Trekking and exploring outside the national parks affords unique opportunities get out and discover the bush on foot (or on mountain bike), encountering animals and learning about the African wilderness in way that is impossible to do from inside a safari vehicle.
Nature Discovery offers a number of unique trekking safaris, including our signature Maasailand trek in Longido, which is situated 75km north of Arusha, in the western shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here you can lose yourself in a time ruled by pastoral rhythms of the ageless and graceful Maasai, far from tourist’s haunts.
This trip is brought to life by Sambeke, our dedicated Maasai guide, who leads you on a journey of discovery and wonder, through a time before machines, reconnecting to nature and satisfying the spirit of the nomad within all of us.
We outfit and operate our own private and exclusive seasonal camp at Longido; a place where we have built strong bonds with the Maasai, which is evident as we travel on foot/bicycle throughout the area, not as voyeurs but as warmly welcomed friends. Along the way, Sambeke invites you into the lives of his people. The encounters are genuine, and so is the experience.
Sambeke has been exclusively guiding Nature Discovery trekking clients for over 20 years
In addition to our signature Longido trek, there are a number of other magical walks, treks and mountain bike adventures we offer around the Rift Valley escarpment, including the spectaculary scenic trek from Empakai Crater to Lake Natron. Geological wonders are found at every turn, and of course there’s always a great chance to view wildlife, especially birds and smaller creatures which are often missed from inside a safari vehicle.
The African hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris); a common sight around our seasonal camp at Longido
Our treks are suitable for people of many ages and abilities, but minimum age recommended is 10
Wow, what a great experience! The final walk up the summit ridge was a just an amazing feeling and luckily, weather conditions on the top cleared up after starting from School Hut in lightly falling snow.
Everything ran like a well-oiled machine. We just couldn’t fault it! We really liked the team approach across porters and guiding staff. I know that these things don’t just happen and you should be proud of your staff and their efforts. Would I recommend a Nature Discovery Kili trek to friends and family – absolutely! That to me is always the test after completing something like this.
Your advice as to the Shira Plateau route was spot on. Excellent to get the necessary acclimatization time in and nobody suffered from altitude sickness. Having experience that at Everest Base Camp, I was very pleased (and relieved) to come through unscathed this time.
Some specific comments:
Hire gear was great.
Food was exceptional, both as to variety, quality and quantity. Our chef, Felisiana August was superb and turned out meals of a consistently high standard. Both the menu design was excellent and we were continually surprised as our waiter Good Luck announced each evening what we were having.
Guide team: Onest Mtui is the sort of person you just trust and respect. Quietly spoken, very knowledgeable, and as we headed up the mountain on summit day with the ground covered in snow, you just knew that he was right on top of his game. Excellent man and we all really enjoyed his company.
Assistant guide William Bwenje is someone that you need to keep in mind when you are looking to promote new head guides. Both Michael and I were impressed with his depth and maturity. He anticipated problems, worked with people who needed assistance, demonstrated really good leadership qualities and has a very good grasp of English. The overall caliber of your people on our trek was just superb.
So in summary, I must compliment you and all the team on a job well done.
Thanks for the follow up. The entire trip was amazing and an absolute blast. Attached is my favorite picture at the summit with myself and my guide (Godwin). Honestly – I have nothing critical to say – the entire trip was planned to perfection – Nature Discovery is truly top notch and I can see why you all partner with them. Well worth the premium paid as opposed to going through other guide services. Thanks again for everything
M. Benton SmithUK
Our group of more than 20 woman were all so appreciative of the professionalism of Nature Discovery. It was evident during some of our safaris that other operators were not as respectful of the wildlife and were close to running down animals to get a spot “up front and center”. Our drivers were extremely knowledgeable about all the wildlife as well as the many species of birds. We so enjoyed their wonderful attitudes and their sense of humor was greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend using Nature Discovery for any adventures you may want to explore while in Tanzania.