Travel with Purpose and Pleasure on a Once In A Lifetime Trip!
Sunday, July 2nd - Friday, July 14th, 2023
Arrive & Depart to Kilimanjaro Int’l Airport (JRO) Tanzania
$7,500 per person
*airfare not included
Your Involvement Changes Lives!
Three nights in Arusha, Tanzania
Flight to Serengeti; 4 day Safari Adventure
Five nights in Dodoma, TZ; Behind-the-Scenes with Water 4 Mercy team
Contribution towards the Village's Permanent Water System
Celebrate Turning on the Water Taps for the First Time
Limited to 16 participants
Travel with Purpose and Pleasure on Water 4 Mercy's 12-day Unique Insider’s Donor trip!
“It gives me great pleasure to invite you to join me on a Behind the Scenes Adventure in Tanzania with the Water 4 Mercy team. Share in an unforgettable experience of a lifetime! Spot the Big 5 on your Safari game drives! Engage with our villagers and see firsthand the impact of your donation and how you have made a difference in their lives. We work with experts on the ground to guarantee a fun and meaningful journey. I look forward to hosting you.”
In Arusha, relax after your long flight and indulge your senses at St. Carolus Retreat Center
Enjoy a city tour and learn about Tanzania's vibrant culture
Visit the Cultural Heritage Centre Museum and Gallery
Option to visit a vocational school and an orphanage. Shopping at Maasai Market.
After your short flight to the Serengeti, enjoy the vastness of the plains with a game drive to spot the Big 5; Your 4 day, 3-night Safari Adventure includes a visit to Olduvai Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site listed as Africa's seven natural wonders and overnight stay at Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge.
Check in to the luxurious Domiya Estate and meet Water 4 Mercy's team in Dodoma
Celebrate with villagers as we turn on their water taps for the very first time
Visit Water 4 Mercy villages and see the impact of clean water and agriculture
Interact with our villagers and meet the local farmers as you Make bricks; Dig trenches, Plant seeds.
Visit AITeC-farm at Don Bosco Vocational Technical Institute
Private Wine Tasting at Cetawico Winery for a fun way to learn about the science of growing grapes.
Behind the Scenes with Water 4 Mercy
Price: $7,500.00 (airfare not included).
$8,300 after April 30th, 2023
Arrive: July 2 & Depart July 14, 2023
Airport transfer to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Tanzania First Class Accommodations and Meals included
Private Transportation | English Speaking Guide
Trip Itinerary - Your Life Changing Adventure Begins!
Sunday 2nd July
Arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be greeted by Nermine and meet your English-speaking guides.
Check in at St. Carolus Retreat Center, Arusha. (Stay for 3 nights)
Welcome Reception and Dinner
Monday 3rd July
Explore Arusha; visit Arusha Heritage Museum and Gallery; shop at Maasai Market
Options include Visit an orphanage with The Society of the Helpers of Mary
Tuesday 4th July
Tour of KIITEC and participate in a variety of student workshops and activities at the Kilimanjaro International Institute for Telecommunications, Electronics and Computers.
Wednesday 5th July
After breakfast, drive to the Arusha airport for your domestic flight to Serengeti National Park. You will meet your safari guides at the Seronera airstrip and continue with a game drive. Overnight stay at Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge.
Thursday 6th July
Friday 7th July
Check out/Early departure to Ngorongoro crater, enjoy the crater tour until later afternoon. Drive to Lake Manyara Serena lodge for dinner and overnight stay
Game drive in Tarangire National Park
Saturday 8th July
Drive to Dodoma Region; Picnic lunch Check-in and dinner at Domiya Estate
Sunday 9th July
Monday 10th July
Wednesday 12th July
Tuesday 11th July
Thursday 13th July
Dodoma City - Relax; Swim and enjoy Domiya Estate grounds, option to attend local Church; Welcome Reception and Dinner with Water 4 Mercy team
Drive to Kondoa district (3 hours)
Visit schools and villages that lack access to clean water
TURN ON THE WATER TAPS! Celebrate with Choka Villagers as Clean Water Flows for the Very First Time. Get ready to DANCE!
Visit Water 4 Mercy villages, including Mugu Village, Mazengo Handali Village and Ndebwe Village to see the impact of clean water, nutritious foods, innovative agriculture, drip irrigation etc. Participate in digging trenches, making bricks, transplanting seedlings, etc).
Dodoma - visit AITeC** and Don Bosco School Interact with students, visit AITeC-Farm, and participate in planting seeds, etc
Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Don Bosco Culinary students (sample the fresh produce grown at AITeC)
Private Wine Tasting at Cetawico Winery.
Learn about grapes and how Water 4 Mercy is sharing Israel’s expertise with the local farmers to enhance production and quality.
Friday 14th July
Early departure from Dodoma; drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport for afternoon flight departure
Type of Government
United Republic of Tanzania
President Samia Suluhu Hassan
HDI (Human Development Index statistic compo,
site index of Ife expectancy, education, and per
capita income indicators, which are used to rank
counties into four tersof human development)
Poverty headcount ratio at $1.90 a day
(2011 PPP} (6 of population)
Aican 99% (of which 95% are Bantu conssting of more than 130 tribes, other 1% (consisting of Asian, European, and Arab)
(61.4% Christian; 35.2% Mustim, 1.8% folk religion
0529: 1631d out of 189 countries
398 per 100,000 live births (as of 2016—524 out of 100,000 live births)
Project Information and Details
Choka Village - Project in Kondoa district
Current Water Source: Open Well
Mugu Water Project
Depth of borehole: 82m
Borehole Yield: 2 liters per second
Number of taps: 7 + cattle trough
Ndebwe Water Project
Population: 4,600 people
Date of completion: April 2019
Depth of borehole: 180 meters
Borehole Yield: 1.67 Liters per second
Mazengo Handali Water Project
Date of completion: April 2021
Depth of borehole: 188 meters
Borehole Yield: 1.08 L/S
Mazengo Handali Drip Project
Plot Manager: Felista Mushi
Plot size: 0.20 acre
Number of participants: 25
Crops+Yield: Green leafs 800kg, Okra 6kg, African eggplant 570kg, Tomato 442kg, Onion 240kg
AITeC Farm Dodoma Project
6-acre agricultural Training Demonstration and Research center
480m2 Polyethylene covered High tunnel vegetable nursery
480m2 Polyethylene Flat type Net house for vegetable production
0.65 acres Mango demonstration plot
0.65 acres Avocado demonstration plot
0.4 acre vineyard for testing varieties and demonstration
AITeC** Farm Dodoma Project - Our Field of DREAMS!
Growing a New Generation of Experts for the future of food and nutritional security!
The Agricultural Innovation and Technology Center (AITeC) in Dodoma, is a collaboration between Water 4 Mercy, CultivAid and Don Bosco Technical Institute. It was established in 2021 and operates as a central mechanism for agricultural development. AITeC is a medium sized farm that enables regional access to improved agricultural inputs, mechanization, supply chains, access to knowledge and has impacts on value chains.
AITeC Farm is equipped with drip irrigation, sprinklers, protected agriculture, and utilizes advanced agro-techniques to demonstrate technologies and knowledge. The site showcases Israeli ingenuity regarding different crops, inputs, techniques, and innovations as a method of introducing them to the region.
Water 4 Mercy, Inc. is a USA non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing Water, Food and HOPE!
Our Mission is “To Uphold Human Dignity by Eradicating Thirst, Hunger and Poverty" in Africa. We are utilizing the added-value of Israeli technologies and expertise, adapted to unique circumstances in Africa and transforming the cycle of poverty into ‘Cycles of Success’ to positively impact many people’s lives.
We provide permanent and sustainable solar powered water and agricultural solutions in Africa. Water 4 Mercy's projects are 100% successful and remotely monitored, which makes the village’s solar powered water source resistant to breakdown, vandalism, theft, and other problems typically faced by water systems installed by many aid organizations.
We work with Israeli NGOs Innovation: Africa and CultivAid and established AITeC with Don Bosco Technical Institutes of Africa for the purpose of eradicating thirst, hunger and poverty so that Africa can be water and food secure and move towards economic prosperity.
AITeC is the “Yellow Brick Road” for Africa (and beyond) to be positively impacted for generations to come.
Water for Mercy's Formidable Team
Innovation: Africa is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring solar, water, and agricultural technologies to rural African villages. Since its establishment in 2008, Innovation: Africa has completed over 900 projects, providing solar energy and light to schools and medical centers and crucially, pumping clean water in remote villages. The organization has impacted over 4.2 million people across 10 African countries including Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, eSwatini, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia and Senegal.
In Tanzania, Innovation: Africa has completed more than 130 solar and water installations providing light and clean water to over half a million people across the Dodoma, Bagamoyo and Kondoa district.
CultivAid is an Israeli not-for-profit organization that specializes in developing local experts through hands-on training, field work, and joint research with a focus on agriculture, water, and nutrition. CultivAid emphasizes the construction of local/regional knowledge infrastructures as an essential mechanism for empowerment and development. CultivAid’s methodology combines market oriented and social development initiatives for the empowerment of agronomists and local ownership of agriculture to ensure food security and economic development.
Don Bosco Technical Institute was established in 1982 in Dodoma with the aim of empowering young people with a trade of their choice. The school has a student population of about 1750 and trains young men and women with a vision of making those self-reliant citizens either by employment in the industries or self-employment. This is considered important because it lays the foundation for young people to be economically self-sufficient and improve the quality of their lives. Don Bosco Technical Institute provides quality education and holistic formation through skills, knowledge, and attitude.
Every visitor to the country must ensure that they obtain a valid document for traveling. There are countries where a Visa is a must for entering Tanzania, and other countries from commonwealth countries that do not require a visa for entering Tanzania. If you plan to obtain a Visa on arrival, please remember to carry the exact amount in USD to pay for your Visa ($100 per person for U.S. citizens and $50 per person for all other citizens). This currency will be accepted, and change may only sometimes be available.
Passports are required by all travelers and must be valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Please ensure sufficient blank pages for visas and entry stamps upon arrival.
If you want to get your visa ahead of time to avoid having to do it on arrival in Tanzania, it can be done online at: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/. This is the official Tanzanian site. Cost is the same as if you get one at the airport
Vaccinations or Medication
There are no required vaccines, but that Hepatitis A is recommended. You are not required to have Yellow Fever vaccine unless you’ve recently traveled to a country where Yellow Fever is prevalent. There is no need to take Malaria pills or get other vaccines, though Hepatitis may be a good idea.
COVID -19 - Travelers entering Tanzania who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from RT PCR and Rapid Antigen Test requirements. Travelers must present a valid vaccination certificate with a Q.R. code for verification upon arrival. The only accepted vaccines are those approved by the URT and the World Health Organization.
Non-fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, and those not eligible for vaccination will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT- PCR or NAATs certificate with a Q.R. code obtained 72 hours before departure
Travelers from countries listed on the Ministry of Health website will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival using a Rapid Antigen Test at their own cost of 10 USD (TZS 23,000) for Tanzania mainland. If found positive, they will be tested with R.T.- PCR for confirmation, allowed to self-isolate, and the results will be sent via email or any other means.
Children aged five years and below will be exempted from RT PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests requirements
Travelers to URT who require a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival are advised to pay online to avoid unnecessary queues via an automatically generated control number obtained after filling out the online Travelers’ Health Surveillance Form.
Yellow fever certificate requirements: A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is only required for travelers one year of age and older coming from - or who are in airport transit for more than 12 hours within - a country with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission.
This country imposes the vaccination requirement for protection against Yellow Fever since the principal mosquito vector.
Adequate travel insurance must be taken out before departure. This should cover any medical situation, hospitalization, curtailment of arrangements, and baggage.
Behind the Scenes with Water 4 Mercy
Includes emergency evacuation insurance. This guarantees emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital should you suffer severe illness or injury. This does not cover the cost of treatment once in the hospital. There are specific medical exclusions additional costs expected when traveling, ATM machines & credit cards.
All park fees and emergency evacuation insurance coverage is provided by Nyange Adventures.
Your Behind the Scenes with Water 4 Mercy includes all meals and accommodations, wildlife viewing drives, 4X4 safari vehicles, fuel, park fees, and services of drivers and guides. Additional costs not provided may include tips for our guides/drivers/staff, laundry services, bar beverages, soft drinks, phone calls, souvenirs, and Visa fees. Each client has a different habit when it comes to spending; therefore, there is no specific amount, but it can depend on the duration of the itinerary.
Today, several ATMs are around, and banks are widely expanding the service. Note that when drawing the money from ATMs, you will get the money in Tanzania shilling and not otherwise, and per day/per card, you can only remove 400,000tsh ($170). Credit cards can be used in the hotels though extra charges range from 3.5% to 5%.
Most mobile phone companies have an option where you can pay a daily fee that will allow you to roam internationally and use your same data and voice allowance as on your regular plan:
Power Supply in Tanzania
The power supply here in Tanzania is at the U.K./European standard voltage of 220/240, and most power sockets are the U.K. square pin type. If you want to use U.S. appliances, you will need a voltage and plug converter. A power supply is also subjected to cuts and voltage fluctuation. On Safari, most lodges/camps' power supplies are from generators, and these are often turned off during parts of the day and at night to reduce noise and fuel consumption. On Safari, you can charge your batteries/cameras/cellphones in our vehicles equipped with inverters.
Tanzania offers a lot of locally handmade crafts. During your visit, you will have time to shop in various curio shops located along the major roads heading to the national parks. You will see different carvings, masks, antiques, beadwork, painting, etc. If you are fond of jewelry, Tanzanite, a unique precious gemstone only found in Tanzania, is waiting for you. It's a beautiful dark blue stone that travelers must have before returning home. Most larger curio shops accept major credit cards, and you can negotiate the price for most items.
PS: If you purchase any handmade wooden craft, you must pay taxes at the airport before departure.
Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food are available. Any special dietary requirements can be adjusted with a request in advance.
The use of drones here in Tanzania, particularly in the national parks, is strictly prohibited due to security concerns unless you have a special permit from the Government.
List of the items you should bring along to Safari & Village visits
You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labeled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, sports bag, or daypack, no larger than 30cm (height) x 30cm (width) x 60cm (length), with a maximum of 20 kg plus a daypack. Luggage limits on domestic airlines are strictly enforced. If you are traveling with a large amount of luggage and wish to leave a portion of it to meet you in Dodoma, this is possible.
It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings and a warm jacket for early morning game drives. Light, quick-drying, practical clothes are advisable. As a rule of thumb, your choice of color is essential for game parks. Neutral/khaki colors or black clothes tend to attract biting Tsetse flies. Long pants and long sleeve shirts are suggested; supportive shoes and hats are recommended; sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are necessary.
Long-sleeve shirt or sweater o Warm layers for the evening.
Shorts (for Safari only).
Long trousers (required for village and project visits).
Closed and comfortable shoes (for village and project visits).
For your village visits, you will be provided with one Water 4 Mercy Hat and long sleeve quick-dry shirt and one Innovation: Africa t-shirt. Please indicate Size when submitting your deposit.
Flight Tickets (printouts of e-tickets may be required at check-in).
Insurance information (required).
Passport (required with photocopies).
Visas & Vaccination certificates (required photocopies)
Camera (with extra memory cards and batteries).
Cash, credit, and debit cards.
First aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sun cream, ibuprofen, aspirin, band aids/plasters, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, insect repellent, Imodium, or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, sewing kit, extra prescriptions drugs you may be taking.
Locks for bags.
Personal entertainment (music player, reading and writing materials, cards, etc.).
Reusable water bottle.
Small travel towel.
Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable).
Watch and alarm clock.
Waterproof backpack cover
Note: The climate in Tanzania varies between the dry and rainy seasons. Please ensure you bring a windproof rain jacket.
Weight Limit of the luggage on domestic flight
Commercial airlines typically use light aircraft in the Tanzania Safari circuit; thus, the weight limit is 15 to 20kgs. The average weight limit is 15 to 20kgs, including hand luggage. The weight limit is strictly enforced for itineraries that include a local flight. If you are traveling with a large amount of luggage and wish to leave a portion of it to meet you in Dodoma, this is possible.