Gap Year Travel with us is all about personal development through exciting work and travel programs.

We make it easy for groups of young people to experience one of the most remote regions of Africa. Through interaction with the local communities our guests come home with broadened horizons and a new confidence in what they are capable of.


We are able to tailor make an itinerary for a perfect school and gap year trip including projects in the following sectors:

  • Helping teach in primary schools
  • Organising school sports and music events
  • Working on an aids awareness campaign & visiting a remote village to deliver the message
  • Helping with construction work at a local school or hospital
  • Learning eco-construction while improving the research centre
  • Camping trips to the Selous Game Reserve buffer zone
  • Day trips to visit the hippo pools, mangrove forests and ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani
  • Basic Kiswahili lessons


All our trips include the following:

  • All transport organised by experienced safari logistics company using either 
    local transport or private hire safari vehicles.
  • All accommodation at community camp site or at biological research station
  • Catering & facilities provided by Upepo Pwani Lodge 
  • UK and Tanzania based support and back up
  • UK based GP available on certain trips by request

Please see below an example 2 week itinerary:

  Itinerary o/night
DAY 1 arrive dar es salaam / airport collection & 4 hour transfer to kilwa Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 2 aclimitisation day / meet the KIYODEA team / visit Kilwa Masoko Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 3 Day trip to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kilwa Kisiwani ruins Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 4 Kilwa School- Teaching Day              Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 5 Kilwa School- Teaching Day    Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 6 Kilwa School- Construction  Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 7 Kilwa School- Construction  Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 8 Relaxation & beach day Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 9 AIDS awareness preparation day Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 10 Travel to Lake Maliwe / Visiting & community work at a local hospital Lake Maliwe Campsite
DAY 11 Lake Maliwe – village and hippo pools tour – investigating human / wildlife interactions Lake Maliwe Campsite
DAY 12 AIDS awareness village talk with KIYODEA Lake Maliwe Campsite
DAY 13 Travel to Masoko / relaxation day Upepo Pwani – dorm rooms
DAY 14 Return to Dar Es Salaam for return flight home