By Epimark Lastone – Tanzanian Positive Impact Co-Ordinator A philosophy we hold close to our hearts is that of actively supporting local communities and finding ways to ensure these communities have the opportunity to empower themselves in the most positive way possible. Many community members from local villages find it hard to find jobs and create sustainable incomes – a very real issue these communities face today is that many members have to resort to illegal work such as poaching in order to make a living. This is a mindset that we work hard to change and hope that our Positive Impact work makes a change in their lives, too.
By Ryan Weakley – Group Chef Trainer When planning a safari, many people question whether or not the food offerings will be what they are looking for. It’s a reasonable question to ask though – when you’re operating a camp in the middle of the East African plains, one might think that preparing delicious food of a high standard, or food that adheres to cultural or dietary needs, may be impossible – but don’t worry, this is far from the truth.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what it is that you do? My name is Dulla Fardy, born and raised in Arusha. My passion for wildlife begun at a very young age. I was hugely inspired to become a guide after I went on a school trip to Lake Manyara Park. I was 9yrs old and I loved how the guide interpreted every encounter and made the experience enjoyable and unforgettable. Having attended the college of Africa Wildlife Management, I started guiding at Minjingu on tour programs. This allowed me to experience different cultures and wildlife across Tarangire and Lake Manyara’s eco-systems. I then pursued a guiding career in the Selous Game Reserve as a walking and boating safari guide,Read More
Tell us a bit about yourself and what it is that you do? I’m Stanley Raymond and I’m a resident guide at Jabali Ridge. How has working with Asilia Africa impacted your life? Working with Asilia Africa impacted my life with the ability to support my family. What is the most rewarding thing about your work? The most rewarding thing about my work is the guiding training that brings the best of my work. In one sentence, how would you convince someone to visit East Africa? Coming to East Africa you will get to experience the vast protected areas with many wildlife species, pristine tribes, and their cultures and the link between the bush and beach. Ruaha National Park, TanzaniaRead More
Tell us a bit about yourself and what it is that you do? My name is Epimark Lastone and I am the Positive Impact coordinator based in Arusha. I was born and raised in southern Tanzania. I moved to north Tanzania at age 21 and this is when I decided to study tourism. Where is home and what brought you to Africa? I’m from the southern Highlands of Tanzania. From a region known as Kyela. How did your journey with Asilia begin? I previously worked at a different hotel, as a waiter. After being in the tourism industry for almost 5 years, I decided to take up a tour guiding course in 2005. I then joined Asilia as a head waiterRead More
By Zintle Tsholoba – Discover Africa Group Here are 10 things you may or may not have known about this iconic piece of the African legacy.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what it is that you do? I am Amos Buhuru Rhobi and I used to be a poacher. I poached all sorts of animals including hares, buffaloes, wildebeest, impalas, and zebras, using all sorts of weapons like wires, spears, arrows, swords and even dogs. I was living the life of a fugitive, constantly running and hiding away from rangers and policemen. I soon realized that my lifestyle was placing my family’s life at risk as well. How did your journey with Asilia begin? Fortunately, my life was completely turned around when I became an Asilia employee. Working for the company has changed my life in so many ways. I was able to buy domestic animals andRead More
Tell us a bit about yourself, who you are and what it is that you do? I’m Ezina and I am an assistant camp manager at Encounter Mara, Kenya. My responsibilities are to ensure the camp is kept secure at all times, supervise camp staff and hosting our guests. Where is home for you? I was born and raised in Nakuru, Rift valley Province which is famous for its flamingo sightings. What is your favourite memory of working in the bush? Hearing the different sound of animals during the night especially roaring lions is and will always be my favourite memory. It makes you appreciate nature more. What is your favourite memory of your guests? There were 2 best friendsRead More
How has working with Asilia Africa impacted your life? Working with Asilia Africa has tied closely to a greater lifestyle change so it feels like everything different! I feel a much greater sense of freedom and control over my life. While in learning that things always take more time than planned, it’s so exciting to map out big new adventures and know that my career can remain stable. What, would you say, is the most rewarding thing about your work? The most rewarding thing about my job is that I’ve built myself in such a way that I can cope with any culture and different people from different countries. Asilia also continues to support and push us to always doRead More
By Britta Foulis – Content Marketing Manager Meet Zawadi There’s one particular lady at Dunia Camp, who has made a name for herself in the Serengeti, our very own Zawadi, and we would love to share her story with you. We are so proud to have such strong and empowering women as a part of the Asilia family and will continue to sing their praises for as long as possible and show off their spectacular talents and accomplishments. Here is a special moment in the Serengeti of Zawadi proudly showing off her article in Conde Nast Traveler! The Wonder Women Of Dunia Camp Dunia Camp was never started with the idea of an all-female staff in mind – everything justRead More