'International bestselling author and thirty year Dorobo client'
"'If you want to travel with a Safari company you can trust, you can confidently trust Dorobo. They shape your safari into a source journey unique for each person;
Unfiltered, Uncensored and Unbelievable"
- RICHARD LEIDER -
Welcome to Dorobo Safaris
Dorobo specializes in providing a source experience for clients by connecting them with local people who are close to the land. We aim to create long term partnerships that are fair and transparent; allowing for structured but un-staged encounters. As a result of this we've been able to learn about wildlife, nature and the land through a synergy of traditional and scientific knowledge. Dorobo does its best to focus on socially responsible travel with little impact in areas where we set up our mobile camps.
At Dorobo our clients are our number one priority and we ensure that all our safaris are tailored to the needs of an individual by customizing each safari to suit our clients needs. We also offer Walking Safaris a unique experience that allow you to connect with nature on a deeper level. Walking in the bush provides a great complement to the amazingly close encounters one has on traditional vehicle game viewing drives. In addition to walking in community wilderness areas, we offer great walks in the Serengeti, Tarangire, Ruaha and Katavi National Parks in Tanzania, East Africa.
Brief History Dorobo Safaris and Dorobo Fund
Dorobo Safaris was started in the early-1980′s, in the early days of the development of Tanzanian ecotourism. Then, as now, Dorobo focused on developing unique and personal experiences ‘off the beaten track’ involving local cultures, ecosystems, and wilderness areas. Even at this time it was clear that numerous threats from expanding human populations and economic activities, such as agriculture and charcoal burning, posed a threat to sustainable livelihoods and to conservation of northern Tanzania’s extraordinary biodiversity and wildlife. By 1991, Dorobo Safaris had worked to initiate the first joint venture agreements with local Maasai villages providing payment in exchange for access to village lands for tourism. These involved the villages setting aside large concession areas where agriculture and charcoal burning were prohibited, but other activities such as seasonal livestock grazing could continue. The original contracts remain in place, after innumerable meetings, re-negotiations, and amendments, nearly twenty years later.
By the mid-1990’s, despite these initial steps to reconcile conservation with community livelihood interests, those at Dorobo Safaris had become convinced that a broader and more holistic approach was needed. The core issue that had become apparent was that communities needed support to carry out land use planning, build their capacity for natural resource management, consider the underlying issue of population growth and address the constant struggles over resource rights and land tenure that villagers across Tanzania were facing. Dorobo Safaris felt a new community-based organization was needed to help local communities address these resource management and governance issues. For over a decade they had watched as ineffective conservation and development projects failed while millions of dollars were spent by international organizations.
It was time to try a different tack. Several Maasai activists who had worked with KIPOC, one of the first official Maasai NGO’s formed in the early 1990′s, were recruited. These committed individuals had roots in the communities and experience facilitating local development processes. In order to channel philanthropic funds, the Dorobo Fund, a 501 C3, was registered in the US and a locally implementing Trust, the Ujamaa Community Resource Team UCRT was born in Tanzania in 1997.
We also host various student groups ranging from high school students to university students. The programs are tailored to offer the students with a unique experience tailored to the community's needs, in the past the activities have included building a classroom, or a clinic. The students are evaluated based on their participation and finish off their time with a safari that can go up to 14 days, providing them with the ultimate Tanzanian wilderness experience.
University groups including University of:
Lewis & Clark College
Gustavus Adolphus College