Undiscovered East Africa

Undiscovered East Africa

WITH Rena Effendi
Undiscovered East Africa

Undiscovered East Africa

WITH Rena Effendi
Undiscovered East Africa

Undiscovered East Africa

BY Rena Effendi
Undiscovered East Africa

Undiscovered East Africa

BY Rena Effendi

TOUR DATES

January 12 - 25 2023

EXPERIENCE

Wildlife & Cultural

GROUP SIZE

MAX 5

TRIP OVERVIEW

We are inviting you on a very special journey through remote corners of Tanzania. When we say ‘remote’, we really mean it, because the itinerary that we crafted for you in collaboration with the renowned photographer Rena Effendi, is designed to take you to places that are under explored by researchers and travelers alike. Our itinerary is designed for adventurous travelers and passionate photographers who will become familiar with the work of Rena Effendi and her personal connection to butterflies. 

On this journey with our team of esteemed expert guides and Rena herself, you will discover a vast majority of landscapes, ecosystems and cultures. Be ready to dive into the mystic Minziro Forest Reserve with the biggest diversity of butterfly species in the entire Africa. It is known that Tanzania has 24 forest reserves, and Minziro is the least explored forest reserve in the country. It is home to the Kagera River - a true wild African setting. Together we will discover places, which have not been seen by tourists. How exciting is that? 

The route will also take us to the least known (due to its remoteness) National Park of Tanzania - Rubondo National Park. Rubondo Park is an entire Island located in the legendary Lake Victoria, one of the Great Lakes of Africa. There we will get a chance to see rare bird species, mammals, crocodiles, waterbirds, chimpanzees and other wildlife.

Visiting Tanzania, you can not miss a chance of driving through the legendary Serengeti National Park, which we included in the itinerary. We will be there during a very special time of the Wildebeest and Zebra Great Migration and a calving season, which is truly a fascinating spectacle. 

We will pass through majestic Usambara Mountains, hike in the jungles, enjoy beautiful sunsets, sit at the fire listening to stories, observe butterflies during the day and the night, will feed them, and interact with the local people working on a butterfly farm. We will learn their traditions and way of life.

We will immerse ourselves into the rich history of the Swahili Coast in the town of Bagamoyo and visit local fishing villages.

We selected a range of accommodations that blend with each particular location and will allow you to have a comfortable rest at the end of each day.

We hope you read the following itinerary with enthusiasm and we look forward to guiding you through this epic adventure!

Rena Effendi

Rena Effendi is an award-winning documentary photographer and author of two monographs “Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline” and “Liquid Land”. Her photography has been described as having a deep sense of empathy with a quiet celebration of the strength of the human spirit. She is the laureate of the Prince Claus Fund award and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet award in Photography and Sustainability. She spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos twice and is a member of its Cultural Leadership network. Effendi’s work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Saatchi Gallery, İstanbul Modern, Venice Biennial and NYC MOMA. Rena Effendi is a frequent contributor to the National Geographic Magazine and Monocle magazine and has worked on commissions for the New Yorker, Time, New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times and many others. She is currently directing a full-length documentary feature funded by the National Geographic Society, which follows her journey tracking down a rare endemic butterfly species named after her late father along the conflict ridden borders in the Caucasus.

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