Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages No
  • Persons per room 4-8
  • Wifi in public areas No
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms No
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen No
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan No
  • Mosquito protection Yes

Program & Schedule

Animals may be a big part of the African experience for visitors, but there’s a huge responsibility to preserve and protect these beautiful creatures. Understanding the impact of poaching and deforestation reminds us to focus on maintaining a balance in the ecosystem. Left unchecked the overuse of resources needed for development and the desire for profit could ultimately affect the likelihood of extinction for certain animal species.

Tanzania is a popular destination for safari tours, but it can also draw poachers, who want to hunt the animals for their own business interests, without regard for the long term devastation caused. But in some of the rural areas that are under the management of local wildlife authorities, where animals are living together with humans peacefully, there are groups of brave villagers working hard to preserve the local wildlife and their own way of life.

Known as Village Game Scouts, these individuals prioritize wildlife conservation, and regularly keep checks on illegal poachers. They also provide rules and boundaries for those who would like to take pictures of wild animals, and keep a check on people who might otherwise cut down too many trees for firewood, charcoal, and construction purposes. This monitoring is necessary for the preservation of resources for both animals and local villagers and to ensure that proper permits are obtained, so that there are minimal negative effects on the surrounding area.

Occasionally, they also provide wildlife education to local students in the village as well, planting seeds on the importance of wildlife awareness for future generations...which is no small task!

You will shadow and assist these local Scouts from the Emboreet village, of the Simanjiro district, within the Manyara region. You will get to see what they do and learn why they do it.

The Villagers here have gotten used to to living side by side with the animals, and there is even a small forest where animals stay beside the villagers housing compound where wild beasts, grand gazelles, zebras, the secretary bird and ostrich will frequently cross paths with you, especially during breeding season. This Village hosts wildlife animals who may be breeding during the rainy season from December to June...so expect to interact with more animals during this time!

Your main activity during this program will be experiencing the daily life of the Scouts and accompanying them on their scouting routines. You’ll also be monitoring wild animals that vary in different seasons and may be asked to present the knowledge you’ve gained about wildlife conservation to local students either in the local schools or at the village center.

Whilst there are local shops, there are no ATM facilities or banks in Emboreet Village, if needed, you should get sufficient money from Monduli, where our main center is, or from Arusha.

All are welcome to join this program, especially those working or studying in the field of environmental or animal conservation, as it is a unique opportunity to work alongside a real Scouts and exchange knowledge with them.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help the Village Game Scouts achieve their daily objectives
  • Gain an educational wilderness experience, learning from local Game Scouts
  • Share newfound wildlife awareness and conservation efforts with local young people

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Journey to the village
  • Field work may include:, surveying local terrain, monitoring animal movement, checking for non compliance with hunters, poachers and those over cutting trees, etc.
  • Lunch
  • Field work may include:, surveying local terrain, monitoring animal movement, checking for non compliance with hunters, poachers and those over cutting trees, etc. or providing wildlife conservation education to local students
  • Dinner
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

You will be staying in an authentic Maasai village known as Emboreet. It is located in the “backyard” of Tarangire National Park, and this is the place the animals choose to migrate to when there is no water left in Tarangire at certain months of the year. Being here will truly get you off-the-beaten path in Tanzania and allow you to see and experience how authentic Maasai people live.

This tiny village is composed of a few shops, a school, a church, and Maasai bomas. To every direction, you will find nature and not much else, an unique experience that will truly allow you to experience the African bush!

The Maasai who reside here have learned to interact with the wildlife around them peacefully. You will often cross paths with Maasai men grazing their cattle or Maasai women fetching water in groups from the nearest borehole with their donkeys.

This village is so rural, that foreigners don’t often come here with the exception of a few who have come with a special mission in mind (for example, during the late 80’s, a group of Swedish missionaries travelled here in order to install boreholes to provide safe drinking sources to the locals). Because of this, don’t be surprised if every villager greets you and tries to establish a conversation with you - they are just curious. The people who live here are extremely warm compared to the bigger cities, which will make you feel right at home! Don’t feel shocked when local Maasai warriors tell you stories of the time they had to fight lions to protect their sheep, or about the time a cheetah ate their livestock - they love storytelling and are truly amazing at it!

You will be staying in a spacious housing facility with electricity, flushing western toilets and various rooms.

Food Arrangements

Meals are inspired by the local cuisine and consist of a lot of corn, rice and bananas. Beef, goat meat, beans, and green leafy vegetables will help to add nutrients to your daily meals.

Facilities

The village is quite small, but it does have a few local shops where you can purchase snacks, mobile data (Vodacom), detergent, soap, etc. There is a tiny pharmacy and a local clinic not too far away. However, do expect the facilities around to be lacking. There are no ATMs nearby, so make sure to bring enough cash for your stay.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Expanding over plains, forests and savanna, Ngorongoro Conservation Area hosts Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera where incredible wildlife coexists with the Maasai. In here, you will be able to find wildlife… in a crater! A must when in Tanzania as it is one of the most emblematic locations of the continent.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is famous for its population of elephants and the symbolic Baobab tree. During the dry season, wild animals inhabit the park and you will be able to find zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, wildebeests and more! While not as common, you might be able to find a lion here as well if you are lucky!

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti is probably the most worldwide known National Park in the world. It is believed to hold the largest population of lions in the world! Aside from that, cheetahs, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, hippos live here. Make sure you allow yourself at least two days to visit and stay overnight in either a campsite or a lodge. Serengeti cannot be done in just one day as it is so huge!

Arusha National Park and Mount Meru

The home of Mount Meru, the second largest peak in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro. While it is not the best place to spot wildlife compared to Ngorongoro or Serengeti, it is still the home of many species including giraffes, warthogs, Cape buffaloes, lions, elephants, flamingos and more! However, the main attractions here are the landscapes that line the park to every side: to the west, you will find Meru Crater and the Jekukumia River. To the south, you will find Ngurdoto Crater and to the north.east, Momelia Lakes, which vary in color due to algae and are made even brighter by many different species of birds who love to have a swim in the water!

Lake Manyara National Park

During the wet season, pink flamingos brighten up the lake, which make it the go-to place for bird watchers. They do leave during the wet season, but Masai Lions, Leopards, hippos, giraffes, zebras, elephants, blue monkeys, gazelles and cheetahs can be found here year-round!

Moshi and Mount Kilimanjaro

Moshi is a sleepy town with a Western vibe as it is the starting point of the Mount Kilimanjaro climb! On a clear day, you can get excellent views of the highest mountain in Africa (tip: head over to Moshi Train Station for a top-notch view. This station is no longer in use for transportation purposes, but the locals have made the most out of it by placing some chairs and selling drinks and snacks with a view!).

Kikuletwa Hot Springs

A lesser-known but still amazing attraction located between Arusha and Moshi are Kikuletwa Hot Springs. The water isn’t actually hot, but its temperature is perfect for swimming and relaxing. It is known as an oasis as it is covered with jungle and the water here is so blue that you wouldn’t believe! It is a favorite go-to place for locals and expats alike and there is even a rope you can use to dive into the water with style.

Arusha

Arusha is one of the main cities of Tanzania. From here, most safari companies depart to many of the national parks surrounding it, so it is your go-to place for wildlife! In Arusha you will be able to find a myriad of things to do - from Maasai markets selling crafts to bring back home, to cinemas, shopping malls, Western food, and more!

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Monduli
  • Emboreet Homestay

Quick Facts

Name:                United Republic of Tanzania

Population:        52 million

Capital:        Dodoma

Language:        Swahili, English

Currency:        Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)

Time zone:        EAT (UTC +3)

Country Information

Tanzania is a large country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. Parts of the country are in Southern Africa and it is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east. It is home to Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, in its northeastern region and is considered the Safari capital of the world!

Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and since 1996, its official capital city has been Dodoma, where the President's Office, the National Assembly, and some government ministries are located. Dar es Salaam, the former capital and its largest city, retains most government offices and is the country's principal port and leading commercial centre.

Climate

Climate varies greatly within Tanzania. In the highlands, temperatures range between 10 and 20°C during cold and hot seasons respectively.

The rest of the country however has temperatures rarely falling lower than 20°C. The hottest period extends between November and February (25–31°C) while its coolest period occurs between May and August (15–20°C).

Tanzania has two major rainfall regimes: one is uni-modal (October–April) and the other is bi-modal (October–December and March–May). The former is experienced in southern, central, and western parts of the country, and the latter is found in the north from Lake Victoria extending east to the coast.

Culture

Tanzania's large population is diverse, composed of several ethnic, linguistic and religious groups.

Christians and Muslims make up the large majorities, but 2% still practice Traditional African Religion.

Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa. All four of Africa’s language families are spoken (Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan), but Swahili and English are its official languages, though Swahili is pushed officially as a unifying language, to the detriment of other minority languages, even English.