Private vehicle safari in Tanzania

Price:
From 1810 - 1955 (9 days) excluding flights
Price based on 2 people traveling. Price includes 5 nights safari lodges (FB), 3 nights Karama Lodge (HB), 6 Days private safari, game drives & park fees. Price for 3 or more people traveling available on request.
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This trip can be arranged at any time to suit you, and adapted to your requirements. Minimum 2 people, prices based on 4 people traveling.
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Private vehicle safari in Tanzania

Private vehicle safari in Tanzania

Responsible travel: Private vehicle safari in Tanzania

The safari company has been owned and run, for over 15 years, by a Tanzanian couple only employing Tanzanian guides, drivers & cooks. All food is bought locally. For the non-safari days, we have made a Tanzanian tour guide available.

The lodges used all have strong environmental ethics and are heavily involved in community development. For example community levy generation from tourist bed nights, employment & training of staff from the local areas, involvement in school improvement projects, and waste recycling projects.

For all of our tours we provide customers with an itinerary specific responsible travel guide aprox 4 weeks before they depart. This includes a generic travelers code of conduct which emphasises basic responsible travel advice e.g. reduction of waste and consumption of natural resources, purchase local produce where possible etc. Our vacations are specifically designed to bring guests into direct contact with locals from a range of different tribes and cultures across Africa. We also therefore provide destination specific guidance including advice on local customs and some key phrases in certain languages (e.g. Swahili). We also offer guidance on how to barter responsibly for local curios and what curios should be avoided (e.g. certain wildlife artefacts such as coral, turtle shells etc.). As all of our guides and groundhandlers are local we also give guidance on what a fair and reasonable level of tipping would be at the end of the vacation.

We support the work of Tourism Concern both in distributing their advice to customers and as an active participant in the Ethical Tour Operators Group. Our managing director sits on this group and is a regular attendee of meetings contributing to work towards developing industry wide fair trade standards. We also distribute materials to customers and make periodic donations for the following charities: Tree Aid; International Fund for Wildlife and Survival International Trust. In Southern Africa we support the Southern Africa Sustainable Seafood Initiative and forward their guidance to all customers on which seafood is sustainable when offered a choice at restaurants.

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The story of the provider of Private vehicle safari in Tanzania

Whilst volunteering on a coral reef in Tanzania, the founder of this company fell in love with Africa. Using her academic background in environmental science, she decided to do something practical and help the continent develop a sustainable tourism portfolio. She developed vacations which combine the obvious itinerary highlights with more unusual experiences such as home stays and township visits. She believes that there are great benefits to travel: it is a chance to widen your horizons, learn about other people and see a bit more of the world than just that little place you call home.

Private vehicle safari in Tanzania

Reviewed 04 Nov 2013 by Julia Runciman5 star rating

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


Too many to mention! We had an amazing guide who was professional, very knowledgable, and so easy to get on with. We joked with him that we wanted to be the first car in the Ngorogoro Crater as we had heard it got very busy. he went off arranged a picnic breakfast and we were indeed the first into the crater having it virtually to ourselve for the first hour which included a close encounter
with the rarely seen Black Rhino!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We went in the dry season so the red dust gets everywhere! Not all tented lodges that we stayed in had plug sockets so straiteners were redundant! Some of the transfers were long, dusty and very bumpy - not a problem for us but the elderly or very young might struggle, so discuss with your tour company distances between camps and the type of roads you will be traveling on.

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


The lodges and tented lodges we stayed in were all local run ones which benefited the community through employment and by building water pumps for the locals to reduce the distance they had to travel. One camp works with conservationists and took copies of our photos for the Cheetah project and Lion study. We had a lovely email explaining how they identified the animals and
giving the history of an injured lion we had photographed ( she was fine).

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


This was my third safari, but it was the one that most connected me to Tanzania. I was there primarily for tha animals but also wanted a vacation that benefited locals rather than international companies. This vacation achieved that but gave me so much more, I am now in love with Tanzania, it's stunning landscapes, its wildlife and its charming people. The vacation was really tailored to our wishes, this is something bigger companies can't do.

Reviewed 11 Sep 2013 by Sally Foote5 star rating

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


Seeing Lions in the trees in Manyara and the Serengetti.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you got at the right time of year to see the things you want to see.

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


We were really impressed by the places we stayed and their environmental and social policies. There was however very little opportunity to get visit or meet local people. We were persuaded to visit a Maasai village by our guide and although it was a very interesting experience and they clearly live in dire conditions and deserve all the financial support tourists instinctively dole out, it wasn't clear that this type of 'guilt' tourism was the best solution to the problem.
For example we were taken to visit the school which was clearly not used at all and the children had just been rounded up for the purposes of our visit and were seated. It felt very much like it this was being put on for our benefit rather than genuinely improving lives/education for those children. It would be great if safari companies could help with this by introducing visitors to recommended projects were donations will make a real difference.

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


Absolutely amazing. We love the country, our guide was absolutely brilliant and we had a fantastic time.

Reviewed 25 Jul 2013 by Susan Armstrong3 star rating

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


Seeing leopards in the Serengeti.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be aware of the long drives on unsealed roads which also creates lots of dust: don't wear pale colours. Stay in tented lodges wherever possible. Bring earplugs for the hotels, they're very noisy.

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


Not directly: all the tours seemed to go to the same places so couldn't really see how ours was different.

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


Good variety of parks to see, some great tented accommodation, hotels had amazing views but poor customer service and decor very tired and noisy.

Reviewed 03 Nov 2008 by Graham Botwright5 star rating

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


Difficult to answer. Elephants grazing a few feet from our tent at night? Watching a lion chase down a wildebeest? walking across the savanna with Maasai warriors? Too many experiences to pick just one. Our children (13 and 15) got as much out of meeting the local people in towns and villages as they did from seeing the vast array of wildlife. Now they realise you really can make do on a minimum of possessions and things can be fixed (in very inventive ways), not thrown away when they break; a life changing experience for them.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


My wife was very worried about camping in the bush. Don't be. It is a fantastic experience and the cook and driver will make you feel like royalty. Far more luxurious than anything we have experienced in the way of camping before.

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


Simple campsites minimised environmental impact. We stayed on "special" campsites where everything was taken in and nothing left behind. A very sound approach to putting back into the local community from the tour operator. We feel very comfortable that this vacation avoided exploitation of the environment and the people.

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


There is no question that the whole family would agree this is the best vacation we have every been on. The organisation was superb, the experience unbeatable.

Reviewed 15 Feb 2008 by Patricia Tulloch5 star rating

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


What a difficult question. The balloon safari was wonderful even though my photos are blurry from my shaky hands-seeing cheetahs from above & a huge hippo out of water was spectacular. The setting for our breakfast & champagne after the flight was beautiful - a table under a tree in the Serengeti. For excitement the adventure camping could not be beaten. A 2 man tent, a hole behind a tree [toilet] & your own personal cook. At our age it is impossible to go all night without a pee - squatting behind our tent in the Serengetti, listening to nearby hyenas circling in pitch dark was truly exciting. As I fell asleep I wondered how you stop an elephant from crashing into your tent, amazingly I slept like a baby.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go for the private safari option its worth the extra money. You look at what you want when you want & as long as you want to.-just us 2 and a driver. Go to Zanzibar - and also stay in Stone Town a few days its too interesting & too hot to see in a day trip-its an excellent place to wander around eating drinking & soaking up the exotic history. Be careful about currency - we had conflicting advice from everyone - some hotels charge extra for using cards & some wont look at travelers cheques - we stayed in small local places not big multi national chains.

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


This was our reason for using this operator. As far as I could see the Safari company used local drivers & all the hotels were staffed by local people. The same on Zanzibar.

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


The best yet & we have been to lots of terrific countries - The Serengeti & Ngorogoro crater reserves must be amongst the best places to see wildlife in the world. The local people are friendly & knowledgeable about the wildlife too.
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