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- Offices In:
- 20-50 employees (Founded in 2004)
- Member Of:
- Association for Promotion of Tourism to Africa
- Tour Types:
- Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
Named after the Swahili word for cheetah, Duma Explorer was founded in 2004 to provide travelers with the full range of experiences in East Africa - from game viewing within Serengeti National Park to guided hiking expeditions up Mount Kilimanjaro. Each trip is led by an experienced guide with more than fifteen years of experience. With licensed offices and staff in both the United States and East Africa, we will ensure your adventure to East Africa is a trip of a lifetime!
Haven’t ever had a better tour operator (Stacy)
One of the best safari experiences I reckon. I wanted to end the year watching the wildebeest and in the plains, and got exactly what I wished for. Chaka camp is an all inclusive (except alcohol which isn’t too pricey) camp and you will get a private guide. I went on a solo trip and I was expecting that I had to share a guide but I had my own!!
My guide Godson has a way of finding all the lions! We were able to see male lions which are much more difficult to see! Lots of lions, some amazing leopards and just the best time.
Stacy, who runs Chaka camp, made it all happen. She was able to help me arrange everything properly, give me great and amazing ideas on what to do, and advise me on the most cost effective methods. I was denied my flight to Tanzania but I was able to speak to Stacy who recommended perhaps going by Kenya. I was able to enter Tanzania with ease. She also made sure I was connected with the staff to get the Covid testing I needed to return to Kenya and continue my trip. All in all, one of the best experiences I could imagine, with the best crew.
Service here is impeccable! Especially coming back to my tent and having a nice heated bottle to keep my bed warm after dinner!!! 1000% recommended and I will definitely come back!
Unbelievable experience - will forever be grateful to Duma Explorer!
We traveled through Duma Explorer to the Ngorongoro Crater, central Serengeti, western Serengeti, and ended in Stone Town, Zanzibar. I cannot say enough positive things about our experience - it was truly the trip of a lifetime.
Stacy, one of the Founding Directors of Duma, acted as our initial point of contact and very patiently and graciously helped us plan a bespoke trip that met our needs and interests, while navigating various COVID-19 restrictions and concerns. She took care of every last detail and was extremely communicative and accommodating, even during our trip. The trip itself was unforgettable. Our guide, Isack, is someone we will forever hold in our hearts. He possesses deep, extensive knowledge about every animal and plant we encountered and each ecosystem we visited. He is a veteran guide, having done this for 25 years and taught himself the various routes years ago without the help of GPS! The experience felt meaningful and genuine with him, rather than commercial, and we really appreciated how much he respected the animals. We greatly enjoyed each and every day driving around with him and cherish the time we had together.
Safari itself is unforgettable. You are well and truly out in the wilderness where nature reigns and it is an awe-inspiring and humbling experience. The tented camps are luxurious and comfortable, and the staff are exceptionally attentive. We were also glad to visit Stone Town and experience some culture and history and have the chance to snorkel in the Indian Ocean (incredible snorkeling!) at the end of our trip - it was the perfect way to wind down after safari before heading home.
Thank you, Duma Explorer!
Kilimanjaro Mountain Magic!
Our experience, transportation, and lodging were excellent with Duma Explorer for our Kilimanjaro climb. They really created a magical experience for our large group of 15+ friends.
A Truly Fantastic Adventure
Our trip originally scheduled for May 2020 was halted as the world went into darkness under the threat of COVID. After months of battling with the airlines we received a refund for our flights and with some gentle encouragement from Stacy Redal, owner of Duma Explorer, we rescheduled and did not cancel our trip.
We just returned from our first safari organized by Duma (May 15-28, 2021) with Ebenezer as our guide. With the eyes of an eagle and driving skills on rain-soaked roads that would match any Indy 500 race car driver we were show the best of Tanzania's Northern Circuit. Our party of 3 (hubby, son & I) have forever been marked by the beauty of the Serengeti, the diversity of its plants and animals and most of all by the graciousness of the people.
We were rewarded with beautiful weather, breath taking views from Tarangire Safari Lodge, elephants, cape buffalo, baboons, birds, monkeys, impala and a couple of lions welcomed us on our first day. Unfortunately, the tsetse flies heard that Americans had come to visit and they made sure we would never forget them as well.
Having Ebenezer as our guide was an absolute joy. He was a wealth of information, had a wonderful sense of humor and always manage to answer my many, many, many questions. He promised us we would be able to see part of the migration and the man made good on his promise. A+.
COVID safety precautions were practiced in all the lodges and camps, plenty of hand washing/sanitizing stations and mask worn by staff. We stayed at Four Points Sheraton, Tarangire Safari Lodge, Rhino Lodge, Lemala Ewanjan, Escarpment Luxury Lodge and Ameg Lodge with no problems at all. We also went to markets in Arusha, Mto wa Mbu and Moshi and enjoyed being among the locals.
We would have been lost without the help of Omary, Duma's General Manager, who got us registered for our COVID test and Ebenezer who was right by my side as I navigated the paperwork necessary to pay for our test. Their help was greatly appreciated. As a side note I had more COVID testing done for this trip than I had experienced as a health care worker during the entire pandemic.
I can honestly say I have never taken a trip where I felt more supported, pampered and cared for than with the service provided by Duma. Truly a trip of a lifetime!
Once in a lifetime trip ... amazing tour operator
Every aspect of my Serengeti safari and Kilimanjaro climb was top notch. I was initially hesitant to travel to Africa, but a friend could not stop talking about their trip to Tanzania and how great Duma explorer was, so I was convinced to contact Duma. To start with, Stacy (the owner) was amazingly knowledgeable and helpful talking me through the different options and what to expect. This was my first visit to Africa and I had a lot of questions (and a few concerns). Stacy made me feel totally comfortable and super excited.
On the ground in Tanzania, the climbing and safari guides were amazing and all the logistics were smooth. The guides were full of life, funny, motivating on the climb, and had an amazing ability to find and spot wildlife. I wasn't confident I could make it to the summit but the guides were great, pacing us along the way, singing and making jokes. I was so happy to make it to the top and seeing the sun rise from the slopes of Kili on summit day was surreal - a truly once in a lifetime experience. On safari in Serengeti, I was amazed at how bountiful the wildlife was. It was common to see thousands of wildebeests or zeebra, 10s of elephants, a pride of 5-10 lions, a pond packed with hippos ... the guides knew exactly where to go to be surrounded by wildlife. It was just like being in a national geographic documentary!
The combination of an American owner and a local team really is the best of both worlds. A reputable operation, first class service, local logistics know how, and guides that know EVERYTHING about the wildlife and Kilimanjaro. I could not have asked for a better trip.
Other Safaris & Tours3 – Offered by Duma Explorer
10-Day Culture and the Wild
$4,395 to $4,995 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tour
Mid-rangeLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Arusha (Start), Tarangire NP, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu (Greater Serengeti), Central Serengeti, Arusha (End)
5-Day Five Day Budget Safari - Tanzania's Highlights
$1,550 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle)BudgetCamping
You Visit: Arusha (Start), Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Highlands, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha (End)
11-Day Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro Climb
$3,599 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Shared tour (max 12 people per group)BudgetCamping & Lodge
You Visit: Arusha (Start), Mt Kilimanjaro, Arusha (End)