Noloholo Environmental Center
Noloholo Environmental Center
Our regional headquarters, the Noloholo Environmental Center, is a critical resource and meeting place where indigenous communities, conservation organizations, educators, government leaders, and researchers from around the world come together to tackle our greatest conservation challenges. The only center of its kind in northern Tanzania, Noloholo is a first-class conservation and education facility with a beautiful campus consisting of classrooms, meeting spaces, program offices, guest cottages, dining and kitchen facilities, staff housing, a dormitory, and outdoor learning areas.
Located just outside the border of Tarangire National Park, Noloholo plays a pivotal role in expanding our holistic approach to conservation across Africa through our ACTIVE® Community Engagement program. At Noloholo, we are committed to advancing thought leadership, peer-to-peer learning, strategic partnerships, community involvement, technological solutions, and storytelling — all targeting the enrichment of land conservation, wildlife protection, and human well-being across Africa.
In the coming years with greater investments in programming, infrastructure, and operations, Noloholo will expand to become Africa’s first center of excellence for holistic conservation. We are developing a world-renowned innovation and learning hub to spark dialogue, collaboration, and creativity around the most pressing conservation and development challenges facing the continent today.
Great Room and Patio
Noloholo’s Great Room serves as a gathering area and meeting space. It features a large compass embedded in its floor and a ceiling covered with billowing cotton cloth. The adjacent patio is the ideal spot for youth to play educational games during environmental summer camps. The patio’s surface—which is also used for rainwater harvesting—consists of rocks collected from surrounding hilltops. The iconic red mortar was made by mixing clay from abandoned termite mounds with cement.
Noloholo’s seminar space can accommodate groups of up to 80 people at a time and is fully equipped with projector capabilities and high-speed internet access. The room’s large windows are covered with lightly woven shades. During our environmental summer camps, the space is filled with fun learning activities and the songs of enthusiastic local students.
As a working conservation facility, Noloholo's field-based operations maximize the success of our community-driven model. APW team members possess a deep knowledge and understanding of human-wildlife dynamics and local approaches to conservation issues. Our programs are run from three local offices, each featuring high-speed internet and interactive desk spaces.
Outdoor Learning Areas
Noloholo’s field-based location provides an ideal environment to learn about and experience community-driven conservation. The center’s surrounding areas are excellent for birdwatching, studying wildlife tracks, and visiting local conservation projects. During our youth environmental summer camps, the outdoor spaces are used for educational activities and games.
Our three guest cottages provide high-end accommodations for groups of six people or less. Featuring running water, solar-powered electricity, and modern, private bathrooms, each cottage sleeps two people. Additional accommodations can be arranged for larger groups.
Our airy, spacious dormitory is equipped with eight rooms that house up to 32 guests in bunk beds (four people to a room). The dormitory hallway is divided in the middle by a lockable door and can easily be partitioned by gender. Separate men’s and women’s showers and composting pit toilets are a short walk from the building.
Noloholo’s construction combines traditional building methods with the principles of sustainable architecture. The center is powered entirely by solar energy, providing year-round, 24-hour electricity that runs our headquarters and offices efficiently. Our freezer and refrigerator systems are also solar-powered, allowing us to bring fresh food from the nearby city of Arusha on a regular basis.