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Monday, October 12


Tanzania is an attractive country with lots to see and explore. It has a very diverse landscape and cultural. National Park

When you get time to visit Tanzania National Parks you better not miss the Ngorogoro Crater

Tanzania is rich in tradition and culture with perhaps its greatest asset being its fantastically friendly and welcoming people. Its name originates from the unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar in 1964, a melding of colourful and vibrant cultures. It is the home of Africa’s highest mountain, (Mt Kilimanjaro), and largest lake (Lake Victoria) and is scattered with tropical forests and abundant wildlife best known in the Serengeti Plain and Ngorongoro crater now famous as the astounding backdrops to countless wildlife documentaries. 1000km of coastline along the warm Indian Ocean provides a paradise of white sandy beaches. The exotic spice islands of Zanzibar and Pemba make an appealing destination for romantic tropical beach relaxation, diving and snorkelling. Whatever you are looking for, Tanzania has it all!

Traditional dance (Afircan Drumming)

Whilst working with CVS-Tanzania you will get an opportunity to learn how to play African Drumming and their role in the community

Tanzania’s first language is Swahili with English a close second particularly in the business sector. Other European languages including French, Germany, Italian and Spanish are becoming popular within the tourist industry and some secondary schools are starting to offer these languages as optional subjects. There is however a rich cultural diversity and more than 100 indigenous tribal languages are spoken in the country. People in Tanzania are free to follow any religion. Along with Christianity and Islam, the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist faiths are practiced both on the mainland and particularly on the Islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. Indigenous beliefs are also held by many people and usually draw on relationships with their ancestral sprits.


Tanga is one of the largest regions in the country and also shares its name with the fascinating Indian Ocean city of Tanga. It is a quiet, friendly and laid back city, and a perfect place to chill out after a long day’s work. Tanga is the place to experience the real Swahili life of ordinary Tanzanians. There are lot of things to see and do close to the city if you fancy a day trip. The Amboni Caves, only a few kilometres from the city, are 20 million year old and the most extensive cave network in East Africa. Here you can watch the amazing spectacle of thousands of bats emerging as the sun sets. It is also the place where the popular house plant the African violet (Saintpaulia) was first discovered by the German district commissioner in 1892. Other attractions around Tanga include the Tongon Ruins, the Galanos Hot Springs, the ruined mosque and tombs of the uninhabited Toten Island, and many sandy beaches and protected costal mangroves. While you are in Tanga you can easily take a trip 45km south to the historic town of Pangani where you can enjoy the serenity of this Old World town and the spectacular white sands beaches.

Tanga Coast

Tanga city is perfect for weekend break relaxation like this garden at Mkonge Hotel

Tanga beach

If it’s hiking, camping, or even learning bush tracking skills that interests you, Amani Nature Reserve is the place to go. Amani was designated Tanzania’s first ever Nature Reserve in 1997 and here ecotourism is part of the sustainable conservation strategy to protect these beautiful tropical forests. The nature reserve is rich in biodiversity, such as lively Colobus monkeys, spectacular tropical butterflies and rare and exotic plants. Here you can walk through the virtually untouched ecosystem and learn about the rare and endemic flora and fauna that lives here.

Usambara Mts

East Usambara Mountain Forests are part of UNESCO Man and Biosphare (MAB)Reserve