Tanzania Family Safari Trip Notes

Tanzania Family Safari

Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016
Tanzania Family Safari
Trip code: YTFL
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Make friends with a monkey, dance like a Maasai, and learn about East Africa’s conservation efforts to protect elephants and turtles on this incredible ten-day adventure through Saadani National Park, one of Tanzania’s least-crowded wildlife sanctuaries. Enjoy a sunrise safari across the salt flats, seek out wallowing hippos in the river, set perfect camera traps and learn about Maasai culture. With comfortable beachside accommodation, delicious meals and knowledgeable local guides, experience the wild side of Tanzania with a family trip to remember.
Table of Contents
StyleYour fellow travellersEmergency contact
Why we love itAccommodation NotesWhat to take
MapMeals introductionHealth
ItineraryMealsTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerMoney mattersA couple of rules
Physical ratingGroup leaderResponsible Travel
Included activitiesSafetyThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining pointFeedback
Group sizeFinish point
Family, Wildlife
Why we love it
- Keep an eye out for hippos on the mudflats of the Wami River
- Follow the footprints of nocturnal game on a sunrise salt flat safari
- Dance like a Maasai at a Swahili beach party
- Learn how to set a camera trap for a perfect wildlife snap
- Watch the sun set over the ocean from a private beach
- Learn about Green Turtles at the Madete Marine Park
- Visit a community hospital in Mkwaja
- Enjoy a tropical getaway to Zanzibar
- Wander Stone Town’s winding streets
- Play I-Spy as you spot animals on safari
- Discover the Mafui Creek by canoe

Day 1 Dar es Salaam
Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania.
Meet the group at Dar es Salaam International airport where you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening, Depending on your arrival time you may have an afternoon to relax. There is a lovely swimming pool and sun terrace plus a great Italian restaurant.
Best Western Plus Colosseum Hotel (1 nt)
1 breakfast
Day 2 Saadani National Park
After an early breakfast we transfer by road to Saadani National Park and arrive at Babs' Camp for 3 whole days of amazing safaris and wildlife adventure.
Saadani National Park is located on the northern coast of Tanzania and is the only wildlife sanctuary in the country that borders the sea, offering safari and beach in one location. The unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna makes this destination extra special. On top of that, the park remains relatively unknown, so you can expect to avoid the crowds.
Included Activities
  • 4x4 Game Drives
    Safari Suites (1 nt)
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Day 3 Walking Safari
    This morning we are up early for a sunrise walking safari on the salt flats of Saadani, Here you will learn about animal spoor and form a story about what went on the night before by studying the various animals behaviour through the mosaic of prints left in the sand. In the afternoon we will learn how to set a camera trap including what to look for in finding the right place to place it. We then have an opportunity to head out with a guide and set our own camera trap and see how successful we can be. In the evening we take a night game drive expecting to come across Bushbabies, Civets and Genets and with a good chance to find the larger predators, lions and leopards active during their favourite hunting period.
    Included Activities
    • Sunrise guided foot safari
    • Evening Game Drive
    • Camera trap setting
      Safari Suites (1 nt)
      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
      Day 4 Boat Safari
      Today we leave camp late morning and head quickly down to the Wami River for an amazing boat safari. On the river we would not only expect to find a fantastic variety of bird life and beautiful Colobus monkeys studying us from the trees along the banks but we should also get some fabulous hippo sightings as they raise from their mud wallows on the river banks when the boat approaches. After the boat safari, we will find our way back through the park on a late afternoon game drive in search of Saadani's rich diversity of wildlife.
      Included Activities
      • Boat Safari
      • 4x4 Game Drives
        Safari Suites (1 nt)
        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
        Day 5 Saadani National Park
        After breakfast we say goodbye to Babs' Camp and transfer to our new home - Simply Saadani camp, located on the Indian Ocean Coast and surrounded by national park to the North. After settling in to our new base, we take lunch in the sea view restaurant surround by fantastic bush. After lunch, head down to the wildlife research centre where we will learn about the value of camera traps in wildlife research and how to set one. After splitting into groups, we head off with a guide to find the best place to set out camera trap.
        Included Activities
        • Sunrise guided foot safari
          Permanent tented camp (1 nt)
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
          Day 6 Canoe trip / snorkeling
          After an early breakfast, we take a boat out to a nearby sand bar for snorkelling and swimming.
          We will then head back to the lodge for lunch followed by a local canoe (“Mtumbwi”) ride on the lodge’s Mafui creek. Alternatively you may wish to take one of the colour coded nature trails around the lodge grounds with a guide. During the afternoon activities, we will also head off to check your camera traps for any animal activity
          Included Activities
          • Canoe on Mafui Creek
            Permanent tented camp (1 nt)
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
            Day 7 Conservation day
            This morning we head up to the local fishing village of Mkwaja and visit a hospital supported by the Tent with a view foundation. After lunch we will have a talk on the wildlife conservation projects including elephant collaring in Saadani. Check our camera traps before dinner to see what we have captured.
            Included Activities
            • Wildlife Conservation Talk
            • Fishing Village visit
            • Elephant collaring project
            • Local school visit
              Permanent tented camp (1 nt)
              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
              Day 8 Maasai and Beach Barbeque
              Today we will spend the morning learning about life as a pastoralist which will include a lecture about the Maasai and their traditions as well as the modern day problems Africa faces from over grazing. We will learn about Maasai clothes, hair and face paint as well as medicinal plants used today. We will have dance lesson and in the evening we have the opportunity to dress up in our Maasai blankets or "Shuka" and joint the traditional Swahili BBQ party on the beach with Maasai dancing.
              Included Activities
              • Maasai dance lesson
              • Learn about Maasai clothes, hair and face paint.
              • Swahili BBQ
              • Maasai Traditions talk
                Permanent tented camp (1 nt)
                1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                Day 9 Turtles
                This morning after breakfast we will travel a short distance to the marine park at Madete to see endangered Green Turtles hatching from their nests on the turtle breeding beach and heading out to sea. After lunch back at the lodge, there will be an afternoon quiz where we split into teams to answer questions on everything learned during the week. This will be great fun and there is also an camera trap competition for the best photo.
                n.b the best time for turtle hatching is June through September. If no turtles are hatching, this trip will be replaced with an alternative itinerary. n.b The best time for turtle hatching is June through September. If no turtles are hatching, this trip will be replaced with an alternative itinerary. This day may be moved to an appropriate other day when turtles are hatching,
                Included Activities
                • Green Turtle visit
                • Best camera trap photo competition
                • Afternoon quiz
                  Permanent tented camp (1 nt)
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 10 Dar es Salaam
                  Today the trip ends after breakfast, say goodbye to Saadani and transfer by road back to Dar es Salaam to connect with your flight home or to the Saadani airstrip if you are extending your holiday on Zanzibar.
                  1 breakfast
                  Itinerary disclaimer
                  We've allowed plenty of room for freedom and flexibility in our trips. In fact, flexibility is one of the ingredients that makes each of our trips so exciting. This style of travel offers us some unexpected circumstances at times, for example, bad weather and road conditions, technical defects of transportation, inconveniences caused by local operators and authorities, and other circumstances beyond our control. Changes in the program may be required to make the best of the unique situations that we encounter. Overnight stops and driving distances each day may vary to best suit the needs of the group. Our described itineraries are to be used as a general guide only.

                  A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only and are subject to availabilities. For our families we have priced an all inclusive package including entrance fees, transport and local guide where relevant to assist you with budgeting the exact amount required on tour. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. The optional activities listed in your itinerary are our recommendation guideline and have been checked locally. The decision to partake in any activity not listed above is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to us.
                  Physical rating

                  These trips are setup to involve and include all the family so no real physical preparation is necessary. The trips all have some degree of physical activity but nothing that is too strenuous. Please check the physical rating on the trip notes and if you need further explanation please contact one of our sales consultants who will provide you with more detailed information.
                  Included activities
                  4x4 Game Drives
                  Sunrise guided foot safari
                  Evening Game Drive
                  Camera trap setting
                  Boat Safari
                  Canoe on Mafui Creek
                  Wildlife Conservation Talk
                  Fishing Village visit
                  Elephant collaring project
                  Local school visit
                  Maasai dance lesson
                  Learn about Maasai clothes, hair and face paint.
                  Swahili BBQ
                  Maasai Traditions talk
                  Green Turtle visit
                  Best camera trap photo competition
                  Afternoon quiz
                  Important notes

                  Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

                  Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

                  Group size
                  Maximum of 15 travellers per group.
                  Your fellow travellers
                  GROUP TRAVEL
                  As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                  A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.
                  Hotel (1nt), Lodge (3nt), Permanent tented camp (5nt)
                  The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in your selected accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

                  Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.

                  Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.

                  Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.
                  Meals introduction
                  While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
                  10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
                  Money matters
                  The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS).

                  The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).

                  Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.


                  The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorised money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of travellers being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.

                  VISA AND MASTERCARD:
                  With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. If you're on a multi-country tour, your tour leader will be able to give you an approximate idea of how much money you may need for your stay in each country.

                  SPENDING MONEY
                  When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                  If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

                  The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

                  Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
                  At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.
                  Local guides/Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides/porters.
                  Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
                  In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

                  Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.

                  Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult

                  Please note that you are responsible for your own visas and taxes. Please have these amounts available prior to departing the various countries.

                  As of the 1st January 2013 a 25USD (3,250LKR Sri Lanka Rupees) departure tax has been introduced for all international flight travellers.

                  Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

                  Budget for meals not included: 180.00

                  EMERGENCY FUNDS
                  Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
                  Group leader
                  All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that will even get the kids trying new things, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

                  Our leaders are not babysitters on this trip - we leave that to you (the experts), but they will make sure that group members of all ages are able to explore their destination safely and with as much fun as possible. Our group leaders are not responsible for looking after children at any time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times throughout this itinerary.
                  Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                  We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                  Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                  For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
                  Joining point
                  Best Western Plus Colosseum Hotel
                  Dar es Salaam
                  Finish point
                  Dar es Salaam

                  Dar es Salaam
                  Emergency contact
                  In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency the local operator "Tent with a view" can be reached on Tel: + 255 713 323318. For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

                  While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                  We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                  You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                  Tent With A View: + 00255 713 323318
                  Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                  Australia: Yes - Visa required
                  Belgium: Yes - Visa required
                  Canada: Yes - Visa required
                  Germany: Ye - Visa required
                  Ireland: Yes - Visa required
                  Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
                  New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
                  South Africa: Yes - Visa required
                  Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
                  United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
                  USA: Yes - Visa required
                  It is recommended you purchase your visa in advance at any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad. The cost is approximately US$100 depending on nationality and should take 1 business day. At the present time you do not require a multi entry visa to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda due to an agreement between the three countries (eg. if you exit Kenya to Tanzania you can re-enter Kenya on the same visa). However if your trip visits Tanzania twice after a visit to a country other than those listed above, you may need to purchase two visas.
                  For the purpose of the visa application you can use the following address:
                  Kibo Palace Hotel
                  PO Box 2523
                  Old Moshi Road
                  Arusha - Tanzania
                  Phone: +255 272544472
                  It is also possible to obtain a tourist's visa for a single entry at any one of the following main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements:
                  -Dar es Salaam International Airport
                  -Zanzibar International Airport
                  -Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
                  -Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point)
                  -Kasumulu Border crossing
                  -Isebania Border crossing
                  What to take
                  What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

                  Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

                  Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:

                  WATER BOTTLE:
                  Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
                  All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                  You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                  DRINKING WATER:
                  As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about three litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
                  Travel insurance
                  Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                  When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                  If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
                  A couple of rules
                  Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                  Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                  Responsible Travel
                  We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                  When packing be aware that dress standards can be conservative in some parts of Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts in culturally sensitive areas: Mosques, small villages, etc. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Topless sun bathing is unacceptable through out the whole of Africa.

                  The Intrepid Foundation
                  Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                  The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:


                  Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Tanzania include:

                  * Amani Children's Home rescues street children and orphans from homelessness and restores hope in their lives. At the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Amani provides children off the street with a safe and loving home, education, medical care, healthy food, and counselling. Donations through the Intrepid Foundation will be used to rescue, feed, educate and care for the hundreds of homeless children that Amani helps every year.

                  * The Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK) was established in 1994 with the belief that education is one of the most important parts of building sound long-term economic growth for Tanzania. With the motto ‘Elimu ni uhai - Education is life’, its projects aim to provide improved primary and vocational education to Tanzanian children.

                  * Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) provides porters with support, advocacy and education, and works with the travel industry to ensure good climbing practices and conditions for the hardworking porters.

                  After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.