Moshi, Tanzania, East Africa (PRWEB) January 10, 2013
TorchBearer, offering unique and socially responsible tourism in the Mount Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, announces the Extreme Maasai Expedition safari, the first and only of its kind. Training adventure seekers in the survival skills of the Maasai warriors, the three-to-five day foot-trek through the heart of Maasai land immerses travelers in the clothing, food, culture, medicinal practices and practical skills used by the tribe. The experience culminates in a surprise Maasai celebration that many participants have said was the experience of a lifetime.
While the Extreme Maasai Expedition is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, what sets this African safari apart is the opportunity to give back. The beautiful National Parks of Tanzania, which host around 800,000 visitors per year, are nestled in some of the most poverty stricken areas in the world. Proceeds from this and other TorchBearer tours go to support Light in Africa, a not-for-profit organization that gives full-time care to over 200 disabled, abandoned and orphaned children in the Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions of Tanzania. This unique experience to walk through the Maasai settlements is due to the close collaboration of Light in Africa with the Maasai who they have served with food during the drought season, and by offering out-reach medical dispensaries.
“Tour companies in the developing world are starting to take notice of the interest visitors have in giving back with their travel dollars, getting involved in the local culture and supporting volunteer activities while on vacation,” says TorchBearer Founder, Lynn Elliot. “With the large amount of tourism dollars being spent by those on safari, wouldn't it be nice to know that the money you spend goes directly to benefiting the communities that surround and support the natural resources of Tanzania?”
TorchBearer was launched with the sole purpose of generating income to support Light in Africa’s life-saving work as a socially responsible tourism company. Providing medical and nutritional outreach to the developing communities in the area, Light in Africa also provides employment opportunities and professional development to young adults in the program once they have completed schooling and are ready to join the workforce.
While on holiday, travelers with TorchBearer can also volunteer to spend the day helping in their food kitchen which supports the children of the Tanzanite mining region, Mererani.
Accommodations at the Tudor Cottages, Makuti Lodge or Tented Camp provide a convenient stop-over on the way to Mount Kilimanjaro and allow visitors to interact and visit with the children at the Light of Africa homes. African art and custom-made textiles are available from the TorchBearer workshop which employs disabled artists.
“Whichever activity you choose to participate in with TorchBearer, you can feel good knowing the money you spend directly benefits the children and communities of Tanzania,” explained Elliot.
For more information about the Extreme Maasai Expedition, please visit http://www.torch-bearer.com.
For more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with the Director of TorchBearer and Founder of Light in Africa, please contact Sammye Walton, sammye(at)arusha(dot)com +255 688214244.
TorchBearer Co. Ltd. was launched specifically to support and finance the work of Light in Africa, the largest children’s home in the area supporting orphaned, abandoned and disabled children. By providing socially responsible travel opportunities to travelers in the beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro region, TorchBearer funds the nutritional, medical and educational programs for the over 200 children housed in full-time care in the Light in Africa children’s homes. Involved for many years in the area, TorchBearer is able to provide tours like the Extreme Maasai Expedition that are unlike any African safaris found elsewhere. By providing care, shelter, education and life skills training, the TorchBearer motto is “Passing on the torch of knowledge to the next generation of light in Africa’s children.”
About Light in Africa
Light in Africa operates in Tanzania, East Africa and is home to a percentage of the estimated 19,000 orphans in the region. Established by Mama Lynn Elliott from the U.K. in 2000 the orphanages meet the basic fundamental needs for each and every child in its care and much more, giving the children many opportunities of a quality education or vocational training and nurturing them in love and a sense of belonging in Light in Africa's big family and an awareness of the bountiful love of God.