Tanzania safari, northern serengeti

“Join a small group on an overland tour of the Serengeti staying in luxury tented camps from where game drives offer access to animal encounters, right on your doorstep.”

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Ngorongoro Highlands | Ngorongoro Crater | meet a Maasai chief | northern Serengeti | Mara River | some of the animals you can expect to see: rhinos, lions, elephants, hyenas, wildebeest, buffalos, zebra, hippos, gazelle, and ostriches |

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Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tanzania safari, northern serengeti

Accommodation and Meals:
We will be spending 7 nights in Kirurumu luxury tented camps, all of which are predominantly locally run and locally staffed. So by choosing to stay here, we are supporting employment opportunities for communities in surrounding areas. The comfortable tented camps that we use are seasonal and move around the national parks and reserves with the intention of letting the land rest. This industry is a great source of employment for local people, so by staying in such camps we are supporting steady income for local communities. Most meals are supplied and we are keen to source ingredients from as nearby as possible as a means of generating income for small businesses within the region and producing fresh, authentic food for clients. Breakfasts and lunches often include freshly baked biscuits, fruit, cakes and hot drinks.

Local Craft and Culture:
Although this is a largely nature based trip, we incorporate as much benefit to local people as possible. One of the ways to support local people and boost the economy is to buy crafts along the roads in the smaller villages which we pass, for instance wooden carvings, necklaces, bracelets and Maasai spears. These items provide a significant form of alternative income. Guides are careful to explain that any souvenirs on sale over the duration of the trip which are made from animal parts, shells or local hardwoods should not be purchased.

Activity:
Our tours are designed to entertain as well as inform about wildlife issues and promote animal welfare. When we visit National Parks such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater we pay park fees which contribute to the protection of these parks and the myriad of unique (and sometimes endangered) species which can be found there e.g. Rhinos, elephants, lions, and leopard. Local guides are also employed when we enter these reserves. This creates employment and gives clients an altogether more informative, genuine experience which creates more awareness of conservation issues. Whilst on game drives, we are careful to keep a respectful distance between our vehicle and any wild animals as well as respecting speed limits within the national parks and reserves and not exceeding the maximum number of vehicles at any wildlife sighting. We travel in 4WD vehicles which are specially customised for going on safari. All seats are window seats and there is a roof hatch, which greatly enhances game viewing. We are careful to stay quiet in the vehicle when approaching or viewing wildlife, so that we don’t scare any wild animals. Local guides will always accompany us during any safari to ensure that we adhere to park regulations and act in a responsible way.

Community:
We usually use Kirurumu Camps who offer a complete circuit of under canvas properties for safaris in Northern Tanzania. Tourism in these regions supports the local Maasai community to earn income from the wildlife that they have co-existed with for aeons, without changing land use or cultural norms. Tourism is increasingly providing much needed income for communal needs such as safe clean water, schools etc. and our local operator is one of the pioneers in this style of Community based Tourism.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, 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.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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