Dorobo Safaris

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Dorobo Safaris was originated in the early 1980s in Arusha, Tanzania. Since its beginning, Dorobo has based its adventure travel on the philosophy that our natural environments (and wilderness and wildlife) are intimately and irrevocably linked to people - both locally and globally. Dorobo has designed unique wilderness travel for individuals and groups. Their background in the natural sciences along with their knowledge of the peoples of East Africa provide stimulating educational experiences. African cultures are serendipitously met while on camping and walking safaris in wilderness areas of Tanzania. These special adventures engage participants in issues of ecology, culture and development.

Dorobo is proud of all their wilderness-trained, English and Swahili speaking staff. They cook and serve the freshest camp fare of locally available ingredients.

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wolff_dan 08/02/2014

“Dorobo: Best safari for adventure”

3 years ago

We just completed a 20 day adventure with Dorobo Safaris and it exceeded our wildest expectations.

Dorobo is very well organized and they are different than most companies in that they specialize in cultural exposure as well...

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Date of safari: 
07/02/2014
Length of safari: 
20 Days
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Arusha, Tarangire, Serengeti and many more

We just completed a 20 day adventure with Dorobo Safaris and it exceeded our wildest expectations.

Dorobo is very well organized and they are different than most companies in that they specialize in cultural exposure as well as taking you far away from civilization to see just about every animal possible. We spent about half of the 20 day trip in the remote wilderness where we saw no other tourists: 3 days with the hunter-gatherer Hadza tribe hunting, digging and eating roots, collecting honey, making arrows and singing. A highlight for the 4 of us was visiting their little schoolhouse and delivering soccer balls and some meager school supplies to about 50 kids. These kids literally have nothing but the clothes on their back but are happy and very friendly. We sat around asking them a million questions and listened to them sing songs.

ALL Tanzanians are some of the friendliest and open people I have ever met.

We also spent 2 days with 4 Masai as our guides, climbing a small mountain called Oldonyo Sambu and spent the night listening to their stories, laughing and learning their dances. A highlight for me was sitting around the campfire making 4 Masai laugh at my jokes through interpretation. Not easy!

The other days consisted of game drives through Tarangire National Park where we saw hundreds of elephants, 4 leopards, black rhino and about 50 lions, to Ngorongoro Crater which as one of the largest concentrations of animals anywhere, to the Serengeti for wildlife walks (where we always had guards with AK-47s and elephant rifles).

The guides make the difference and our guy Douglas was the best. He is a world class bird expert and knows over 1000 birds by sight, sound or silhouette. He also had amazing personal connections to local tribes that let us into their homes (Masai bomas).

On most nights we were visited by lions, leopards, hyena, jackal and hippos…right outside the freekin tent! There was never anything to fear, as long as you stayed in the tent! Every night and morning was an orchestra of animal sounds; both feathered and furry (oh and hippos and elephants.)

I would recommend Dorobo to everyone who wants to have a life changing experience in the heart of Tanzania.

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hhanz 09/29/2013

“Bowles-Estes Safari 2012”

3 years ago

Without a doubt the most rewarding vacation of our lives. The Dorobo outfit is world class and catered to our every need. Our guides (Mika & Kisana) were spectacular; knowledgeable, entertaining, kind, caring and considerate...

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Date of safari: 
06/23/2012
Length of safari: 
20 Days
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Arusha National Park, Tarangire, Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti

Without a doubt the most rewarding vacation of our lives. The Dorobo outfit is world class and catered to our every need. Our guides (Mika & Kisana) were spectacular; knowledgeable, entertaining, kind, caring and considerate. Our safari was well thought out and had a tremendous mix of experiences. We toured some of the more traditional parks in our vehicles but also did a reasonable amount of cross country driving and hiking, finding our way with a handheld GPS device. The camps were rustic but cozy, the food elegantly simple and delicious. We spent 5 days living with the Hadza in the Yaida Valley which was a mind altering experience. The Hadza may be the most generous people on our planet. They spent time in our camp, patiently teaching us how to make arrows, laughed while we attempted to use their bows for target practice, took us hunting with our newly made arrows, helped us climb a Baobab tree and treated us with freshly harvested honey while enduring hundreds of bee stings. An experience not to be missed. The wildlife we saw were highly varied and left little to the imagination. We observed the wildebeest migration, saw numerous mating rituals, were privileged to see lion, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, elephant, numerous eagles and other birds, hyena, buffalo, hippo, rhino and many more. Our safari was beyond special. Dorobo is without a doubt the premiere safari outfit in Tanzania.

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blandon 05/22/2013

“Changed My Life!”

4 years ago

I came here on a school trip, and it not only showed me the beautiful wildlife and wilderness of Tanzania, but also allowed me to interact with both the Masai and Hadza tribes. It gave me an in depth look into their lifestyles, one...

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Date of safari: 
09/13/2012
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1 Weeks
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Ngorongoro National Park, Tarangire National Park

I came here on a school trip, and it not only showed me the beautiful wildlife and wilderness of Tanzania, but also allowed me to interact with both the Masai and Hadza tribes. It gave me an in depth look into their lifestyles, one based around agriculture and the other focused on a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The trip took us all across the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. The staff were very friendly and fun to interact with, as well as informative. They didn't feel like just tour guides, they also felt like friends going on the safari with you. I will never forget my experience with dorobo safari and I hope that I may be able to return someday.

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charlie.finnduffy 05/14/2013

“Amazing Experience”

4 years ago

I traveled with a school group with Dorobo safaris in Northern Tanzania. We had an absolutely amazing experience during our trip. Our guides were knowledgable and incredibly friendly. The safari was incredibly well planned and...

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Date of safari: 
09/12/2012
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12 Days
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tarangire national park, Ngorongoro conservation area.

I traveled with a school group with Dorobo safaris in Northern Tanzania. We had an absolutely amazing experience during our trip. Our guides were knowledgable and incredibly friendly. The safari was incredibly well planned and allowed us to have incredible experience unlike any other we could have had. Especially amazing was our time spent with Hadza in the Yaida Valley. Following a hunter with three other people through the wilderness was the most amazing experience of my life. Ever since I was very little I had dreamed of going to Africa and the experience that Dorobo provide was wonderful, unforgettable introduction to the continent.

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wkhphenc 03/23/2013

“Compassionate Caring for the Earth & All Peoples”

4 years ago

Compassionate caring was evident from my first contact with Daudi, Thad & Mike Peterson when I inquired about a high school expedition that would educate on sustainability, eco friendly practices, and meaningful contact with the...

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Date of safari: 
09/12/2012
Length of safari: 
2 Weeks
Wildlife parks visited: 
Tarengire, Ngorogoro, Manyara and Great Rift Valley Wilderness

Compassionate caring was evident from my first contact with Daudi, Thad & Mike Peterson when I inquired about a high school expedition that would educate on sustainability, eco friendly practices, and meaningful contact with the local population. Each detail of the plans were carefully discussed with understanding and care for our concerns for our students and the educational value we were seeking for such a safari.
Upon arrival in Tanzania (for me after 42 years; we have lived there for 3 years from 1967-70), I was struck by the efficiency of our welcome by our guides. They continued to be a great pair of mentors for our 11 students and 7 adults.
The contacts with the local 7 schools we visited were marvelous, as were the visits to various villages where we experienced local cultural practices. While experiencing time with members of the Maasai and Hadza tribes, our students came to be in intimate contact with new and different cultures that will continue to influence their thinking and perspectives in life. Again, our guides were the key to the contacts. They maintained a positive, playful, and safe atmosphere that brought much comfort, humor, and security to the travels.
Food was excellent; accomodations were fine, the entire staff were wonderful, and the land rovers served us well over many miles of difficult terrain. The pace of the safari was perfect, reflecting the 30 years experience Dorobo has in leading specialized safaris such as ours.
Thank you Dorobo for an experience of a lifetime and a renewed experience of Tanzania and African life the second time around!
Pastor Bill Harman
The Grauer School
Encinitas, CA, USA

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patti.harman 03/22/2013

“Best Experience of a Lifetime”

4 years ago

In the middle of the night, not too far from our tent, two male lions roared their declaration of their territory. I was frozen in my cot, but I also
said to myself, "this is so cool." That was the most exciting moment in my...

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Date of safari: 
09/12/2012
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2 Weeks
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Tarengire, Ngoro Ngoro, Manyara

In the middle of the night, not too far from our tent, two male lions roared their declaration of their territory. I was frozen in my cot, but I also
said to myself, "this is so cool." That was the most exciting moment in my life. It came in the midst of a two week safari planned and led by
Dorobo Safari Co.
We were a group of 20 students and adults in Tanzania to study how indigenous peoples maintained their relationship with
their environment. We lived the first week with the Masaai and the second with the Hadza. Our guides were knowledgeable, professional and
a lot of fun to be with. We camped in very comfortable tents and ate delicious meals.
I have lived and travelled in many countries. This was the best two weeks of my life. Thank you Dorobo. Patti Harman

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stuart 02/26/2013

“Grauer School Expedition into Tanzania”

4 years ago

Dorobo guides are the real thing: really connected to amazing resources and people all over Tanzania. I have travelled the world with student groups for over 30 years, and this is the one! The guides are incredible attentive,...

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Date of safari: 
02/26/2013
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8 Days
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ngorogoro crater, several wildlife preserves

Dorobo guides are the real thing: really connected to amazing resources and people all over Tanzania. I have travelled the world with student groups for over 30 years, and this is the one! The guides are incredible attentive, companionable, well educated and thorough. We had some custom requests, too, and Dorobo delivered in full. Our safari was a once in a lifetime masterpiece.

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natalierose7465 02/26/2013

“Life Changing Experience”

4 years ago

I will never forget the trip that I took last fall with Dorobo Safaris. It was a priceless experience and I loved it so much that I wish that I could go back. Leaving the safari leaders at the end of the trip brought me to tears...

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Date of safari: 
09/12/2012
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10 Days

I will never forget the trip that I took last fall with Dorobo Safaris. It was a priceless experience and I loved it so much that I wish that I could go back. Leaving the safari leaders at the end of the trip brought me to tears and I would recommend Dorobo to everyone who wants to have a life changing experience in the heart of Tanzania.

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seanhauze 02/26/2013

“Amazing Culture-Rich Experience”

4 years ago

Our experience with Dorobo Safaris was absolutely amazing. Mika and Thad arranged everything from airport pickup, to dropoff. Our group consisted of 10 students and 8 adults from San Diego, California. Dorobo met and exceeded...

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09/13/2012
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12 Days
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Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park

Our experience with Dorobo Safaris was absolutely amazing. Mika and Thad arranged everything from airport pickup, to dropoff. Our group consisted of 10 students and 8 adults from San Diego, California. Dorobo met and exceeded each of our expectations, from their delicious meals to the authentic tribal interactions. Our drivers were experts on everything from the lions, rhinos, elephants, etc. to the Massai and Hadza with which we camped. I highly recommend Dorobo Safari Company!

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jp 02/02/2013

“Tanzania”

4 years ago

These guys are terrific. Always great fresh home cooked food that even my fussy kids loved and the most wonderful guides (I have been on two safaris with them and both memorable for us all). The talented guides, that are not only...

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Date of safari: 
03/25/2012
Length of safari: 
9 Days
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Ngorongoro, Yaeda Valley , Serengetti

These guys are terrific. Always great fresh home cooked food that even my fussy kids loved and the most wonderful guides (I have been on two safaris with them and both memorable for us all). The talented guides, that are not only bright, friendly and knowledgeable, but also safe and caring of our every need. The tents are camp are not silver service type, but always clean and comfortable and the camps are very well organised, which is how I prefer it.

We lived with the Hazda tribe for several days in the Yaeda Valley which was the most memorable time for us all. The most astoninshing experience to hunt with them and learn abut their wonderful egalitarian culture. These people were our trip highlight, even though we are widely travelled and have seen a number of other indigenous people in their surrounds around the world. None match the Hadza

The Serengetti & Ngorongoro are always wonderful and inspiring, even if the two are becoming a little over touristed.

The region that we visited last time with Dorobo that was so special was the Soitogoss (sp?) where we did some walking safari and, with the most wonderful guide in the world (the late & great Palangelo), saw a very large cobra like snake eating one of its own kind alive. It then rose up to about 5 feet high and began to charge us in our open topped landrover! Thankfully we beat a hasty retreat, but we got it all on video.

Anyhow Dorobo are terrific - I recommend them highly.