Nomad Trust

Investing in Communities & Conservation in Tanzania

The Nomad Trust was set up in 2007 in areas of Tanzania where we operate our safari camps. We have always strongly believed in our long term commitment and responsibility to the surrounding communities and environment, not only for tourism but also wildlife conservation. For more information on the Nomad Trust, please email me - Lali Heath - on

Pack for a Purpose

Thu, Jun 7, 2018

Two trainee girls with a story to tell

Among our new trainees this season, are Victoria and Martha who both studied at an organisation that gives girls from poor social-economic backgrounds at chance to join hospitality courses. 

More Than a Drop’ aims to empower the dis-empowered through one-year verified hospitality training for vulnerable girls. When two of their top graduates applied to Nomad's trainee program, they were an instant hit and offered a spot on in Lamai this season. 

Both Victoria and Martha come from large under-privileged families in Arusha. Vicky’s parents are farmers and rely on the harvest from their family plot to feed the household, while Martha’s parents are Maasai livestock keepers also dependent on the land and their animals for a living. Both families have six children, and providing for their basic needs can be quite a struggle. Typically families in these situations cannot afford to send their children onto further education. But this didnt stop Vicky and Martha, who gained a place on the hospitality course run by 'More Than a Drop'. Now they are the first among their families to have graduated from a college level course, and secured a trainee position in a top safari company!  

Victoria and Martha both have a passion for cooking, love the outdoors and wild parts of Tanzania, and are very excited about their traineeship in Lamai Serengeti where they will gain valuable experience across the different teams that make up a Nomad camp crew: what it takes to run a kitchen in the bush, housekeeping on top of a Kopje, and waitressing for our wonderful safari guests.

We wish them luck as they set off to the Serengeti next week.

Mon, May 28, 2018

Local Maasai Students on Safari from Entamanu

Our team at Entamanu Ngorongoro and Nomad Guide Sammy had a fabulous weekend helping organise two ‘kids in the park’ days with local Maasai students. Together with KopeLion - our Nomad Trust partners in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we ran a conservation safari for 12 local students and two of their teachers. 

Day one in Ndutu with the first group had some outstanding game viewing, and KopeLion helped the children identify some of the lions that are tracked and monitored as part of their conservation work in the area; Nengotonte up a tree, with Noosikitok and her daughter Maagie sighted at Lake Ndutu. The students enjoyed a bush lunch after an action packed day of wildlife identification and conservation lessons. 

Day two was just as exciting for the second group, exploring the Malanja depression area and spending some time with the Nomad team at Entamanu Ngorongoro. Camp manager Ben took the students on a full tour of camp, and shared his experience as camp manager and explained the type of roles you find in a safari business. KopeLion talked to the children about the importance of sustainable conservation, particularly in an environment such as theirs where human-wildlife co-existance is so important, and Nomad discussed the responsibilities of tourist companies to local communities through local employment and training opportunities. The students also had a sneaky look back of house, at the type of equipment needed to run our Crater rim camp, learning about the power facilities and water systems. Finally everyone tucked into some hot lunch prepared in camp, before heading home. 

A special thanks to KopeLion for their incredible support this weekend - Ingela, Sandet, and William. And of course the Nomad team - Ben, Sammy and everyone else. 

Mon, May 7, 2018

Ladi is back!

Our pioneering conservation intern is back after two months field work in Katavi working with our partners LCMO. 

Ladi excelled at the tasks he was presented with, from successfully designing a waste management program in schools, to drafting an educator’s guide for teachers in Tanzanian as a resource to help them introduce conservation education to their students. The whole experience was fantastic, both for Ladi who gained valuable work experience and a practical introduction to conservation, and the LCMO team who were thrilled at Ladi’s enthusiasm and the genuine contribution he made to their work.

Here are a couple of snaps from during his internship.

A quick selfie with his students.

Ladi running a conservation class in the local primary school.

Helping out with a conservation educational film night in the village. 

Mon, Apr 9, 2018

A bit of girl power

We are now sponsoring Neema for her final year of A-levels at secondary school. It is quite an achievement for girls in these rural villages to make it this far in their education which makes our sponsorship of Neema extra special and we are behind her all the way. From the Tanzanian Children’s Fund family and their children's home in the Rift Valley, Neema is aspiring to be a social worker in future and we are sure she is bound for great things. 

Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Kids Chimping About in Greystoke

Last weekend we had the privilege of hosting a troop of children from the local primary school, Katumbi, who we support through our Nomad Trust down in Mahale. The top students from class seven (the final year of primary school) were chosen and given the chance to spend the day at Greystoke Mahale. Early in the morning 30 school kids were whizzed over the lake on our trusty camp boat, taxiing them into camp.

The kids had the most fantastic time. Their day was filled with a tour around camp, meeting the Greystoke crew and learning more about their Nomad neighbours. From cooks to chimp trekkers, the students had a chance to hear first-hand what sort of careers are possible around the Mahale mountains. The majority of these kids come from fishing and farming families, and a village with very limited job opportunities. 

Of course they got to have some fun in camp too, it wouldn't have been a true Greystoke experience if they didn't. 
And to top it all off... they all got to go chimp trekking and were lucky enough to meet some of the M-community! 

A huge thanks to the Greystoke guys and gals for putting this fab day together. 

Read more about it on our Greystoke blog


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