Tanzania safari holiday

“Spend nights in permanent safari camps as you cross Tanzania as part of a small group and enjoy animals in their protected natural habitat without too much travel in between.”

Highlights

Arusha | Lake Manyara National Park | Ngorongoro Conservation Area | Olduvai Gorge | Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Maasai Mara | Tarangire National Park |

Description of Tanzania safari holiday

The magnificent Lake Manyara National Park forms the start point of this incredible ten day safari holiday in Tanzania with an abundance of bird species and ever elusive tree climbing lions ensuring this southeast African adventure really hits the ground running.

From the shoreline of Lake Manyara you’ll head to Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area before you find yourself in the realm of the Masai Mara where big cats prowl and permanent safari camps allow you to spend a night surrounded by the calls of the wild.

Although you’ll be leaving the Serengeti behind there’s no let up in the animal action with the perimeters of Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park conjuring up an exciting climax amidst elephants, giraffe, zebras and buffalo.

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Environment
Accommodation and Meals:
We will be spending 6 nights in full-service camping and 1 in a hotel (Lodge departures: 3 nights lodges, 4 nights permanent tented camps). By camping for the majority of the trip we make a minimal impact on the environment by saving energy. Our chefs are local people and enthusiastic about sourcing ingredients locally, which keeps money in the area. Where meals are not provided, we recommend eating out at smaller, family-run restaurants rather than large chains wherever possible. This is a way to explore authentic, regional cuisine whilst putting money back in the pockets of local people. Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include grilled beef with plantain, pilau rice and biryani, chapatti, okra, ugali (maize porridge) and freshly caught seafood on the coast.

Wildlife:
We are lucky enough to visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a conservation area, not a national park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. Entrance fees in each of these areas are an essential form of support which goes towards the preservation and conservation of the remarkable amount of wildlife here (including lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard). By promoting a form of tourism that is against harming animals, yet is successful, we spread the message that there is a mutually beneficial way to co-exist with wildlife. This deters poaching activity and capturing of wild animals to be put in zoos.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

A Fair Deal:
We use a locally based operator for this trip and have established a long-term partnership, assisting with local staff training in all aspects of their jobs, thereby investing in the people to help improve their knowledge and future prospects. All our Tanzanian leaders are committed to Responsible Tourism and receive regular updates and training from us and our local partners. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local communities from your visit for instance leaders can advise clients on where to shop, what to buy (and not to buy), how to behave, litter policy and drinking water while reducing plastic bottle consumption.

Campaigning for Change:
Our dedication to local community is not just for those working for us. In Tanzania, we have funded a project which has managed to install 180 smokeless stoves in 9 villages across Geita and to teach over 90 young people how to build and use them. The benefits of this project have been incredible as the new stoves eliminate the myriad of health issues caused by prolonged exposure to smoke and take far less cooking time. There are also environemntal benefits as much less firewood is required to run the new stoves.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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


All of the animals - first we saw the 'big five' and many many others! The most astonishing thing was the number of animals and their proximity. Far closer contacts than we had ever considered!!

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


Go for it!!! Take good binoculars and cameras with decent telephoto lenses! (you can now get very good digital cameras (non SLR) with 135 equivalent lenses from 25mm to 720mm+ at lower prices than for a 'proper' DSLR and the optics are brilliant!!!

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


YES! I hope that our camping and Tanzanian helpers should keep our money in the Tanzanian economy.

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


Absolutely bloody brilliant!!!!!!!!!!

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