"The dust has settled, but the memories remain. I’d like to thank you and the Dorobo staff for a marvelous trip. We learned a great deal and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. In particular, I want you to know what a great job Simon and Olemaria did for us. They must be two of your best! Simon was a knowledgeable guide and terrific driver. Olemaria worked so hard — and what a great cook!
Thanks again for your trip planning and the efforts of your staff."
"Our thank you has been delayed and really how does one say thank you for such a tremendous
experience. You set up the perfect itinerary and Simon and Abraham were simply stunning hosts
and teachers and friends. Thank you for the amazing work you do—a ministry of conservation
and culture for sure. We learned tons. We have and will continue to sing your praises.
So, once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"
-Jill & David Engelstad
"I just wanted to send you my own message of thanks for the wonderful safari you organized for us. Douglas was a superb guide! -a great person and an excellent birder. We saw 305 species of birds! thanks to Douglas. And when you are looking for birds you tend to see everything else, so of course we saw all the expected mammals and even some rare ones (like Serval Cat and Caracal!)as well as lovely butterflies, flowers, chameleons and tortoises, etc etc thanks often to Douglas's good eyes. The camp staff was great, the food was excellent. Visiting the Iraqw and Hadza were definitely high points of the trip. We enjoyed Kiota Nest too. Flora was a delightful hostess and excellent cook. We are eager to return next year for a walking safari in the south of Tanzania (assuming I won't make everyone go too 'pole pole' with my short legs and old body...) I also thank you for your understanding when we had to cancel our original dates for October in order for me to have back surgery. Without that I could not have enjoyed such a trip. Finally I commend you for all your efforts on behalf of the Hadza and thank you for our privilege of visiting with them."
"My wife and I, and two friends, just returned from two weeks with Dorobo and can’t think of anything that could have possibly been improved upon—from the help we received devising an itinerary, to the accommodations and food, to our guide, Kisana, who is now a friend for life.
Our wish to dig deep into Tanzania—to experience the country as travelers rather than tourists—was wholly met. For roughly half of our time traveling, we saw no other foreigners, only the indigenous people. At every picnic lunch, in the remotest of places, we wound up being joined by people who lived nearby, and having the chance to converse with them (thanks to Kisana’s superb translation skills).
Even more meaningful, we spent two days in our own small camp with four Massai men as companions, and three days in a similar camp with four Hadza men and two Hadza women. By the time each of those visits ended, we had been privileged not only to meaningfully join these lovely people in their daily activities, but also to talk at length with them. Priceless is the only word that can describe the experience.
The rest of the trip was devoted to visiting national parks—Tarangire, Ngorogoro, the Serengeti—and Lake Natron. In the parks, Dorobo finds wildlife the old fashioned way—with the eyes of an eagle—rather than through the noisy radio contact that most safari outfits use. It made the experience far more authentic. Kisana was often the guide who found the leopard camouflaged in a tree, or the mating lions in the tall grass, which meant that we had them all to ourselves, rather than having to share them with five or six other vehicles.
Kimambo and James, the crew that set up our private camps and cooked in them, did a remarkable job, looking after us as if we were family, and becoming friends in the process. Their food, around a campfire, was unfailingly delicious.
A final word about Kisana: A gentle, quiet man with a good sense of humor, he was able to answer every question we had over the course of two weeks, We had hundreds of them, and learned more than we ever could have hoped for. We were so close by the end of the trip that we had our final lunch with his wife and family at their home in Arusha. Yet one more unforgettable experience, and one that we imagine is fairly unique to Dorobo.
We’re especially grateful to the Dorbo’s owners, the Peterson family. Their efforts, over many years, to safeguard land and ways of life are admirable . . . and pay handsome dividends for their clients.
It is difficult to imagine a better introduction to Tanzania."