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Author: Lewis Mangaba, Oliver's Head Guide & Walking Guide
Updated: 30/12/2013
Guide Blog: Magical Tarangire Meet our Head Guide & Walking Guide at Oliver's Camp: Lewis Mangaba! Lewis is a highly respected walking guide with unwavering passion and genuine enthusiasm for African people, wildlife and conservation. When you meet him it is easy to see why! On this blog Lewis shares his passion and enthusiasm with us. Read more >
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 30/12/2013
Migration Monday Update - 30 Dec 2013 Migration Monday! Hi everyone and welcome to another 'Migration Monday' update on the happenings and whereabouts of the Wildebeest Migration. Read more >
Author: Mercedes Bailey, Rubondo Project Manager at Asilia Africa
Updated: 27/12/2013
Rubondo Island:  How the chimpanzees arrived on Rubondo The chimpanzees are certainly the most famous residents of Rubondo and many of our guests ask how they arrived on the island in the first place. On our blog we share the story by Professor Bernhard Grzimek (from his book ‘Among Animals of Africa’) of the Frankfurt Zoological Society how he introduced the chimpanzees on the island over a 4-year period (1966-1969).
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 23/12/2013
Migration Monday Update - 23 Dec 2013 Migration Monday! Hi all, and welcome once again to this week's wildebeest migration update. Read more >
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 16/12/2013
Migration Monday Update - 16 Dec 2013 Migration Monday: read all about where the wildebeest and zebra (and their predators!) are coming from and heading to...!
Author: Janice Reed-Smith, former otter researcher on Rubondo, Director African Otter Outreach Project
Updated: 13/12/2013
Rubondo Island: Otters, Hippos, Crocs, and Bugs! On our blog Janice Reed-Smith, former otter researcher on Rubondo and Director African Otter Outreach Project, reports on her recent trip where she went back to the island.
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 09/12/2013
Migration Monday Update - 09 Dec 2013 Migration Monday: read all about where the wildebeest and zebra (and their predators!) are coming from and heading to...!
Author: Roelof Schutte, Naboisho Camp
Updated: 05/12/2013
Habari from Rekero & Naboisho: November 2013 Thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebra, forming part of the Loita Migration, returned to Naboisho after some good initial rainfall at the beginning of November - a sight which reminds us more of July and August! Read more >
Author: St. Luke's School, Connecticut (US)
Updated: 05/12/2013
Face to Face With a Maasai Tribesman: Salaash Morompi During his first visit to America, our very own Salaash spent a morning with students at St. Luke's School who were eager to learn about his country and culture. Salaash spoke of tribal life and shared stories and striking photos from his work as a safari guide.
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 02/12/2013
Migration Monday Update - 02 Dec 2013 Hi all, in this week's update, Sayari Camp in the Northern Serengeti (Kogatende area) are still enjoying spectacular wildebeest crossings over the Mara River, this late into the season.
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 25/11/2013
Migration Monday Update - 25 Nov 2013 The Wildebeest Migration is still spread out over a big area in the More Northern and Northwestern areas of the Serengeti.
Author: Asilia Africa
Updated: 14/11/2013
Guides: meet Lewis Mangaba Meet Oliver's Camp's Head Guide and Walking Guide; Lewis Mangaba! Over the coming time you will see regular updates coming from Lewis about Tarangire, local wildlife and the camp. He will blog about anything he experiences. Enjoy!
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 11/11/2013
Migration Monday Update - 11 Nov 2013 This past week has really been full of surprises concerning the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration. The most surprising news was that after some wonderful rainfall in the Northern Serengeti, hundreds of thousand of wildebeest turned back from their route South and went back to the Northern Serengeti region and the Mara River...
Author: Will, Rekero Camp
Updated: 11/11/2013
Habari from Rekero & Naboisho: October 2013 It’s Will here; the product of the new slave trade in the Mara. I have been interning at Rekero for all of October and am the reasons why our toilets have been so sparkly clean lately…! Read more >
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 28/10/2013
Migration Monday Update - 28 Oct 2013 Our guides in the Seronera area of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania haven't seen any Wildebeest coming in yet, although there are many Zebra along the Seronera Valley all the way to Moru.
Author: Anton Crone
Updated: 22/10/2013
Rubondo Island: Smells like python... If the enormous turd hadn’t been snow white we would have stepped right into it.“Python poo,” tracker, James, announced, and here I was thinking it was a giant Hadada poo, some undiscovered mutant species hiding on Lake Victoria’s Rubondo Island, feeding on chimps. I was scanning the trees. Silly me.
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 21/10/2013
Migration Monday Update - 21 Oct 2013 The latest update from our guides is that the Wildebeest are currently still split up in many big groups in different areas, as they make their way down South. Big herds have been seen around Musabi Plain and also Dutwa plain as well as around the Kirawira Camp area. This is all around and in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Large numbers are also still seen around the Ikoma loop area, which is a bit more North of the Western Corridor. Also still some of the tail end of the Migration is coming in from Northern Serengeti. Last week some good numbers of Zebra have arrived in Seronera, so they are ahead of the Wildebeest. However, the grass is still very dry there so they might even go back or stick around and wait for some rain... Surprisingly, I have also seen some good wildebeest herds in the Masai Mara but think they might be resident and not move South.
Author: Joe du Plessis, Head Guide at Asilia Africa
Updated: 14/10/2013
Migration Monday Update - 14 Oct 2013 Tune in on our Facebook page every Monday for 'Migration Monday' updates: every Monday we'll be sharing with you the latest news from our guides on where the Wildebeest Migration currently is and where they are headed.
Author: Roelof & Helen - Naboisho Camp Managers
Updated: 04/10/2013
Habari from Rekero & Naboisho: September 2013 Read the September newsletter here or email us if you would like to be added to our mailinglist.
Author: Anton Crone
Updated: 30/09/2013
Rubondo Island: Your Guide Rubondo Island Guide, Habibu Hamadi Kissio, shows Anton Crone another world.

The second time I met Habibu was on a guiding course in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. The course was for Asilia Africa’s new guides and there were many experienced guides there like Habibu, knowledgable folk who had studied nature for much of their lives and a few guides who were quite fresh. As a travel writer and occasional guest of game parks, what I enjoyed most about the course was the focus on enhancing the guest experience, interpreting the sights, sounds and scents of the wild so that guests are left, not only with an indelible appreciation of the wild, but a thorough understanding of it. It was a collaborative exercise and while the youngsters had many questions to ask, there were always answers, things the older guides didn’t need to look up in a book but expounded on from memory; anecdotes and analogies that were expressions of love for nature. Habibu  is one of these guides. We would often stop at the sight of the smallest creature to learn more about it, something most tourists pass up in favour of seeing the big five. I used to be this type, but that completely changed when I first met Habibu.
Author: Janice Reed-Smith | Former researcher, ‘African Otter Outreach Project’, Director
Updated: 30/07/2013
The “otter” wonders of Rubondo Some days you wait patiently for the briefest of glimpses. Other days, after hours of watching them eat, frolic, rub, groom, squabble, and sleep; you just wish they would leave so you can move. But, no matter which kind of day it is, it is always a great day when you see the otters on Rubondo!
Author: Nadejda Josephine, Chimpanzee researcher at Rubondo Island
Updated: 18/07/2013
Rubondo Island: Liana land The island is full of lianas, which are those woody vines Tarzan used to swing about on whilst in the jungle. We know of 7 species on Rubondo, but I am sure there are more.
Author: Chimpanzee Researcher, Josephine Nadejda
Updated: 13/06/2013
Rubondo Island: Chimping Around We had a wonderful day in the forest with another chimp sighting. It was late afternoon and we were searching for green nests because we hadn’t heard anything in the morning…
Author: Sue Watt, Freelance travel writer
Updated: 28/05/2013
Rubondo Island: In search of chimps... In February, my mother and I came to Rubondo after visiting the Serengeti, looking forward to some post-safari R&R with a difference. And what a difference!
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Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
An exclusive camp nestled on an uninhabited island, home to chimpanzees, elephants and the elusive sitatunga.
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Rekero Camp, Kenya
Rekero Camp, Kenya
Rekero Camp has a long and proud history in the Mara that lends to it a depth of character and low-key authenticity that is the hallmark of this luxury tented camp.
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
On a private conservancy, that is an example of conservation and communities working together, Naboisho offers an opportunity to gain an understanding of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem.
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira is a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, following the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti to ensure a front-row seat at the greatest show on earth.
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
Combining pristine wilderness with the intimacy of a timeless tented camp, Dunia Camp offers superb game viewing all year round from its secluded location in the heart of the Serengeti.
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
This upmarket camp is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five country on the continent.
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira is a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, following the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti to ensure a front-row seat at the greatest show on earth.
Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania
Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania
Walking safaris are the specialty of the camp, and the depth of knowledge and experience of the camp naturalist guides makes Oliver’s Camp a firm favourite amongst safari enthusiasts.
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
Combining the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of luxury, Matemwe Retreat’s secluded villas are considered the most exclusive choice on this exotic island.
Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
Overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter northeast coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe’s peaceful location and relaxed atmosphere, makes it the ideal place to unwind.
Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
On the chalk white Matemwe beach lies Matemwe Beach House; the perfect holiday home for a family or small group wanting a private slice of this beautiful coast line
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