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African Vision Safaris

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African Vision Safaris - P.O. Box 11051, Arusha, Tanzania Phone:+255 784 394 915

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African Vision Safaris Invites You

...to explore the vast natural wonders such as the Serengeti, Maasai Mara or Ngorongoro Crater

...to climb to the top of the highest mountain in Africa, the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro

...to wander through the exotic bazaars and alleyways of Stonetown, Zanzibar then snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean

...to mingle among the famous Maasai tribe in their natural surroundings.

As a full service tour operator, African Vision Safaris can make these and a multitude more dreams become a reality. We are based in Arusha, often referred to as the safari capital of the world; 45 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport and convenient to the Northern Safari Parks and Mt Kilimanjaro.

We at African Vision Safaris warmly welcome you to join us for the adventure holiday of a lifetime.

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Our Team

At African Vision Safaris your Head Guides is our guarantee that you will have a safe, enjoyable trip while gaining a more in-depth understanding of the environments and cultures you are visiting. Our Head Guides are a major factor contributing to what will make your trip, the trip of a lifetime. We take the selection and training of Head Guides very seriously. Over the past 5 years the company directors have hand picked and trained them in the field and in the classroom. Head Guides are required to attend regular training seminars, keep their WFR training up to date. They all have more than 8 years guiding experience. Your Head Guides will be totally fluent in English. With advanced notice, guides fluent in many other languages can be arranged. He will have been on safari to your destinations more than 5 times, and will draw on his personal experiences to encourage and support you throughout your trip. They have all studied the history, cultures and wildlife of Tanzania and have years of experience conveying this knowledge in a fun and interesting fashion. Enjoy their tales of life in the village and tales of life on safari. You will find them easy to engage in discussions about current world events and African politics. In addition to being a warm and knowledgeable travel companion they are there to look out for your safety, make sure you get great service in camps and lodges, and ensure your itinerary remains flexible enough to accommodate the interests and desires of you and your companions. All our Head Guides are Wilderness First Responder certified and can assist and advise you on medical problems or emergencies. As part of our on going training, annual courses in first aid, mountain safety, game viewing and walking safari field trainings are organized by our company. Most trainings are held by the company directors or experts are contracted to teach and evaluate the knowledge and competence of the guide. All trainings have practical tests at the end that leaders must pass in order to work the following season. We feel certain that our guides are the best in the business and we fully trust your safety and enjoyment with them. All of our Guides and porters are friendly

Director's Profile:

Mr. Levis Lewis is the founder and managing director of AFRICAN VISION SAFARIS Ltd. He is Tanzanian by nationality born on 31st December 1965 in Sakila Village Arusha Region, which is located between Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. Professionally, Mr. Levis Lewis is a competent tour guide with high knowledge in wildlife birds botanical flowers, Africa fauna and marine life. Levis has been a tour guide since 1987, conducting adventure safaris in different protected areas and National Parks in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. He graduated from Mt Meru Tour Guide College and has been using his years of experience to suppliment his knowledge. Mr. Levis is married to Joyce, with two kids Dorcas and Careen.

WHAT MAKES OUR TREKS AND SAFARIS SO DIFFERENT?

We are combination of two guides with different professions in tourism industry. Apart from running this company, we share our guiding skills with you by leading all treks, safaris, walking safaris and cross the bushes, plains and valleys with bikes by ourselves as a tour guides and local trip leaders.

Our itineraries are flexible to satisfy your safari, climbing, trekking and biking intensions. We also happy to give ideas and opinions to your own created itinerary, We are there with you to make sure that all details are adhered in practice.

The difference we offer our climbers is in direct relation to how we value and respect our fellow guides and porters we work with.

  • We provide our own core team of guides and porters on each expedition who are trained to perform specific tasks which are vital to the successes of each trek.
  • Our sample itineraries are flexible to everyone, through our experience, we can arrange any kind of exceptional expedition, just give out your ideas we will take you there personally.
  • We pay the reasonable and good salaries to other guides, porters and other crews we work with.
  • We pay good bonuses to fellow guides and porters who perform their duties and carry loads to the crater floor camp.
  • We pay our mountain crews their full salary even if they have to descend early with trekkers or even if they are sick and they must descend early.
  • We ensure that each porter from our core mountain crew team has a proper mountain gears including good sleeping bag even if not new ones.
  • We provide good tents for our mountain crews to sleep in.
  • We adhere to the guidelines of the Kilimanjaro porters assistance project (KPAP), based at the foot of Kilimanjaro in Moshi, they are Tanzanian non-profit organization committed to improving the working conditions of the porters, we embody and practice their principles of porters ethics.
  • We respect the weight limits for porters as instructed by the Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • We provide a complete first aid kit and oxygen cylinder for our mountain crews and trekkers when they are sick or injured on the mountain.
  • We provide annually professional menu training for our cooks and waiters for mountain treks, normal safaris, walking safaris and mountain biking expeditions.
  • We feed our crews on the mountain and walking safaris with quality and enough foods we do not reduce these costs from their salaries

Community Involvement

We are locally owned and operated. All income stays in Tanzania where it benefits the community. In addition we are supporters of TEATEM NGO (www.teatem.org) a local NGO that promotes making quality education available to all Tanzanians. If during your stay in the country, you would like to see some recommended projects we can easily arrange that before or after your itinerary.

We can also help you find projects if you have time to stay as a volunteer. At least 3 weeks is recommended to be beneficial to the community. We have volunteering housing available in Arusha. If you have an interest, or for more details, please contact us.

If you are interested in helping the community by donating items that you bring on your trip, we can tell you what would be of benefit.

Mountain Climbs

Mountain climbs are our specialty. We offer all routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro and climbs of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kenya treks. Mt. Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountian in Africa, but the highest freestanding mountain in the world (not part of any mountain range) and the highest mountain in the world that can be climbed without any technical gear or techniques. Kilimanjaro's sister, the nearby Mt. Meru is Tanzania's second highest summit and is often climbed as a warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro or by climbers who do not have enough days to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is a fine climb in its own right. Both these climbs share the same packing list. Mt. Hanang and Ol Doinyo Lengai are one day climbs that are additions to walking safaris.
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Mt. Meru Climb

The little climbed peak of Mt Meru is a very rewarding and worthwhile achievement. It offers stunning views, and is an ideal short trek on its own, or as a trek either side of a safari, or acclimatisation for a climb of Kilimanjaro. This climb can be accomplished as a 3 or 4 day trek.

The itinerary can be found here.

African Vision Safaris - Mt. Meru map

Mt Kenya Treks

One of the world's highest national parks and Africa's second highest mountain, Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano reportedly some three and a half million years ago. Straddling the equator, the mountain offers a unique mosaic of forest, moorland, rock and ice and is crowned by the glittering peaks of Batian(5,199m) and Nelion(5,188m) Mount Kenya is a national icon, a climbers' Mecca, the nation's namesake, a UNESCO biosphere reserve a and a wildlife stronghold.

It is on of the most impressive landscapes of Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests which illustrate outstanding ecological processes. Mount Kenya's weather is notoriously unpredictable and varies with altitude. At points well over 4,000m the mountain is usually freezing cold, misty and often very windy. The park is accessible all the year round but the best climbing seasons are January, February, July and August.

Unlike Mt Kilimanjaro, to climb the summit of Mt Kenya is a technical climb requiring specialized training and equipment. African Vision Safaris offers treks circumventing the peaks and offer only treks that does not require technical training.

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Click to view itinerary:
Shirimon Route
Naromoru Route
Chogoria Route
Naromoru Route
Chogoria Peak Route

Tanzanian Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania's reputation as the premier safari destination is well earned. With such famous destinations as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Gombe Stream (home of Jane Goodall's still ongoing chimpanzee research). Nearly forty percent of area has been classified as protected. New York Times travel section reader poll has recently placed Tanzania as the 7th best travel destination of the world and ranked Tanzania as the best safari destination in Africa. We can arrange anything from walking safaris to hot air balloon safaris for your pleasure. Let African Vision Safaris be your guide on your dream adventure.

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The map represents and average. The timing is dependant on grazing conditions (mostly weather dependant) and hard to predict far in advance.

Kenyan Safari Destinations

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Tanzania is remarkable in their success in unifying 120 tribes peacefully into one country. Each tribe has its own unique culture and language. No matter what adventure you plan with African Vision Safaris, you will undoubtably get the opportunity to learn of some of the local tribes. We have outined three of the most requested tribal visits in this section, but the possibilites are far greater. For further tribal information, please contact us and we will gladly answer your questions.

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African Vision Safaris - MaasaiThe Maasai are the indigenous semi nomadic tribe inhabiting the Great Rift Valley region in Northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya. Traditionally the Maasai live in circular or loaf shaped huts (Inkajijik) made of mud, sticks and manure built by the women. They are pastorial and move seasonally between Northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya dependent on the best grazing lands at the time. Easily recognizable by their preferred clothing of red blankets draped toga stye around them, their long staffs and often pierced and stretched ear lobes, the men and boys tend their livestock. Very young Maasai boys are often seen nearby roads tending goats. A Maasai man's wealth is viewed by his number of livestock, the number of wives (purchased with livestock) and his number of children. A mixture of cow and blood (by carefully and supposedly painlessly cutting the cattle's jugular vein) is a staple of their diet. Since the number of livestock is highly valued, cattle will only be slaughtered for special occasions. Their belief is that their God, Engai (who resides in the Ol Doinyo L'Engai volcano), created cattle as a gift to the Maasai, making them the rightful owners of all cattle in the world. Understandably, this causes friction with neighboring herders. Attempting to photograph a Maasai will be met with demands for payment but with arranged visits by African Vision Safaris, photos may be freely taken, dances performed (joining them for dance is an experience you will remember for a lifetime)and you may tour the inside of a Inkajijik. The Maasai wear great amounts of jewelry and a visit to a Maasai village is an excellent opportunity for buying inexpensive souveniers. A Maasai visit easily fits in with visits to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Arusha, Tarangire, Olduvai Gorge, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru.

African Vision Safaris - Hadzabe The Hadzabe are the indiginous tribe living in the region of Lake Eyasi in the Central Rift Valley. They are one of the few true Hunter-Gatherers left in Africa. Their click based language makes them along with the bushmen (San) of South Africa the only remaining link to similar tribes that once stretched through Sub-Saharan Africa. Reports on their population vary between only 1,000 to 2,000. The Hadzabe live in temporary grass and stick shelters and relocate often dependant of food sources (they sometimes will relocate to a large kill rather than transport the kill). Their diet is opportunistic and consists mainly of foraged vegetation but hunts with poison arrows provides meat from any convenient prey (ranging from rodents to giraffe). Baboon is the preferred game. The Hadzabe are skilled honey gatherers as well. Many of the Hadzabe still dress tradtionally in animal hides, but that too is opportunistic, dressing in what ever is available. Attempts by the government to alter the tribes lifestyle have failed miserably, with government sponsored housing and schools abandoned by the tribe. The Tanzanian government has now recognised the futility of change and have set aside a track of land for the Hadzabe to exist traditionally. African Vision Safaris can make arrangements for visits. Outsiders are permitted to go along on a hunt with the male Hadzabe. Refreshingly, even though the Hadzabe accepts visitors, it has not affected their lifestyle at all and is truly an amazing experience. A Hadzabe visit also fits in easily with safaris to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater or the Serengeti.

African Vision Safaris - ChaggaThe Chagga Tribe populates the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. They have integrated into main society well. In rual areas, they still keep many of their traditions. Most of the rural Chagga people are subsistance farmers. It is a great day trip before or after a safari to visit a small coffee and banana farm, taste their traditional foods and sample home-made banana beer if you like. The area is lush and beautiful. The trip includes visits to Chagga historical sites and an opportunity to visit one of the many area waterfalls (bring your swimsuit if you care for a refreshing plunge).

African Vision Safaris - Zanzibar

Pristine palm tree lined white sand beaches, some of the best snorkeling and SCUBA in the world, deep sea fishing, wandering through the narrow alleys while admiring the architecture, enjoying the bustle of the bazaars. These examples are just a small sampling of what Zanzibar has waiting for you to experience. With its rich heritage, a crossroads of many cultures you will want to spend some time both in Stowntown and along the idyllic Indian Ocean beaches. Let African Vision Safaris arrange your amazing Zanzibar holiday.

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Zanzibar Activities

Stone Town

It is the oldest part of Zanzibar town built on a 95 acres peninsula and consisting of 2500 buildings all made of coral stone, lime and clay, thus the name. This is the most interesting part of town with its narrow lanes, 45 mosques, 2 Christians churches 4 Hindus Halls and two baobab trees. Stone Town Tour is a half day guided driving trip which also includes short walks that enable the clients to explore the fascinating historical sites of the old parts of Zanzibar town, the tour will include a visit to the Former slave market (The Anglican Cathedral), the Historical and natural history museums of Zanzibar, the house of wonders, the old fort. The old central market of Zanzibar etc. The tour old central market of Zanzibar etc. The tour can be arranged either in the morning at 0900 hrs to 1200 hrs or in the afternoon 1500 hrs to 1800 hrs.

Spice Tour

The tour visits various villages such as Bububu, Kidichi and Kizimbani northwards of Stone town. Clients will be able to see, touch, smell and even taste some of the spices and fruits available on the Island. The trip also offers invitingly attractive photographic scenery on the fruit garden, mud houses thatched with coconut palm leaves and the living style of Zanzibar is in the countryside areas.

Mangapwani Cave

Mangapwani Slave Cave is not natural, but cut out of the coral limestone. It is a sort of cellar, more or less a square-shaped cell. It was built for storing slaves by Mohammed Bin Nassor Al-Alawi, a prominent slave trader. Boats from Africa (Tanzania) landed at the nearby beach and unloaded their human "cargo". The slaves were kept here until they were taken to Zanzibar Town or to Oman.In 1873 Sultan Barghash signed the Anglo- Zanzibari treaty which officially abolished the slave trade. Some time after the cave was still used as a place to hide slaves, as an illicit trade continued for many years. Today, the cave itself remains, although the wooden roof under which the slaves were hidden has now gone. There are steps which lead down onto the cavern floor.

Prison Island

Special boat trips are arranged either half day or full day to this small resort and it takes thirty-five minutes to reach the Island. Historically Island was used as point of concealment of slaves later became a temporary hospital and a quarantine island especially during the outbreak of contagious diseases in the last century. The Island is endowed with natural features attractive while sand beach for swimming and the colorful coral reef for snorkeling. A number of giant tortoises, durket different birds can easily be seen in the island. The boat will be leaving at the big fig tree at Forodhani in Stone Town.

Jozani Forest

Is a half day driving trip to Jozani Natural Forest reserve to see red colobus monkey that are endemic to Zanzibar. These Monkeys are very charming, friendly and easy to take pictures while you can watch feeding and playing in the trees. Also you will have a short walk into the forest to see different types of plants and trees species that are still existing in this forest. Jozani forest is on the Southern part of Stone Town, some 45 min. drive.

Local Game Fishing

Is a half day excursion on a traditional dhow day afloat trip on the waters of the Snake and Bawe islets for fishing. Possible catches include yellow fin tuna, kingfish & emperor. All fishing equipments & bait are provided.

Dolphin Tour

This is a full day excursion on a traditional dhow and see various species of Dolphins including spinner bottle nose an blue dolphins at a very close range within touching distance. Our Dhows are equipped with sun shelters and modern life jackets. The tour will also takes clients out to the coral reef where can enjoy some of the most remarkable snorkeling. Different species of coral and other marine can also be seen. This tour will include also the transfers to Kizimkazi some one and half drive (70 KM). Lunch will be included and equipment.

Contact Information

Address:
African Vision Safaris
P.O. Box 11051
Arusha - Tanzania

Email: info@aricanvisionsafaris.com

Phone: +255 784 394 915

Mobile: +255 753 331 617

Booking Procedure

We are sure that by now you have noticed that we have not posted any prices on our trips. As simple as the initial idea sounds, there are too many factors in pricing a customized trip. You will want accommodations upon arrival which may vary quite a bit according to your budget and desires. You very well may want airport pickup and dropoff. Depending on how far you are coming from and what sort of time difference there is, it is often wise to have an acclimation day or two before setting off of safari or mountian climb. there are many options for short day cultural day trips that will not be tiring during these days. It is often wise to have a spare day at the beginning in case there is a baggage delay, etc. There is also the number of people and time of the year to consider in costs. We guarentee you that we are not the least expensive company. That is because we realize how rare an opportunity this is for you to come and experience this area of the world. There are many companies in their drive to offer low prices that will cut corners such as underpaying staff, skimping on food, safety, running poorly maintained vehicles and using tents that may not stay dry during a hard rain. What we can guarentee is that African Vision Safaris offers an excellent value. We are small and locally owned so there is no paying for marketing firms or overseas offices and staff. We obtain our customers through our reputation and through our satisfied clients. We have found it best to proceed in the following manner:

  1. You contact us with your interests and any travel details that you may have already settled on
  2. We respond with some suggestions and give you an idea what each option will cost
  3. After we agree on the itinerary, details and cost, we will check on the the availability of any lodges, etc. that you require and send you in invoice
  4. If there is a problem with the lodging selected, we will offer alternatives and give you the chance to choose.
  5. You secure the dates and itineraries with making an initial payment through bank wire transfer (we will send you the details). The initial amount will depend on deposit requirements of the particular accommodations chosen. All this will be communicated in advance during the previous steps.
  6. We will keep in contact as the trip date approaches to offer you equipment and travel suggestions
  7. 30 days before the onset of the itinerary, you will receive an invoice for the remaining amount due
  8. If we have agreed on airport pickup, we will be waiting for you just outside of customs clearance at the airport. Otherwise, we will find you at your hotel the day before the trip for a trip briefing
  9. The dream of a lifetime becomes a reality through African Vision Safaris

About Us

Mountain Climbs

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120 Tribes to visit

Zanzibar

Indian Ocean Paradise

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