Archaelogical Safaris

Are you passionate about History, Art History, Archaeology or Geology?
Do you want to combine a classic safari with visiting majestic sites in Tanzania?
Following your personal interests and budget, we will create a memorable journey into Tanzania’s past
These tours are built on demand and customized to fill your needs

 

Mary Douglas Leakey and Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey

Mary Douglas Leakey and Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey

Kondoa Rock Art

Kondoa Rock Art


Depending on the sites you wish to visit, we will propose a combination of national Parks to create a proper itinerary

 

How to book such a safari?

  • Tell us about interest
  • Send us an email specifying the number of persons traveling, the number of days you wish to travel and an idea of your budget
  • Specify any special needs, wishes or requirements
  • We will build a specific safari just for you either on an individual basis or for your own group

Specifications:

  • Complete custom tours following your personal interests
  • Proper guiding within the sites by professional archaeologists or historians
  • You choose your style of accommodation: Tented Camps or Traditional Lodges
  • If you travel in July or August, we can organize a visit to the field research site at Olduvai
  • Plan this trip long in advance and we will contact the professionals in charge of the sites to arrange a meeting and special visits to increase the value of the trip
  • During the wildlife safari part of your journey, you will be traveling in 4×4 with a naturalist guide/driver

 

Tanzania has a lot to offer for those interested in History of Mankind:
Of course, many people have heard about Olduvai Archaeological Site and Laetoli site. Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world and has been instrumental in furthering the understanding of early human evolution. This site was occupied by Homo Habilis approximately 1.9 million years ago, Paranthropus Boisei 1.8 million years ago, and Homo Erectus 1.2 million years ago. Homo Sapiens is dated to have occupied the site 17,000 years ago. Olduvai Gorge is a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley. Laetoli site is dated to the Plio-Pleistocene and famous for its hominid footprints, preserved in volcanic ash. The site of the Laetoli footprints is located 45 km south of Olduvai Gorge. The location was excavated by the archaeologist Mary Leakey in 1978. “The Laetoli Footprints” received significant recognition by the public, providing convincing evidence of bipedalism in Pliocene hominids based on analysis of the impressions.
Archaeological Safaris - Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge

Did you know that Tanzania counts 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

  • Kondoa Rock Art Sites (2006)
    On the eastern slopes of the Masai escarpment bordering the Great Rift Valley are natural rock shelters, overhanging slabs of sedimentary rocks fragmented by rift faults, whose vertical planes have been used for rock paintings for at least two millennia. The spectacular collection of images from over 150 shelters over 2,336km2, many with high artistic value, displays sequences that provide a unique testimony to the changing socio-economic base of the area from hunter-gatherer to agro-pastoralist, and the beliefs and ideas associated with the different societies. Some of the shelters are still considered to have ritual associations with the people who live nearby, reflecting their beliefs, rituals and cosmological traditions.
  • Ruins of Kilwa and Songo Mnara (1981)
    The remains of two great East African ports admired by early European explorers are situated on two small islands near the coast. From the 13th to the 16th century, the merchants of Kilwa dealt in gold, silver, pearls, perfumes, Arabian crockery, Persian earthenware and Chinese porcelain; much of the trade in the Indian Ocean thus passed through their hands.
  • Stone Town of Zanzibar (2000)
    The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and town scape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park (1987)
  • Selous Game Reserve (1982)
  • Serengeti National Park (1981)
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (1979)
We can also take you to the majestic Lake Natron to view the amazing Oldonyo Lengai volcano and visit the Engaruka Archaeological site:

Engaruka is an abandoned system of ruins in the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania that is famous for its irrigation and cultivation system. It is considered one of the most important Tanzanian archaeological sites.
Sometime in the 15th century, an Iron Age farmer community with a large continuous village area on the foot slopes of the Rift Valley escarpment, housing several thousand people had involved in irrigation and cultivation system, involving a stone-block canal channeling water from the “Crater Highlands” or a wide steep slope to stone lined cultivation terraces.
Also Dr Kaiser discovered the ruins of “Engaruka” including great stone circles, and dams since 1896 to 1897. The first detailed and archaeological investigation was done by Hans Reck in 1913. Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey investigated the site in 1935.
Laetoli footprintsTropical trails will assist you to create your perfect journey into the past and present of Tanzania
To start exploring Tanzania’s rich past:
http://www.ifrglobal.org/academics/programs-past/af/tanzania-olduvai-gorge
http://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/newsletters/10_1/laetoli.html
http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/tanzania/forward.php
http://www.zamaniproject.org/index.php/tanzania.html
http://worldheritage.design.umn.edu/ZanzibarTanzania.htm
http://www.helsinki.fi/arkeologia/afrikka_backround.htm
http://www.songomnara.rice.edu/songo.htm