If you plan a safari … here are some tour operators we know and we trust in.

Mama Artemisia

THE EXPERIENCE ENABLER: For many years, Christine Dachs worked for a national newspaper in Austria, the “Salzburger Nachrichten”, as a project manager. In 2005 she decided on a new career and moved to Arusha in Tanzania where she built up a tour business that focused on arranging conducted climbs up Kilimanjaro and safaris. Christine’s enthusiasm for Tanzanian life and culture combined with her love for tailor-made trips moved her to set up Mama Artemisia, a promotion and marketing company for individual tastes. All trips are operated by Tupendane Daima Safaris, a licensed tour operator and member of TATO. That is what Christine is all about: knowing her guests, preparing a specialist itinerary to match their interests, knowing tour operators who, like her, ensure guests enjoy a quality experience. Visit her on http://www.mamaartemisia.com.

Nyika discovery

THE KILIMANJARO EXPERT: Hamisi Bakari Hozza (picture) is a guy who worked his way up from a boy in Lushoto trading avacados for corn flour to a self employed safari tour operator in Arusha. He started with being a carrier for Kilimajaro mountain tours (“I’ve been up there so many times …”), then he took lessons and became a certified safari tourguide which finally led to his current position. He is absolutely reliable and service oriented. From picking you from the airport or the bus stand to booking you a hotel room through to guiding you everywhere you want to (Kilimanjaro; Mount Meru; Arusha and Tarangiere National Parks; Serengeti; Ngorongoro Crater; …) he is at your full service. Contact: hamisiback1 [at] yahoo  . com  | : +255 783 303 303 or  +255 755 520 316. What you should know: he is a truly enthusiastic bird watcher.

Paradies safaris

THE PIONEER: With 25 years of experience Paradies Safaris is one of the pioneering Tanzania Safari companies. It started when owner Hildegard Keil, a biologist, was completing her research for the doctorate in entomology. On completion she remained in Arusha and started the company in 1990. Paradies Safaris is a registered member of the Tourism Association of Tanzania (TATO) and the Kilimanjaro Climbing Association. The main ethos for the company is to offer safaris that are professionally tailored to guests by people who had actually visited the areas. These safaris could be a camping safari, a lodge safari or a mixture of both. Paradies Safaris describes it’s philosophy as to offer their guests an unforgettable experience in Tanzania and to focus not only on the animal and plant world, but also on the country and its people. Information and contact: paradies91 [at] yahoo . de | paradiessafaris.com.

Tanzania-zentrum

THE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: The association Tanzania-Zentrum based in the Austrian city of Salzburg supports projects which serve to promote self-help and fight poverty. It’s a non-profit association and aims at supporting and sponsoring development projects in Tanzania, especially in the fields of education and promotion of job creation/employment for women. In addition to serving these projects co-founder Hertha Schwaighofer organizes highly individualized trips ‘off the beaten track’ where touristic highlights are not missing –from Safari and Kilimanjaro tours through to Zanzibar. The net profit of these “FairTravels” flows directly into the projects of the Tanzania-Zentrum. Contact: Hertha [at] tanzania-zentrum. at | www.tanzania-zentrum.at/reisen.

MANNA EXPEDITION & SAFARIS

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: Peter Mapinda has personally served more than 1.000 tourists from 45 countries before he established Manna Expedition & Safaris  in 2015. He is a reliable tour operator and travel agent located in Arusha. Peter and his team of Safari specialists have spent many years in the safari industry, and their knowledge of the world’s most inspiring places is unrivaled. They are experienced, opinionated and discerning, and they believe that travel is one of life’s ultimate joys. It never fails to thrill us, expand our perspectives and fill us with wonder and gratitude. Peter Mapinda loves exploring the wild and he knows it intimately. Contact: mapinda [at ] mannnaexpedition . com | www.mannaexpedition.com.