There are many iconic places in East Africa. Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda that have a long history of visitation by Europeans and Americans. The explorers and great white hunters of the late 1800's were followed by the rich and famous from all over the world. Names like Maasai, Serengeti, Olduvai, and Ngorongoro have permeated our culture.

In arranging your safari we will make sure that you see the wildlife and historic sites that you desire. Whether your interest is in ancient man or the Maasai, animals or scenic vistas, we will arrange things so that your dreams have the best possible chance of coming true.

Olduvai Gorge was the site of anthropological work by Mary and Louis Leakey for about thirty years before they discovered fragments of bone from ancient humans. In the past thirty years similar habitats in Ethiopia and Kenya have added to the marvels discovered in Tanzania. A visit to Olduvai Gorge and the small, but well-stocked, museum is both emotional and educational. Olduvai Gorge was called oldupai by the local Maasai as this was the name of the plant (and the place where they collected the plant) that was used to make ropes. The Europeans misheard the term and we have established the word Olduvai in the place of the local name.

The Ngorongoro Highlands are highlighted by Ngorongoro Crater, but there is so much more. This plateau is located between 6500 and 8000' in elevation. The rolling hills are dotted with Maasai homes and their cattle roam among the game animals. A visit into the Crater is essential to any safari in this area, but an extra day to drive the highlands offers a chance to see the relationship between the environment and the local people. There are two other volcanic calderas in the region that you can visit. The beautiful Empakai Volcano is part of a day trip that included a hike to the flamingo-edged lake in the crater. It is a treat to have a picnic lunch on the rim of the volcano and have the active and ash-covered Oldoinyo Lengai on the one side and the richly forested Empakai Crater on the other.

The Serengeti is legendary. It is the great grassland upon which millions of wildebeest, gazelles, eland, zebra, and their predators range. Where there are acacia woodlands in the Serengeti there are elephants and impala. Where there are wetlands or seeps there are waterbirds, and hippos. Where there are rivers passing through the Serengeti there can be hippos again and Nile crocodiles as well.

The Serengeti is a place where you can be out all day and see no one else. It is a place of richness when the migration is present though it has wildlife all year. We have a bird list for non-birders - and it lists more than 100 easy-to-see and remember bird species. A hard-core birder might record over 400 species in a focused safari. In the Serengeti we will see between forty and fifty mammals species, a few reptiles, lots of birds, and scenery that boggles the mind. We will make every effort to get safari groups to Nasera Rock; a remote and inspiring outcrop for which we named our company.

Tarangire National Park is full of baobab trees; old, huge, somber, and striking trees of equatorial land. The trees are leafless for most of the year but serve as food, shelter, and mythical characters throughout the year. In the dry season the Tarangire River attracts large numbers of all sorts of animals. In the wet season the majority of herbivores leave the park but it is still rich in elephants and giraffe. This is a nice place to stay in an elegant treetop lodge or a tented camp. There is also a very nice larger lodge that has great food, vistas, and rock hyrax on the roofs.

Lake Manyara National Park is rarely visited for more than half a day and that is a shame. The long narrow park is at the base of a 2000' high cliff along the Rift Valley. What is rainfall up above eventually seeps out the sides of the cliff and descends to the park. Thus there is permanent fresh water here and lots of animals. It is adjacent to agricultural land and Lake Manyara itself. Here we would probably stay at the Manyara Serena Hotel but there are a few camps in the rift itself that are run by indigenous peoples and offer very nice alternatives. The park itself is rich in birds and mammals. There are always zebra, elephant, Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, and large troops of baboons. As this is a highly visited park and there is only one roadway through it the animals used to vehicles, are not shy, and photography is rather easy.

We will be in the home lands of several East African peoples. The primary land owners in the area where safaris take place are the Maasai. These are people who hold livestock as their currency. They keep sheep, goats, and cattle. They do not hunt wild game and they do not farm the land thus they have had a rather peaceful coexistence with their environment and it is in their lands that the large numbers of wild games persists. We will stop at a Maasai village allowing an opportunity to see how they live and how they think. Typically they are a somewhat nomadic people but there are permanent places where they are in residence. They, like almost all Africans, speak more than one language and will often be able to converse in English.