We are a company built by passionate people with long-standing roots in the original family-run safari companies of East Africa, such as Ker and Downey, which originated in 1946, Rekero Camp in 1986 and Olivers Camp in 1992. With a pioneering eye, our founders, many of whom are still involved today, combined their safari experience, passion, and commitment to East Africa, and in 2004, formed Asilia Africa.
They knew that their diverse characters and family spirit could bring real change to East Africa in a meaningful way, which lead them to choose the name Asilia – Swahili for ‘genuine’ or ‘authentic’. Although we are keen and committed to preserving the authentic, family-run East African safari experience, we understand that operational stability and scale are essential in realising our vision of making a substantive, lasting positive impact.
Following on from our founders’ original vision, our core values of family spirit, teamwork, and dedication to service underpin all that we do. Today, we are a fast-growing, leading travel brand in East Africa, employing more than 900 people with a footprint of 23 camps and lodges in Kenya and Tanzania. We offer guests a genuine African safari through rich, meaningful and immersive wildlife experiences. As new opportunities emerge, we continue to evolve, but will always be rooted in one fundamental principle: to offer genuine safaris that make a genuine difference and empower the crucial wilderness areas in East Africa to thrive, benefiting people and nature alike.
Asilia’s portfolio of camps includes:
In Tanzania: Sayari Camp, Dunia Camp, Namiri Plains, Olakira Migration Camp, Kimondo Migration Camp, Ubuntu Migration Camp, The Highlands, Oliver’s Camp, Little Oliver’s, Kwihala Camp, Jabali Ridge, Jabali Private House, Roho ya Selous and Rubondo Island Camp.
We empower crucial wilderness areas in East Africa, benefitting people and nature alike.
Asilia believes that world-class travel can – and must – go hand in hand with improving livelihoods and conserving nature. Our beautiful camps and lodges are in some of the most special places on earth – places we want to safeguard for the future. We strive to transform whole areas from crucial fragile natural habitats with often impoverished communities into lasting conservation economies. Our aim is to effectively protect wildlife while providing opportunities for local people to prosper.
Asilia’s portfolio boasts properties in the some of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. But we take special pride in pioneering tourism in areas where it has had little foothold before. These areas – such as Rubondo Island and the Mara Naboisho Conservancy – offer you unique wildlife experiences: here you have the sense of being an explorer discovering the unknown. These areas also increase the size of land as a nature and wildlife destination, whilst creating economic opportunity in areas that were typically marginal before.
Of course, the line between ‘proven’ and pioneering’ areas is ever changing. Few people know that the Northern Serengeti area, nowadays recognised as the best area the park has to offer, had no tourism presence whatsoever for the decade prior to Asilia launching Sayari Camp in 2005. This was after intense cooperation with Tanzania’s National Park authorities to make the area ready for high-end ecotourism and its positive impacts.
Ultimately, this pioneering approach can transform unknown areas into new Serengetis or Okavangos.
Any lasting positive impact must ultimately begin with oneself. Our camps and logistics answer to the highest standards of ecotourism. This means that we buy locally where possible. That we are a caring employer, offering our staff opportunities to grow. It means we reduce our footprint by limiting fossil fuel and using sustainable energy sources such as the sun, recycling water and reducing waste. The rest of our carbon footprint is offset by our support of local forestation projects.
We believe that for habitats to thrive it is essential to include all stakeholders. And so we collaborate with tourism partners, local communities, local authorities, game control entities and NGOs to work on key priorities for each ecosystem. We invite you to join us on this journey to empower Africa’s wild places.
Recognised at international and national level for best practice in using business as a force for good, Asilia is the first African safari company to receive a five-star rating from GIIRS and has received the Tourism for Tomorrow Award for Best Business, among others. We’re proud of our efforts and delighted they’ve been acknowledged by such prestigious organisations.
Careers with Asilia
Asilia shares a passion in creating unforgettable Africa experiences for our guests, while making a positive impact on the people and nature in the areas where we have a presence. We are deeply convinced that our success stems entirely from this dedication, as well as the talent of each and everyone within the Asilia family.
We are always on the look for dedicated individuals to join us in our mission. We have a strong family culture within Asilia and are very driven, so we therefore look for people who are real team players, who have great energy & drive, and who are as passionate as us to make a true positive difference. If you are such a person then we welcome you to join us – please email email@example.com
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