Location is an approximation


Give practical help to a Christian charity
Amazing wildlife, plus swim in the Indian Ocean
A great cultural experience and a taste of mission


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Oak Hall Holidays

An amazing country

For those who are ready to plunge into Africa, we have a 15-day expedition full of exciting experiences as we head into Tanzania. The country has a population of approximately 60 million people with over 120 different tribes represented and each of those tribes has its own language.

Mikumi National Park Safari

Tanzania is blessed with an abundance of wildlife and has sixteen national parks. We’ll be visiting Mikumi National Park, with over 40 miles of rough road to explore. We expect to see zebra, buffalo, baboon, warthog, giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocs – and possibly lion. There are also over 400 species of bird life.

Enjoying the Indian Ocean

During our two night stay in the North Beach area of Dar, we will spend a day on the small uninhabited tropical island of Mbudya, one of four islands which make up the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve. The turquoise waters and the white sands of Mbudya are only a 20 minute motorboat ride from our hotel.

A great cultural experience

Here is real Africa and a jolt to the senses! The town of Morogoro has an open green feel to it, due to the magnificent backdrop provided by the Uluguru Mountains, which reach a height of 2635 metres. Setting out for a day's walk into these mountains will provide us with some stunning views, as we pass through a number of small villages and look down on the shining tin roofs of Morogoro, before having the opportunity to plunge into the pools of a secluded waterfall! 

We will visit some local carvers on the outskirts of the town and we may have the opportunity to visit a nearby Masai market where the local tribesmen sell their wares, including their cows and goats.


A Retreat House with a mission!

During our stay in the Morogoro area we’ll be based at a Retreat House, situated near the small village of Sanga Sanga, which is 12 miles west of Morogoro. Here, the Africa Inland Church provides teaching and training for their pastors and evangelists. We will meet the small team of missionaries who serve with the Africa Inland Mission - an international mission agency with a desire to see the unreached of Africa reached with the gospel. The vision of AIM is to see “Christ-centred churches amongst all African people groups”.

A varied expedition

For four of the nights, we will be at hotels and everyone will be in en-suite rooms for two. For the remaining nights, we will be at the Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre, which is basic but clean and comfortable, and is set in the bush. Some bedrooms are in buildings in the campsite area with outside toilets nearby, while en-suite rooms are available in the main building for a supplement. There will be tasty meals provided each day and opportunities to sit round the campfire after dinner, looking up at the clear African night-sky. 

There will also be an opportunity on 3 days to help with some light practical work at the mission, so be prepared to get involved as we lend a hand to the Sanga workmen! On the Sunday morning we will visit a church out in the bush - a memorable experience, joining with the Tanzanians as they worship God in a setting which is very different to what we’re used to at home.

A taste of mission

This is an expedition for those who are full of enthusiasm for life and want to experience the real sights and sounds of Africa, together with a taste of mission. Please note that there is a lower age limit of 18 for this particular destination.

Steve and Ruth Lancaster, who will be leading the expedition, have had a long association with Oak Hall and are currently living in Morogoro. We will return with memories that will inspire our prayers for this beautiful country and its welcoming people.


Day #1
Depart UK. Arrive in Tanzania. Stay in Dar es Salaam. Below is the provisional itinerary.
Day #2
Travel from Dar to Sanga-Sanga, Morogoro (Approx 6 hours)
Day #3
Practical work at Sanga-Sanga
Day #4
Visit the Apopo Project & Makonde Carvers. Morogoro town visit and swim
Day #5
Masai market visit or practical work at Sanga-Sanga
Day #6
Practical work at Sanga-Sanga
Day #7
Church in the bush! A visit to a small church in Kiloka
Day #8
Travel to Mikumi National Park. Stay in a lodge near the park.
Day #9
Morning Safari & lunch in Mikumi then return to Sanga-Sanga
Day #10
Practical work at Sanga-Sanga
Day #11
Mountain hike in the Uluguru mountains
Day #12
Travel to North Beach Dar, via Bagamoyo. Stay at a hotel near the beach
Day #13
A day out on the tropical uninhabited Mbudya Island
Day #14
Flight back from Dar es Salaam
Day #15
Arrive back in the UK