In 2022, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc). 

Camp Lake Tanganyika is a 15-acre site located in Katumbi Village near the Mahale Mountains National Park, of the Kigoma Region in Tanzania. They are also on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, which is 193 km from the town of Kigoma. Three acres on this site has been specifically designated as the forest garden demonstration plot, and the remaining land will to restored using ecosystem restoration techniques.

Camp Lake Tanganyika has a tropical climate with two distinct rain seasons, October to December and February to April.

What to expect at camp

The campers at Camp Lake Tanganyika can expect practical restoration work, teaching and learnings about regenerative techniques, and camp fires for group discussion in the evenings. But there is so much more…like our unique scenery, bright blue skies, exquisite sunsets, rare birds, chimpanzee spotting’s, fishing, sharing delicious group meals, mountain hikes, learning our culture and beautifully affordable drinks.

Who is needed

Campers and volunteers are welcome at Camp Lake Tanganyika at any time and can participate in all of our everyday activities. 

Volunteers beneficial to Camp Lake Tanganyika would be experts in the fields of regenerative agriculture, forestry, agroforestry, fundraising, research, photography, carpentry, and other skilled workers.


Since the beginning of 2021, Camp Lake Tanganyika has been on a mission to plant 400,000 tree seedlings, and create 400, 1-hectare forest gardens.

Vision and socio-economic context

Camp Lake Tanganyika aims to be the leading farmer’s managed natural regeneration/restoration organization and forest garden in Lake Tanganyika Basin. Their community-based conservation approach will help provide thousands of individuals and organizations the opportunity to learn the skills needed to transform degraded landscapes.
Camp Lake Tanganyika is not only a hub for environmental conservation but is also working to empower women through agricultural skills while providing fuel-efficient cooking stoves as well as clean drinking water for the village.

Cost to stay and what's included

In addition to organised Ecosystem Restoration Camp experiences, many camps offer a range of short to long-term volunteering programmes. Facilities, cost, minimum length of stay and restoration activities vary from camp to camp. Contact the camp directly for this information via the camp page application form below

established camp

Established camp

Organizing partners

Friends of Lake Tanganyika

Restoration activities

Water retention
Tree planting
Soil restoration
Regenerative entrepreneurialism
Food planting
Community building
Erosion prevention
Natural building
Fire prevention
Restoration of livelihoods
Restoration holidays
Cover cropping
Water retention-pond
Habitat creation


Camping – advanced
Covered accommodations
Homestays with local families
Sanitation – advanced
Cellphone/mobile signal

Latest news from the camp

Camp contact form

Complete the form below if you’d like to join the team at Camp Tanganyika

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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