Meditation & Healing with African Safari

November 6th-15th, 2025

Join Jamie Butler on a ten-day African Safari sprinkled with meditations, healings, & channelings.

 

We will tour through three national parks, meet two local tribes, and take an option to hike Kilimanjaro or visit Zanzibar Beaches after the safari. We will begin with a day of cultural immersion around the city of Arusha, visiting NGOs and the markets. Then we tour for three days in Tarangire National Park, where we will be greeted by elephants and ancient baobab trees. The journey continues to the Serengeti, where four days of safari await, offering a chance to witness the great migration from our luxury campsites and from a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti. The trip peaks with a day in the Ngorongoro Crater, offering unparalleled wildlife viewing. Expert guides ensure we spot the best of Africa’s wildlife. 

Canes and walkers can be used if you have mobility difficulties. You will be aided in and out of the modern, custom-made Toyota Land Cruisers or on any rough terrain. At this time, I regret to say we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs.

Why an African Safari in 2025?

Has an African Safari been on your bucket list like it has for me? I have had this dream of seeing and being with the animals of the African plains but didn’t want to do some commercial touristy trip. I want to connect to the land, meet people / tribes, and learn about their way of living. It is called conscious tourism. This is where my travel benefits the places I go to, and not some off site corporation that runs the tourism. I want my investment to stay local and leave a helpful impact so I do a lot of research and find teams who believe in the same value of conscious tourism. Hence I am partnering with Pamoja Safaris. 

JBM is partnering with Scott Brills and Joshua Lovuto of Pamoja Safaris. They have been giving private custom safari adventures for over fifteen years. Scott is our point person and has been so wonderful in carving out time and locations for our group meditations on the land, even in the Serengeti, as well as connecting us to local healers, artists, and teachers. We will also have an opportunity to work with other non-profits who support local schools by bring school supplies and equipment.  Learn more about them on their website:   https://www.pamojasafaris.com

Let’s face it, this is a high dollar trip and for most of us, it is a once in a lifetime trip, like for me. We want to make this work for you, and make this trip the most special one you have ever been on. We have payment plans starting in June of 2024 to help you achieve the total cost of your package and broke down add ons to help you stay in control of what you want to spend.

Already thinking of what to pack, where to exchange money, if your cell phone service will work, if you can drink the water, and other curiosities? Check out Pamoja Safaris FAQs page here.

I look forward to sitting next to you staring at giraffes in the wild, asking you, “Is this for real?”

Host Jamie Butler

Jamie Butler is a lifelong Medium, Media-Personality, Author, Energy Healer, and Educator working internationally for over 30 years. She thrives on helping wake people up to their infinite possibilities for healing, joy, and success by sharing her deep knowledge of subtle light energy through hosting experiences, classes, and workshops. Jamie uses humor to help shift perspectives and let go of learned behavior.

Jamie has led groups in Japan, Portugal, Peru, Bali, Mt. Shasta, and across the US. She is very excited to add Tanzania to the list of spiritual travels.

Jamie’s followers have dubbed themselves the Luminaires, those who shine light. She is the founder of The Center for Love and Light and author of With Love and Light: A True Story About an Uncommon Gift.  –“Its not woo woo, its true true.”

Guide Scott Brills
Chief Mzungu

An adventurer and entrepreneur from the U.S., Scott has always had a love for nature and wildlife. After a career in technology provided him with the means to travel the world, he transitioned into the tourism and hospitality field.

Born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Scott started his first company at the age of 19, while attending university courses in Japan. After graduation he continued in the fields of IT and web development, until 2010, when he met Joshua and they began Pamoja Safaris.

After a childhood filled with pets of all shapes and sizes—insects, snakes, lizards, salamanders, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles, frogs, and more—Scott has found his dream job, being able to spend so much time in close contact with African wildlife.

Scott spends a few months of every year in Tanzania, and the rest of the time in the U.S. or abroad.

Joshua Lovuto
Chief Maasai

Raised in the traditional Maasai way of life during his childhood, without electricity or running water, Josh’s family moved to Arusha city when he was eight years old, where he began his journey into becoming one of the top-rated safari guides in the entire country.

After graduating from the African College of WIldlife with a degree in Wildlife Management, he worked with a series of high-end safari tour operators around the country, gaining experience in wildlife tracking and hospitality management. He continued along this path from 2000 until 2010, when Pamoja Safaris was first envisioned.

He has a deep passion for wildlife and conservation, which is why he still goes out into the field every month, guiding trips and spending time in nature.

Today, Josh still lives in Arusha, along with his wife and three sons.

Itinerary


November 6th
DAY 01: Arrival: 
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by one of our guides holding a JBM sign. You, and others in our group, will be transferred to our lodge in Arusha, an hour and a half away. Depending on your arrival time you will have the option for dinner at the lodge or fall into bed to get some rest. You will be staying at the  Serena Arusha Spa & Resort, or similar.    

November 7th
DAY 02: A Day of Cultural Immersion: 
After a beautiful relaxing breakfast at your resort, you will be picked up for a day of cultural immersion around the city of Arusha. Together we will visit multiple non-governmental organizations to see the great work and support that is happening to support clean water, albino children’s rescue, and/or a disabled person’s craft workshop.  We will then have time to explore the markets, take lunch, then arrive back at the resort in time for a welcome dinner and orientation about our safari trek.

November 8th
DAY 03: Tarangire National Park: 
After an early breakfast around 7:00 am we will head towards Tarangire National Park for a full day of safari in the northern region of the park. Tarangire has more African Elephants than any other national park in the country. There are also about 550 species of birds that have been documented in the park. You will see the mighty Baobab trees throughout the landscape as well as large herds of zebra, wildebeest, and cape buffalo.
We will be served a hot lunch in the park, followed by our first guided meditation led by Jamie. Then we will drive towards Karatu around 3-4:00 pm. 
We will stop by a Maasai boma (village) on the way to meet the families that live there. The Maasai are not hunters but herders and measure wealth by how many cows they have. We will learn a bit about their ways of life and meet with a Maasai medicine man who will gift us a group blessing. We will overnight in Karatu at Acacia Farm Lodge, or similar.

November 9th
DAY 04: Tribal Lessons: 
After breakfast, we will drive approximately two hours to the area where the Hadza tribe lives. The Hadza tribe is a culture of nomadic hunter-gathers who live in Tanzania. Isolated through their remarkably steadfast tradition, they have changed little in 10,000 years. Being with them is a unique and very special gift. We will set up camp and shadow them to learn their ways of life, along with our local guide and translator. Lunch and dinner will be prepared by our chef. At night we will gather around the fire with the tribe to hear them converse about the day’s hunt, tell stories, and sing together. You are welcome to join in on the singing.

November 10th
DAY 05: The Hunt & Gather: 
Get ready for an early morning wake-up. You have the option to set off on foot before sunrise and accompany the men for the day’s hunt. You will want some good hiking shoes for this. You will spend anywhere from an hour to a few hours following the hunters of the tribe as they try to catch wild game such as birds, antelope, or even monkeys for that day’s meal for the entire tribe. Don’t worry if you get tired during the hunt, you can be escorted back to camp by a junior hunter. Whatever is caught will be cooked over an open fire to which they will offer you to try a bite.
For those that choose not to partake in the hunt, feel free to sleep in a bit, and then head out with the women to forage for berries and medicinal plants. Learn how to identify some of the local flora as well as their healing properties and applications. 
After our lessons we will head back to Karatu and on the way, we’ll be able to visit one or two other tribes, which are completely different from the Maasai or Hadza that we have already come into contact with. After we arrive back to the lodge you’ll be able to clean up and rest a bit before dinner. After dinner we will have a group meditation around the fire pit outside (weather permitting of course).

November 11th
DAY 06: Ngorongoro Crater:  
After an early breakfast, you will make your way towards the Serengeti. You will first explore Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct 12 x12-mile volcano caldera that is teeming with wildlife. We’ll spend all afternoon inside of the crater, with a picnic lunch around 1:00 pm followed by a silent meditation on the land. Later in the afternoon, we will head back towards our lodging in Karatu, allowing time for relaxation before dinner. We will gather after dinner for a trance channeling session with Jamie Butler.

November 12th
DAY 07: Serengeti National Park: 
Post-breakfast we will head towards Serengeti National Park, home to the Great Migration. Upon arriving at the gate, we will stop for entry formalities and a picnic lunch, then we’ll make our way towards your luxury tented camp, stopping to see any animals that present themselves to us on the way. We’ll arrive just before dusk, and you’ll be shown around the grounds of your new home for the next three nights. Dinner is at the camp and depending on our schedule we can gather for a trance channeling session or take time to rest. You will be staying at the Embalakai Tented Camps, or similar.

November 13th
DAY 08: Sky View: 
Today will be a full day of safari in the Serengeti National Park. You have an option for a sunrise hot air balloon safari + bush breakfast. Please watch the video to inspire you. You would wake up at 4 am and travel two hours to the launch site. Our entire group can fit in one hot air balloon basket. If you want this option, please note it costs $600 per person. 
We will have a picnic lunch, or lunch back at camp, as the group decides. Dinner is back at camp, and we will gather for a group healing and meditation led by Jamie. 

November 14th
DAY 09: Full Safari: 
Today is a full day of safari in Serengeti National Park heading into new territories of the park. Each day there are endless possibilities of what you might see. Your safari guides stay in touch with the park rangers to hear about what exciting events are happening on the land so they can get you there to see them. You are guaranteed to witness lions hunting prey, herds of elephants wandering through grazing lands, wildebeest and zebras having a mid-morning drink at the watering hole or giraffes sauntering by while nibbling on the ops of the iconic acacia trees. 
The group will decide if we have a picnic lunch, or lunch back at camp. Lunch spots will commonly have restrooms nearby or on the way and know that our safari guides are closely monitoring the movements of any animals nearby to ensure your safety at all times. Your dinner will be back at camp followed by our final group gathering. We will hold space to share experiences and healings and give time for you to pack up.

November 15th
DAY 10: 
After breakfast, if you are returning home and not adding on to your stay, you will be driven to the Seronera Airstrip, located in the center of Serengeti National Park. There you will board a light aircraft that will transport you approximately an hour to Arusha Airport (ARK), where you’ll be picked up and taken to lunch en route to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward international flight. Make sure you are leaving in the evening, 5:00 pm or later, otherwise, you may need to spend an extra night in Arusha, to which you will need to make accommodations for or let Pamoja Safaris arrange your extra night or nights for $200/person in a double/twin room, or $300 for any solo travelers. This price includes three meals. Email Colleen if you want this option.
If you are choosing to add on stay in Zanzibar or hike Kilimanjaro you will be sent a detailed email for your specific agenda.

“If I’ve ever seen magic it’s been in Africa.”

-John Hemingway
Add Ons to your Journey

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Serengeti: $600
Imagine floating serenely over the treetops as the sun peaks over the horizon allowing you to experience the endless Serengeti plains from an unforgettable perspective. Departure very early morning, on November 13th, you will have some fresh coffee and breakfast waiting for you. During your time in the air, the pilot will include sections flown at a higher altitude. This allows you to soak up uninterrupted views of the Serengeti and take those amazing aerial landscape photos. Other parts of the journey may involve low-level flying, just meters above the animals where you can take those incredible close up photos of animals. You’re balloon ride can carry 16 guests and will move over the plains wherever the wind takes you, whilst being tracked from the ground by balloon crew in their vehicles. If you want to book this: please choose a room that has the hot air balloon excursion as an option.

 

 

Zanzibar Beach: 3-nights/ 4 -days: $1,400/person for shared room or +$450 for a single

A restful handful of days will be spent on the beaches of Zanzibar after your safari. Your one-way domestic flight and all of your breakfast are included in the Zanzibar add-on option.
You will probably want to schedule your flight to Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and from Tanzania back home through Zanzibar airport (ZNZ), which most airlines offer at no extra cost as most planes stop in Zanzibar to pick up passengers before heading out of the country anyway.

Zanzibar is a build your own adventure journey. You will only adhere to your own schedule. If you want to book this please email Colleen to reserve your spot.

Here are some tips sent over from our guide Scott Brills for you to think about. 

  • Seafood is generally very good and inexpensive, but other types of food are pretty hit-and-miss. One of my favorite spots is actually a pizza restaurant, believe it or not (and I eat *everything*).
  • You’ll pay a bit more to eat on the beach, but it’s what I do for most of my meals.
  • There will be guys walking up and down the beach trying to sell activities. Bargain bargain bargain! They are doing this for commission, so there is always a bit of wiggle room on the pricing.
    • Worth it to do a sunset cruise for around $20/person, but bring your own drinks and snacks, because it is pretty bare-bones on board. Get on early and grab a seat on the top deck for premium views. (they will make multiple stops along the way to pick up other passengers.)
    • Going fishing on a local dhow boat is an interesting experience (and I’m not a fisherman by any means) — if you catch anything they can bring it ashore and take it to a restaurant that will prep and cook it for you.
  • Long walks on the beach are always a good time — you can go as far south-west on the white sand beach as the tide allows, but if you head east the beach is a bit more rocky and full of seaweed.
  • Sundowners (drinks at sunset) are quite nice at several venues along the western shore, including the Z Hotel (go early to get a table)
  • If you’re into SCUBA or snorkeling, there are plenty of spots to do it in, but you’ll need to sign up with one of the many companies along the beach, and they’ll put you on a small boat to take you to where there is coral, as there isn’t any on the west side.
  • Head here to spend some time with marine turtles.
  • On your last day in Stone Town, you can do a private walking tour — let us know as far in advance as you can for us to set this up with our favorite guide. ($50 or so/person)
  • On your way to Stone Town, we can take you on a Spice Tour, where you visit a botanical garden and see how the spices in your kitchen cupboard are grown, and harvested, and even how they taste right off of the trees. Let us know in advance if you’d like to do this as well. ($25 or so/person) 
  • Just wandering through the streets of Stone Town is quite the experience!
  • The Night Food Market in Stone Town is a popular place to stroll and eat your favorite seafood, cooked right in front of you, but just be aware that they are quite pushy when it comes to sales.
  • Did you know that the band Queen’s Freddie Mercury was born and lived the first part of his life in Zanzibar? They have converted his old family house into a museum.
  • Afternoon boat trips to Nakupenda Beach, on a sandbar off of Stone Town, are popular.
  • Day trips to nearby Changuu Island, where there are a bunch of tortoises living, is also a popular destination.

 

 

 

Summit Kilimanjaro:
10-night/11-day extension to trek Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route (2 nights pre-mountain, 7 nights on the mountain, 1 night post  for $4,100/person (no singles available)

Your 43 mile hike starts on the western flanks of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate. The Lemosho Route is one of the newer routes and weaves its way up one of the more remote sections of the mountain. You hike through a beautiful rainforest where you might have the chance to spot some wildlife. Black and white colobus monkeys are routinely seen in the forests, as are blue monkeys, small lizard and a wide assortment of birds. From the rainforest, the path wanders out onto the Shira Plateau, crossing it from west to east on relatively flat and easy to walk terrain, you were you will be above the tree lines. This is most likely the view you are dreaming of seeing. 

Lemosho Route is a bit more remote and a lengthier route, yet considered one of the easiest routes on Kilimanjaro. No technical climbing is required but a good level of fitness is highly recommended. The success rate to reach the summit on Lemosho Route is higher than the other routes. If you’re looking to maximize your chances of reaching the top of the mountain, this is certainly one of the best options to choose.

There are many resources online with training suggestions to help you prepare accordingly. If you want to book this please email Colleen to reserve your spot.

Private Rooms: 

There are only 16 seats available for this retreat. Out of those 16 seats there are 6 private rooms offered. The other 10 participants would need to share a room. The shared room has two options: twin beds or one double bed. Additionally, you would need to decide if you wanted to take the hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti. 
Prices include all meals, fees & taxes, all domestic transportation and base gratuity for all staff. 
Prices do not include your international travel, airfare and visa. 
15% of the total cost of your safari is non-refundable. Please see cancellation and terms for more details on non-refundable costs and dates.

Private room with hot air balloon:
Total cost: $10,380           Due by August 7, 2025
Down payment: $2,274   Due by October 1, 2024 or ASAP to hold your seat
15% of the total cost of your safari is non-refundable.

Payment Options (after making a deposit)
Pay in Full by June 1, 2025:    $8,106         
Pay in 6 Payments by August 7, 2025:    $1,355
Pay Monthly starting in June, 2024 (15 payments):    $550

Payment is accepted via Venmo, Zelle, Check, or Bank Transfer. If you wish to pay by Credit Card we can send a PayPal invoice, a 3% transaction fee will be added to your payment. Thank you for understanding. 

Private room with NO hot air balloon:
Total cost: $9,780             Due by August 7, 2025
Down payment: $2,094   Due by October 1, 2024 or ASAP to hold your seat
15% of the total cost of your safari is non-refundable.

Payment Options (after making a deposit)
Pay in Full by June 1, 2025:    $7,686
Pay in 6 Payments by August 7, 2025:    $1,285
Pay Monthly starting in June 2024 (15 payments):    $522

Payment is accepted via Venmo, Zelle, Check, or Bank Transfer. If you wish to pay by Credit Card we can send a PayPal invoice, a 3% transaction fee will be added to your payment. Thank you for understanding.

Shared Rooms: 

There are only 16 seats available for this retreat. Out of those 16 seats there are 6 private rooms offered. The other 10 participants would need to share a room. The shared room has two options: twin beds or one double bed. Additionally, you would need to decide if you wanted to take the hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti. 
Prices include all meals, fees & taxes, all domestic transportation and base gratuity for all staff. 
Prices do not include your international travel, airfare and visa. 
15% of the total cost of your safari is non-refundable. Please see cancellation and terms for more details on non-refundable costs and dates.

Shared room with hot air balloon:
Total cost: $8,890             Due by August 7, 2025
Down payment: $1,827   Due by October 1, 2024 or ASAP to hold your seat
15% of the total cost of your safari is non-refundable.

Payment Options (after making a deposit)
Pay in Full by June 1, 2025:    $7,063
Pay in 6 Payments by August 7, 2025:    $1,180
Pay Monthly starting in June 2024 (15 payments): $480

Payment is accepted via Venmo, Zelle, Check, or Bank Transfer. If you wish to pay by Credit Card we can send a PayPal invoice, a 3% transaction fee will be added to your payment. Thank you for understanding.

Shared room with NO hot air balloon:
Total cost: $8,290             Due by August 7, 2025
Down payment: $1,647   Due by October 1, 2024 or ASAP to hold your seat
15% of the total cost of your safari is non-refundable.

Payment Options (after making a deposit)
Pay in Full by June 1, 2025:    $6,643
Pay in 6 Payments by August 7, 2025:    $1,110
Pay Monthly starting in June 2024 (15 payments):    $452

Payment is accepted via Venmo, Zelle, Check, or Bank Transfer. If you wish to pay by Credit Card we can send a PayPal invoice, a 3% transaction fee will be added to your payment. Thank you for understanding.

Meals

Meals will be prepared to meet your dietary needs and allergies. We can accommodate strict vegan, vegetarian, celiac and more, as well as nut, cow diary, and other allergies. After you make your down payment, you will be asked to submit your dietary needs.

Meals are made fresh.
Mornings will often be a full-spread buffet breakfast, including offerings such as eggs, sausage, beans, vegetables, fruits, bread and pastries, tea, and coffee. 

Lunches and Dinners are different depending on the lodging, but all offer multiple choices for veggies, salad, bread, meat, starches such as pasta/rice.

Water

We will provide you with bottled drinking water throughout the duration of your trip, so there is no need to bring any containers for water, or any type of purification system.

Bottled water will also be available in your rooms for both drinking and brushing your teeth, etc. We recommend you use this water for that purpose, in lieu of the tap water, just to be safe.

Electronics

Make sure to bring all necessary chargers to power any devices you’ll be bringing with you. There will be power outlets in the hotel rooms as well as in the vehicle itself so that you can keep everything charged up.

Tanzania runs on a 230 volt/50-hertz electrical grid. Most power sources auto-switch voltage nowadays, so you most likely will NOT have to bring a voltage converter with you (notebook computers, smartphones, anything with a USB charger, camera battery chargers, etc.).

Tanzania’s plug type is the same as the UK plug (as it was once a British colony). Our guides will have some plug converters on hand in case you need them, but they recommend grabbing some converters on your own as well — such as this one (plug only), or this one (with USB ports) available on Amazon.

We don’t recommend bringing high-draw electronics that don’t auto-switch voltage, such as curling irons and hair dryers, as using them on the local voltage could ruin the devices.

Luggage

Please limit baggage to two items per person, and always use soft-sided bags rather than suitcases (e.g. duffel bags and backpacks). This is to allow easier packing into the rear of the Toyota Land Cruisers which you’ll be traveling in.

Please note that if your trip includes domestic flight(s) (e.g. a flight to Zanzibar pre- or post-safari, or if you choose to fly back to Arusha from Serengeti National Park), luggage may be limited on some airlines to 33 lbs (15 kg) per person or less. Please double-check with the airline’s guidelines to make sure you don’t overpack (if we book the flight for you we’ll be sure to let you know).


Packing Suggestions

While on safari, neutral-colored (such as khaki), relaxed clothing is recommended. Many guests choose khaki-colored pants (jeans, or nylon-based “travel pants” — such as the zip-off convertible types), paired with a T-shirt or button-up shirt.

Why neutral colors? Because bright colors can upset or scare some animals, and dark colors (black, dark blue, etc.) can attract flies and mosquitos.

As the temperature can fluctuate throughout the day, it pays to dress in layers, and we’ve found that light Merino wool (such as Icebreaker), or synthetic blends (such as Ex Officio), work best as base layers. On top of that, feel free to wear a long-sleeve button-up shirt, jeans, or khaki pants. T-shirts are also popular, especially during the warm hours in the middle of the day.

Nights and early mornings can be cool — even in the summer — so we also suggest taking a fleece or jumper/hoodie for the times you might feel a bit chilly. Once the sun comes up and it gets a bit warmer, you can just cast off any top layers as you wish.

Footwear

A pair of comfortable tennis shoes will be your best bet while on safari. Be aware that you will be taking them off and on a bit, as we ask that you take off your shoes before you stand on the seats to grab a better view of the wildlife (which happens often).

If you plan on going to Zanzibar pre- or post-trip, you should pack a pair of sandals or flip-flops for use on the beach.

Accessories

  • a day pack (35L in size or less, such as these day packs from Osprey), to carry your snacks, water, and rain gear
  • a larger main pack (such as a large backpack or duffel bag from around 70-90L
  • mobile phone
    • make sure your phone is unlocked in order to use a local SIM card (ask us in advance if you’ll need one), or be sure to sign up for a travel package through your current service provider
  • a wide-brim hat (to keep the sun out of your eyes and prevent sunburn on your face and head)
  • sunglasses (along with cleaning spray and wipes, as it gets quite dusty)
  • electrolyte hydration tablets
  • sunscreen and SPF lip balm
  • swimsuit (for hotel pools)
  • bug spray/insect repellent (DEET or Picaridin)
  • camera (something better than your smartphone, if available)
  • extra batteries and USB charging packs
  • ear plugs and a sleep mask
  • personal toiletries and medication
  • a day pack/backpack that you can bring inside of the cabin with you, told to hold any excess clothing, electronics, extra batteries, snacks, etc.
  • binoculars (not necessary, as we tend to get pretty close to many of the animals, but if you have a pair it doesn’t hurt to bring them)

We will be pretty close to the equator, and the sun here burns a bit stronger than you may be used to. Be prepared, bring sunscreen/lip balm/hat/sunglasses, etc.!

Please note that our guides will carry a first aid kit, binoculars (at least one pair per vehicle), and water (see Water, below). Flashlights will be provided in your room at the lodges for when you need to walk in between your room/tent and the main/dining lodge at night.

Mobile Phones & Internet/Wifi Access

If you have an unlocked mobile phone, you will be able to use a local SIM card in your phone (check with your carrier if you don’t know if your phone is SIM-locked or not, as many carriers will unlock your phone for you if you just ask).

However, to get a local Tanzanian SIM card you’ll need to bring your passport and some Tanzanian shillings to one of the registration centers, choose your calling/Internet package, and wait for them to sign you up.

Although this can be done, we ask that you let us know in advance if this is a service that you’ll be needing, as your schedule may not allow for such a stop.

Alternatively, you will have a hotspot present in the Toyota Land Cruiser that will allow you, upon request, to connect to the Internet whenever you have a tower signal. In addition to this, your lodges and luxury tented camps will have similar wifi routers available (most operating on mobile carrier towers), although they do tend to lose signal at times or become slow in the evenings whenever too many guests are trying to connect.

For general use — messaging, checking social media, email — you shouldn’t have any real issues, other than occasional outages/slow down of the Internet speed. Uploading video, high-resolution photos, and transferring other large files may be problematic though, even when using a personal SIM card.

Immunizations

“Travelers to Tanzania should be up to date on essential immunizations and carefully advised on recommendations for travel vaccines, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), hepatitis A, polio, and tetanus. Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers entering from yellow fever–endemic countries; carefully review each traveler’s full travel itinerary to determine whether they will need yellow fever vaccine.” CDC site on travel to Tanzania and Zanzibar.

CDC LINK HERE

If you are traveling from another country besides the USA please check your country’s requirements for travel to Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Visas

It’s a relatively simple process to go online and apply for a Tanzanian e-visa. After filling out a few pages of personal details, you’ll pay online via credit card, print out your confirmation page, and bring it with you to the airport, where the Tanzanian immigration officials will stamp you in.

Please make note of the following important information before applying for your visa:

-The cost for the visa is $100 for U.S. Passports and $50 for most other nationalities that require a visa (listed here).

-If a U.S. Citizen the only option for a tourist visa is a multiple entry visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, your only option is a single-entry tourist visa.

-Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your arrival date in Tanzania, and you will need at least one page free in your passport for the entry and exit stamps.

-Visas must be applied for more than 10 business days in advance of your departure date to Tanzania, to allow time for processing (we recommend at least 30 days).

-You will need to upload a scanned passport photo, a copy of the photo page of your passport, and a PDF copy of your onward flight ticket. 

-The port of entry and departure will usually be Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) unless flying in or out of Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (or some other city or land border crossing, in which case just contact us for assistance).

The ‘Travel Information’ part of the form will be as follows: 

Host: Company/Organization
Full Name: Joshua Lovuto
Mobile Number: (select Tanzania from the country drop-down list, (+255) 784-292-546
E-mail: hello@pamojasafaris.com

Company Name: Pamoja Safaris Ltd.
Relationship: Company Owner
Physical Address: P.O. Box 14727, Ilboru Unsurveyed Area, Arusha
Where Staying: Hotel
Physical Address: Serena Arusha, Tengeru Road, Arusha

To apply for the visa, please visit the official website here. (Pamoja Safaris has also created a video that helps guide you through the entire process, accessible here.)

Note: if the visa form mentions that you need proof of travel and/or a Letter Of Invitation, please contact us for further assistance. If your passport/photo upload doesn’t work, try decreasing the resolution/file size of the image and trying again.

Arrival & Departure

If arriving in Arusha from an international destination, the airport you’ll be flying into will be Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

If you will be flying to Arusha via a domestic flight (e.g. from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar), you can choose either Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha City Airport (ARK). (ARK is preferable, as it is much closer to the city, but usually costs a bit more and has fewer flight options.)

Either way, we’ll be there to pick you up when you arrive — just look for our representative (usually your guide) holding a sign with your name(s) written on it outside of the baggage claim area. From Kilimanjaro Airport, it will be about a 1-1.5 hour drive to Arusha; from ARK, it will be 15 minutes or so.

On departure day we’ll be driving you to the airport, or your lodge will have a free shuttle. You will be scheduled to arrive approximately two to three hours before your flight departs.

Tip: many airlines pass out the paper immigration form on the flight, so bring a pen with you so that you can fill out the immigration form and have it ready when you land at the airport. Also, if needed, be sure and go to the bathroom before the plane lands, as there are no facilities available while waiting in line at immigration.

Tip: if you are flying from the U.S. to Tanzania via Delta/KLM, be sure and bring the physical credit card that you used for the booking with you to the airport for check-in. There is a possibility that they will ask you for it upon check-in and will not let you board unless you have it with you. If you no longer have the card in your possession, or if the card information has changed since you made the booking, be sure to contact customer support before your departure date to inform them of this fact.

Travel Insurance Is Recommended:

We certainly would not want this to happen, but life can derail the best of plans. We recommend trip postponements and cancellation insurance. Once we get to the final few months before our safari, all payments have been made to the suppliers and it is tough or impossible to get money back from them. There are plenty of great, inexpensive options available on Squaremouth insurance search engine, which is recommended by Scott Brills.

Touring Terms:

Since we are working with Pamoja Safaris, we will be adhering to their terms and agreements.

View Pamoja Safari’s full terms here: https://www.pamojasafaris.com/terms-of-service/

You will e-sign a form before the trip that contains the same language.

Payments:

If you have decided you are interested in joining us on the safari, please email Colleen before sending any payment. Colleen will help you set up your payment plan and reserve your spot. Email Colleen here.

Payment is accepted via Venmo, Zelle, Check, or Bank Transfer. For the Bank Transfer option, request information from Colleen by emailing her here. If you wish to pay by Credit Card we can send a PayPal invoice, a 3% transaction fee will be added to your payment. Thank you for understanding.

If you need an invoice to write off your trip, let us know and we will send one to you. 


Cancellations & Terms:

If a participant needs to cancel ninety (90) days or more before departure on November 6th, 2025; which is earlier than August 7th, 2025, they will receive a full refund minus 15% of the total cost of their safari. 

If a participant needs to cancel less than ninety (90) but more than 60 days before departure on November 6th, 2025, Between August 7th and September 7th, 2025. They will receive a full refund minus 40% of the total cost of their safari.

If a participant needs to cancel between 59-30 days before departure on November 6th, 2025: They will receive a 50% refund of the total cost of their safari. 

If a participant needs to cancel 29 or fewer days before departure on November 6th, 2025 there is no refund.

 

This policy also applies to post-safari extensions. 

Money & Gratuity

The local currency is Tanzanian shillings (abbreviated TSh or TZH), and is available via ATM withdrawals in Arusha city, via local money changers at Kilimanjaro International Airport, or at the banks in town.

Denominations of paper currency include 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 shilling notes. With the largest note — TSh10,000 — valued at just over USD$4.00, be aware that you’ll be carrying a ton of notes around if you make a large withdrawal/currency exchange.

However, most transactions during your stay — especially during the safari portion — will be listed in U.S. dollars. U.S. dollars are the preferred currency for everything from souvenirs, alcohol, and services at the lodge, and gratuity. If you prefer to pay a bill listed in U.S. dollars in Tanzanian shillings instead, just let the clerk or staff member know and they will convert the total to shillings.

Euros are also accepted but are not as preferable as U.S. dollars.

Base gratuity is included for all Pamoja Safaris excursions. This means that Pamoja Safaris pay a very competitive amount to their guides and staff as well as hotel personnel along your route — there is no need to tip anything additional. This is how they attract, and keep, the best talent in the country.

However, if you feel that any team member goes above and beyond the call of duty during your time with us please feel free to show your appreciation if you feel called to do so. You may want to have some cash on hand for this purpose, as alternate payment methods such as Cash App, Venmo, and PayPal do not work in Tanzania.