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Connecting Land and People
Tanzania is known for its vast natural areas and spectacular wildlife. A safari here is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, yet it is often the cultural connections that resonate the deepest. We're offering you the special opportunity to be among the first travelers to support the launch and growth of the local social enterprise start-up Simba & Spice, who are eager to be your guides and hosts in their homeland. On this special locally guided and operated travel program, you’ll have the unique chance to connect with the people who live in this beautiful place and learn about the issues they face in preserving their culture and livelihoods.
Then, your safari will begin at a very special, remote luxury tented lodge in West Kilimanjaro. From there you’ll adventure deeper into the bush with your very knowledgeable (and super fun!) guide and driver, feasting on great food prepared by your personal safari chef and camping out under the stars by the campfire. (Don’t mind the zebra strolling around the campground!) Enjoy the unique experience of a walking safari in a remote Wildlife Management Area with a Maasai guide who can teach you about indigenous uses of plants while you walk in elephant tracks and enjoy the views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
You’ll travel through the greatest national parks that Tanzania has to offer: Taragire, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and of course, the Serengeti. Get ready for National Geographic-level photos of elephants, lions, buffalo, birds, hippos, cheetah and every other type of African creature on the Savannah. You’re likely to see them all. Finally, visit the “Cradle of Humanity” at Olduvai Gorge. Need we say more?
Travelers can choose from a long list of customization options to this trip, including exploring the cities and towns with guided biking or walking tours, and visiting museums and cultural centers. Or, opt to venture deeper into the bush by adding extra days to your trip. And of course, we highly recommend travelers make time to continue on to Zanzibar as well!
We are proud to partner with local Tanzanian start-up Simba & Spice to help build their capacity for a positive, ethical tourism. Learn more about them here.
Program price includes:
All accommodations described in itinerary (based on double sharing room or tent, with the exception of homestays where arrangements will be discussed with the client)
All meals as described in itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
All transportation as described in itinerary
Private English speaking guides (Where possible - in homestay situations, this might not be the case and is part of the experience!)
All entrance/park fees and associated government levies described in itinerary
Cultural Tourism Fees
Charitable donation to community partner
Arrival @ Kilimanjaro International Airport
Welcome to Tanzania!
Your local guide will meet you at the gate as you take in the fresh air and rolling hills. We’ll grab some lunch at a local restaurant and take you to a local lodge in Moshi (1 hour drive) where you can wash off the travel day. Depending on your arrival time, you can jump right into the community with your guide, or rest up for tomorrow’s adventure.
Overnight in Moshi
Enjoy a slow morning with a breakfast of fresh fruits and local delights prepared by the lodge. In the late morning, head out on an excursion to Materuni Waterfalls, where your guide will take you for a beautiful hike and swim. You will also have the chance to visit a coffee plantation.
Overnight in Moshi
Moshi - Longido
After breakfast, you will leave the lodge and drive about 1.5 hours to Longido District. Sit back and take in the change of scenery as you move from the city outskirts into Longido, at the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Longido’s environment varies from arid to semi-arid, with low, seasonal precipitation. However, droughts are increasing in frequency and severity. With only a few exceptions, the environment is not conducive to production of food crops. Pastoralism – a livelihood that almost completely depends on livestock – is the dominant way of life in Longido. Your locally run lodge is right in the center of this iconic Maasai village, where a traditional way of life is maintained.
Sauti Moja Tanzania is a community-based organization based in Longido Village which supports local initiatives that focus on the empowerment and increased well-being of vulnerable Maasai. These initiatives include education of vulnerable girls and children, HIV/AIDS prevention, land rights and provision of livestock to widows and single mothers.
The Maasai are an indigenous group in Tanzania facing immense challenges and are desperately trying to preserve their distinct culture. While cultural distinctions between ethnic groups have largely dissolved throughout other parts of Tanzania, the Maasai have defied this trend. Relatively-speaking, they have resisted the pressures of globalization, Western influences, and accompanying values. Nevertheless, their culture remains dynamic, as they delicately manage the preservation of their identity and social change.
Our friends at Sauti Moja Tanzania have agreed to show visitors how their community-based organization identifies local development needs and channels donor funds towards projects that positively impact Maasai lives. After checking in, you will begin by exploring the village and learning about Maasai customs and culture. A visit to the Sauti Moja Tanzania office will help you learn how a small community-based Maasai-run non-profit organization works and what projects they consider most important.
Overnight at a local lodge
With your Sauti Moja host, you will visit rural project sites such as Maasai-run health care centers, schools, HIV/AIDS community education teams, land rights advocacy, support for child mothers, and livestock for widows. Depending on the activities available, you will have a chance to participate in traditional village life!
Overnight in local lodge
Today you will enjoy the unique opportunity of experiencing daily life in a Maasai
Overnight in homestay
West Kilimanjaro Area via Sinya Village; Evening Walking Safari
Settle into your private safari vehicle and enjoy some local snacks as you’re driven approximately two hours through rural Tanzania to a remote luxury tented lodge in West Kilimanjaro. This is a very special place to visit! Unlike the popular National Parks where people must remain in their vehicle, this lodge is situated within a Wildlife Management Area where guests are permitted to walk the land with their Maasai guide and experience nature up close. The lodge is situated on the north face of Kilimanjaro in Sinya, a 600 square kilometer concession which offers incomparable scenery with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and the Ol Doinyo Longido and Ol Doinyo Orok peaks.
As you travel through Sinya Village en route, you will learn about Sauti Moja’s Maasai Land Rights Initiative and visit a Maasai Boma for lunch/tea. Maasai settlements, known as “bomas”, are found throughout Sinya. The Maasai in Sinya continue to live according to their customs, dressing in traditional clothing and celebrating their ancestral ceremonies.
When you arrive at the lodge, wash off the travel day and enjoy a walking safari to the edge of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Finally, take some time to enjoy the luxury of sunset drinks overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro and spend the evening around a fire with your travel companions.
Overnight at luxury tented lodge
Rise at 6:00am and take that coffee to go! You’re going on a very unique game drive, in search of elephants, zebra, giraffe, birds and other creatures that are active at sunrise.
Enjoy a leisurely brunch and relax before heading out for a late afternoon landscape walk, where you will follow the tracks of elephants and giraffe, and learn about traditional uses for plants from your Maasai guide.
Overnight at luxury tented lodge
Tarangire National Park
After breakfast at the lodge, your wildlife safari begins! Pile into the pop-top vehicle with your crew, hang onto those binoculars, and keep the snack bag nearby: you’re going on safari in Northern Tanzania!
Crossing the Maasai Steppe on your way to Tarangire National Park you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. Tarangire is Tanzania’s fourth-largest park (2,850 sq km), and one of the most diverse. Tarangire is home to well-known mammals such as lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, impala, buffalo and over 450 species of birds.
Before sunset you will arrive at your transit accommodation in Mto Wa Mbu village, where you meet your personal chef who will travel with your group on your camping safari and prepare all of your meals, starting with tonight’s supper!
Overnight at campground or local lodge
Serengeti National Park via Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
After breakfast, begin your journey to the Great Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. While your guide arranges the necessary permits to enter the park, enjoy the educational displays at the Visitor Center and prepare yourself to explore these extraordinary parks.
Travel around the remarkable Crater Rim and enjoy the views you’ve been waiting for: African landscapes, hundreds of birds, buffalo, lion, and possibly even a leopard. As you travel from the Crater towards the Serengeti, cross into the Great Rift Valley where you’ll be rewarded with a visit to Olduvai Gorge, where Mary and Louis Leakey discovered the earliest existence of human ancestors. There is a museum on-site.
Your journey continues into Serengeti National Park, which holds the dreams of all travelers to Tanzania. When you arrive at your campsite, wash up and relax with a sundowner drink while your travel team assembles your camp and prepares your evening meal. Enjoy a fire with your travel mates before retiring to your tent, falling asleep to the sounds of the Savannah, counting stars under the African sky.
Overnight at Serengeti Campsite
Serengeti National Park
Wake up early in the morning, grab your takeaway mug & breakfast, and get comfortable as you slip into a private safari vehicle while your guide pops open the roof! Go at your own pace and enjoy the abundant wildlife of the Serengeti and the breathtaking landscape that you’ve always dreamed of seeing. Journey from the wide-open plains to the kopjes, volcanic rocky outcrops that provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals.
Late morning you’ll return to your campsite to find your meal prepared, and your cook excited to hear about your safari! Take time to enjoy the meal before taking a nap, talking to fellow travelers or Tanzanian guides, or dusting yourself off in the shower station.
Enjoy a late afternoon game drive, followed by sundowner drinks and a leisurely dinner by candlelight.
Overnight at Serengeti Campsite
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Wake up at 6:00am for your early morning Serengeti game drive! After breakfast, we’ll pack up and travel down through the Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. This is one of our favorite game-viewing areas in the country, as it offers many new animals that you haven’t already seen.
As you settle into basecamp at the Crater Rim you’ll feel refreshed by the cool air that this high altitude offers. After your evening meal, fall asleep under the stars, surrounded by zebra and the sounds of the African night.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Campsite
Ngorongoro Crater Floor - Manyara National Park
Wake up early and descend to the Ngorongoro Crater floor for what is often the most incredible game drive of all. Often called a “Wonder of the World”, the crater floor (19.2km diameter, 610m deep, 302 sq km) is a magnificent caldera home to rhino, lion, buffalo, elephants and many others. Flamingos live on Soda Lake, as well as storks, vultures and more.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at Ngoitoktok Spring, another unforgettable experience with many hippos as your dining companions.
From there, we'll travel to the Arusha area where you will enjoy dinner with a local family.
Overnight at local lodge
Departure -or- extension options
Transfer to the airport for your international flight home, or extend your adventure with several options, including more time in the Arusha area for city explorations, time to relax at a luxury hotel, or our favorite - continue the adventure on the island of Zanzibar!!
$4195 per person based on 4+ people, $5395 based on 2
13D / 12N
Custom dates available year-round
Moshi - Longido - West Kilimanjaro - Tarangire National Park - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area - Lake Manyara National Park - Arusha
Customizable, village experience
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