Vegan options, Community Involvement and Environmental Conservation

We provide excellent vegan travel, where we promote among others eating more plants! One good difference we are able to offer for our vegan clients is that we will provide them with a great opportunity to actively participate in preparing and enjoying several vegan dishes options with the local community. Such vegan dish options may include; ugali which is the national most commonly used staple food made from corn flour. Pilau, another delicious spicy and rice made food with its origin in India. Others include chapati which is flatbread and maandazi/Swahili doughnuts both of which are made from wheat flour as a main ingredient. Chapati and maandazi are usually served for breakfast in the country. Even more interesting and really delicious meals for the true vegan are a variety of local cultural foods common in the northern part of the country which include makande and ngararumu made of corns and beans, and which may also include bananas and vegetables as addition ingredients to further decorate and add extra taste.

Tanzania is blessed with a variety of fruits and vegetables, and the good news is that fresh (directly from the farm) fruits and vegetables are abundantly available to accompany all options of vegan dishes. Most of the farm produce in the country are organically produced and we can definitely ensure that our vegan dishes are made from only those products that are organically produced. This is quite possible as we are closely connected with farmers who produce most of the products we use. The fact that this programme is participatory, taking the local community on-board, provides a great opportunity to discover culture, share experience, and also raising awareness on the importance of vegetarian foods for the human health and sustainability of our environment.


We understand and appreciate the vegans' need to promote local culture, support local communities and care for the environment and the wildlife. This also well aligns with our company's social and environmental responsibility, and the great interests of the owners of the company whose background is on wildlife conservation and tourism (We have an invaluable experience in this area and we are highly connected). In effecting this role we have established partnerships with several NGOs and the local communities that are directly involved promoting local culture, environmental conservation and/or have set aside and manage wildlife in their land. We are therefore able to organise for our vegan clients various programmes to take part in community programmes that involve working together with local people (including students, women groups) in their day to day activities, handcrafting of cultural arts/items, tree planting (to protect environment such as watersheds and also enhance availability of human nutrition), clean up of the environment, and environmental awareness campaign. Our clients can also participate in supporting community conservation in the community wildlife areas by participating in environmental conservation awareness campaigns, assist data collection for ecological monitoring, and contribute to the wildlife conservation by supporting various conservation relevant services and facilities.

When it comes to safari tour, we work with a number of lodges and hotels which provide vegan dishes and prioritise organically produced foods. Therefore, we can ensure our vegan clients sustain on the right dishes all the way from the beginning to the end of their programme. With Elisam Tours, vegetarians and vegans can be well served during your stay in Tanzania. To ensure this, we have a good connection with lodges, bush camps, restaurants and experienced chefs and partnering kitchens will provide tasty menus on both traditional and western foods as they always include vegetarian /vegan’s options. With enough notice, we can work with any dietary requirements. Just let us know! Our chefs provide a vegan main dish (vegetable curry and mseto, a mix of legumes and rice), but can also combine a few side dishes or snacks with some sauces to make a full meal. That can include fried rice, stir-fried vegetables, different fresh salads, spring rolls, bruschetti and Kiwalani-style sandwiches. Additionally, when offering food to vegans, we are not rigid and cook just based on our menu. We will ask you what you would like to eat and what your food preferences are, and then we will create something for you.


Vegan options, Community Involvement and Environmental Conservation


We provide excellent vegan travel, where we promote among others eating more plants! One good difference we are able to offer for our vegan clients is that we will provide them with a great opportunity to actively participate in preparing and enjoying several vegan dishes options with the local community. Such vegan dish options may include; ugali which is the national most commonly used staple food made from corn flour. Pilau, another delicious spicy and rice made food with its origin in India. Others include chapati which is flatbread and maandazi/Swahili doughnuts both of which are made from wheat flour as a main ingredient. Chapati and maandazi are usually served for breakfast in the country. Even more interesting and really delicious meals for the true vegan are a variety of local cultural foods common in the northern part of the country which include makande and ngararumu made of corns and beans, and which may also include bananas and vegetables as addition ingredients to further decorate and add extra taste.
Tanzania is blessed with a variety of fruits and vegetables, and the good news is that fresh (directly from the farm) fruits and vegetables are abundantly available to accompany all options of vegan dishes. Most of the farm produce in the country are organically produced and we can definitely ensure that our vegan dishes are made from only those products that are organically produced. This is quite possible as we are closely connected with farmers who produce most of the products we use. The fact that this programme is participatory, taking the local community on-board, provides a great opportunity to discover culture, share experience, and also raising awareness on the importance of vegetarian foods for the human health and sustainability of our environment.

Health Nutrition

We understand and appreciate the vegans' need to promote local culture, support local communities and care for the environment and the wildlife. This also well aligns with our company's social and environmental responsibility, and the great interests of the owners of the company whose background is on wildlife conservation and tourism (We have an invaluable experience in this area and we are highly connected). In effecting this role we have established partnerships with several NGOs and the local communities that are directly involved promoting local culture, environmental conservation and/or have set aside and manage wildlife in their land. We are therefore able to organise for our vegan clients various programmes to take part in community programmes that involve working together with local people (including students, women groups) in their day to day activities, handcrafting of cultural arts/items, tree planting (to protect environment such as watersheds and also enhance availability of human nutrition), clean up of the environment, and environmental awareness campaign. Our clients can also participate in supporting community conservation in the community wildlife areas by participating in environmental conservation awareness campaigns, assist data collection for ecological monitoring, and contribute to the wildlife conservation by supporting various conservation relevant services and facilities.
When it comes to safari tour, we work with a number of lodges and hotels which provide vegan dishes and prioritise organically produced foods. Therefore, we can ensure our vegan clients sustain on the right dishes all the way from the beginning to the end of their programme. With Elisam Tours, vegetarians and vegans can be well served during your stay in Tanzania. To ensure this, we have a good connection with lodges, bush camps, restaurants and experienced chefs and partnering kitchens will provide tasty menus on both traditional and western foods as they always include vegetarian /vegan’s options. With enough notice, we can work with any dietary requirements. Just let us know! Our chefs provide a vegan main dish (vegetable curry and mseto, a mix of legumes and rice), but can also combine a few side dishes or snacks with some sauces to make a full meal. That can include fried rice, stir-fried vegetables, different fresh salads, spring rolls, bruschetti and Kiwalani-style sandwiches. Additionally, when offering food to vegans, we are not rigid and cook just based on our menu. We will ask you what you would like to eat and what your food preferences are, and then we will create something for you.
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WE INVITE YOU TO PACK SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLANT-POWERED PROTEIN SOURCES FROM HOME TO ENSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE ADEQUATE NUTRIENTS DURING YOUR STAY. DAYS ON SAFARI OR ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO CAN BE LONG, INTENSE, AND FOREVER LIFE-ALTERING, SO YOU OUGHT NOT TO MISS A MOMENT’S FOCUS! .FRESH FRUITS, NUTS, AND VEGETABLES – YOU WILL QUICKLY DISCOVER TANZANIAN MARKETS AND ROADSIDE STANDS OVERFLOWING WITH COLORFUL, AS WELL AS CASHEWS, EGGS, AND OTHER NON-MEAT PROTEINS.

Some of the top 5 most delicious vegetarian/vegan local foods available in Tanzania:

1. Ugali: a local cuisine made from cornmeal. This delicious dish is often served with soup, fresh or steamed leafy green vegetables and fruits.

Ugali

2. Fresh and dried fruits, nuts, and vegetables: Mostly organically cultivated, these fleshy, colorful and juicy fruits, nuts and veggies are available to be eaten. There is an abundance of cashews, dates, groundnuts, bananas, mangoes, oranges, lemons, grapes, garden eggs, cucumbers, watermelons, avocados and so on. In Tanzania, there is an abundance of fruits every season.

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3. Indian fare, Every vegetarian and vegan knows that the Indians are the masters of plant-based cuisines. There are a good number of Indian restaurants in metropolitan cities like Arusha, and Dar es salaam. You can relish some of the best vegetarian dishes while on safari in Tanzania. Simply inform us to request the lodges/ camps/ hotels/ resorts whether you prefer Indian or Continental meals at the time of confirming your safari.

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​​​​​​​4. Maharagwe: This is the name for the protein-rich red kidney beans in Tanzania. Maharagwe can be cooked into spicy or flavorful dishes. In Tanzania, these red kidney beans are often boiled in natural coconut milk and plated alongside chapatti, or Ugali.

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​​​​​​​5. Pilau: Commonly known as rice pilaf, this dish is often spicy and can be modified to suit the palate of a vegan or vegetarian.

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