A time to explore, a time to give
With over twenty years experience of traveling to East Africa and particularly to Tanzania, Mark has the expertise and knowledge to put together the Adventure of a Life Time.
He named it A Swahili Sojourn. You are very welcome to discover this photographer’s dream destination, this nature lover’s paradise. Most characteristic for his Safaris is that he serves you the authentic Tanzania. He makes friends very easily and they have shown him special places. You are welcome sometimes at their homes for lunch, dinner, to enjoy their musical skills and more. Also you will find out Mark himself is a great storyteller. Will you allow Mark to show you his love for Tanzania and its people?
A Swahili Sojourn
Dates by arrangement.
Swahili: a member of people of Zanzibar and nearby coastal regions,
Sojourn: A stay, a stop, a visit or vacation.
This safari shall be very enjoyable. Everything is in it. You will be visiting Cities, Coastal- and Mountain towns, Usambara Mountains, Uluhuru Mountains, Village communities, Youth groups, unspoiled beaches and of course two National Parks with expertly guided Game Drives included.
Distances each day are very manageable and this allows you to see the very varied landscape in detail.
There will be cultural activities on your way. That is why we would be very grateful if you can bring some essential equipment with you like books, pencils, a ball or notebooks. It is not always necessary to buy these things. Just see what you have and stopped using yourself.
Are you a Writer, Musician or Photographer?
Mark loves Art and is active as a storyteller himself. You are very welcome to be part of an intercultural exchange on this safari.
Testimony Michael and Sheri
My wife and I were on the first Swahili safari in October of 2017, and it was a wonderful experience. We spent only a day on each end in the big city and for the other 14 days we were in small towns, villages, and National Parks. In Mikumi National Park, we spent half an hour at a time within 10 or 15 meters of lounging lion prides or foraging elephant herds. The lion cubs were curious about us, but the adults just ignored us.
Rama Ama is a great guide. He made stuff happen and took care of us. When we were in a small village during a holiday when all businesses were supposed to be closed, he found a food shop to make breakfast for us. Mark Walker made friends easily everywhere we went. In one place he found a local guide for a walking tour and a marvelous dinner at the guide’s house. When something didn’t go as planned (which happens in Africa), both Rama and Mark were able to adapt and keep the experience going. At one town we happened upon an arts festival and changed the itinerary to spend an evening listening to many different types of Tanzanian music. We appreciated the flexibility.
This is not for people who want to stay in Hiltons. We recommend it to anyone who wants to have a more authentic African experience.
Mark will pick you up by taxi at the airport of Dar Es Salaam. He will take you to the Mediterraneo Hotel in the Center of Dar Es Salaam. Depending on your condition after a long flight, you can take the rest of the day off and relax or you get a taste of the hotel environment. You will stay in the Mediterraneo Hotel for two nights in a sea-facing room.