Arusha Highlights

  • Hike to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Big game safari in the Serengeti
  • Local bars and restaurants serving Tanzanian specialities
  • Tour Ngorongoro's volcanic crater
  • Visit the eerily beautiful Lake Natron


  • Our famous elective tailoring service
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Extensive pre-departure preparation
  • Support from in-country teams, 24/7
  • Private, spacious, catered housing
  • Free local language lessons

arusha and beyond

On one hand Arusha is a bustling commercial town, and on the other, a lush green paradise filled with wildlife. Take the time to stroll through the Maasai markets at the centre of town to find delicious food and local crafts, and then head to the bars and restaurants for an evening of traditional Tanzanian cuisine and live music. Further afield you can visit the beautiful and expansive Arusha National Park to make the 3-day climb to the top of Mt. Meru. From the summit you’ll enjoy a panorama of the city below and perfect views off Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance. Adventurers can ride a 4x4 into the Serengeti for big game safari, or take the short flight to Zanzibar for its staggeringly beautiful beaches.

Home away from home

Once you’ve arrived at the airport our team will collect you and take you straight to our beautiful accommodation. The house is situated a 15-minute ‘dala dala’ (local minibus taxi) ride away from the heart of town. With weekly barbecues in the garden and views of the majestic Mt. Meru directly out of the window, staying in this house will be a unique experience in and of itself. Our experienced ground teams will be on call 24/7 to ensure everything goes smoothly for the duration of your elective in Arusha. Our talented chef will cook your daily meals, and the house is under the constant watch of professional security ensure you’re as safe as possible, making it the perfect base for our electives in Tanzania.

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To supplement your placement in the city, you’ll also have the chance to live in a remote village with Tanzania’s most famous tribe – the Maasai. For the duration of the week you’ll live in a traditional enkang with our friendly host family who will welcome you in as one of their own. While in the village you’ll learn age-old healing practices from a traditional healer, and work in the village dispensary, assisting with everything from malaria treatment to paediatric vaccinations. This is the perfect complement for all Tanzania electives. In the afternoons you’ll spend time with your personal guide immersing yourself in Maasai culture. This includes watching traditional dances, visiting sacred sites, watching goat sacrifices and more. Living with the Maasai tribe is a rarely afforded privilege; take the chance while you can.

Case Studies - Saskia van Ool
Case Studies - Saskia van Ool

Electives in Tanzania - Arusha

Sarah van der Valk

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"The time I spent in Tanzania was genuinely the most amazing experience in my life."

Sarah van der Valk, Maastricht University 2016

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Case Studies Ellen Smith

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"The Ngorongoro Crater was the most stunning place I have ever been"!

Ellen Smith - Safari and Massai VHE, Liverpool John Moores University 2016

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Case Studies - Saskia van Ool

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"We rode piki-piki’s and watched a famous Maasai tradition - the goat sacrifice".

Saskia Van Ool - Maasai VHE , Maastricht University 2016

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Ahmad, Naaz

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Living with the Maasai tribe is an experience I appreciated immensely.

Naaz Ahmad, King's College London 2015

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Our visit to the Maasai village was an unforgettable experience!

Juliana Jeffri Jee and Nasrah Mohd Arif , University College Cork 2015

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