New school opening donated by Corto Safaris

December 13th, 2010

New school opening for the Masai people living around the camp

New school for the Masai people living around the camp

A very exciting day was had by all when many of the Corto Safaris employees gathered together on November 28th 2010 to inaugurate the new Oremiti tented lodge on the shores of Lake Manyara.

The Oremiti Lodge takes its name from the tree that serves both as toothpaste and toothbrushes to the Masai and gives them their legendary radiant smile. This occasion included the opening of the new school which was proudly donated by Corto Safaris to the Masai people living around the camp.

The Masai women and their tribal songs

The Masai women and their tribal songs

As part of the fun activities on the day everyone was taken on a short safari Game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park, upon our arrival to the village which is the home of the local crafts association, the Masai women welcomed the group with the sounds of their tribal songs, here they proudly displayed their local crafts and offered gifts of beaded coloured jewellery

Local dignitaries gave their speeches – in particular the mayor, governor, and Masai community leaders – thanking

Speaches about eco-tourism in Tanzania

Speaches about eco-tourism in Tanzania

the involvement of Corto in taking part in the development of the community and the importance of eco-tourism in this Tanzanian Region.

After all the speeches were given, songs sung and a small show organized in our honour was finished, the dignitaries headed to the classroom to unveil the plaque and cut the cord as a sign of symbolic inauguration, a few words of mutual congratulation were exchanged before we headed out doors to where trees were planted around the school

New School Opening

New School Opening

where once grown this will provide a little shade to generations of school children.

The aroma of delicious cooking filled the air and so it felt like a long wait before the moment arrived and all were invited to a giant barbecue which was organized by the cooks at Corto Oremiti Tented Lodge. By late afternoon our bellies were full and the rains came, bringing good luck to the newly planted trees.

Celebrations of the new Oremiti tented lodge

Celebrations of the new Oremiti tented lodge

The beautiful day ended with the promise of a bright future of cooperation and mutual assistance between Corto Safaris and the surrounding Masai community.

New in 2011! Corto to Open a Camp in Tarangire Park: Kanga Camp

November 18th, 2010

Corto will be launching in 2011 a new camp in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania : The Kanga Tarangire Camp.

This new camp will be joining the Family of Camps that Corto own and manage, including:

Check out the Page for our Tented Camps in Northern Tanzania here, and the page for the new Kanga Tarangire Camp here

You may also check out our Camp Pictures on Facebook here.

Have a look at its location on the map.

Tarangire National park was established in 1970 is today considered one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary in the country. It covers an area of 2,600 sq km ; an average altitude of 1,100 m and is particularly worth visiting during the months of September and October. It comprises of 9 zones of vegetation including acacia and baobab Tortillas. The Tarangire River that runs through the park never dries up and during the dry season all the animals of Maasai country come to drink from it. Several private camps and lodges located inside and outside the Park welcome visitors.

Kilimanjaro Porters – Our Policy

November 18th, 2010

We have recently updated our website with information on our relationship with our Kilimanjaro porters.

As members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – KPAP we have a duty to act responsibly and we hope the information below will convince you that we are a serious partner when it comes to Treks on the Kilimanjaro.

Our Porters

The Price difference you will notice between all the different Kilimanjaro operators in Tanzania are very often due to the differences in the way companies treat and pay their porters and guides during your journey. At Corto, we have been leading the way for many years in terms of fair treatment and responsible tourism.

Porters Salaries

We have been KPAP members (see Responsible Tourism paragraph below), and as such, we respect the rules. Whereas the average salaries paid to porters by the tourism outfitters in Tanzania is 6220 TSH/day, we actually pay them a daily salary of 10 000 Tsh, and we pay them directly on their return at Mweka by one of our office workers. Each porter must show his porter’s card and signs a list when he receives his pay.

Tips for Porters

During the briefing, we give each client a tipping sheet prepared by KPAP and we ask that they use it to spread the tips equally and openly accross the whole team. It is up to our clients to follow this sheet or not.

Porters Equipment

Even though they are not permanently employed by Corto, we have our team of faithful porters. For each climb, we send out a list of porters that the guides must follow. This procedure ensures that the porters can not bribe the guides to be hired. This practice is unfortunately still taking place with other guides and companies. Porters are not authorized to begin the climb unless they are properly equipped for Mountain climbing. The guides are responsible for performing this check. For information, the city of Moshi has a very large second hand clothes market. This allows the porters to equip themselves against the cold with mountain clothing at very low prices.

Further details about our porters Working Conditions

  • For every trip, there are between 3 and 5 porters by customer (see table below).
  • They receive 3 full meals a day.
  • They can carry a maximum of 20kg each plus 2kg for their own equipment.
  • They sleep in a tent suitable for mountain climbing.
CLIENTS Head Guide Assistant guide Cook Assistant Cook Porters
1 1 1 4
2 1 1 1 10
3 1 1 1 12
4 1 2 1 17
5 1 2 1 20
6 1 2 1 24
7 1 2 1 26
8 1 3 1 1 28
9 1 3 1 1 29
10 1 3 1 1 31
11 1 3 1 1 35
12 1 3 2 37
13 1 4 2 39
14 1 4 2 41
15 1 4 2 44

Number of Staff for Kilimanjaro Climbs (except Marangu)

Responsible Tourism

CORTO Safaris is involved in responsible tourism, by respecting the local populations and the environment.

Our teams are paid in excess of the rates recommended by the Park Authorities.
We care about our teams working conditions, Transmission of knowledge, and Traveler Information and Awareness.

We have developed a special partnership with the NGO “KILIMANJARO PORTERS ASSISTANCE PROJECT” -www.kiliporters.org – which is an initiative launched by “THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN EXPLORERS CONNECTION” - www.mountainexplorers.org

Training and Prevention programs are run during our Low Season :

• English Language Courses
• First Aid Courses
• Information Seminaries on HIV / AIDS

Please visit our partner’s websites for more information.

Serengeti Great Migration Update

November 3rd, 2010

The Serengeti Great Migration Pack has now clearly moved South, and it is time for our teams to dismantle our North Serengeti Camp and to move South, towards Piaya, near the Gols Mountains, and to prepare the new upcoming season with a new camp.

This new camp will be ready from the middle of December, to welcome our valued customers during this new phase of the Great Migration.

Every year, between January and May, the impressive mass of the Wildebeests and other herbivores gathers in the South-East of the Serengeti Plains, called by a very powerful animal instinct. It is during this time, and in a spirit of species conservation, that the females will give birth to their little ones, in group! This is to ensure the survival of the young ones, as they know the predators are there, ready to take any chance to snatch a young prey!

Click here for a full Safari program focusing on the Births of the Great Migration in Tanzania.

Sauti za Busara ‘Sounds of Wisdom’ Music Festival in Zanzibar

October 22nd, 2010

Corto, the Partner of your Safari in Tanzania, is very glad to share with you the list of Musicians who will be performing this year at the African Music Festival, Sauti za Busara 2011.

This very unique Festival is both a real Musical and Cultural Feast.

Visit our web page for more infos:

http://www.cortosafaristanzania.com/zanzibar-music-festival.php

Link to the Festival’s website:

http://www.busaramusic.org

Provisional Line Up

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)  Blick Bassy (Cameroon)  Cheikh Lô (Senegal) Otentikk Street Brothers (Mauritius)  Kassé Mady Diabaté (Mali)  Kwani Experience (South Africa) Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania)  Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar)  Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar)  Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar)  Sukiafrica Sukiyaki Allstars (Various)  Yaaba Funk (UK)  Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal / Sweden)  Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar) Swahili Encounters Group (Various)  Les Frères Sissoko (Senegal)  GEATA (Ethiopia) Djeli Moussa Diawara (Guinea)  Groove Lélé (Reunion)  NEWS Quartet (Various)  Vusa Mkhaya & Band(Various)  Nomakanjani Arts (Zambia)  Maureen Lupo Lilanda (Zambia)  Les Go de Kotéba (Cote d’Ivoire) Djaaka (Mozambique)  Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Kenya)  Lelelele Africa (Kenya)  Bismillahi Gargar (Kenya)  Atemi & the Ma3 Band (Kenya)  Black Roots (Zanzibar)  Sauda (Tanzania)  Tunaweza Band (Tanzania)  Wanyambukwa Artist Group (Tanzania)  Tom Diakité (Mali) and more.

The Festival in Video

Corto is now a member of ATTA

October 11th, 2010

Corto has just joined the big ATTA family. This UK-based association is made of companies world-wide focusing on Tourism on the African continent. It will be for us a meeting and networking place with many professionals around the World who share our passion for Africa. It is also for our customers a brand of professionalism and a quality seal shared with the biggest names of the African Safari.

Our Partnerships Page – Safari in Tanzania with Corto

The ATTA website – Advancing Tourism to Africa

News Update on the Serengeti Migration

September 29th, 2010

Since early September, the Serengeti Great Migration pack of animals has already started its return South towards the Tanzanian plains. We have anticipated this natural movement and our camp, based on the Mara river since the end of June has been moved to Lobo. (see map on the left hand side).

The last Mara river crossings can still be observed from this base, within 1 hour drive, but here in Lobo, you will be at the heart of this natural animal movement during your Migration Safari in Tanzania.

Towards the end of October, early November, our camp will move southwards and will be operational at the end of December near Piaya, when the wilderbeests, zebras and other herbivores will have returned South to give birth.

Find out more about Corto’s Migration Camps in Serengeti, Tanzania.

Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley

September 11th, 2010

Do you know the Great Rift Valley? No, not the Grand Canyon, but a huge geological trench spreading allover Africa. Its presence in Tanzania is the reason why we can admire here such wonderfully varied landscapes, such as the Kilimanjaro Mountain, the Mount Meru, lakes such as the Natron, volcanoes such as the Lengai, the Empakai and the famous Ngorongoro.

This trench is also located in the midst of the most popular Tanzanian National Parks, and has a very rich animal life.

For more information on this area of numerous eco-systems, see the Great Rift Vally on Corto Safaris’ website, the partner of your Tanzania Safari.

Tanzania Safari and Kilimanjaro Climbs – Group Departures

July 30th, 2010

A new service from Corto. We invite you to come and visit our list of group departures for Tanzania Safari and Kilimanjaro Climbs. This list is kept up to date on our Facebook page and allows you to check available departure dates, itineraries and simply to add yourself to the participants list. Sharing your adventure with other people will have a great positive impact on your trip’s cost, saving you lots of money!!

Click here to see the Corto Facebook Event page

North Serengeti – Migration Safaris with Corto

July 17th, 2010

Our first customers have arrived at the Mara River Corto Private Camp this month and had a lot of fun… Indeed for the first time ever, Corto has set up a camp at the Kenyan border. on the shores of the Mara River.  This new observation post has allowed our customers to take some wonderful pictures. Come and see them on our Facebook page.

See all Migration Safari Pictures

The mass of Wildebeests, Zebras and other herbivores comes up the Serengeti plains and crosses the River from South to North on its way to the Kenyan Masai Mara.

For the true lovers of this intense animal activity, we have put online a 4 day Migration Safari in Tanzania. This will take you straight to the Serengeti, from Arusha, by plane.

See this itinerary