Wildlife and culture in Tanzania

Go off the beaten track to discover the beauty of Tanzania and it's people

    Company Description

    Established in 2008 and with headquarters in Zanzibar, Zama Tours & Safaris provides superior services for those who want to explore both Zanzibar and Tanzania mainland. Wildlife safaris, mountain climbs, cultural experiences, beach holidays and water sports are only part of our wide range of services. Zama Tours & Safaris believe that providing a tourism service is a very delicate and complicate business, and should be approached with utmost professionalism. When customers come in our hands, the first thing they should experience, even before the beauty of our country, is our memorable hospitality. Sustainability is essential to us. We not only like to show our guests the well-known national parks and white sandy beaches but also to create a real exchange between locals and visitors.

    What makes us special

    All our tours are tailor-made according to your wishes and preferences. We listen to you carefully and translate your dreams into reality. On your trip you will have a guide and transport exclusively for yourself and therefore the program can be flexible. We like to accommodate you as much as possible in small-sized lodges and tented camps, which we'll put you in direct contact with nature, wildlife and the local population. Game driving in well-known natural parks are alternated with immersions into local life by visiting tribal communities, diners at private homes, strolling along markets, participating in daily tasks or exploring rural co-operations.

    Tour Program

    Arusha – Tarangire National Park On arrival at the airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah and up to six thousand elephant. Late in the afternoon you will drive to your lodge or tented camp for dinner and overnight.

    Tarangire National Park – Esilalei – Serengeti National Park After breakfast the tour takes you to the Maasai village of Esilalei, where a local guide will introduce you to his village and people. Get a better understanding of the natural medicines still used on a daily basis with a Maasai medicine walk of the surrounding area. Then continue down to a Boma (mud dwelling) for an introduction into the Maasai way of life, beliefs and rituals. The road then leads you through the Crater Forest and over the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Short stop at the viewpoint with breath-taking views over the crater, before descending towards the Serengeti National Park. The vast extensions of the Serengeti plains before you will impress you and wanting you to explore this area in deep. Continue into the park to the lodge or tented camp for dinner and overnight.

    Serengeti National Park The whole of the day is dedicated to wildlife watching in the Serengeti. In the Seronera Valley you will find wildebeest and zebras and often lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. Other areas that you will visit will depend upon where the migrating herds are to be found. Usually the wildebeest and the zebras during the short rainy season in October and November are to be found moving from the hills in the north, to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season of April, May and June they return north. With fluctuations of annual rainfall the exact location of the animals varies from year to year. Your guide however will know the location of the herds and also where to get the best views. You will spend another night in the same accommodation

    Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area After breakfast you will start a new game drive in the Serengeti National Park before heading into the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater the caldera opens up before you and is a sight to behold. You’ll descend onto the crater floor to emerge into this fishbowl of wildlife. On the grass steppe and in the acacia tree woods, you will find almost all species that are found in the East African savannah; with the exception of topis, Masai giraffes and impalas. Quite often you can observe the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceros and leopards) within a couple of hours. After an extensive wildlife tour you leave the Conservation Area for dinner and overnight in a lodge in the Crater Highlands.

    Ngorongoro Crater Highlands – Lake Eyasi We enter the true tribal areas of Tanzania after leaving the tourist trail and heading towards Lake Eyasi, home to the hunter-gathers, an ethnic group of the Hadzabe Bushmen bearing similar characteristics to those of Bushmen in Southern Africa. The small people of this indigenous tribe are probably the last living in true harmony with nature and have a wealth of fauna and flora knowledge to share with us. The time you’ll spend with them is filled with tours and game walks guided by bushmen taking you on their traditional hunting tracks. Dinner and overnight in lodge or tented camp.

    Lake Eyasi – Arusha National Park – Marangu Today’s program is a visit to the less-known gem among the Tanzanian northern National Parks, the Arusha National Park. Once the site of the action packed Hollywood movie Hatari, starring John Wayne and Hardy Kruger, it shows you now a variety of landscapes and one of the few possibilities for a walking safari with an armed ranger on the slopes of the Mount Meru. You pass by herds of zebra, buffalo, and giraffe on the savannah. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Momella Lake, famous for huge flocks of colourful flamingos and its views at majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. You continue in the afternoon with a game drive around the different habitats in this truly beautiful national park. There are black and white colobus monkeys (unique to this location northern Tanzania), Sykes’s and Vervet monkeys, shy forest duikers, elusive leopards and substantial herds of antelope. Later afternoon drive to Marangu (Moshi) for dinner and overnight.

    Marangu At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, outside the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, lie the beautiful towns of Mamba and Marangu. Here, local people of the Chagga tribe have planned walking tours through valleys and waterfalls depicting mountain village life. The day is filled with hikes, historical and cultural visits, including a local lunch. Together with a Chagga guide you visit the Chagga Museum, walk through fertile valleys with great waterfalls, densely planted coffee and banana plantations to panoramic viewpoints ideal for photographing Mount Kilimanjaro. You experience culture, traditions and daily life of the local Chagga people. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

    Marangu - Zanzibar Stone Town Time to discover the other side of the country! You will be driven to the airport (Arusha or Kilimanjaro) where you will catch a flight to Zanzibar, where you will be met at the airport in Zanzibar by a representative from Zama Tours. He will drive you to your hotel where you will be able to relax or take a stroll along the narrow winding alleys of this ancient capital. For dinner you are expected at Salim's private home, where you'll be feasted to a homemade Arab meal, while you relax sitting on the carpets and listen to the family's stories about their Omani routes and daily life on the island.

    Stone Town – East Coast Zanzibar Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar and little has changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses. Stone Town has brought together many different elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a thousand years. You can spend endless hours just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways, absorbing the years of history. You will enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating town, recently and deservedly declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the afternoon guide and driver take you to a spice plantation, to discover the richness of Zanzibar’s spices and fruits, many of them used for medical purposes. Zanzibar is known as the Spice Islands and was once the world’s leading producer of cloves. You will be able to see, smell and taste aromatic spices and scented plants including guava, mangoes, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chillies, black pepper and cinnamon. Afterwards you drive to your beach hotel for total relax. Dinner and overnight are included.

    A full day to relax and enjoy everything the East Coast has to offer. You can lounge on the beach or by the pool, or take part in some of the many activities. There are several optional day trips to small islands or to the coral reefs. Professional PADI diving schools offer a full range of scuba diving with professional equipment. Other water sports such as kiting, kayaking, catamaran sailing, wind surfing, deep sea fishing, water skiing, parasailing and jet skiing are also on offer. Your stay at the beach is based on breakfast and dinner.

    Today you'll visit a unique charity project of a Dutch owner, More Africa, focusing on children and youngsters with a handicap by giving them special classes in the small school on the property and physiotherapy. Without this help these children would never be able to integrate into society. More Africa gives them perspective and a future. Dinner is in the onsite restaurant run by elder residents and the women of the neighborhood sell their beautifully handcrafted items in the boutique. In the afternoon, during a half day tour to the fishing community of Uroa, you will discover authentic village life, including the typical housing, the Koran school, the seaweed farming women, a local dhow carpenter, and of course the main industry, the fish market, where a daily auction takes place.

    Another day of leisure at the beach. Just do nothing, rent a bike for a cycling tour along the beaches or take a boat ride.

    Avoid the crowds and relax, swim, snorkel and enjoy seafood on your own private powder-sandy sandbank! An exclusive daytrip of Zama Tours and takes you away from the busy sandbanks where everybody goes. In the morning you board the wooden mashua boats in Stone Town and start the day with a boat ride to Prison Island. A drink and snack will be provided upon arrival after which you visit the giant tortoises, the oldest one at the moment having 157 years! Mid-morning you leave the island and head to the opposite of the normal circuit, to the isolated Nyange sandbank, about 30 minutes distance from Stone Town. Approaching the white sandbank surrounded by the turquoises waters of the Indian Ocean invites you already for your first dive into these clear waters. Upon arrival, snorkeling gear is ready. Don’t worry about anything anymore, while our own team prepares your lunch: BBQ with fish, seafood and meat kebabs; crispy salads, chips, snacks, fresh fruits and fresh juice. Sodas and mineral water are all included. After lunch just relax in the sun or under the shades, snorkel, swim or have a walk along the island. Late afternoon heading back to Stone Town, enjoy the famous Zanzibari sunset. A day never to forget!

    The last day of your holiday, whether at the beach or in Stone Town

    Time to say goodbye. Your driver will take you to the airport. You'll leave our beautiful country with hundreds of photographs and a load of good memories. Kwa heri!

    Starting price per person in €

    4500

    Community Programs

    Zama Tours & Safaris was created, built and operated by local Tanzanian professionals. We are proud that our staff consists solely of members of the local communities, being given fair compensation and good working positions. Born in Tanzania or residing here for many years, we know from our own experience that life in general in Tanzania and Zanzibar is not always easy and brings a lot of hardship. Education and healthcare in developing countries have been and still are of minor quality, accessibility and importance than in the developed world. Many families lack financial means and social security is not available. Our work in the tourism industry gives us now the opportunity to support the less fortunate.
    Zama Tours & Safaris sponsors an interesting and successful private project based in Stone Town, called TAWFIQ.
    Business Education Center in Zanzibar. The purpose of the project is to help students who had to drop out their secondary schools at an age of 15 or 16 years old, because their parents were not able to finance their studies. The center was established to provide business education studies in order to enable the students to become entrepreneurs or to find suitable employment in the labour market.
    Zama Tours believes that all cultures can learn from each other. Tanzania is rich in culture. Therefore it is one of our special endeavors to introduce you, through a large variety of local tours and visits, to the cultural wealth of our country. Whether by spending a day with the famous tribes of the Maasai and the Hadzabe in northern Tanzania, or visiting a local fishing village or a WWF-sponsored butterfly project in Zanzibar, our guests will always return home with new knowledge and wisdom in their backpacks.

    Environmental Programs

    Social responsibility and the protection of our environment are a precondition for success and sustainability. Eco-friendly and community sensitivity therefore are a MUST for Zama Tours. We always strive to minimize our impact on the country’s fragile ecosystem since our livelihood is reliant on the healthy state of our surroundings. We are devoted to ensure Zanzibar’s and mainland’s pristine environment stays clean for others to enjoy.

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