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Aerial view of the Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania

Experiences

The Wilds of Tanzania

Immerse yourself in adventure, nature and conservation in this exotic corner of the world. Witness the Great Migration in the Serengeti, encounter the authentic, tribal culture of the Hadza and Masai people and relax on Zanzibar’s sun-soaked beaches. Prepare for a unique and adventurous experience in the beautiful wilds of Tanzania.

When to go:
July – October

Begin your Tanzanian journey on a jeep trek to Lake Manyara National Park known for its abundant wildlife and breath-taking scenery. Travel there through low altitude villages where you will provide life-giving aid to people in need of malaria nets and life straws. The route will also take you along the bottom of the epic Rift Valley escarpment with multiple river crossings.

Drive the length of Manyara National Park, climbing the Ngorongoro Crater and through the sensational Masai land far off the beaten track when cattle, zebra and wildebeest all mingle together. Find your camp situated in a 350,000-hectare private concession in the heart of the wilderness. Here, spend a night in an intimate mobile camp which follows you as you move across the vast Serengeti plains, offering prime locations for seeing the extraordinarily diverse wildlife that this park has to offer, including: lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hyena and hippo, as well as more than 300 bird species.

Crafted for those with a desire to do more than just scratch the surface, here animals are not the only star of the show. Head out of the camp and meet the fascinating Masai people. PELORUS will offer you the chance to fully engage with the tribe and gain a unique understanding of their lives. Enjoy a bush lunch under the acacia trees before delighting in the rare opportunity to involve yourself in crucial conservation work. Guided by experts you will be given the chance become part of a team collaring a lion, wild dog or elephant. Or spend the day tracking the fascinating patterns of the wild dog, all the while witnessing the spectacular wildlife, including the immense numbers of wildebeest, surrounding you.

Travel towards Hadzabe where you will learn from a knowledgeable guide about the phenomenal relationship between active volcanoes and the mineral needs of lactating mother wildebeests. Experience the park on foot as you head into the bush to trek up a rocky escarpment to your stargazer tents in the heart of the wilderness. Enjoy sunsets, stars and the calls of the wild in themost visceral of ways in this unique setting. Meet the Hadza people with whom you will forage and hunt. Walk with them in the veld harvesting berries, nuts, wild honey and possibly a small bird or mammal for the fire.

Travel south to Ruaha National Park, home to 10% of Africa’s lion population and experience the contrasting landscape of this southern park. Delight a sundowner and a night drive through the camp while watching out for the nocturnal species that come to life as the sun slips behind the horizon. Join expert guides on foot and in vehicles and learn how to track wildlife from prints and signs in the bush. This immersive experience will allow you to forge a deep and personal connection with the wilds of Tanzania.

Experience first-hand the emotional connection that researchers develop with the cheetahs and aid world class habitat restoration programmes to protect this magnificent species. Spend time learning the ways in which rangers battle to protect vast swathes of pristine bush from invading poachers and how this illegal industry threatens Africa’s wildlife.

Witness the incredible on-going conservation work being done to protect the graceful but severely endangered wild dog. PELORUS will gain exclusive access to this specialist programme run by naturalists, which is a rare privilege indeed.

Fly on to Zanzibar and unwind in a thatch and stone chalet on the ocean. Swim, snorkel or dive in the tropical seas of the Indian ocean and witness the abundant marine life including turtles and dolphins. Relish the thrill of watersports from the powder-soft white sandy beaches and witness fisherman sailing in traditional dhow and ngalawa boats. Delve into the rich trading history of the Island while visiting Stone Town, a historic UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, witness the mix of cultures this Swahili trading town boasts including Arab, Indian, and European influences, as well as indigenous cultural elements. See the distinctive carved double ‘Zanzibar’ doors and explore the Indian shops along “bazaar” streets. Experience the island’s diverse and rich culinary scene on an Island spice tour and catch your own fresh seafood while deep sea fishing. Spend your final days in Tanzania relaxing in this haven of peace and tranquillity.