Duma Explorer, adventures in Tanzania!

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    Jambo! Hello and welcome

    Based in Arusha, Tanzania, the gateway to Tanzania's famous national parks, Duma Explorer grew up out of the local community. Our highly personalized safaris and treks offer a unique window into the landscape, wildlife and culture of this extraordinary region.

    Founded in 2004, we are a socially responsible adventure travel company offering customized hiking and safari packages to beautiful Tanzania.

    Whether looking for a special honeymoon safari or a trek to Africa’s highest peak, we'll work with you to create unforgettable adventures.

    Talk to us about your dream Tanzanian tour. We’ll make it come true. 

    Our inspiration

    Duma is Swahili for Cheetah, the lightening fast and agile predator that inspired Duma Explorer founder, Hezron Mbise. While the lion is regarded as the king of the African savannah, the graceful, fleet-footed cheetah is the fastest land animal. It can be spotted year-round in Tanzania.   

    Safari guides

    Each of our guides has at least seven years experience as a safari guide in Northern Tanzania, meaning you will be guided by knowledgeable and skilled tourism professionals throughout your trip. 

    We offer many kinds of guides and support staff during our mountain climbs and safaris. During a standard or luxury safari, explore Tanzania's parks with a Duma Explorer driver-guide; or during a budget camping safari, travel with both a driver-guide and chef.

    Mountain guides

    Our passionate and highly trained mountain crew totals about 150 people, including guides, assistant guides, cooks and porters. Many of our guides and cooks began their careers with us as porters and have been part of Duma Explorer since we started in 2004.

    Our mountain guides each have a minimum seven years experience hiking Kilimanjaro, while most of our porters, assistant guides and cooks have been climbing for at least five years. Duma's chief guides and most assistant guides are Wilderness First Responder certified. Many of our cooks and porters have first-aid training.

    During a Kilimanjaro climb, hike with at least one head guide, an assistant guide, cook and several porters.

    Beaches and excursions

    We also offer excursions to exotic beach destinations like Zanzibar, and fly-in, fly-out packages to isolated parks in Southern and Western Tanzania and to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

    superior service

    We want you to enjoy the wonderful travel experiences that inspired us to found Duma. To do this, we take the stress and hassle out of your adventure. 

    If you lose something on the way here, we’ll find a replacement. If your baggage is delayed, we’ll send it to you on safari or up the mountain.

    We are constantly scouring Tanzania to monitor the quality and standards of your accommodation, ensuring you have the best possible options.  

    Excellent employees & fair working conditions

    Many of our employees have been with us since Duma began. They know the terrain intimately and take great pride in their work. They will never compromise your safety.  

    At Duma we are a close community. Most of us live in Arusha. From management to the guides and porters, we know each other well and have a special mutual respect. We are also one of only four partner companies to consistently comply with all fair treatment conditions set by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.

    Customized itineraries

    We tailor itineraries to suit your time of travel and maximize your experience by ensuring you’re in the right location at the right time. Most people experience only one safari - we want to make this your once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

    Accommodation Options

    Duma Explorer offers a range of the best possible luxury, standard and budget safari accommodation to suit your budget. We can also combine luxury and standard safaris; or include a few lodge nights during a budget camping safari.