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Duma Explorer

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Arusha, Tanzania
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About Duma Explorer
Duma Explorer is a Tanzanian and American-owned company founded in 2002. With offices in Tanzania, the United States and South Africa, we arrange trips throughout the East African region. Our amazing staff and guides come from various backgrounds and regions of East Africa and many have been with us for more than a decade. We are very proud of our high standards of service, and look forward to making happy memories for our guests for many years to come!
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Full-Day Private Kilimanjaro Day Trip with Lunch

A day hike in Kilimanjaro National Park allows you to experience what climbing the mountain is like without having to make the grueling trek to the peak. Africa's highest and most famous mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, lies at 5,895 meters above sea level and a full hike takes between six and eight days. Visit this famous park over one day and enjoy the forests of the lower slopes. Have lunch in the park before hiking back down to the gate.
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6 hours
from $290.00

Arusha National Park Day Trip: Walk, Canoe and Safari!

During this day trip to Arusha National Park, engage in several different modes of safari! Start your visit with a game drive as you make your way through the park. Visit the Small Serengeti and see Cape buffalo, zebra and warthog. Continue on a two hour walking safari with a national park ranger. See buffalo, zebra and warthog as you make your way over the plain to the mountain forest. Continue walking until you reach Mount Meru Waterfall. After a break at the waterfall, return to meet the vehicle.

Continue on a game drive through the park, making your way to Momella Lakes. First circle the lake by vehicle, viewing hippos and flamingos as you make your way around the lakes. After the game drive, meet your canoe safari guide for a two hour guided canoe ride in the lake. Spot wildlife from the canoe and learn the history of the surrounding area and the chemistry of these alkaline lakes.
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7 hours
from $400.00

5-Day Private Adventure Tour to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The trek through the Ngorongoro Highlands into Lake Natron is one of the most off-the-beaten-path destinations in Northern Tanzania. The hugely popular parks of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are just around the corner, but you will have this area largely to yourselves. Additionally, you have the opportunity to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai, the world's only active carbonatite volcano. The landscape surrounding Lake Natron is unique in the world, as are the relatively untouched Maasai villages in this area.
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5 days
from $2,250.00

5-Day Private Safari Tour in Northern Tanzania

This five-day tour visits the most famous parks of Northern Tanzania. Spend two full days in Serengeti National Park, the world's most famous wildlife park. The Serengeti is home to the wildebeest migration, an annual parade of more than two million wildebeest and zebra. The Serengeti is also believed to support the world's largest lion population - more than 3,000!

To round out the five day tour, spend one day each in Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera and provides a protected environment for the wildlife that lives inside it. Tarangire National Park is home to large herds of elephant as well as many bird, antelope and cat species. Tarangire's wildlife is viewed against a backdrop of giant termite mounds and millennia-old baobab trees.

As an optional stop along the way, visit Olduvai Gorge. All of this will be guided by one of our expert safari guides. Karibu Tanzania!
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5 days
from $2,500.00

7-Day Private Kilimanjaro Hiking Tour via Machame from Arusha

Our second most popular route, this route offers easy access to the trailhead, varied scenery along the route, and ascends on the west. Barranco Camp, the third campsite on this route, is a favorite amongst our mountain staff. This is also the most popular camping route overall, so you will be joined by a lot of fellow climbers.

We offer superior service, route planning, and high-end equipment to ensure your trek is hassle free and that you’ll summit successfully.

We started out as a Kilimanjaro trekking company, and has been leading climbs up Kili and Meru for almost twenty years. Mountaineering support remains a key part of our business. With our long history of arranging treks, we know how to support you to summit successfully and safely, and to also have an enjoyable and rewarding hike getting there.
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7 days
from $2,899.00
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frida f wrote a review Apr 2021
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The whole trip, the small details, the people. It was fantastic and I I would not want to change anything.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Stacy R, Owner at Duma Explorer
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Thanks so much for your review of your trip. We are happy to read that you had a fantastic time and would not change anything!
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Richard Birgander wrote a review Apr 2021
Umeå, Sweden26 contributions2 helpful votes
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Having experienced the impeccable organiazation by Duma on a Tanzania family trip 2014 (one week safari and one week on Zanzibar for me, my wife and our five kids) it was a no-brainer to choose Duma when I, my wife and one of our youngest cubs (now 17 years) decided to hike/climb Kilimanjaro. In spite of our previous excellent experience Duma managed to exceed our expectations! Our head guide (Emmanuel), assistant guide (Colman) and waiter (Dickson) proved to be an absolute dream-team together with Jamal (cook) and the remaining 12 persons in our support crew. Emmanuel, Colman and Dickson were very professional with a high level of security as well as supportive, encouraging - and not least fun and easy to be around. The tent-crew kept our tents (a small 3-person sleeping tent and a larger mess-tent for meals and storage of equipment) in excellent condition and the toilet-tent was always nice and clean (very important!). Jamal prepared very nice rich meals that we ate with good apetite during the entire trip (nope, no AMS). We were actually talking about how we probably were putting on weight climbing Kibo... :-) The hike was challanging, no doubt about that, but with the excellent support by primarily Emmanuel, Colman and Dickson (called the Goon Squad by our son) there was never any question whether we'd all make it. Summit night was the most challanging day starting at midnight under a crispy starry clear sky. Reaching the crater rim at dawn and finally standing at Uhuru point just before nine am under a sunny clear sky was absolutely fantastic! If you have any thoughts what so ever of climbing Kilimanjaro - go for it! You will not regret it! And if you decide to do it, I couldn't recommend Duma stronger. This company is amazing - and when hearing from the employers during the hike that this is the company basically everybody in the business want to work for, well, choosing Duma is an absolute no-brainer. /Richard Birgander
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Stacy R, Owner at Duma Explorer
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks so much for your glowing review, Richard! We are so happy that you had a wonderful time climbing Kilimanjaro with us and that you enjoyed the meals, our staff and equipment! We are also glad to read that our employees like working for us so much. Thank you again for choosing Duma Explorer for a SECOND trip. We look forward to planning your third trip with you!
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MHM851 wrote a review Apr 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates35 contributions42 helpful votes
My husband and I booked our Tanzanian safari directly with Stacy, co-owner of Chaka Camps and Duma Explorer, which we highly recommend. You can plan a bespoke safari staying in luxury tented camps for less than you might think. It really gave us peace of mind to know that we would have the same vehicle and guide to ourselves for our six day safari during the pandemic. If you’re considering Tanzania in 2021-GO! This is the time to visit when there are few tourists. There were only 10 vehicles in the Ngorongoro Crater when we visited, often there are 400 vehicles a day during high season, and we had multiple sightings of critically endangered black rhino. One person made this trip a roaring success and that was our guide Isack. He can spot animals from a kilometer away without binoculars! It is truly incredibly what he could find on our game drives and this skill is only surpassed by his vast knowledge of all the animals, birds and flora in northern Tanzania. I learned so much on this trip and we have been on several safaris before. It was our best safari yet! The custom-fitted Land Cruiser with pop top is incredibly comfortable for hours of road travel and has some fabulous features like a picnic table embedded in the floorboard. We stayed in luxury tented camps- Chaka Camp in Ndutu and Kiota Camp in the Serengeti. Beautifully decorated and oh so comfortable- glamping at its best with delicious food and welcoming hosts!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Hal M wrote a review Mar 2021
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If you’ve found Duma Explorers’ website or this review—STOP—you need not look any further for a safari operator. Duma’s owner based in the US, Stacy Readal, will organize an amazing safari for you with transparent and fair pricing, all while patiently answering your many questions about Africa. Stacy lived in Tanzania for 15 years, has been to all the parks she will recommend to you, and has a partner and other staff in Tanzania who will take you on your safari. I just finished my first trip to Africa with Duma Explorers and could not have been more pleased with both the trip and the service we received before, during and after the safari. I started planning the safari over a year before we went. I looked at literally dozens of safari operators, including all the big names like Abercrombie and Micato, and contacted 4 of them to discuss different safaris and pricing. None of them were as knowledgeable or offered better rates then Stacy and Duma Explorers. None of them allowed me to deal with the owner of the company other than Stacy and Duma. Her detailed knowledge of Tanzania was tremendously helpful when planning where to go in Africa given the multitude of choices. I followed her advice on a number of trip details and was glad I did when we got there. Our safari consisted of 3 camps in three parks: 3 nights at Kichuguu Camp in Tarangire; 2 nights at Sanctuary Ngorongoro; and 4 nights at Chaka in Ndutu (right on the border of Serengeti); which was followed by 4 nights at Gibbs’ Farm on the border of the Ngorongoro Reserve near Karatu. We also spent the first night resting from the long flight from the US at Rivertrees Inn (about 30 minutes from the JRO airport) and the last 6 hours of our trip resting and having dinner there before our flight home. Service at all the camps was excellent. But the real star was Duma’s guide and driver, Isack. You will spend a lot of time with your guide on safari given that you will be on game drives 3-6 hours or more every day. I didn’t find that other companies discussed their particular guides with me, but Stacy did right from the start. She even tried to match up our respective personalities to insure a smooth safari. Isack was the perfect guide for us…he was patient with all of our questions, could spot game a half mile before we could see it, was a careful driver (which makes a big difference on TZ’s bumpy roads and when off-road) and was so knowledgeable, other drivers would stop us to ask him questions about the different parks and where to find the animals. And he could not have been more patient or kinder to my wife. He also cleaned his truck every day inside and out which many other guides did not do. You will get “sticker shock” when you first price an African safari. Don’t let that dissuade you from going. It was the most expensive trip of my life but it was also the one for which I received the best value for the experience. It was magical from the first game drive to the last. If you like wilderness and seeing animals in their native habitat you will love a safari in Tanzania organized by Duma. It was a life changing experience seeing the grandeur of the landscapes and the thousands of animals inhabiting it that you can see in almost any direction you look. Stacy stayed in touch with us throughout the safari as we were trying to figure out how to get the newly-required Covid test in order to return to the US. Her team in TZ made it happen, and our return was uneventful. And then even after the safari I heard from Stacy about returning money to me for a balloon trip which was cancelled due to high winds. I received excellent service from everyone at Duma from start to finish. And we felt completely safe in TZ as Duma’s guide, Isack, met us at the airport and dropped us off there at the end. Perhaps the best thing I could say about Duma is that I will use them again when I return to Africa. I have to go back as there is simply no other place like it left on this planet.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Kissila I. wrote a review Jan 2021
New York City, New York10 contributions2 helpful votes
Let me start by saying that I have always dreamed of a safari trip to Tanzania. I told my husband of this dream and he decided to surprise me by putting together a 2 week safari/beach birthday trip for us. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit worried about leaving him to plan it on his own (I’m always the one who plan/book our vacations). Thankfully he chose to book it with Duma Explorer, and I could not have been happier! Every single detail was thought and taken care of! From airport transfers, to the registrations in the national parks (I didn’t even know we needed that!), and the location of the lodgings, Stacy thought of everything which gave us (especially me) peace of mind and the opportunity to just relax. The hotels and lodges we stayed were absolutely beautiful with great views and delicious food. Our guide Isaac had over 25 years of experience, and you could tell by the way he could spot animals from a distance and know every detail about it (I’m sure he had superpowers). We saw all the big 5 and then some. We were more than happy with our experience, and I could not have asked for a better way to celebrate my birthday (Christmas and New Years too). This trip will be one I will never forget! Anyone who asks us how to book a safari trip to Tanzania, Duma will be my one and only answer. This is a very happy and satisfied customer!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Stacy R, Owner at Duma Explorer
Responded Jan 21, 2021
Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy that we were able to arrange such an amazing surprise safari/beach trip for you! It was wonderful working with your husband while planning the trip and I am glad it worked out so well. Thank you again for booking with Duma Explorer!
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