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January 9, 2015

Tanzania vs Kenya: Which One?

When it comes to an African safari there are many options to choose from–South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania–each with their strengths and weaknesses. In this post we are focusing on our neighbor to the north, Kenya, and how a safari there relates to one in Tanzania. Kenya and Tanzania are quite similar to each other, as […]
January 2, 2015

Serengeti Wildebeest in Spring

The tourist season in the Serengeti fluctuates with the wildlife, and in turn, the wildlife fluctuates with the seasons. December and January happen to be busy months because that is when many people take their holiday vacation time. Luckily, the end-of-year holidays just so happen to coincide with the return of the green landscapes, following the short rainy […]
December 25, 2014

Soccer Gear Donation Video

A couple months back we wrote about our upcoming visit to Faraja Orphanage to donate a few hundred items of soccer (football) gear. The story: in October we were approached by our friends Ryan Doyle and Calvin Gee at video production company Video Vision 360 about helping to set up a charity drop at a local orphanage. They […]
December 19, 2014

The Loliondo Masai Eviction

You may have noticed numerous stories regarding the eviction of Masai people in Tanzania popping up on your news feed or Facebook wall as of late. Starting in early November there was a dearth of news coverage regarding the forced eviction of 40,000 Masai in order to sell the land as a private hunting ground for the royal family […]
December 12, 2014

Time To Book Your Safari

The continued all-hours news coverage of Ebola across the world, coupled with little  sign that the pandemic is coming to a halt, has caused many a would-be traveler to Africa to shelve their plans. Across Africa tourism numbers are down between 20-70%, and even the traditional safari countries (Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, and Kenya)–thousands of miles away from the Ebola epicenter–are feeling the […]
December 5, 2014

Melanie Griffith’s Pet Lion

In 1971, when Melanie Griffith was 19 years old, her father brought home a new family pet–a fully grown male lion. While filming in Africa in 1969, Hedren (Melanie’s mother) and her husband saw an abandoned house which had been taken over and inhabited by lions.  On their return to America, they were determined to make a film about—and […]
November 27, 2014

Elephants Worth 76X More Alive Than Dead

A new post on the Scientific American web site reveals what most people already know–elephants are worth far more alive than dead (poached for their ivory)–76 times more apparently. Ivory from a poached elephant sells on the black market for about $21,000. A living elephant, on the other hand, is worth more than $1.6 million in eco-tourism opportunities. […]
November 21, 2014

Orphanage Soccer Drop Success!

The planned charity soccer drop that I wrote about a few weeks ago was a huge success. Pamoja Safaris, along with Ryan Doyle of Video Vision 360 and Calvin Gee of Metro Detroit’s 95.5FM donated over 1000 items of soccer gear (jerseys, shorts, balls, and shoes) donated by Rush Soccer, Soccer.com, and Chevrolet’s One World Futbol initiative to the children and […]
October 30, 2014

Why Tanzania Is Best For Safaris

When planning an African safari you have a wealth of options as far as where to go–South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Namibia–to name a few. How does one decide where to go? What are the differences between each locale? Now, of course we at Pamoja Safaris are a bit biased–we are based in Tanzania after all. But, there is […]
October 22, 2014

Faraja Orphanage Soccer Drop

Pamoja Safaris is very excited to announce that we will be participating in a charity soccer (football) giveaway at Faraja Orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania next month. “Faraja Orphanage Childrens Home is a non-profit organization outside in Tanzania that was established by Mr. Faraja Maliaki in 2008. Faraja Orphanage started with only 5 kids, but has grown to over 200 kids ages […]
October 18, 2014

Tanzania is Ebola-Free

With all of the reports regarding Ebola in and out of Africa by western news outlets as of late, it is understandable that people would be concerned about their safety. First off, let us inform you that Tanzania is, and has always been, Ebola-free. There has never been a documented case of Ebola in Tanzania, either during the current outbreak […]
September 8, 2014

Basic Swahili Lesson

Swahili (or Kiswahili as it is commonly referred to) is the common tongue of East Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo), along with English. There are over 140 million speakers of the language, although only a small portion of those people use it as their primary language. Swahili was proposed […]
September 1, 2014

Safari Animal Nicknames

All of the animals you’ll see on safari have more than one name, but it’s very likely that you only know the English name of each (or whatever your native language is). Of course, each animal has an equivalent word in the common language of Tanzania–Swahili–but did you also know that there is a secret “language” among safari guides […]
August 25, 2014

The Maasai

The Maasai (Masai) people are found primarily throughout Kenya and Tanzania. They’re quite easy to spot–many still stick to their traditional ways, wearing the distinctive patterns of tartan cloth wrapped around their lean frames. They are a semi-nomadic people, having originated not in Tanzania but instead (scholars conclude) from southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and northern Kenya (way before any of these […]
August 19, 2014

Save the Serengeti

Ever since the Serengeti Highway was proposed in 2010 there has been a lot of talk about the effects it would have on the wildlife within Serengeti National Park. Currently there is no way to easily and quickly get through the park without being a foreign visitor doing so as part of a safari tour. In order for […]
August 7, 2014

Buy One Give One T-Shirts

Our friends over at World Clothes Line just released a Tanzania-themed T-shirt for sale in their online shop. For every T-shirt you purchase, one will be given to a child in need around Arusha, Tanzania (where Pamoja Safaris is headquartered). Inspired by a vintage postage stamp from Tanzania, this tee features a giraffe. Running wild in the Serengeti, […]
June 16, 2014

Interview with an Elephant Poacher

Poaching has been one of the major challenges for wildlife parks around the world ever since it was acknowledged as a problem a few decades ago. The situation is particularly dire in our neighbor to the north, Kenya, which has lost almost 90% of their elephant population in the past generation. In almost every case you have poor […]
June 9, 2014

Quadriplegic Climbs Kilimanjaro

We often receive messages from clients that are worried about if they are physically fit enough to be able to make it to the top of Kilimanjaro. True, Kilimanjaro isn’t for everyone, but for most people the toughest part is maintaining the will and focus required to make it to the summit after days of hiking. Nothing better […]
December 23, 2013

The Importance of the Herd

There was an interesting story on the NPR (the U.S.’s National Public Radio) web site where they detailed the story of what went wrong when game officials in South Africa’s Kruger National Park started moving elephants around the country to more evenly distribute them. At the end of the article is an interesting snippet on something similar that […]
December 18, 2013

Amazing African Safari Wedding

Check out these amazing photos from a “safari wedding” in our neighbor to the south, Zimbabwe. “My wife and I just had our African wedding celebration with her side of the family. It was off the charts.” Looks like it! We quite dig the elephants used as backdrops for the pictures of the newlywed couple. Interested in doing something […]