Tanzania holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days

Description of Tanzania holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days

Tanzania wildlife safari and culture.

Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Lake Manyara are some of the spectacular destinations on this Tanzania safari but well as wildlife viewing in these famous National Parks we also include two cultural discovery days where you can find out about the way of life of the Maasai and Iraqw people living here.

Most visitors drive between these areas leaving only clouds of dust, but by getting off the main roads and into the farms and villages, you get a much richer safari experience, and the local people get a more direct share of the benefits that foreign visitors can bring; this is a very important part of our work in East Africa. It also means several opportunities to “get out of the vehicles” and by walking through the bush, visiting homes or schools, and spending time with the locals you gain much deeper insights into their way of life.

On this safari accommodation is a mix of comfortable local lodges and a bush camp in the central Serengeti. We do not use the mainstream tourist lodges but neither do we compromise on health, safety or reasonable comfort. Luxury lodge accommodation can be arranged for private group departures if required though. When camping for two nights you will not have to participate in camp chores: we buy fresh produce locally, and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own cook. We also incorporate a range of traditional foods - more or less as desired. We can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments. All necessary equipment will be carried in our vehicles, you only need ever carry a day-pack with personal gear.

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Tanzania holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

There are tremendous attractions in East Africa but the effect of tourism on fragile environments and indigenous cultures is often degrading. This need not be so and we want to avoid contributing to further damage whilst recognising that foreign visitors can bring great benefits. Therefore our trips are designed to give real insights into the lands we travel through with minimum impact on the people and places we visit.

We provide an intelligent traveller's alternative to the myriad adventure treks and safaris. We don’t miss the wildlife spectaculars, the so called “Big Five” - but you’ll see and learn something of the other five hundred as well and we'll never make you feel like a package tourist.

All of our foodstuffs are bought locally - often involving our clients in the shopping from markets along the way. Our drivers and guides adhere to the behaviour guidelines for conservation as set out by Friends of Conservation.

We provide our clients with advice on responsible travel behaviour and encourage them to share their cultures with the peoples they meet as a way of improving understanding of our two very different life-styles.

Community

There are no woolly "wherever possible" or "if available" caveats to our commitments to responsible travel practices benefiting local communities. We believe that all members in local communities must see rewards from tourism if they are to have an interest in safeguarding their environments.

In Tanzania we co-operate with the Cultural Tourism Programs initiated by local communities who decided to do something for themselves to benefit from the tourism potential. They were supported in this by the Dutch Aid agency SNV. In Longido, Karatu and Mtu Wa Mbu our activities with the villagers benefit their communities directly through the fees we pay - supporting families, local guides and a number of local farmers and businesses along the way.

We have also contributed significantly to the building of Maasai primary schools at Ilkurot and Esilalei, and donated solar lighting and phone charging to 20 local houses (via SolarAid). We donate $500 per year to the Arusha Children's Trust - a charity providing education and meals for deprived kids. All of the campsites and lodges we use are locally owned and staffed by Tanzanians.

Our staff are paid well above average wages and receive profit share bonuses each year. We do not recruit on tribal allegiance grounds. We employ many local guides and camp assistants en-route. Treating our staff fairly creates loyalty to our company and commitment to providing our clients with superb service.

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Reviewed on 05 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I enjoyed both the safari in Serengeti and the diving in Mafia very much

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Search for the right provider with experience in organising holidays in Tanzania

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely, locals are very friendly and welcoming

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our most memorable moments were our interactions with the local people. Even though we booked this safari to see the Serengeti, we also wanted to make sure we spent an equal amount of time visiting and getting to know the people of Tanzania. We will forever hold in our hearts how warm and inviting everyone was. If I were to say the second most memorable part, it would be all the colors. The people of Tanzania love colors and it was apparent everywhere.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The best tips I could give is:
- Pack lightly (water is in short supply so bring things you can wear more than once)
- Bring lots of US dollars (you can use US dollars everywhere - even in the tribal communities)
- Buy on the local market (if you plan to donate to a school or community, buy the supplies locally to support the community rather than bringing them from home)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, yes and yes. We could see first hand how our holiday benefited local people. We visited a Maasai tribe that has a schoolhouse built from funds donated by Maasai Wanderings. We also bought solely on the local market. As for reduction on environmental impacts and conservation, everything we did made us mindful of how to better conserve the water and electricity we used. We could also see what impact we and the community made on the environment around us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic! Amazing! Awe inspiring! The trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


For me it was walking out of our campsite on the savannah with just day packs,
and seeing ostrich, giraffe and gazelle as we walked. It felt like we had truly
got away from it all. My husband loved the moment we were just 8 feet from a
cheetah in the Masai Mara National Park. I think the kids loved everything.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We visited several projects that the tour operator is involved with and everyone we met spoke of the positive relationship.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic. It was the perfect family holiday with a 12 year old and 14 year old.
Always plenty to do, loads of variety, but never rushed.

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Wow! where would we start? Muba - a great and knowledgeable guide with a tremendous sense of humour, Jackson a terrific cook and again a great sense of humour. Stumbling upon elephants whilst walking to the viewpoint at the Serengeti park gates. Sitting in the bush at night with the maasai during a thunderstorm. Animals, people, culture, experiences... there were so many memorable points, we'll be recalling them for years to come.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The company were great to deal with. Donna was extremely helpful when we were booking the trip, Muba and Jackson kept us right whilst on the trip. Don't be frightened to ask or enquire, they will help in any way they can.

A down side but nothing to do with the company or the trip. Be warned that African airports are not like European ones. We arrived back at Kili airport from Zanzibar at 7.30pm. Our flight out in the morning was 6am and we intended to stop in the airport until then. This is not possible, you are not allowed to enter the airport. We sat outside for hours until some UN employees told us this was unsafe and took us to a local lodge. It cost us £135 for four hours at the lodge, there was no where else to go. Although we couldn't really afford it at least we were safe. Do bear this in mind when making your own travel arrangements.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Those involved in this particular tourism area would have definitely benefited but it was probably a small percentage of the actual local population. The Iraqwi village walk left me wondering whether the village benefited or just our guide and his family. The maasai were obviously getting a good deal with their school which was funded by the company and the women with their jewellery which they were selling. As for minimizing impacts on the environment? I felt guilty that there were just the two of us in the safari vehicle (I also felt very lucky!). There are many, many safari vehicles out there, they are bound to have an effect on the environment, however, the revenue which these companies bring into the area and the parks are what keeps everything going.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great! The wildlife viewing was far better than we anticipated and Muba's knowledge and ability to share it made for fascinating listening. The tents were roomy and mattresses comfortable. Jackson seemed to think we needed fattening up, unfortunately we were never able to eat every last scrap of food, what a great cook! The change in itinerary with Manyara National Park being at the beginning rather than the end was a great way to lead you into the safari itself, I loved Manyara, so many trees, a great variation of wildlife, a great starting point. I would recommend this company to anyone, a full and interesting itinerary and fantastic staff.

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