Tanzania Adventurer

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1. In Brief

Combine conservation, teaching and living in a Tanzanian community with adventure travel on this magical tour of all the best that Tanzania has to offer! You'll live and work in a small rural community on exotic Mafia Island south of Zanzibar on a diverse project – a life-changing experience with exciting challenges and tremendous rewards. Afterwards, you'll explore the spice islands of Zanzibar, trawl through markets for exotic trinkets, and snorkel or scuba dive (extra cost) at some of the world's best dive sites! Only Frontier can offer such an amazing and diverse Tanzanian adventure at such unbeatable value!

Check out our Camp Tour video! 




  • Combine living in a Tanzanian community with adventure travel
  • Go on an amazing & diverse Tanzanian adventure
  • Make lifelong friends


Location Mafia Island, Tanzania
Activities Record levels of habitat disturbance
Wildlife surveys
Teach English
Snorkel in the Indian Ocean
Explore historic towns

Optional airport pick-up from Dar es Salaam can be arranged at extra cost and first night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam can be arranged at extra cost (£40/$60) 

Airport pick up available from Mafia Island Airport 
Transfer to camp from Mafia Island Airport

Accommodation Communal camp near to the beach


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Processing of Exemption Documents by In country staff
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
In-country Airport pick up from Dar es Salaam and transfer to hostel in Dar es Salaam and first night hostel accommodation can be arranged at an extra cost
Transfer by light aircraft to Mafia Island (extra cost applies about $190/$155) 
Airport pick-up at local airport on Mafia Island and transfer to the camp
Accommodation on communal camp
3 meals per day provided on project sites, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday
Transfer by ferry to Zanzibar
Project equipment
Local orientation
Project training
24-hour international HQ back-up
In-country emergency support
Free park & reserve entrance fees(usually $20 per person per day) & research permits if applicable


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project


Sample Itinerary

Day 1-2: Arrival & Orientation

Arrive in the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam where you will be met at the airport and escorted to your Dar accommodation (optional, extra cost applies). Spend a day independently getting orientated, pick up some basic Swahili, and explore the city's museums, markets, and nightspots independently before heading to the Frontier project site on Mafia Island!

Day 2-12: Wildlife Conservation (TZF)

Travel by internal flight down to Mafia Island (about 40 minutes from Dar es Salaam). Enjoy the stunning short flight to the most beautiful of Tanzania's Spice Islands, where tranquil white-sand beaches, friendly villages, and world class coral reefs combine to make this a true tropical paradise. On arrival you will be met at Mafia Island airport by Frontier field staff who will escort you to the Frontier conservation camp. You will live in Utende village within the Mafia Island Marine Park on the Frontier conservation camp.

You will be assisting on the wildlife research that is taking place, and exploring the natural beauty and plethora of biodiversity that inhabits the area. As part of your training on this valuable and exciting project you will have the opportunity to encounter a number of interesting amphibians, birds and small mammals. You might also be interviewing local villagers or teaching at local education days about the conservation value of the species found on Mafia Island.

Day 13-35: Teaching project (TZT)

You will be introduced to the local school children and staff and begin to immerse yourself in Tanzanian village life. At the school you may be able to help and even lead classes in English and other subjects as well as organising extra activities with the children and, if the timing's right, you may get to help conduct one of the Marine Park's famous environmental education days. If you are joining the project during the school holidays an alternative program of teaching within the community, with Frontier's local staff, Masaai staff or one on one language coaching will be in operation.

Day 35-39: Beach Conservation and Snorkelling (TBC)

After your challenging and rewarding teaching assignment chill out on one of Mafia's spectacular coconut palm-fringed beaches or snorkel over the pristine coral reefs spotting rays, turtles and vivid hued tropical fish. Watch the Tanzanian fishing dhows as they return at dusk or join the Frontier divers and marine biologists as they voyage each day by sailing dhow to the world class coral reefs.

You may be able to squeeze in a dive course with Frontier for an additional $760 (subject to season, availability and weather) and explore the emerald depths of this magical world as you work towards your PADI Open Water scuba diving qualification.

After your time on Mafia you will be escorted to the airport before journeying on to Zanzibar via Dar.

Day 40-41: Culture & Recreation on Zanzibar

Spend two days independently exploring the historic Stonetown and other Zanzibar attractions. You'll take in festivals, visit markets, and party the night away in this unique exotic island paradise.

Day 42: Travel

Return to Dar es Salaam before you fly home.

This is a specimen itinerary and the order of the projects is subject to change. Please note that this project requires considerable in-country travel in order to experience this variety of stunning environments. Volunteers should be prepared to travel between project sites and in Zanzibar independently, and cover minimal in transit costs.

3. What to expect


We can arrange an airport pick up for you at Dar es Salaam Airport and a local private driver will escort you to a local hostel where you can spend your first night relaxing and recovering from your journey, these costs are extra and you can pay $76/$60 directly. The following day our rep will return you to the airport in time for your internal flight on the eight seater light aircraft to Mafia Island, please ensure you book your flight well in advance. Once on Mafia Island you will be met by Frontier staff, at the airport on Mafia and transferred by bus or tuk tuk to the marine conservation project camp site at Utende. We can provide you with detailed instructions on how to reach the Mafia Island camp if travelling independently.


During the wildlife, teaching and marine phases you will be staying on a communal camp at the edge of Utende village on the east coast of Mafia Island. You will be staying in communal bandas; huts made from makuti (woven palm leaves),sleeping on beds constructed from wooden poles, you will have long-drop style toilets, your "shower" will be a jug or a bucket of water and you cook over an open campfire: so prepare for the basic, unencumbered lifestyle!


Camp food is simple and nutritious and consists largely of rice, beans, and vegetables all of which are purchased locally in order to help support the local economy. Daily variations include pumpkin, cabbage, spinach, sweet potato and even the occasional pasta dish! Luxuries such as chocolate, biscuits, peanut butter and drinking chocolate can be bought in nearby Kilindoni so make sure you stock up before heading to camp! Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking, so get your cookbooks out now and start practising!

4. The reviews

Discovering Tanzania  | 2 Mar 2017
My time on the project was a wonderful time where I learnt much about the basic living on camp in...

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Great trip  | 12 Feb 2017
The adventure was a great trip. It gave me a good taste of all of Frontiers projects in Tanzania....

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To get to Mafia you have to fly in a tiny plane which offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean a...

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The Joys of Teaching  | 1 Feb 2017
Arriving here in Africa for the first time has been an absolute joy.  On this most beautiful...

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I went to Tanzania when for the first half of my summer holiday and i could not have chosen a bet...

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An excellent experience I would recommend to anyone. Good value for money, welcoming staff and vo...

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I have been on Mafia Island as part of the Frontier team for three weeks now and I have to say, i...

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As I arrived on Mafia Island I had no idea what to expect. The Island was an unknown entity so I ...

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6. Extras


The camps are great fun and in your spare time, depending on your location, you'll have opportunities to play football and beach volleyball, socialise, or sit around the campfire. You will enjoy plenty of evenings spent relaxing, under a sky lit up by millions of stars and filled with the calls of exotic tropical animals. If you are interested in snorkelling round other areas or taking a boat or fishing trip and travelling a little further out into the ocean there are many local operators who can provide this.

Dive courses run monthly commencing on the first Monday of the month

  • Single Day Dive $48
  • Double Dive $95
  • 4-dive package $190
  • 10-dive package $380


  • Discover Scuba Diving $76
  • Open Water Dive Course $760
  • Advanced Open Water $627
  • Emergency First Responder $190
  • Rescue Diver $570
  • Dive Master $1,140

*Medical certificate is mandatory for participation in dive courses

rental equipment (prices per day) subject to availability

  • Jacket/BCD $10
  • Regs $10
  • Wetsuit $10
  • Mask/Snorkel $6
  • Fins $6

Modern conveniences

Mafia Island

  • Boat rental
  • Fishing
  • Hostels / hotels
  • Internet available at local bars
  • Post office
  • Souvenir shops
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants

Kilindoni - 20-30 minute Tuk Tuk ride away at own cost

  • Grocery Stores
  • Medical clinic
  • Phone shops
  • Traditional markets

Dar es Salaam - 45 minute flight at own cost

  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Banks / ATMs; National Microfinance Bank, Standard Chartered, Barclays, National Bank of Commerce, Stanbic
  • Bars / clubs
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist/li>
  • Department store
  • Hairdresser
  • Hospital
  • Hostels / hotels
  • International Embassies and Consulates
  • Internet cafes
  • Local style restaurants
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

7. Dates and Costs


3 weeks $1,895

4 weeks $2,095

5 weeks $2,495

6 weeks $2,845

7 weeks $3,195

8 weeks $3,595

9 weeks $3,845

10 weeks $4,145

11 weeks $4,395

12 weeks $4,695

20 weeks $6,895

Extra week $295


First and third Monday of month. 

Alternative dates available on request.

School Holidays 2017

3rd April 2017 - 15th April 2017

26th May 2017 - 25th June 2017 

During school holidays a modified program will run with one to one coaching, educational workshops and extracurricular activities.

Please be aware that these dates may be subject to change at short notice.

Please note there will also be a number of public holidays and unannounced holidays throughout the year.


6 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)


  • Airport pickup from Dar es Salaam airport can be arranged extra $19/$16 cost applies
  • First night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam can be arranged $15/$12 cost applies
  • Project orientation
  • Airport pick up and transfer to camp on Mafia Island
  • Camp site accommodation 
  • 2 or 3 meals a day on project sites
  • Transfer by ferry to & from Zanzibar
  • Project equipment
  • 24-hour in-country & international HQ emergency support & backup
  • Lodge style upgrades available on Mafia Island



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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