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Duma Explorer

Founded in 2004, Duma Explorer is a socially responsible adventure travel company offering hiking and safari packages in Tanzania. Based in Arusha, the gateway to Tanzania's famous national parks, Duma Explorer grew up out of the local community. Our highly personalized safaris and treks offer a unique window into the landscape, wildlife and culture of this extraordinary region. Whether looking for a honeymoon safari or a trek to Africa’s highest peak, we'll work with you to create unforgettable adventures.

In addition to Northern Tanzania adventures, we also offer excursions to exotic beach destinations like Zanzibar, and fly-in, fly-out packages to isolated parks in Southern and Western Tanzania and other countries in the region.

OUR TRIP STAFF
Each of our safari guides has at least ten years experience guiding in Northern Tanzania, meaning you will be guided by knowledgeable and skilled tourism professionals throughout your trip.

Our passionate and highly trained mountain crew totals about 150 people, including guides, assistant guides, cooks and porters. Many of our guides and cooks began their careers with us as porters and have been part of Duma Explorer since we started in 2004. Guides are Wilderness First Responder Certified and Duma is a proud Partner for Responsible Travel with Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.

Duma Explorer is part of the following groups: Kenya Travel Agents, Rwanda Travel Agents, Tanzania Travel Agents

Featured trips & expertise

Views of the Savanna
Wildlife Adventures in Tanzania: Tarangire, Serengeti, Lake Manyara - 17 Days

Perfect for the wildlife enthusiast on the hunt for Africa's "Big 5", this trip includes visits to some of the country's best big game reserves, including Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks. Visit the big cat capital of Africa, walk with flamingos at dawn, and enjoy sunsets with views of baobab trees and volcanos while giraffes, elephants, and zebra graze in the distance. Take a break from wildlife by joining a traditional hunt with the Hadzabe Tribe and learning how to make brass with the friendly blacksmith of the Datoga Tribe.

Sunset on the Serengeti
Wildlife & Cultural Adventures in Tanzania: Tarangire, Serengeti, Datoga Tribe - 12 Days

Where wildlife and culture meet, this trip combines adventure-filled safaris through famous natural parks with quiet, personal visits to local tribes. Start with a search for the "Big 5" animals in the quiet corners of Serengeti National Park and watch the annual Great Migration cross the white rapids of the Mara River. Then slow things down with a Massai medicine walk and a traditional sunrise hunt with the Hadzabe Tribe.

Mt. Meru
Climb Tanzania's Mount Meru – 5 Days

Adventurous travelers who love the idea of climbing an African mountain but who don't want an extremely challenging experience will enjoy this four-day climb of Mt. Meru. Most days will include a few hours of hiking, while on the long summit day you'll start in the middle of the night and be rewarded by sweeping views over the plains towards Mt. Kilimanjaro. Spot wildlife in the lower lands, trek through a variety of vegetation zones, and afterwards, relax at the beautiful and historic Rivertrees Country Inn.

Recent Trip Reviews for Duma Explorer

Douglas

Tanzania Safari · Tanzania - Oct 10 - Oct 26, 2019

Traveler: Douglas M. - Local specialist: Adele van Jaarsveld

First I want to thank Adele in South Africa ( she works at Duma Explorer that provided the safari services) who helped me plan every step of the way in this safari. She was excellent and her first draft of an itinerary was very close to the final version. Since this was a solo photographic safari, I was concerned that my specific needs might be difficult to accommodate. It did not take long to realize that Adele was on target and did a great job is meeting my needs.

My journey started off... read more

First I want to thank Adele in South Africa ( she works at Duma Explorer that provided the safari services) who helped me plan every step of the way in this safari. She was excellent and her first draft of an itinerary was very close to the final version. Since this was a solo photographic safari, I was concerned that my specific needs might be difficult to accommodate. It did not take long to realize that Adele was on target and did a great job is meeting my needs.

My journey started off a bit rocky. I was met at the airport in Arusha by a person from Duma Explorer, but not the one I expected. Apparently, my guide, who I knew to be highly qualified for my trip, had a car accident and, although unharmed, was unable to make the safari. The man who met me at the airport assured me that he was well qualified and that we would have a wonderful trip together. This sort of a surprise certainly causes apprehension and some anxiety. The next morning, my new guide took me to meet Wilson, my planned guide. While Wilson was unable to lead my trip, after meeting him, I felt reassured that everything would be fine. Read on for my review of my safari.

My guide, Chaduu, was fantastic. He knew the wildlife very well, not just the names, in some cases the Latin genus and species as well as their behavioral characteristics. This would be pretty meaningless if we didn't find animals. Chaduu knew the favorite haunts of many animals (mammals, reptiles and birds) so we saw, identified, and photographed a great number. He was also helpful in answering my questions about animal behavior. Finding wildlife is also a matter of luck and I have to admit that we were very lucky. This was a solo photographic safari. Chaduu and I were together for many hours a day for 17 days in a safari vehicle together. We never seemed to run out of discussion topics, and discussed a wide range of subjects. He was very careful to obey park rules of the road and "parking locations". In addition, photography requires patience, hoping and waiting to see some interesting behavior. We spent a great deal of time waiting and as a result got some amazing photos and observing some incredible behavior. He never complained and seemed always eager to experience seeing animal behavior, knowing that patience is necessary. Chaduu was excellent in helping to position us for the best angle for a photo and responding to every request to move even a few feet in on direction or another. His assurances on day one were completely accurate and I was happy to have Chaduu as my guide.

I was also interested in tribal cultures and people. I was not disappointed. We engaged Hadzabe bushmen and Datoga metal workers and women. Each tribe lives in their ancient ways and the people were fully authentic and friendly. Duma provide a local expert who spoke the native languages. He was very helpful in the success of meeting, engaging and photographing these tribal people.

Granted this was a solo safari. Chaduu and I could pretty much do what we wanted without having to consider the needs of others. That fact in itself made this photo expedition worthwhile and greatly contributed to our success. We were a terrific team, working together every step of the way. Chaduu was always a professional.

Overall, my experience in preparing for this trip as well as the trip itself, met or exceeded my expectations. Good job and thanks so much for your help along the way.