“When you’re paying for luxury, it’s natural to expect a very good guide,” says Simon Mills from our partner Native Escapes. “You’ll often travel with a tracker too. Their eyes are just ridiculous – they can see things way off in the distance.”
Rebecca Blakey from our partner Wayfairer Travel agrees. “A key aspect of luxury safaris in Tanzania is the increased quality of the guiding. All safari guides are well-trained, of course, but a really good one can take you 10 steps further.”
“The experience is so different once you get out of the jeep, such as on a horseback or camel trek. The guides can really help you appreciate the sounds and smells of a safari, and the hardships that people living in these environments experience.”
One such hardship faced by Tanzania’s Maasai people is the threat of eviction
from ancestral lands around Ngorongoro (a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site), supposedly because their presence is in conflict with conservation aims. And around Loliondo, close to the Kenyan border, thousands more Maasai could be uprooted to make way for a luxury safari and hunting business owned by the United Arab Emirates.
The rights of indigenous people to use the land as they have for centuries are often trampled under the more profitable needs of tourism, which is why responsible travel here is vital. Our partners use safari lodges and camps in Tanzania that work hand-in-hand with their local communities to ensure people can find good employment, and that everyone benefits from conservation rather than just a select few.