These terms and conditions are between guests and AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS when you book a “Safari” with us. Please read the terms thoroughly before you confirm your booking

  1. Agreement

By making/receiving first deposit both party are confirming that they have read and agreed to the terms and conditions set forth in this contract.

  1. Tour price

The quoted amounts outlined in the package are in US dollars unless stated otherwise.

The quoted price takes into account the number of paying travelers. Please be aware that the price may change if the number of travelers changes. A new price quote will then be issued. Costs are based on the group traveling together.

AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS has the right to adjust the quoted price should there be an increase in government taxes, fees, transportation costs and/or severe changes in foreign exchange rates. All price change will be justified and documented.

  1. Deposit and payment

Upon acceptance of the quoted package, a 50% deposit is payable. Many hotels, lodges and airlines in Tanzania require payment upon booking, therefore we need to arrange payment immediately to confirm your arrangements and guarantee your quoted price.
The remaining 50% are payable no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you book your trip less than 45 days before departure, the total cost of the trip must be paid upon booking. AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS cannot guarantee the agreed itinerary and price if payment is not made according to these conditions

  1. Cancellation and refund

Trip cancellations must be in writing to AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS prior to the trip commencement. Your cancellation will be effected from the day AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS acknowledges receipt of your cancellation notice. The table below outlines the scale of charges for cancellations:
Cancellation 46 days or more before trip commencing - 10% of total amount will be charged + non-returnable deposits done to hotels/lodges/airlines etc.
Cancellation done between 15 and 45 before trip commencing - 30% of total amount will be charged + non-returnable deposits done to hotels/lodges/airlines etc.
Cancellation done between 14 days and departure to Tanzania - 80% of total amount will be charged.

4.1. Cancellation conditions

4.1.1. Cancellation upon trip commencement, no refunds will be provided including any unused portion of the trip

4.1.2. All cancellations and refunds will take a minimum of 6 weeks to be processed.
4.1.3. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS will assist with any necessary documents so you may be able to claim these charges from your insurance company.


In the event that AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS should have to cancel a trip, all deposits and installments will be refunded.
For special group travels where chartered flights are applicable, special refund agreements might apply.
If there is an unforeseen illness while in Tanzania before your safari begins, AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS will consider the possibility of changing or adjusting your itinerary. If this cannot be done we will supply you with a driver and vehicle all the days that you were booked for safari. (The latter will also be available if somebody gets sick during the journey and the safari has to be cancelled).

  1. Safari

All AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS safari prices include lodging during your safari, any additional stay in Tanzania after the conclusion of your safari is not included in the price unless otherwise stated in the contract/itinerary.
The following is included in the safari price: Payment for lodging and food, water whilst in the safari vehicle. All park fees and other expenses stated in your itinerary. There will be three meals a day served on you safari with the exception of the 1st day (lunch and dinner only) and the last day (breakfast and lunch only).
The following is not included in the safari price: Soft drinks, alcohol, laundry, tips for the crew and staff. (Tipping is highly recommended).

  1. Kilimanjaro and other mountain hiking destinations

AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS requires everyone to be prepared and to have the correct equipment for all our hiking trips. After signup, AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS reserves the right to dismiss a trip member at any time for any reasons where AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS find the trip member’s condition or behavior could endanger other member of the trip or themselves. Please note that for clients undertaking a trekking, we offer first class guides, porters and provide safety equipment where needed. We are not responsible for guides and rangers provided by TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks) or similar authorities. If you are obliged to abandon an activity due to your own physical limitations there is no refund of payments made and costs of any additional accommodation and/or transport fees are not the responsibility of AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS. Due to the nature of this wilderness trip, certain events may occur which could cause additional costs not planned for. Including but not limited to currency fluctuation, change in costs or means of conveyance, the cost of evacuation, medical treatment, body recovery and/or repatriation and other related matters.

Those additional costs are not the responsibility of AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS - the trip member is responsible for the payment of those costs. Any search and rescue undertaken on the trip member’s behalf will be the financial responsibility of the trip member involved; including any costs incurred by AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS other expeditions, governments or other entities.
The following are not included in the price: Soft drinks, alcohol and tips for the guide/s, cook/s and porters. (Tipping is highly recommended).

  1. Special terms

7.1 Medical evacuation
To improve the safety for guests and to make sure to always be able to give them the best medical evacuation in case of accidents or health problems AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS will provide medical evacuation scheme for all our package guests in cooperation with AMREF - Flying doctors – or a similar institution by choice. THIS IS ONLY AN ADDITION TO YOUR PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE!

7.2 Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory and is the individual responsibility of all travelers. AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS strongly advice all travelers to take out a travel insurance policy and make sure it covers the itinerary presented.

7.3 Passports & Visa
All travelers are responsible for ensuring the participant(s) have the appropriate travel documentation including passports, Visas (acquired upon arrival) and any insurance documentation. Passports must be valid for 6 months after departure date from Tanzania. All travelers agree to provide AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS with their full name as written in their passport and their passport number. If this information is not provided or the information is incorrect, the travellers are responsible for all air & ferry ticket change fees.

7.4 Conduct
Damages or losses incurred by a traveler will be the sole responsibility of the individual member and/or the group. No refunds will be made and no expenses will be incurred by AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS should a participant’s involvement be changed or cancelled as the result of misconduct.

7.5 Tour participant/Guardian responsibility
As a tour participant or guardian of a tour participant, it is your responsibility to:
7.5.1. Complete the traveler information form and ensure that all information you give to AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS and have received AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS is accurate.
7.5.2. Inform AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS of any changes to your booking immediately. This also includes changes to your international flight-schedule. If this for calls for changes (additional accommodation etc.) this cost will be added to the arranged price.
7.5.3. Ensure that your passport, travel insurance and all Visa requirements are met.
7.5.4. Ensure that you behave in a responsible and reasonable manner and adhere to local laws and regulations.

AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS takes all reasonable steps and accepts reasonable responsibility for ensuring the trip is supplied as described in the daily planner issued prior to trip commencement. If any unforeseen circumstances or conditions beyond AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS control changes, AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS reserves the right to amend itineraries and substitute to the best available alternative. AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS acts only as agents for contractors providing accommodation, transportation or other services and all contracts issued AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS are subject to the tariffs, terms and conditions under which services are provided. AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS shall not be deemed liable for death or injury to any person or loss or damage to any property arising from these services or any circumstances beyond AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS. Control and amounting to ‘force majeure’ including but not limited to war or threat of war, riot, epidemic, strikes, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster and adverse weather conditions.

7.7 Liability
AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS our employees or agents acts as agents for the owners, and supply the services agreed upon, but assumes no responsibility whatsoever for injury, personal illness, loss or damage to persons or property resulting from; delays, quarantines, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, delays upon arrival/departure, civil disturbance, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in lodging services in which AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS has no control over.
AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS and/or our local operators reserve the right to make reasonable changes in the itinerary when deemed advisable for the comfort and safety for our travelers. This includes, but is not limited to, substitution of lodging, alteration of the itinerary, and reversing the order of the places to visit.
You as traveler have the duty to obey the rules and regulations given by authorities, the travel agent or the travel agent representative, hereunder regulations from the place of accommodation, or from your driver/guide. You can be held liable if you willingly or unwillingly causing the operator losses by not obeying the above mentioned regulations.

7.8 Risk
all travel or safari includes some elements of risks, and that you as customer/s accept these when you enter an agreement with that understanding.

  1. Pictures 

AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS reserves the right to use pictures from your travel within our marketing. But we will do our best to respect all individuals’ right to privacy.

  1. Complaints

Should you wish to make a complaint in relation to a tour please notify AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS during your trip so action can be taken immediately.
If the problem/s cannot be resolved please submit a letter of complaint within 28 days of your return to AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS via email.
AFRICAN PANGOLIN SAFARIS will thoroughly investigate any complaints and report back to the correspondent.

  • Cancellation 30 days prior to departure – Full refund of deposit.
  • Cancellation within 30 to 15 days prior to departure – 50% refund of deposit.
  • Cancellation within 15 to 7 days prior to departure – 25% refund of deposit.
  • Less than 7 days prior to departure – No refund.

Customizing your safari holiday in Tanzania depends on the length of time you have.

Safari in Tanzania is generally split into four regions, known as circuits. We have the most popular Northern Circuit, Southern Circuit and Western Circuit. The last region is Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

Staying for a few days in a Dar es Salaam or only have a few days holiday:

If you are just stopping Dar es Salaam for a few days then some short safari excursions are easily planned, or taken from our suggested tours. Depending on which city you are staying in, you would then take excursions that are not so far away from there. For example in Dar you would choose destinations in the southern circuit, e.g. Mikumi NP, Selous GR or Saadani NP. At a pinch you could do a one day safari to Mikumi but it would be a rush, better two or even three days. Two or three days for Selous GR would work too. We can also arrange safaris in little known destinations very close to Dar. Other southern circuit parks are Ruaha NP and the Udzungwa Mountains NP.

Staying for few days in Arusha:

If you were staying in Arusha then you can do a day trip to Arusha National Park or Tarangire N.P although two would be better for Tarangire. For three days or four days from Arusha you could see Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP and Ngorongoro Crater. But with a few days more you can add the wonderful Serengeti NP. That would be the most popular destinations in the Northern Circuit.

Perhaps from Dodoma you would choose the Western circuit and in four days could visit the Gombe Stream NP. Saanane Island NP and Rubondo Island NP in Lake Victoria also need four days from Dodoma but can be easily be reached from Arusha with combination with other Parks like Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

Staying a week or more in Tanzania:
Here you can afford (depending on budget) to choose from any of the safari circuits, even choose to do more than one. But, for your comfort and to give you time to relax and really get to know an area sticking to one of the three major safari circuits is perhaps the best.

All of those places mentioned above are at your proposal. That with little extra time you can combine game drives with tribal visits, walking or canoeing safaris and even a trek in the mountains. Tanzania has much attraction to visit if you have few days in your holiday.

African Pangolin Safaris can assist you to prepare your trip just tell how many days you have, what is your targets (Wild animals, cultural tourism, historical places or beach holiday) and what your budget is (from backpacking through mid-range and luxury, or a mixture) and together we can plan a wonderful safari in Tanzania.

When combining the ranges of accommodation to suit your budget lots of people find mid-range accommodation. Mid-range accommodation is a good choice especially for the first and last night because you will have better and private bathing and a comfortable bed. You start and end your holiday refreshed. During the week(s) you might want to experience the real African bush in a public camp site or a backpacker lodge – you will meet lots of different people and nationalities and keep the budget down. Alternatively we have connections to many luxury lodges.

Tanzania also boasts of a number of world-famous historical and pre-historic sites some dating as far back as 2 million years ago:

  • Oldupai Gorge – popularly known as The Cradle of Humankind home of the Nutcracker Man (Zinjanhtropus) capable of making simple stone tools believed to have lived nearly 2 million years ago
  • Kondoa Rock Paintings of Kolo – amazing art dating more than 5000 years, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Kilwa – the ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara depicting early Swahili civilization on East African coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Zanzibar – the Stone Town of Zanzibar steeped in history, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Bagamoyo – Kaole Ruins, the embarkation port for slaves, 75km from Dar es Salaam


The Olduvai Gorge, popularly referred to as “The Cradle of Humankind”, is the site where in 1959 Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the skull of Zinjanthropus or “Nutcracker Man” believed to have lived 1.75 million years ago. Later reclassified as Australopithecus boisei, this creature had a massive skull though small brained (500 cc) with huge teeth. Several months later Dr. Leakey found another fossil hominid in the same layer of excavation, called Homo habilis or “handy man”, smaller than the “Nutcracker Man” but with a larger brain (600 cc) and capable of making simple stone tools.


The Kondoa Rock Paintings in Kolo are located about 260 kilometres to the south of Arusha town, a 4-hour drive on the Great North Road, and about 20 kilometres from the Kondoa District centre.

This is a world class historical heritage site of ancient rock art, remarkable not just for their quantity but also quality. Human figures and animals (elephant, eland and giraffe) usually painted in dark red, and a few abstract designs, can be seen on the face of the rocks and caves. According to researchers these are the earlier rock paintings dated 5,000 to 10,000 years and are attributed to hunter-gatherer Bushmen, a click language tribe, who are said to be ancestors of the Sandawe tribe currently inhabiting the western part of Kondoa District. The languages of the Sandawe in Kondoa and the Hadzabe in Lake Eyasi though not ethnically related are connected to the Khosian languages spoken in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa that have click consonants. It is not surprising that similar rock paintings can also be viewed in some parts of southern Africa inhabited by the Bushmen.

More recent paintings whitish in colour can also be seen, dating probably 500 years ago, which are said to have been made by the Bantu speaking Warangi, the predominant agriculturist tribe in Kondoa District.

The site visit was prompted by increasing interest in the ancient rock art from potential visitors to Tanzania and the need to enrich the visitor itinerary in the northern Tanzania safari land. The Kolo Rock Paintings are located along the Maasai Escarpment bordering the Great Rift Valley hardly 160 kilometres from Tarangire National Park. The rock paintings can be visited in a day trip from the park or Maramboi and Lake Burungi areas in Tarangire, leaving in the morning with picnic lunch for a 2 to 3-hour tour of the sites at Kolo and neighbouring Pahi mountains and returning to Tarangire late in the afternoon. For those interested in spending more time to explore the intriguing prehistoric paintings scattered around the area, visitors can be accommodated in Kondoa town where basic but clean guest accommodation is available.

The Kolo Rock Paintings are a protected area and one of Tanzania’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are many sites of rock paintings scattered around the Kondoa district, but the paintings at Kolo and Pahi area are the most documented and visited.


Some 75 kilometres to the north of Dar es Salaam lies Bagamoyo, once one of the most important trading centres on the East African Coast and a famous embarkation port for slaves from the hinterland. When the German colonialists came to East Africa they made Bagamoyo their first German East Africa capital between 1886 and 1891.

It is a place of considerable significance to world history, both as an entry point for Arab and European missionaries, explorers, and traders in East and Central Africa, and in the history of the infamous slave trade. Fortunately Bagamoyo is now being considered for inclusion into one of the World Heritage sites, to conserve and protect the fascinating Gothic and Afro-Arabic architecture in this coastal settlement steeped in history. Tourist attractions include among others:

  • the Kaole ruins dating back to the 12th century thought to mark one of the earliest contacts of Islam with Africa;
  • the Old Fort built in 1860 for holding slaves for shipment to Zanzibar;
  • the first Roman Catholic Church in East Africa built around 1868 used as a base to run a camp of about 650 freed slaves;
  • the German colonial administration headquarters, the Boma, in the first capital of German East Africa until 1885;
  • the Mission Museum, depicting the history of Bagamoyo;
  • the Livingstone Memorial Church.
  • Bagamoyo white sand beaches are considered some of the finest on the whole of the East African coast.


Kilwa, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tanzania, comprising the historical islands of Kilwa Kisiwani & Songo Mnara or Kilwa Kivinje, is located on the southern coast of Tanzania about 6 hours drive from Dar es Salaam; there are scheduled flights by small aircraft connecting Kilwa with Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and the game parks.

Kilwa was the most powerful city state on the East African coast for three centuries from the 12th century to the 15th century, controlling trade from Sofala in Mozambique to Mombasa in Kenya, a stretch of about 1900 kilometres, plus the islands of Comoro. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kilwa was an important trading centre linking Asia across the Indian Ocean with the African hinterland where ivory and gold were exchanged with beads, cotton cloth, porcelain and jewellery. Traders from the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf settled in Kilwa as early as the ninth century, leaving lasting cultural imprints that can still be seen in the preserved ruins with their elaborate architecture and the Swahili civilization on the East African coast.


Set like a jewel in the warm and tranquil coral waters of the Indian Ocean, 15 minutes flight from Dar es Salaam and less than an hour from Arusha, are the legendary islands of spices, fragrances, flowers and fruits – Zanzibar.

To the shores of these islands came Summerians, Assyrians, Hindus, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Arabians, Chinese, Malaysians, and the Portuguese, all sailing in on Monsoon winds. From these shores the great European explorers Burton, Speke, Livingstone, Krapf, Rebman, and Grant set out on their voyages of discovery into the East and Central African hinterland.

The different peoples from all corners of the world that had visited and settled in Zanzibar over the centuries have left a lasting an imprint on the islands’ culture and architecture. Zanzibar is the birthplace of the fascinating “Swahili” culture with its elegant architecture full of balconies, courtyards, ornately hand-carved doors and mosques. The winding narrow streets, the House of Wonders, Tip Tip House (notorious slave merchant), and the Palace Museum are just some vivid reminders of the Islands’ long and colourful history. The Stone Town is travel into history, it is must tour for visitors to Zanzibar. Zanzibar Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tanzania has about 120 tribes. Tanzanian’s Social fabric charm is the prime attraction for cultural and eco-tourism. The folklore, the traditional “ngomas” and the dancing styles vary from one tribe to another. When dancing, the Makonde vibrate their bottoms in “Sindimba” frenzy and the “Zaramo” bounce the undulating “Mdundiko” procession. The Maasai in their leaping dance going simultaneously with rhythmic chant of their deep voices which can scare even a he lion! The use of live snakes by the “Sukuma” such as embracing huge pythons and struggling with during the “Bugobogobo” dance turn such occasions into unforgettable scenes to a visitor. Each of the 120 tribes has its ngoma(traditional drum) and dancing all of which styles are quite fascinating and sometimes sexy.

Various dressing styles are also rare attractions to a visitor. The Masai men put a light toga-like drape inadequately covering their lithe bodies while carrying traditional weapons such as spears, clubs and large knives. The Maasai women, on the other way, heavily load their necks, arms, legs and ears with jewelry ranging from beads to metal ornaments. Usual men smear their bodies with ochre mixed with animal fat and plait their hairs.

Again, the Makonde people indulge in filing their teeth and tattooing their faces and bodies a combination of which appear tantalizing! Makonde are the masters in their carvings which depict human struggles, conflicts, love, passion, good, evil and cooperation all of which are very attractive and mind provoking indeed! For the coastal and island dwellers, it is the painting of hands, feet lips and nails with henna according to occasion, which look very luring. Of the unique ethic groups, are the almost extinct people of central Tanzania. These are Sandawe (ethiopian cushitic related) whose neighbours are the Iraqw gorowa and burungi, and the Hadzapi also alternatively refer to as Tindiga Kindiga and Kangeju are Hottentot – Khoisan related people who speak click languages. The Ndorobo are also click speakers but they are more adaptive to external culture. These Tanzanians are nomads, gatherers, hunters, collectors; and fishers who live in the area surrounding lake Eyasi just a few Kilometres from the famous Ngorongoro crater. Today it is claimed that the number of these people is hardly 5,000 when it was over 30,000 in 1965. The challenge here is to help the government of Tanzania to save these people from the verge of extinction. In these respect, the areas around Lake Eyasi are ideal indeed for one to do scientific and anthropoid-genealogic related researches for the future record. Implicitly then, one should reckon that an immediate touch is ideal now or never when those people will have become extinct.

The history of human habitation in Tanzania goes back almost two million years, and the fossils found at Olduvai Gorge by Louis and Mary Leakey now stand among the most important artifacts of the origins of our species. Artifacts of later Paleolithic cultures have also been found in Tanzania. There is evidence that communities along the Tanzanian coast were engaging in overseas trade by the beginning of the first millennium AD. By 900 AD those communities had attracted immigrants from India as well as from southwest Asia, and direct trade extended as far as China. When the Portuguese arrived at the end of the 15th century, they found a major trade center at Kilwa Kisiwani, which they promptly subjugated and then sacked. The Portuguese were expelled from the region in 1698, after Kilwa enlisted the help of Omani Arabs. The Omani dynasty of the Bu Said replaced the region’s Yarubi leaders in 1741, and they proceeded to further develop trade. It was during this time that Zanzibar gained its legendary status as a center for the ivory and slave trade, becoming in 1841 the capital city of the sultan of Oman. In Tanzania’s interior, at about the same time, the cattle-grazing Maasai migrated south from Kenya into central Tanzania. Soon afterward the great age of European exploration of the African continent began, and with it came colonial domination. Tanzania fell under German control in 1886, but was handed over to Britain after WWI. Present day Tanzania is the result of a merger between the mainland (previously Tanganyika) and Zanzibar in 1964, after both had gained independence. Tanzania has like many African nations experienced considerable strife since independence, and its economy is extremely weak. However, political stability does appear to have been established in recent years.

Ecotourism is a form of tourism visiting or traveling to natural areas that concerve the environment, sustain the well being of local people and involves interpretation and education for both host and visitors. Ecotourism is tourism conducted responsibly to conserve the environment and sustain well-being of local people. Ecotourism deliver real economic, social and environment benefit.

Ecotourism Principles:

  • Builds environmental awareness
  • Provides direct financial benefits for conservation
  • Provides financial benefits and empowerment for local people
  • Respects local culture
  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Produce financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries environmental, and social climates.

Tanzania- eco destination:

Tanzania is most famous for its awe-inspiring safari experiences. Hundreds of thousands of animals, such as elephants, rhinos, zebras, and giraffes will migrate across open savannahs. Flamingos will laze about large lakes and lions will hunt their prey.

In Tanzania there are about one hundred and thirty of different ethnic groups, languages, and cultures. The most famous of the traditional peoples of Tanzania is the Maasai, a semi-nomadic people recognizable by their beads, colorful clothing, and “jumping” warrior dances. In addition, Tanzania has been shaped by foreign influences throughout history, such as the Arab, and Persian traders and the European missionaries and colonists.

The Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania is one of the most important sites in the world. Significant archaeological sites have discovered human’s oldest fossils. Kondoa Irangi Rock paintings are the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rocks contain paintings, which believed to date back more than 50,000 years. The paintings depict elongated people, animals, and hunting scenes. Found here are numerous rock paintings, depicting ancients’ symbols, figures, and animals, which are not to be missed.

Tanzania has a colorful and unique landscape of natural beauty and historical sites. The destruction of its natural habits comes about through a variety of issues. Tanzania has population of more than 45 million people. As the population increases, people expand into wildlife’s habitats, increasing the number of conflicts between wildlife and humans. For example, farmers will often shoot down lions and hunting dogs in retaliation for preying on their livestock.

Poaching is another challenge in Tanzania. Endangered animals are often killed for a single body part, such as a tusk, skins or bones, and then sold illegally for big amounts of money on the black market. Key to conservation efforts are creating wildlife corridors, educating the public, and providing alternative livelihoods, such as ecotourism.

When you are visiting to any country is good to learn some few important words of their national language. Is a great help to break down barriers and to enjoy yourself more.

You can learn a lot more Swahili here but as a quick introduction the following few words and phrases should help. You can learn more Swahili words through African Pangolin safaris guides during safari.




Swahili Reply

Reply in English

Good morning

Habari ya asubuhi



Good  afternoon

Habari ya mchana



Good evening

Habari ya jioni



Good night

Usiku mwema

Na wewe pia

You too

Sleep well

Lala salama

Na wewe pia

You too









How are you

Habari yako

Nzuri asante

Fine thank you

Thank you so much

Asante sana


You are welcome




Thank you

What is your name

Jina lako nani

Jina langu ni Peter

My name is Peter

No problem

Hakuna matata











Give me water

Naomba maji



Give me food

Naomba chakula



How much

Bei gani



Food is delicious

Chakula ni kitamu


Thank you









Please stop

Simama tafadhali



We can go

Tunaweza kwenda







No thank you

Hapana tafadhali



We are the same

Sisi wote ni sawa



I need your help

Nahitaji msaada wako



Please help me

Nisaidie tafadhali



Cultural tours are a popular product in Tanzania that is mostly sold as an add-on to enrich main safari tour programs. Most cultural tour sites in mainland Tanzania were developed by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in conjunction with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), starting with selected villages around Arusha in northern Tanzania and spreading out into other areas. These are traditionally existing villages which have been made accessible to visitors who may have a glimpse of the authentic lifestyle of the more than 120 tribes in rural Tanzania.

Most visitors to Africa, especially first timers, find the continent and its people enchantingly different and a special experience. We at African Pangolin Safaris appreciate this fact and endeavour to include visits to the local communities to give our guests the opportunity to see firsthand the way of life in a typical African village.

Besides enriching itineraries and adding quality to the tours offered in Tanzania, the cultural tours are generating direct income to the local communities that are being visited, contributing to their development. Thus by visiting the cultural sites the guests would be giving support to community health, water supply, primary education and many other social and economic projects carried out at village level as well as reforestation and protection of environment.

Some of the popular cultural centres which may be tailored into visitor itineraries include:

  • Mto wa Mbu, a multicultural village-cum-town near Lake Manyara National Park
  • Maasai Boma and villages in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Lake Eyasi: land of the Hadzabe and Datoga

Visits to Maasai Bomas / villages in Ngorongoro

Most visitors to Africa, especially first timers, find the continent and its people enchantingly different and a special experience. We at African Pangolin Safaris appreciate this fact and endeavor to include visits to the local communities to give our guests the opportunity to see firsthand the way of life in a typical African village. Tanzania has over 120 tribes each with its own culture. The Maasai in northern Tanzania are among the most popular ethnic groups in the area, a proud people fervently attached to their cultural values. Ngorongoro is the home of the pastoral Maasai, who have been allowed to live in the conservation area, a pioneering experiment in multi-purpose land use where people, their livestock and wildlife coexist and share the same protected habitat. The Maasai move widely with their herds of cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys in search of pasture and water. In recent years the Maasai have been encouraged to work on the land to supplement their traditional staple food of milk and meat.

While in Ngorongoro most of the guests on safari love to include a visit to a Maasai Boma (homestead). The Seneto Maasai Boma on the western slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands about two hundred metres off the main road to Serengeti is one of the most famous cultural visitor points for guests. Another popular Maasai village is Irkeepus which is located in the Ngorongoro Highlands and a visit can be combined with a trek of Olmoti or Empakaai Crater. Visitors will be shown around the Maasai Boma, and are welcome to explore the huts where Maasai families live and learn a few things about their way of living. The huts, normally built by women, are made of wood, mud and cow dung.

The visit lasts about 30 to 45 minutes and at the end the villagers will show off and try to sell their colourful beadwork and other handcrafted wares. If time allows the Maasai warriors would challenge men to engage in a spear throwing match or perform a tribal dance, and ladies may choose to participate in beadwork. This is intended to expose visitors to the Maasai culture though briefly and enrich them with some authentic African experiences.

Lake Eyasi – the Hadzabe and Datoga

Lake Eyasi is a very scenic soda lake found on the southern border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a couple of hours drive from Karatu. This less visited lake lies at the base of the Eyasi escarpment on the western Great Rift Valley wall, bordered by the Eyasi Escarpment in the northwest and the Kidero Mountains in the south.

This is a hot, dry land, around which live the Hadzabe people, often associated with the Khoisan languages in Southern Africa because of their click language. The Hadzabe are believed to have lived here for nearly 10,000 years and continue to follow hunting-and-gathering traditions. Also in the area are the Iraqw (Mbulu), a people of Cushitic origin who arrived about 2000 years ago, as well as the Datoga also Cushitic, the Maasai and various Bantu groups including the Nyakyusa, Nyamwezi, Chaga and Meru. The area is Tanzania’s main onion-growing centre, and there are impressive irrigation systems along the Chemchem River drawing its water from natural springs.

The Hadzabe, a hunter-gatherer tribe, live close to the shores of Lake Eyasi, as do the Nilotic-speaking Datoga tribe who are pastoralists. Visits to these tribes are possible on half day or full day excursions which would include a visit to their homesteads, learning about their way of life, medicinal plants, and even animal tracking with bows and arrows with the Hadzabe hunters.

The Hadzabe – what you can learn from the Hadzabe

  • Different kinds of materials being used to make arrows – arrow sticks, the preparation of poison and the point of poison in the arrow
  • Processing poison from the poison tree
  • Fruit, root tubers and honey collection
  • Shallow wells prepared by women for water collection from the ground for home use
  • Traditional dancing
  • Barbeque preparation of fresh meat for the lucky days of hunting, normally about 2 -3 days of big kills per week but small kills are regular and common
  • How to make fire the traditional way, in the ancient hand-drill method using palms of the hands and two pieces of sticks / wood
  • Training and exercise in arrow shooting and targeting
  • Preparation of huts for the women (being made of branches of trees)
  • Studying the availability of animals for hunting and timing too, as hunting is normally done early morning, and at night for the baboons and traps – common animals are monkeys, baboons, dikdik, kudu, impala, guinea fowls
  • Life in the caves in the rainy season, and under trees in the dry season
  • The monogamy practice for the marriage
  • Training of youngsters in hunting & targeting

The Datoga – what you can learn from the Datoga

  • General life style of the Datoga
  • How mud & cow dung huts are being prepared by women
  • Preparation of the boma ( the cattle fence)
  • Learning the way men and women dress
  • Learning the art of women like jewellery making – e.g. necklaces, bracelets, beads, skin skirts etc
  • Learn about black smiths, weapons & weapon making
  • Cow milking and preparation of local butter
  • Learn the history of polygamy in the Datoga tribe
  • Flour making by women using grinding stones
  • Preparation of “gissuda” – a local beer – for ceremonies, weddings, prayers to gods & ancestors. The type of honey used is absolutely natural and women are not allowed to drink this local beer made out of honey & some natural tubers.

Learn the history of underground springs in Lake Eyasi, these springs have the extension of about 1km forming Chemchem River which sustain all irrigation in the basin

The tribes who farm the Lake Eyasi basin include the native Iraqw, the Nyakyusa, Nyamwezi, Chagga, Meru mostly living around the main settlement in the area .Crops being grown around Lake Eyasi include maize, cassava, bananas, potatoes, beans, and onions which is the chief commercial produce found in irrigated farms…

On all our safaris we make use of specially designed and converted Toyota Land Cruisers. We have put a lot of thought into adapting them to the rugged African bush, the rough conditions and the bumpy roads, providing maximum comfort and at the same time ensuring the best safari experience for our guests.

Our safari vehicles have large sliding windows and pop-up roofs, offering excellent views and giving our guests fantastic opportunities for safe and undisturbed photography while on game drives.

The passenger compartment is equipped with six individual and comfortable seats guaranteeing a window seat for each guest. In addition, a seventh seat is available next to the guide. All our vehicles are fitted with a safari fridge, powered by the car battery, for keeping your drinks cold and refreshing.

220 Volt electric sockets for battery chargers ensure that you won’t miss capturing any of the special moments you will experience on your safari.

The powerful engines allow the vehicles to manage various kinds of terrain without any difficulties even when travelling on roads that are off the beaten track. Regular services on the motors are essential to ensure continued reliability. Your safety is our priority.

As there is limited space available in the luggage compartment, we ask all our guests to restrict their luggage to 15 kg in weight. Luggage that won’t be needed on safari can be stored in our office in Dar es Salaam.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances or during the peak of high season, African Pangolin Safaris reserves the right to make use of rental vehicles that are similar, but may not have the exact same equipment that is found in our specialized vehicles.

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