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Tanga-Nyika Tales: Adventure from the Bush to the Coast

from US $4899 (PP Sharing)

For this trip to discover the best of Tanzania in 14 days, attention has been paid to every detail.

Duration: 14 Days & 13 Nights

Dates: 5 – 18 December 2016, 13 – 26 February 2017
Group Size: Min 2 / Max 14 

Overview

A combination of walking and game-driving safaris, a careful blend of national parks, culture and un-spoilt wilderness areas, giving a first time visitor a ‘Taste of the North’. Spend your nights under the stars in a mix of lodges, permanent camps and tented camps. 

Experience your own private camp in the heart of the Serengeti plains and wake up to the soft sound of Maasai cow bells as a new day begins over The Great Rift Valley. 

This trip has been exclusively designed for Gaia Conscious Travel to give you a uniquely conscious Experience of the country from bush to beach. Attention has been paid to every detail. You will enjoy adventure as well as high-end accommodation, a thrilling combination that will make your trip to Tanzania one of the most memorable.

The Operator

Both directors (Tanzanian and British born) share between them more than 20 years’ experience working with indigenous peoples in Tanzania, 10 of which were in the not-for profit sector. Our company was born out of a desire to educate travelers in an authentic, un-staged, community lead way about indigenous people in Tanzania, their cultures, way of life and their struggles through cultural ecotourism.

Our overall attitude to tourism in focused on personal growth and discovery (for visitors but also for the communities we connect with during our travels) and the intrinsic value of indigenous knowledge and wisdom; seeing the world through another’s perspective (taking a walk in each other’s shoes) but with minimal impact (both environmental and social) so all you leave behind are footprints in the earth. 

We are passionate about supporting indigenous peoples preserve their indigenous knowledge and cultural identities for future generations but also about promoting community- lead sustainable development. We are equally passionate about educating travelers through intimate and authentic exchanges that allow for a genuine, human interaction and knowledge sharing.  We believe cultural tourism can be an important means to achieve this goal.

Our company’s policies are based on a foundation of personal and academic research into the impact of ecotourism on indigenous peoples so we are well aware of the potential pitfalls as well as benefits and this is something which informs all of our product development.

We are also environmentally conscious individuals, who are actively engaged in reducing our footprint and impact, not just for the company but at home, whether through investment in state of the art water filters in order to cut down on plastic bottle use; buying locally wherever possible; or simply encouraging travelers to get out of the car and take-part in walking safaris or spend a few days with a local community doing a walking based cultural program.   

A central part of our company ethos is profit sharing with the communities we work with. 

An average 10% of the net profit from our programs goes towards community projects aimed at tackling issues highlighted by the communities as important. We also encourage projects which utilise indigenous knowledge and skills and environmentally based projects such as forest management.

Giving Tanzanians job opportunities is a priority for us, therefore all of our employees are local Tanzanians. Our company is nothing without the people we work with and employ. In recognition of this fact many of our employees are on full-contracts and paid on a salary basis (instead of per day) to ensure job security, with social security benefits and emergency air rescue insurance on top as a minimum. We also offer additional training in various areas including first aid, English “top-ups” to name a couple and opportunities for career growth.     

We are continually looking for new ways to reduce our environmental footprint and impact. So far we have implemented the use of state of the art water filters to reduce our plastic bottle consumption (so water is filtered directly from sources in the bush, however it is not yet possible for us to rely 100% on filtered water alone). Also many of our packages include community programs which are almost exclusively done on foot so reducing our carbon foot print. We also support a forest management project in one of the communities we work with. Roughly 80% of our equipment is locally produced and we endeavour to buy locally wherever possible. Whilst in the bush we have strict “leave no trace” policies. All of our camps are currently 100% mobile, meaning that in between groups camp sites have a chance to recover. We currently depend on a mixture of sustainable charcoal, gas and locally collected dead/sustainable sources of wood.

Our long term environmental goals include switching to sustainable fuel sources for our vehicles and switching to sustainable power sources in the office. Our mid-term goals include switching to 90% sustainable/renewable fuel sources in our camps. 

How guests are prepared

All guests receive Pre-departure Travel Notes containing general information about Tanzania, it’s history, climate and environment, cultural awareness and Swahili language guide. On arriving in Tanzania guests receive a thirty minute orientation that goes into more detail about the specific communities that might be visited as well as the “dominant” Swahili culture, cultural norms, what behaviour is and isn’t appropriate in each setting and what to expect in general.

Guests are encouraged to learn the traditional Swahili greetings, which are also covered during the orientation.

The people we work with on your tour

For each tour there is a field crew consisting of a driver guide/vehicle. Our tours are nothing without the people we work with. In recognition of this fact our employees are fairly paid (above the government minimum for the industry) 

Where possible we try to use hand-picked hotels and lodges which have a good reputation among lodge workers, engage in corporate social responsibility.

How the tour creates additional employment and income for 3rd parties

There is also the opportunity for guests to purchase traditional jewellery and other items directly from artists and craftsmen along the way. We also make us of locally run hotels and lodges where possible.

How we reduce our footprint on your tour

Guests spend as much time on foot as possible. Our itineraries are planned to provide ample time between destinations to avoid rushing around, thus using less fuel.

All our guests are briefed on how to keep their environmental impact to a minimum from encouraging the use of biodegradable toiletries to how to dispose of trash appropriately.

We hand select lodges that follow best practice for environmental conservation and sustainability and prefer to use these whenever possible.

Mission of Parks visited 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is an “experiment” in the co-habitation of people and wildlife whereby Maasai people are able to live their traditional lifestyle alongside native wildlife but other forms of human activity (farming/hunting etc) are prohibited. In the National Parks no human activity is allowed other than around camps.  All of the parks and conservation areas visited have strict leave no trace policies and policies regarding the removal of flora and fauna. We apply the same principles in the natural areas visited outside of the parks. 

Slowing down and letting go

The relatively slow pace of the tour means less rushing around and a greater chance to relax and let go the stresses and strains of modern living. Since everything is taken care of from transport to food to accommodation guests will have very little to think about and can focus entirely on themselves and their experience.

All accommodation is lodge based so guests get to enjoy relative comfort on their tour as well as optional luxury experiences such as a massage or spa treatment. We also prefer to choose smaller lodges with fewer guests for an intimate experience.

Time on the beach at the end of the tour, in a quiet and relatively unspoilt location is the ultimate means to relaxation!

Reconnecting with yourself and your environment

On the whole this experience will be incredibly sensual, with new and exotic smells, sights and sounds. Tanzania is without doubt one of the most beautiful, diverse, exciting but also humbling places to visit on Earth. It will certainly take your breath away! 

Personal Growth

The terrains covered can be rough, the roads poor, dusty and bumpy; the climate, hot and dry. Conditions such as these can be personally challenging but at the same time very exciting! Guests will get to experience some of the most incredible wildlife and scenery in the world.   



Adopt a Sea Turtle

We will give you the option to donate to this project on your final invoice.

SEA SENSE

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Sea Sense is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) that works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species including sea turtles, dugongs, whales, dolphins and whale sharks. These species, together with their habitats face a very uncertain future, mostly as a result of human activities in the coastal zone. Their continued survival is implicitly linked with the protection of the wider coastal and marine ecosystem and the wellbeing of coastal peoples.

Sea Sense has a ‘grass-roots’ approach to conservation and has recruited and trained a network of over 60 Conservation Officers who act as ‘ambassadors for conservation’ in their village and serve as a vital link between Sea Sense and the wider community.

Through training, education and employment Sea Sense is changing attitudes towards conservation. Many coastal communities are participating in marine conservation initiatives and becoming aware of the need to conserve Tanzania’s rich natural heritage for future generations.

ADOPT YOUR VERY OWN SEA TURTLE NEST!

You can help Sea Sense to protect marine life in Tanzania by adopting your very own sea turtle nest. For only US$50 you will receive an adoption pack containing a personalised adoption certificate, fun and interesting sea turtle facts, a sea turtle poster, photos of hatchlings, kids puzzles and a bookmark.  Contact the Sea Sense office to adopt your turtle nest today!

The money raised by the adoption programme is used by Sea Sense to fund further sea turtle conservation work and support community development projects in villages near to sea turtle nesting beaches. So, by adopting a sea turtle you are helping to protect Tanzania’s endangered marine life and improving the lives of coastal communities too!

If you prefer to donate lesser amounts, from US$ 10 and more, we will make a cash donation to this partner on your behalf.


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