Sixteen years ago I started Africa Bridge with the purpose of making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children in Tanzania. Over the years visitors have frequently accompanied me on the 30 plus journeys I have made back to my homeland. In village culture a visitor is always welcomed and treated with great respect. I love going to the villages where we work, and I love seeing the impact of Africa Bridge’s work through fresh eyes. I am delighted that we will now offer more people the opportunity to travel with me to Tanzania. Not only will you experience the vastness of the country, the stunning animals, and diverse flora but also the vibrancy and enterprise of the people. The journey we have planned for you will allow you to get the most out of your time in the villages. We will travel from the richest country in the world to one of the poorest. It takes time to adjust. But I promise that if you accompany me on this trip, you will be changed forever.
When you arrive in Dar-es-Salaam, you will be tired and jet lagged, so what better place to go than the beach. I will meet you there. After two nights and a day on the beach you will be ready to start your Safari. If you come to Tanzania you must visit a Game Park. We will travel by small plane to Selous in Southern Tanzania where you will experience the majesty of the animals and the stunning landscape. However, what I think you will most remember about this trip is what comes next: three days in the villages where Africa Bridge does its work. We will visit villages that have graduated out of our 5 year program, villages that are midway through the program, and villages at the beginning of their journey. Here you will visit schools and small farms, and listen to the stories of how villagers are lifting themselves out of poverty. During the evening meals we will share our stories from the day. You will be awed by the beauty of the people, their gracious warmth, and the advances they have made with a small investment of capital, knowledge, and empathy.
Finally, we will spend two nights at the Utengule Coffee Farm overlooking the Great Rift Valley. We can admire the view, drink fabulous coffee, relax by a spring fed pool, and hike with my crazy Rastafarian friend, Goba. This will be a time to rest and reflect.
I love Tanzania. I would love to share that with you. Please join me on this life altering journey.
Barry Childs, founder of Africa Bridge
This Safari was organized by Mango African Safaris.
Mango African Safaris was on Travel and Leisure‘s “A-List for Top Travel Advisors” in 2014 and 2015, and was no.6 on their 2016 list of the World’s Best Safari Companies.
Per person- sharing = $4675
Per person- single supplement = $925
• $200 Africa Bridge program donation
•All accommodations, tours, transfers & meals as listed
• Light Aircraft Transfer – Coastal Air, Dar es Salaam Intl – Selous National Park (1045a – 1130a)
• Light Aircraft Transfer – Selous National Park – Dar es Salaam Intl (115p – 150p)
• Light Aircraft Transfer – Fast Jet, Dar es Salaam Intl – Mbeya (420p – 545p)
• Light Aircraft Transfer – Fast Jet, Mbeya airport – Dar es Salaam Intl (615p – 740p)
• International and regional airfare not listed above or marked with an asterisk (*) on confirmation of services
• Travel Insurance (quoted separately) to cover cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, money, and emergency evacuation home.
• Personal expenses such as laundry, gratuities, baggage handling, excess baggage fees, excess weight fees, communications charges, cost of passport or visa, airport departure taxes and airfares, any sightseeing, beverages/meals not included in the itinerary, optional activities.
• Accommodations and services booked direct
For more information about the itinerary, look at the official Africa Bridge Itinerary .
Tour escorted by Africa Bridge founder Barry Childs.
Transfers are all quoted based on the group movements so we will need to add separate local transfers, hotels, etc if your travel plans are different from the group airfare that we will quote to each traveler.
Due to the limited number of spaces available, if a solo guest is willing to share a room and we can match with another guest of the same gender, we will do so. If a solo guest is unwilling to share, then a single supplement will be charged.
Images from Mango African Safaris
Protea Amani Beach Resort in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
(Standard Room, Daily Breakfast)
The Protea Hotel Amani Beach is a tranquil Dar es Salaam seaside accommodation, amidst eighty acres of lush tropical greenery. It is situated 20 miles in the southern Ras Kutani beach area of Dar es Salaam and can be reached by a short ferry ride and a 40-minute drive by road later. Its remote location means that the only fauna sounds you will hear are that of birds singing in the trees and monkeys chattering and swinging from the branches. As the sun sets and the moon rises, the fragrances of jasmine and other tropical flowers waft through the ethereally beautiful night.
The Protea Hotel Amani Beach maintains 10 stone built chalets available and each of them have thatch roofs to give you the feel of traditional African hut, but step into them, and you will be surprised by the charm of the spacious rooms. The décor is essentially regal with Swahili style from a copper chest to an oversized comfy Zanzibar bed with contrasting soft furnishings and mosquito nets. The cottages accommodate 2 adults each. If you are travelling as a family, an extra third bed can be set up for the child. All the cottages are air-conditioned and have satellite TVs.
Sand Rivers Selous in Selous National Park, Tanzania
(All meals, drinks [except premiums], laundry, and scheduled activities)
The site for Sand Rivers in Selous National Park was carefully chosen for its isolation, diversity of game, pristine ecosystems and beautiful landscapes. Sand River has an unusual combination of steep wooded hills, open Miombo woodland and grassy plains, marshes interlaced with lakes, and dry sand rivers. This scenic area boasts an impressive variety of game, bird life and wild flowers as a result of the varied habitats available.
The lodge is comprised of eight secluded cottages, all with en-suite bathrooms and stunning views over the Rufiji River. In addition to a large open bar and dining area, there is also a swimming pool set in the shade of a baobab tree on the banks of the river, in which to cool off in the heat of the day or after a long game drive.
In addition to game drives in specially adapted open vehicles, Sand River Selous offers a combination of activities including walking, fly camping and fishing for both tiger fish and catfish. Guests enjoy boating down the Rufiji River, past pods of bellowing hippos and sunbathing crocodiles. Relax while enjoying breakfast in the bush, reading in an armchair on the veranda, or lying by the Sand River Selous pool. On all your explorations, you will be led by one of the lodge’s superior guides. All of them are exceptional game spotters, know the area and its wildlife back to front and have fascinating stories and tales to share.
Landmark Hotel in Tukuyu, Tanzania
(Standard Room, all meals)
Landmark Hotel is situated in the small town of Tukuyu Mbeya. This hotel is a clean and safe hotel with a lot of character, which will provide students with a great place to stay while working in the village. The restaurant serves local cuisine and works with the program to provide meals featuring fresh, local ingredients.
Tukuyu is a small, of 50,000 inhabitants, hillside town that lies about 36 miles south of the city of Mbeya in the highland Rungwe District of southern Tanzania. The surrounding Southern Highlands of Tanzania make for excellent hiking and walking. The forests are ecologically lush, have clear freshwater rivers and streams, are outside of the mosquito zone, have friendly villagers, have very few dangerous animals, and the elevated highland climate is cool. The trek to Ngozi Peak, below which is a spectacular volcanic crater lake, is popular. Lake Ngozi has a local water-serpent legend, and it is possible to bush camp here overnight. Tea is widely cultivated around Tukuyu.
Tea is one of the perennial crops that many small scale farmers depend on. There is a tea processing factory at Katumba, 5 km from Tukuyu, as one travels to Mbeya. Coffee is also grown extensively around Tukuyu.
Utengule Coffee Lodge in Mbeya, Tanzania
(Standard room, all meals)
Utengule Coffee Lodge offers guests an oasis of calm on the slopes of the mighty Mbeya range in Southern Tanzania, with spectacular views across the East African Rift Valley. In terraced gardens on an estate famous for its gourmet coffee, The Lodge on the Coffee Estate has 16 rooms with en-suite facilities, the most luxurious have open glass frontages and large balconies overlooking the pool and the Rift Valley beyond. Guests at the lodge can expect a personal touch with home cooking using locally-grown ingredients and exceptional hospitality offered with a smile. You can swim, play squash or tennis, walk, take a guided trek, a tour of The Coffee Farm, read a book, or simply watch the variety of bird life in the gardens and marvel at the gorgeous sunsets. When it comes to rooms Utengule Coffee Lodge offer guests a wide selection of different types, ranging from comfortable Standard to big and spacious Cottages.
Within striking distance of Ruaha National Park, Tanzania’s second largest reserve, and Katavi National Park, one of the most remote and under-developed in the country, Utengule Coffee Lodge is a perfect base and springboard from which to explore the magnificent Southern Highlands. Being an hour from the Zambian border and two and a half hours from Malawi, it is an excellent place to relax before, or to refresh after a border crossing. There are five attractive bungalows offering longer term accommodation, comfortable camping and a helicopter landing pad.
Information quoted from Mango African Safaris.
For questions about visiting the Africa Bridge Villages, please email Barry at Barry@africabridge.org.
For questions about the safari, flights, logistics etc., please email Teresa Sullivan at Teresa@mangosafari.com.
For questions about Africa Bridge, please email Deborah@africabridge.org
For more information about the itinerary, look at the official Africa Bridge Itinerary .
Thank you to Mango African Safaris for organizing this fabulous trip.