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Welcome to the Gemstone Safari

Standard program
This is an educational fieldtrip and introduction to the geology of Tanzania. We visit Morogoro with its mines (Spinel and Sunstone or Tourmalin, Danburite, Bluequartz Amazonit) and then the Umba Valley gemstone mines in Tanzania. Where you dig for Sapphires and Garnets during a few days and learn about the particularities of the local geology. A group of miners will assist us. All the stones you find are yours to keep.

Followed by a transfer to Arusha where we visit the Tanzanite mines in Merelani, Ruby-Zoisite mines in Longido, as well we will see some gemtraders and one or two of the northern National Parks Tarangire and Lake Manyara.

Total 17 days
US$ 2590.- Price per person in a double room.
Add US$ 300.- for a single room.

Dates
July 10th - 27th 2017
January 8th - 25th 2018

Option B Gemstone cutting class
Add 3 days for a lapidary class at the Lapidary Training Centre of Noreen Masaki. Hotel with breakfast included.

US$ 375.- Price per person in a double room.
Add US$ 40.- for a single room.

Option C Private Safari
4 days visiting different mines near Morogoro, Mpwapwa and the famous Winza ruby mines.

On request.

Please make your reservation here

For further information please contact:
Miss Noreen Masaki                         or
Lapidary Training Centre
P. O. Box 19668
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania
+255 787 721 761
www.noreen.ch

 


Mr. Hubert Heldner
Avenue des Alpes 70
P.O.Box 1261
CH-1820 Montreux
Switzerland
+41 21 963 89 77

We provide:

  • Privileged access to the mines.
  • The stones you find are yours to keep. We negotiate and cover the necessary mining fees.
  • Guides with a solid mineralogical and gemological background.
  • Transportation including airport transfer, Hotel and breakfast during the entire Gemstone Safari.
  • A team of cooks will take care of our 3 meals a day at the Umba Valley mine,
  • and we have 9 self-contained double rooms at our disposal.
  • Experienced miners, who will assist you on the mining sites.
  • The necessary mining equipment is put at your disposal.
  • We organize the necessary paperwork for export of all stones, minerals or cut gems.
  • And last but not least, expect to travel on rough roads and some nights with only basic facilities.


You organize yourself:

  • Work clothes and appropriate boots for working in the mines.
  • Sunscreen and sunhat (average temperatures 24-29°C / 75-84 F).
  • One long sleeve shirt and mosquito repellent.
  • Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended, see vaccination.
  • Not included in the package price are the lunch and dinner outside of Umba Valley mine.
  • You make your flight arrangements to Dar-es-Salaam.
  • Export taxes for stones, minerals or cut gems 5%, plus a commission for preparation of the necessary papers, are not included. You pay the additional cost during the trip yourself.


The experienced team, trained geologists, gemologists and lapidary instructors look forward welcoming you to the exciting and unique Gemstone Safari, which was developed under the guidance of Mr. Nakara Steven Matemu.

You may set the gemstones; you found and cut yourself in Tanzania, at your local jewelry shop. You will wear not only a lasting value but also extraordinary memories, shared only by a few.


Tanzania Newsletter

Newsletter September 2016 by Hubert Heldner.
Newsletter September 2015 by Hubert Heldner.
Newsletter April 2014 by Noreen Masaki.
Newsletter Mai 2013 by Hubert Heldner.
Newsletter October 2012 by Hubert Heldner.


Some reviews from our guests


Gemstone Safari January 2016, by Harold Lindsay.
Rocco Iamaundo, 5 Gemstone Safari's and a great friendship.
Gemstone Safari July 2012, Photobook by Bea Pfister. 25x20cm or 33x28cm
Gemstone Safari July 2012, by Dennis Freiburger.
Gemstone Safari August 2010, Photos by Richard De Nul.
Gemstone Safari 2010, review by Dave Maddison.
Gemstone Safari January 2009, review by Amy Balthrop.
Gemstone Safari January 2009, Port Moody Rock & Gem Club, by Lisa Elser.
Gemstone Safari January 2009, review by Lisa Elser. (This link is temporarily not available.)
Gemstone Safari January 2009, professional photos by Amy Balthrop.
Gemstone Safari January 2009, review by Roger Dery.
Have a look at the pictures of the second Gemstone Safari, July 2008.
Have a look at the pictures of the first Gemstone Safari, September 2007.

Rapaport Journal July 2007 by Diana Jarrett Gemologically Joined Gemstone Safari.


A one day test dig produced 6 sapphires. 2 square meters were worked. The saphire containing gravel is 40 cm below the surface. The layer is 15 cm thick. 5.1 gram was the biggest sapphire recovered.


5.1 gram red sapphire
in transmitted light.


In addition it is possible to buy rough or cut stones.



Zoisite, Tanzanite



Garnet



Zoisite, Tanzanite



Garnet, Tsavorite



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Umba River

Mining

operation

Some Umba Sapphires

On the way visit Tanga

and the Amboni caves nearby.

The professionally equipped

Lapidary workshop.

The coral reef and the beach
Mbudya Marine reserve

offers a peaceful resting place.

The hotel and an

inviting pool wait for you.



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