RESPONSIBILITY. SUSTAINABILITY. INNOVATION. Travel as a Catalyst for Change. These are the core values of Above Safaris. If you’ve been dreaming of experiencing Africa or would love to return, this is the company to adventure with.
With personalized attention, a deep understanding of Tanzania and strong local partnerships, Above Safaris works to ensure your Tanzanian adventure benefits everyone touched by it. As you venture with them on a yoga retreat, a safari, a waterfall hike, or a custom made excursion, you become part of their responsible travel mission—a trailblazer, an environmental protector, a voice for the well-being of local people.
Above Safaris are also on the path to B Corp certification, hoping to become one of the first companies in Tanzania to earn this honorable award. As you continue to read about their incredible excursions and deeper values, you’ll see that they’re remarkably committed to caring for you, for mother nature, and for the Tanzanian community.
“Above Safaris curates unique and impactful adventures in Tanzania. We rely on a deep understanding of the places you travel to, sharing our strong relationships with local partners and local people and ensuring your adventure has a positive impact on the community.”
Green and social good practices include:
Fair/direct trade products, organic products, sustainable seafood, local sourcing/seasonal focus, vegan options.
Fair labor values - Fair overtime practices, living wage, comprehensive training program including sustainability training.
Above Safaris focuses on ensuring fair employment and stable wages, countering the reality that 83% of Tanzanian workers are vulnerably employed. They hire talent locally, providing wages that are +20% above industry averages. They create opportunities for employees to grow within the company, for example by supporting the training and education of a driver whose dream is to become a safari guide.
Water conservation - They partner with those committed to water conservation including accommodation providers that practice conservation in every aspect of their services. Through sustainable water conservation practices, their accommodation partners’ practices can reduce water consumption by 50% per guest.
Renewable energy and/or energy conservation - Above Safaris practices energy conservation in their offices; additionally, in their future co-working space in the building process, they will rely on solar power. They choose to collaborate with partners committed to leveraging renewable energy, whenever possible.
Animal welfare - “Part of the magic of a safari with Above Safaris is experiencing wildlife in its natural habitat. That means we only bring our clients to protected wildlife areas—National Parks and Conservation Areas that are overseen and managed by park rangers and conservationists. By traveling with Above Safaris our clients are supporting the conservation of these natural habitats, ensuring that animals can live the way they are meant to. We never curate animal experiences like you might experience with "animal sanctuaries" or setup "safari and wildlife parks" in other places around the world. A safari in Tanzania gives you an opportunity to be a passive observer experiencing the real wild where animals have lived for thousands of years.”
Eco-ethical standards for hospitality partners - Above Safaris ensures that their hospitality partners practice local hiring and management. This means they must create local jobs and provide fair wages. They also conduct site visits that include informal interviews with workers about their experience working with the company (i.e. the work environment and management practices, as well as general treatment as an employee). They ensure hospitality partners have demonstrated environmental conservation efforts including the use of renewable energy, water conservation, recycling, and a respect for land and wildlife.
Local partners and purveyors include:
Tanganyika Wilderness Camps focus on hiring locally in their community, sustainable building practices, and water and energy conservation including the use of solar energy at their camps and lodges.
They work with a variety of small-scale farmers in the Arusha region of Tanzania. These smallholder farmers provide organic fruit and vegetables to their community as well as to guests.
Kitamu Coffee, a well-known sustainable provider of healthy, organic food and coffee. Kitamu sources from coffee farms in Kilimanjaro, only working with farms that share their interest in social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
Migomba Cultural Tourism Programme is a small cultural tourism operator employing local people in Mto wa Mbu as tour guides. They partner with them to operate bike and town tours where they highlight sustainable farming practices in the area.
Community and charitable initiatives - Above Safaris rely on a deep understanding of the places you travel to, sharing their strong relationships with local partners and local people, ensuring your adventure has a positive impact on the community.
They believe that the creation of good jobs is a path out of poverty. This is reflected both in their hiring practices, vendor choices, and community initiatives. They support local vendors, especially those with new, innovative ideas, helping these vendors to grow their revenue and ultimately their business. These vendors include small-scale excursion operators, farmers, and other suppliers.
They’re also in the process of building the first co-working entrepreneurship hub in Arusha to enable entrepreneurs to grow sustainable, impactful businesses. This co-working space will serve as a hub to support entrepreneurship in Arusha, bringing in mentors, workshops, and funding to help companies grow.
SELECT YOUR CUSTOM DATES | Tanzania
Over two million wildebeest along with zebras, gazelles and elands take part in the migration through Serengeti National Park each year. It is, without doubt, the greatest spectacle of wildlife in Africa. Determined by local rainfall patterns, their search for food and water takes them through the southern part of the park all the way up past the Mara River on the border with Kenya. Their epic journey is about survival—the real circle of life.
Tour price includes:
Local Guides and Transportation
Accommodations and Meals
Taxes and Fees
You will fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) near Arusha, Tanzania. After passing through immigration and picking up your bags, Above Safaris staff will meet you and escort you to your hotel in Arusha. You are free to relax at the hotel before dinner and overnight.
After breakfast you will travel to one of Tanzania’s most spectacular parks, Tarangire. Often compared with Serengeti, Tarangire is known for its herds of elephants that congregate along the Tarangire River, which also attracts wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, eland, and impalas.
In the morning you will travel a mere 30 minutes to Lake Manyara National Park at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Known for its diverse ecosystems, Lake Manyara is home to dense jungles, grassy plains, and acacia woodlands, attracting a diversity of wildlife species including baboon, blue monkey, giraffe, buffalo, various antelopes, and elephant—making it a microcosm of the full safari experience. The great soda lake, for which the park is named, attracts hundred of bird species, including spectacular flocks of flamingos.
In the morning following breakfast, you will continue your journey to Serengeti, passing through Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the way. You will arrive in Serengeti in the early afternoon and will have a half-day game drive on the way to your overnight location. Hailed as a premier safari destination and home to the annual migration of over a million wildebeest, Serengeti offers prime opportunities for viewing breathtaking vistas teaming with wildlife.
After breakfast you'll head out on your first full day in Serengeti. It is Africa’s most famous wildlife sanctuary, renowned for its dense predator population and annual migration. It is remarkable not only for the unimaginable volume of animals that inhabit its vast expanses but also for the thrilling sense of infinite space in which you are viewing them. You’ll spend most of the day exploring central Serengeti, stopping for lunch in the park, and in the afternoon getting an up-close look at the animals you encounter. In the evening you'll head back to camp where you can relax, have dinner and overnight.
In the morning following breakfast you will head back out to the plains of Serengeti, this time traveling further north or south (depending on the time of year) to follow the migration. You'll have the opportunity to see the animal kingdom in action—mothers with their babies, herds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras seeking abundant grazing, and the predators and scavengers that accompany them. At day’s end you’ll return to camp for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, you will head back out to do your final game drive in Serengeti. Around lunchtime you will make your way out of Serengeti heading towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will overnight before entering the famed Ngorongoro Crater the next day.
Following an early breakfast you will embark on the final day of safari, which will take you to Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact caldera. Your safari drive will follow the road along the rim of the crater, affording breathtaking views across the 100 sq. mile crater 2000 feet below, and then descend to the crater floor. The steep walls of the crater and verdant floor serves as a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest populations of large mammals, including a few rhinoceros. Ascending the crater in the afternoon, you will travel back to Arusha where you'll head to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.
TOUR RATES: BASIC from $2800 per person // MID-RANGE from $3575 per person // PREMIUM from $4375 per person
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(You may custom select your dates for all Above Safaris tours and/or join their annual yoga retreat with pre-set dates.)