tanzania, what do you think of? - Is it the wildlife or the beaches? Or The snow capped Kilimanjaro? The wildebeest migration or the Maasai people?
Tanzania, the East African country known for its exotic wildlife and ancient tribes, has been a regular destination for travelers from different parts of the world. It is also one of the highly chosen destinations by gap year travelers and backpackers, who also aims to volunteer and make a difference towards the lives of the underprivileged people. In this article, we shall discuss everything that you need to know about spending a gap year in Tanzania.
The country has a fascinating wildlife convergence and a lot of thrilling activities to do, which is a known fact amongst many. But there are certainly some interesting things about the country which you may not know! So, before you actually decide to travel, know some amazing facts about Tanzania:
#Fact 1 - Tanzania has the most expensive hardwood trees in the world - the Mpingo trees, also known as the 'African Blackwood' trees.
#Fact 2 - The earliest human skull in the world was discovered in Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania
#Fact 3 - With more than 4 million wild animals living within its periphery, Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometer, in the world.
#Fact 4 - And talking about wild, 30% of country’s area is occupied by National Parks (12 parks, 13 nature reserves, and 38 protected areas, to be precise).
#Fact 5 - The highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro, is located in Tanzania. It is also the highest mountain in Africa.
#Fact 6 - Countries share food, flora and fauna, and several other things. But have you heard of any country that shares its national anthem? Tanzania does! With South Africa and Zimbabwe. It is titled "Mungu Ibariki Africa " which means "God Bless Africa"
#Fact 7 - In the Zanzibar archipelago of Tanzania, one can find the largest crab in the world - the coconut crab! It's considered to be the most delicious as well.
#Fact 8 - The Ruaha National Park is the home to the largest population of wild elephants in all of Eastern Africa. It also holds 10% of the world’s lion population.
#Fact 9 - Tanzania also houses the world’s largest volcanic crater, Ngorongoro, with a diameter of 19 km and is 600m depth.
#Fact 10 - Remember Freddie Mercury? Who doesn’t?! The lead vocalist of the English band ‘Queen’ is a Tanzanian by birth and was born in the archipelago of Zanzibar, in Stone Town. And, by the way, his real name is Farrokh Bulsara!
#Fact 11 - Tanzania has two capital cities. Dar es Salaam (the administrative capital) and Dodoma city (the legislative capital) where its parliament sits.
#Fact 12 - Have you ever seen a lion climbing trees? Maybe on television! Explore Lake Manyara National Park - the home to world's only tree-climbing lions.
#Fact 13 - In Tanzania, even the lakes are sculptors. Lake Natron, a highly alkaline water body, is known to turn birds and other animals into ghastly stone statues.
#Fact 14 - The principal foreign export of Zanzibar is cloves. Also known as the Spice Islands, it is the largest producer of cloves in the world.
#Fact 15 - Tanzania is surrounded by 3 of the world’s most magnificent lakes – Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Nyasa.
Go Discover Abroad aims to provide you with some exclusive and unforgettable travel experiences in Tanzania, and in case you are looking forward to making your journey meaningful. we some amazing trips that involve the goodness of volunteering service along with breathtaking safaris, as well as off-beat explorations that you won't find anywhere else.
Let's check out the top 5 adventure travel plans in Tanzania that we have for you!
Serengeti Safari Tour & Zanzibar Adventure
The name says it all - doesn't it? This amazing trip has a combination of everything that you'll perhaps wish to experience! You'll kick start your journey from Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, and take a road trip to Arusha in Tanzania. Explore the African countryside and have a lunch with the locals at the Mto Wa Mbu village. Spend a few days amidst the wilderness of Serengeti & Ngorongoro, getting closer to the Big 5, and watching them in their natural habitat. You'll be going for safari drives, along with your fellow travelers and the best part is that you’ll be camping tonight - what more can one ask for! And later, travel to Zanzibar and explore the Stone Town, chill at the beaches and gorge on some delicious seafood!
Education & Community Empowerment Project, Kilimanjaro
Imagine how wonderful it would be to live with Moshi Community at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro and volunteer for them. Scarcity of food, poverty, and absence of proper education have been affecting the life choices of the rural communities around Moshi. Now that you've planned to spend your gap year in Tanzania, why not spend some time here with the locals and help them to improve their lives? There’s an urgent need of health and sex education amongst the youth in these communities and you’ll be spending a considerable time with the same on our youth empowerment program. And it's not all about work! You'll be having the Kilimanjaro at the backdrop, so once you're done with your volunteer work - you can kick-start your trekking trip!
Kilimanjaro Trek in Tanzania - Machame Route/ Marangu Route
Once you wrap up your work and bid goodbye to the Moshi Community, choose the route that you prefer and start climbing the world's tallest free-standing mountain! Enjoy the views of picturesque landscapes and spot the wildlife while hiking up. Crossing the Shira Plateau and climbing up the Barranco Wall - this trek would be the perfect adventure for your gap year abroad. And after reaching the peak, you'll feel like you're on top of the world! It's definitely worth experiencing!
Orphanage Volunteer Program in Arusha
If you just love to be with kids, then there can be no better option other than spending some quality time with these adorable little cuties at an orphanage in Arusha, during your gap year. Your main role as a volunteer will be to work alongside the existing staff to care for the children in orphanages. You can also teach basic lessons to the kids, play with them, and of course, shower them with love and care. And you'll have enough time to explore Tanzania, go for game drives, visit the Maasai villages and know more about the culture & lifestyle of the people.
The name says it all, I believe! In a span of 3 weeks, experience the best that Tanzania has to offer you - from volunteering to wildlife safaris, meeting the indigenous people to camping under the stars. And the most satisfying thing is that you will get to make a real difference in the lives of the people while having fun to the fullest. Meet some like-minded travelers from other parts of the world. This journey will surely leave a mark on your life!
So, now that you know what treasure this country holds and also about the opportunities that are available for you - why procrastinate any longer? Start planning your gap year, and drop us a mail at [email protected] for guidance from our experts!
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