About Bushmen Expeditions
Founded in 2007, Bushmen Expeditions is locally owned by a Tanzanian family, we are a socially responsible adventure travel company offering customized hiking and safari packages to beautiful Tanzania. Whether looking for a special honeymoon safari or a trek to Africa’s highest peak, we'll work with you to create unforgettable adventures. Talk to us about your dream Tanzanian tour. We’ll make it come true.
Each of our guides has at least seven years experience as a safari guide in Northern Tanzania, meaning you will be guided by knowledgeable and skilled tourism professionals throughout your trip. We offer many kinds of guides and support staff during our mountain climbs and safaris. During a standard or luxury safari, explore Tanzania's parks with a Bushmen Expeditions driver-guide; or during a budget camping safari, travel with both professional driver-guide and chef.
Our passionate and highly trained mountain crew totals about 60 people, including guides, assistant guides, cooks and porters. Many of our guides and cooks began their careers with us as porters and have been part of Bushmen Expeditions since we started in 2007. Our mountain guides each have a minimum seven years experience hiking Kilimanjaro, while most of our porters, assistant guides and cooks have been climbing for at least five years. BE chief guides and most assistant guides are Wilderness First Responder certified. Many of our cooks and porters have first-aid training. During a Kilimanjaro climb, hike with at least one head guide, an assistant guide, cook and several porters.
Beaches and excursions
We also offer excursions to exotic beach destinations such as Zanzibar and Bagamoyo, as well as visits to any of the countries 120 tribes. There are also opportunities to visit historical and pre-historical sites such as Olduvai Gorge - often referred to as the "cradle of mankind" and home of Dr. Leakey's famous research.
We tailor itineraries to suit your time of travel and maximize your experience by ensuring you’re in the right location at the right time. Most people experience only one safari - we want to make this your once-in-a-lifetime adventure! We can add special services such as small plane fly-in, fly-out safari packages and luxury add-ons such as hot air balloon safaris ending with a picnic breakfast in the wild.
Bushmen Expeditions offers a range of the best possible luxury, standard and budget safari accommodation to suit your budget. We can also combine luxury and standard safaris; or include a few lodge nights during a budget camping safari.
Years of working in the NGO sector has brought us an understanding of the issues that charities and NGOs face in their day today work. We are used to the demands of this sector such as working with constrained budgets as well as organizing many conferences and field trips on behalf of NGOs.
Many charities like to raise money by organizing sponsored climbs of Kilimanjaro, bike or walking treks through the rift valley. Bushmen Expeditions & Safaris has the imagination to put together incredible journeys which will incentives committed travellers to raise money for your charity or NGO. Our experienced team can guide you with the marketing of any event, trek or climb you wish to undertake in the name of your organization and provide you with the back up of local knowledge, intellectual property like digital photography and artwork as well as marketing of your event to your target market. With our local contacts, we can also help you find projects for worker and volunteer placements as well as venues and partner projects for conferences. Whatever your organization's requirements, we are confident that we can help you achieve your objectives. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Seth Joseph | Co-founder and Director Bushmen Expeditions
Seth has worked for more than ten years in the East African travel industry and is a native Tanzanian. He speaks Swahili, English, and has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe and Asia. He attended the wildlife collage in Moshi and obtained a diploma in Tourism and Tour Guiding. Seth honed his skills as a guide for over seven years leading both Kilimanjaro climbs and safaris before venturing out and establishing Bushmen Expeditions. As Director at Bushmen Expeditions, he utilizes his expertise in handling all situations and he welcomes all travelers from around the world with joy and pride to visit our beautiful country, Tanzania.
All payments while you are outside of Tanzania, including the initial deposit, are by direct bank transfer into the Bushmen Expedition bank account. For security, please note that we will never send you a message asking you to use other wire payment services such as Western Union. We will only ask for transfers into our bank having Bushmen Expeditions as the account name. Upon confirmation of funds being received, you will be issued with a receipt and re-issued with the updated itinerary invoice for your referral. All hotels, lodges and luxury camps used in itineraries are of 3-5 star quality. The best available accommodation is chosen at the time of booking that suits the purpose of the itinerary. In smaller villages, we use the best accommodation available. Many accommodations have private amenities, swimming pools and restaurants/bars; among other facilities. The campsites indicated in the Mt Kilimanjaro itineraries are subject to change based on, at times, unpredictable mountain weather conditions.
- All excursions, transfers, entrance fees, camping fees and meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Experienced English-speaking professional guides
- Good quality accommodation
- All meals not specified in the itineraries
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activities not previously reserved with prior payment
Booking Information & Conditions
For a reservation to be held on any itinerary, a deposit of US$500 per person per itinerary is required. The balances of payments are due 60 days prior to arrival in Tanzania. All travelers receive pre-trip information, complete itinerary and on-demand pre-travel advice, via email directly with our offices for any last minute or personal queries. In the event of a particular accommodation being unavailable upon booking, accommodation of a similar or higher standard will be substituted.
Late Sign Up
In the event that you make a booking with Bushmen Expeditions after arriving in Tanzania, we will endeavor to carry out your requests but you should understand the difficulties of late bookings in regards to obtaining accommodation, transport and safari guides without reasonable notice.
Cancellation and Refunds
If you cancel your trip
Cancellation of your trip must be made in writing to us and be signed by the person whose name and signature appears on the booking form. As we may incur considerable costs if you cancel, we will retain your deposit and may impose the following cancellation charges:
90 or more days prior to departure – deposit
89 - 50 days before departure - 50%
49 days or less before departure - 100% We strongly advise you to take out suitable insurance to cover such potential losses.
If we cancel your trip
If we are forced to cancel your trip for reasons beyond our reasonable control ("force majeure") we will offer you the choice of a full refund of any monies paid or an alternative trip. The Company will accept no liability for any costs incurred by you for anything other than the monies paid to us for the trip.
Good physical and mental health is essential for these active, outdoor safaris. You may be traveling in rugged areas, away from immediate medical attention and facilities. Good physical condition is strongly recommended as preparation for all trips, especially those involving trekking. See Health Information section. By forwarding the deposit, the passenger certifies that that he/she does not have any physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/her or fellow passengers. It is essential that any passenger with a medical condition requiring regular treatment or which may be affected by vigorous activity, high altitude, heat, cold, or other natural phenomenon, or particular foods, notifies Bushmen Expeditions and the trip leaders, in writing in advance of travel. BE assumed no liability for medical care or for special dietary requirements. Participants may be requested to provide a Doctor’s Statement of good health. The judgments of BE or the local operators or guides, shall make the ultimate decision for determining suitability of passengers for the ensuing activity. Bushmen Expeditions is able to offer temporary membership to Intensive Care Air Ambulance for US$20pp for up to eight weeks duration, depending on length of actual itinerary. This membership allows for air rescue transportation to medical facilities in the event of an emergency. THIS DOES NOT REPLACE PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE IN ANYWAY.