- People and nature are inseparable partners. This East African journey contributes to a harmonious balance between conservation and sustainable human development.
- Meet Saruni Mwasuni, an elder in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where both wildlife and the communities are supported by your visit to The Highlands.
- Participate in a cultural interaction with the Hadzabe, Datoga, Maasai, and Sukuma tribes for a life-changing glimpse into a timeless lifestyle of thousands of years ago. Ancient traditions whose preservation is supported by Mwiba Wildlife Reserve and your stay at Mwiba Lodge.
- From Naboisho Camp in the Masai Mara, visit the Maa Trust, which works to increase the benefits of wildlife and conservation to Maasai families so that they appreciate, and contribute to the protection of, wild animals on their land.
Duration: 10 days
Depart from: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Ends in: Nairobi, Kenya
Destinations: Tanzania, Kenya
Price: From $14,500 per person sharing
This itinerary utilizes properties that are doing it right – meaning they support the local communities, conserve their environments, and protect the wildlife in the areas in which they operate.
Of your total trip cost, $1,400 goes toward conservation fees, park fees, and permits, and $400 benefits the initiatives listed below.
DAYS 1 to 3: HIGHLANDS CAMP, NGORONGORO, TANZANIA
Settle into Highlands Camp, an award-winning property with eight domed canvas and glass suites situated on the edge of a forest. From here, embark on a full-day safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, pausing for a special lunch in the bush. Hike up the Olmoti volcano and trek down to the Empakaai Crater lake where pink flamingos flock in the shallows. Finally, visit a Ngorongoro village to immerse yourself into the diverse cultures and traditions of the people of this region. Tourism revenue not only benefits the conservation of wildlife but also supports local communities by village visits, Asilia Giving funding, and camp employment.
DAYS 4 to 6: MWIBA RIVER LODGE, SERENGETI, TANZANIA
Travel to Mwiba Wildlife Conservancy, a private 129,530-acre wildlife reserve adjoining the southern Serengeti. The game here is excellent all year round due to 33 freshwater springs that are situated on the property. Mwiba River Lodge has a stunning riverside location and every space is designed to maximize beautiful views. A visit to Mwiba Wildlife Reserve affords guests the unique opportunity to spend time with four different tribes as they go about their daily lives. These people welcome guests in to understand their daily lives, creating an honest and humbling eye-opening experience.
DAYS 7 to 9: NABOISHO CAMP, MASAI MARA, KENYA
Fly to the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in southwest Kenya where you will stay at Naboisho Camp, a dream for wildlife enthusiasts. As well as cheetahs, elephants, and giraffes, the area has one of the highest concentrations of lions in the world. Aside from game drives by open vehicle, explore the Mara on foot and keep your eyes peeled on a night drive. Furthermore, visit the Maa Trust that works to increase the benefits of wildlife and conservation to Maasai families so that they appreciate, and contribute to the protection of, wild animals on their land.
DAY 10: DEPART
Return home taking the sights, sounds, and stories of an enriching African journey. We hope this impactful itinerary leaves you with a renewed sense of purpose and a greater appreciation for our world.
HIGHLANDS CAMP, NGORONGORO, TANZANIA
Your stay at Highlands Camp spreads tourism revenue from the famous Ngorongoro Crater into the remote northern quarter of the NCA (Ngorongoro Conservation Area), which benefits the wildlife and supports the communities with village visits, Asilia Giving funding and camp employment. Here you will have an opportunity to meet Saruni Mwasuni, an elder in the nearby Maasai community, whose son works in tourism.
MWIBA WILDLIFE RESERVE, SERENGETI, TANZANIA
A visit to Mwiba Wildlife Reserve provides you the unique opportunity to spend time with four different tribes. The Mwiba Lodge Conservation and Community Management Team have been serving these communities for years and often the staff for the lodge is recruited from the local tribes.
Meet one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes in Tanzania, the Hadzabe Tribe who live a life almost free of possessions and are able to move by carrying what they have on their backs. The Hadza way of life is in danger of ceasing to exist, so Mwiba actively works with this community to ensure the longevity of their tribal ways.
The Sukuma are Bantu speaking people and are the largest of Tanzania’s ethnic groups. Pay a visit to a Sukuma medicine man, who is the equivalent of a modern-day homeopath and treats illnesses symptomatically.
Join the Dataoga tribe, similar to the Masai, known as fierce warriors and proud pastoralists. Arrive late afternoon at a Datoga boma which becomes a hive of activity just before sundown as women, children, and elders gather to watch livestock and young morani herders return from the pastures after a day of grazing.
MAA TRUST BEADWORK PROJECT, MASAI MARA, KENYA
In Maasai culture, there are few opportunities for women to earn cash. Blending the traditional skills of beading and modern exposure to international tourists, the beadwork project empowers women to make improvements to their lives. Earnings allow women to address their greatest needs at home, which in turn improves the quality of their lives and the lives of their children.
Current priorities include water tanks to save women walking many miles every day to collect dirty water, gas cylinders to prevent the need to enter conservation areas and cut down trees, solar lighting at home so that they and their children can have productive evenings, and saving their earnings to pay for school fees each term.
- Scheduled activities/tours (i.e. with other guests) as specified. Most safari camps and lodges include two game activities per day (morning and afternoon);
- Alluring Africa’s local reps available 24/7 while traveling;
- Services of lodge guides and staff;
- Air/ground transfers as specified;
- Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Government Sales Tax (GST);
- Relevant park fees;
- All accommodation as specified;
- Excursions/activities as specified;
- Drinks – differs between camps/lodges;
- Laundry can be done at most camps/lodges and hotels. In some cases this is included in the tariff quoted;
- Alluring Africa final documentation.
- Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified;
- Any scheduled flights and related taxes not specified;
- Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance – which is essential;
- Staff gratuities;
- Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
- Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
- International airfare