Weekend Activities for Volunteers
During your stay in Tanzania there are plenty of weekend activities and day trips to help you fully experience the Tanzanian culture. These activities will give you a nice break from your volunteer work at the school, and will allow you to see the sights of Tanzania. We can arrange a variety of trips and recommend the following.
Arusha National Park
We can arrange a day safari to Arusha National Park for you. The safari land cruiser will pick you up at the Habari Lodge at 10 am and will drive 40 minutes to the National Park.
Once entering the gates of the park you will spend approximately 5 hours driving through a varied terrain of jungle and open plains. Your tour guide will give you detailed explanations of the land, the vegetation, and the animals (giraffes, zebras, antelopes, cape buffalo, monkeys, flamingos) which you are sure to see. He will also provide you with a picnic lunch.
The Arusha National Park Safari costs $200 USD per person for 1 to 3 people, $150 USD per person for groups of 4 or more people. For large group sizes, we can discuss options with you.
Other safari trips can also be arranged and can vary in length from 1 day to 7 days. You can visit up to 5 different National parks in Tanzania (Arusha, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire).
If you enjoy the rush of the city, we can plan a weekend trip into the city of Arusha. There are many hotels located through the city which we can recommend to you. During the day you can walk to the museum and other sights, visit local shops, eat your meals at local restaurants, and visit the market to purchase souvenirs. In the evening you can go to an outdoor club to listen to live bands and dance to the music.
Meserani Snake Park
The Snake Park has an excellent collection of Tanzanian snakes (including pythons and a number of lethally venomous snakes) as well as other indigenous animals (crocodiles, tortoises, lizards, birds). Every group has their own English speaking tour guide who provides interesting facts about each animal and who can answer any questions you may have. At the end of the tour, you will even have the opportunity to hold a snake! Across the parking lot from the snake park you can take a tour of a replica Maasai village and learn about the Maasai culture. At the end of the tour you will have a chance to ride a camel. See the Snake Park website for more details: http://www.meseranisnakepark.com/
At the local market in the city of Arusha you can do all of your souvenir shopping for friends and family. These small huts contain many unique items that can be cheaply priced, depending on how well you bargain with the shop owner. This is a fun and unique shopping experience.
We can arrange an overnight excursion to a small village located near Longido Mountain, Arusha. The trip will enable you to meet local people of the Maasai tribe who will help you understand the culture better, and can be combined with a hike to the mountain and bird watching. Please contact us for more details.