PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE SAFARIS with Terrawatu
For over 100 years, an African safari has been associated with either photographic or hunting adventures into bush areas teaming with wildlife. The Swahili word "safari" actually means "journey" and can be used to explain adventures to and from the local market to being inside the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti.
While journeying into the famous national parks and wildlife conservation areas in Tanzania to witness firsthand some of the world's most amazing concentration of wildlife is one of life's most special moments, many visitors to Tanzania are equally as interested in getting to know the wonderful people of East Africa.
For more than 10 years, Terrawatu has guided visitors to Maasai, Hadza and Swahili villages to spend quality time in homesteads, local markets and schools. In getting to know the life circumstances of local villagers in Tanzania, visitors witness firsthand both the challenges frequently reported in the international press and programs in place that are doing things to change a small part of this world.
As part of Terrawatu's community wealth generation program and in response to the growing interest of tourists and social investors in participating in development projects, People-to-People Safaris (PPS) sponsored by Terrawatu was created.
The philosophy of PPS is rooted in the Maasai word Oloipung'o [o loy pun go] meaning "a person who travels outside of his or her home to explore a different part of the world and then turns back to share with his or her village".
Focusing on culture, the Tanzanian experience explores language, food, clothing, names, dances and songs, greetings, symbols, agriculture & wildlife, architecture, tools/technology, rituals (ceremonies, myths, religion), stories, system of governance, traditional medicine (healers, tools) education and values.
The mission of Terrawatu's People-to-People Safaris (PPS) is to offer a unique cross-cultural experience through amazing wildlife safaris combined with very special community visits. Terrawatu's PPS customize safaris to include features and experiences that fit your own interests and expectations.
The objectives of PPS are to:
Depending on your schedule, you have options to participate in one of Terrawatu's People-to-People safaris:
The trip was amazing…well thought out and organized. What I had anticipated doing and seeing turned out to be incredible. Thank you.
Takoma Park, Maryland
I think any time someone goes abroad their lives are changed when they return to the States. But my life has never been so touched as it was by Tanzania. I hope to have a new outlook of everyday life and my interactions with people will also change.
The wildlife safaris were probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever done and I am so glad I had the opportunity in my life to see the things I did. It was very neat to transition form a people-to-people safari to a safari of animals in the places where all people originated.
Brielle, New Jersey
The whole experience has allowed me to become a person more accepting of differences and flexible. I also hope to someday take on a proactive effort to help those in developing countries.
I feel the Terrawatu staff were people who came to be friends and teach us rather than just tour guides.
San Francisco, California
The highlight for me was visiting schools and being able to interact with the kids. They were so happy to have us there and so excited to learn. Its really nice to feel we’ve made such a difference…even if only in one small part of this world.
New York, New York
The marine safari in Zanzibar was exceptional but honestly I loved every new experience I had and I had one or more every day. So the whole trip was my highlight.
Cranford, New Jersey
Terrawatu was so helpful. I don’t think things could have run any smoother. I always felt comfortable and safe as well as able to communicate with everybody.
The discussions were one of the most interesting parts of the trip. Especially with the Maasai…one of the most special experiences I have ever had.