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The Vijiji Foundation

Our social projects are managed and directed by The Vijiji Foundation, a registered non-profit organization we founded in 2013 (Registration: NGO-6497).

Our mission is to improve the lives of our people through a variety of community-driven initiatives that create lasting change.

 

Our Current Project: Moivaro Primary School

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Moivaro Primary School is a government-funded school where nearly 1,000 children from the surrounding villages attend Grades 1 to 7. In fact, a number of The Vijiji Center staff attended Moivaro, and one of our fathers taught there for 50 years. The school also has a program for approximately 50 special needs children.

The Vijiji Foundation started working with Moivaro over a year ago to:

  • plant vegetable gardens for the school lunch program and to teach the children about bio-intensive and organic farming practices;
  • paint and refurbish the classrooms;
  • build new washrooms to replace the existing facilities that lack running water and are nearly 40 years old.

Our future plans at Moivaro Primary School include:

  • Providing electricity to the school
  • Constructing a kitchen, lunchroom and a small granary so that all children can have a hot lunch (currently less than 200 children can afford to have lunch).
  • Constructing a washroom for the physically disabled children
  • Purchasing wheelchairs and other necessary equipment for the special needs students

By staying with us at The Vijiji Center, you are helping us to create positive change in our community.
Asante sana!

The Vijiji Foundation has a number of other, on-going initiatives too.
Check our website www.vijijifoundation.org for more details.

Go Global Tanzania

Mountain Trekking

Everyone knows about Mount Kilimanjaro. But have you heard about our "home" mountain, Mount Meru? At 4565 meters, it's the second highest mountain in Tanzania. The climb to the top is just as challenging and the views just as spectacular. And, it's much more affordable.

We offer two options:

  • The "Haraka Haraka" Trek:
    (3 days, 2 nights) - great for those with limited time and unlimited energy!
  • The "Pole Pole" Trek:
    (4 days, 3 nights) - perfect for those who prefer a slightly slower journey to the top!

Contact us for more details.

Apr├Ęs Safari - Zanzibar Beach Holidays

After safari, wing your way to Zanzibar to enjoy the sun, sand and surf of this magical island. We're happy to help you arrange ground transportation, airline flights, hotels in Stone Town and/or the beach, and island tours.

Contact us for more details.

Cultural Tours

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Tanzania is one of the top safari destinations in the world. But, did you know Tanzania is a land of incredible cultural diversity too? So, stay another day or two (or three!) at The Vijiji Center and let us introduce you to our local cultures and our traditional ways of life.

We offer a variety of half-day, full-day and overnight cultural tours and walking safaris for peoples of all ages and interests. And, the money you spend stays in the community to help support local families.

Join our experienced, local guides to:

  • Experience the sights and sounds of the busy, bustling Tengeru Women's Market or the nearby banana market, Soko La Ndizi
  • Take a Coffee Tour and see how coffee is grown, harvested and prepared
  • Learn about the traditional ways of the Meru people with our Village Tour
  • Visit a nearby primary school, learn about school life in Tanzania, and see how The Vijiji Center helps to support education in our community
  • Meet a traditional healer and learn about indigenous medicines and the healing power of plants and potions
  • Take a Maasai beading class and learn how to make your own jewelry
  • Hop on the local bus - the "dala dala" - for a tour of Arusha Town
  • Visit a women's cooperative and learn how local women are helping themselves
  • Explore Maasai country and learn about their traditional culture on a Maasai village walking safari

Contact us for more details.

 

Outdoor Activities

LandscapeWaterfallGet off the beaten path and enjoy the natural beauty of the Arusha region. From the lush, lower slopes of Mount Meru, to the unique plants and animals of Lake Duluti Forest Reserve, to the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro - there's a world of outdoor activities just waiting for you!!

Join The Vijiji Center's experienced guides for:

  • Hiking tours to the slopes of Mount Meru & Nduruma Waterfall
  • Walking tours, fishing, bird watching and canoeing at nearby Lake Duluti Forest Reserve
  • Cycling and mountain biking tours on the rugged roads and trails of Mount Meru

Contact us for more details.

elephant-crossingon-safariTanzania's world-famous national parks and conservation areas are just hours away from Arusha. Let the experienced guides at The Vijiji Center plan a wildlife safari for you that fits your schedule, your budget and your interests. We've been doing this for more than a decade - and we know how to get you the best safari at the best value!

Day safaris are available to:

  • Arusha National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park

Popular multi-day safaris, include:

  • The Top Two (3 days, 2 nights):
    Serengeti National Park (2 days) and The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area;
  • The Big Three (3 days, 2 nights):
    Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area;
  • The Famous Five (5 days, 4 nights):
    Tarangire National Park, The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge, and Serengeti National Park (2 days);
  • The Wonder Week (7 days, 6 nights):
    Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Eyasi Cultural Tourism, The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge, and Serengeti National Park (2 nights);
  • The Full Circle (9 days, 8 nights):
    Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Eyasi Cultural Tourism, The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park (3 nights), and Lake Natron;

Contact us for more safari options and details.

Our Guest Houses

Our six guesthouses are built in a traditional African style - round with thatched roofs. Each house has 2 spacious rooms, and each room has a full bathroom (sink, toilet, shower, hot and cold water). We can accommodate singles, couples, friends and/or families - just let us know. All of our beds have mosquito netting and every room has a front porch where you can relax and enjoy the free in-room tea and coffee. There's free Wi-Fi on site, too.

Our Restaurant

Our restaurant features traditional African dishes prepared by our experienced chefs. All of our meals are homemade and we use local, organic and free-range ingredients whenever possible.

Typical breakfasts include fresh fruits in season, fresh fruit juice, free-range eggs, breads, hot cereal, potatoes, beans, and coffee/tea/hot chocolate. Lunches and dinners feature homemade soups, breads, a variety of freshly prepared vegetables, and traditional African dishes. We can accommodate most dietary needs too - just ask.

Our dining room seats up to 50 people for meals, meetings, or for relaxing with family and friends.
There's also a big screen television for movie nights and special sporting events.

Our Gardens

The Vijiji Center's beautiful, landscaped gardens are the perfect place to relax and enjoy some quiet time. Chill in the shade or cool off with a splash in our swimming pool. Or break out the binoculars and enjoy the bountiful bird life. In the evening when it's cooler, warm yourself by the campfire. There is plenty of outdoor seating, and of course, a well-appointed bar that's open daily for snacks and beverages. The lounge has a big screen television so you can catch the latest news, sports and music.

Our Guest Services

Let the experienced staff at The Vijiji Center help you make the most of your time in Tanzania.
We're happy to arrange any of the following activities for our guests:

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