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

Mon, Aug 7, 2017

Special Delivery

Several hundred water bottles made the trip from our Arusha office to Katumbi, a small village just outside the Mahale Mountains National Park. These bottles have been on quite a journey making their way to our partner school in Katumbi. From plane to boat, they eventually reached dry land and were met by the school children themselves who came to collect them at the shore, and carry them the short distance to their school.

Despite living next to Lake Tanganyika, with the lack of water infrastructure and expertise, the village suffers from water problems and the hygiene and health issues that follow. Our Nomad water bottles may be a drop in the ocean at this stage, but we are working together with our partner ‘Pencils for Hope’ to try and find more lasting solutions.

For now the students proudly pack their water bottles in their school bags, knowing that they won't have to worry about going thirsty in the classroom again.

Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Meet Zuberi

Our pioneering scholarship student, Zuberi, is one of five children in his family, and the only one to have made it to secondary school. Just one year away from finishing high school and getting closer to accomplishing his dream of becoming a doctor, Zuberi is a role model to his whole village and could be the first doctor to come from Katumbi. 

It has not been an easy journey for Zuberi and his family.Their mother passed away many years ago, and their father had a stroke that left him unable to care for himself. His oldest brother stepped up and took care of Zuberi and his siblings, working as a casual labourer in the village to make ends meet. 

Zuberi, a very determined student in primary school, was one of only five students from his primary school to have gone onto secondary school. He slowly saw the demands of rural life pull his classmates out of the classroom one by one, until it was just Zuberi and one other student left. Not wanting to suffer the same fate, he wrote to our Greystoke camp manager at the time, asking to be sponsored to finish his schooling. We couldn't help but be won over by his humble personality and desire to continue his education. 

Watch this space, this young man doesn’t seen to be letting anything get in his way, and we predict great things ahead. 

Sat, Jul 1, 2017

Pampering with a Purpose

This season we have come up with new ways to raise funds for our partner projects. Not only do all camp shop profits go towards the Trust, but with a masseuse now on hand in Lamai and Sand Rivers, all massage proceeds are also helping support our chosen conservation and community initiatives in and around Tanzania’s national parks. 

It didn't take much convincing to get our camp managers to test out the bed and make sure all was in working order.

Safaris can be hard work sometimes, so we thought what better way to put your mussels at ease and mind at rest, than combining this little luxury with some social responsibility. It’s win win.

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

One Snare at a Time

​Nomad Trust has a new partner project. We are now supporting de-snaring in the Serengeti, run by the Frankfurt Zoological Society. This is one of the latest conservation programs working to protect wildlife in the Serengeti. One snare at a time, patrol teams are trained and dispatched, identifying and removing poacher snares from the bush. 

We have pledged to donate $1 for every night a guest stays at Lamai Serengeti. FZS are doing great work addressing the poaching problems in the area and we are happy to be doing our bit by supporting this initiative.

Wed, May 14, 2014

Piyaya School gets a boost from the Unicorn

Last month I took a trip to Loliondo.  March is one of my favourite times in this part of Tanzania - all lush open plains and dramatic stormy skies shot through with rays of warm sunshine.  The migration was in full spate, herds swarming around Nduara Loliondo, the plains dotted with the dark shapes of animals as far as the horizon.  We did enjoy the wildlife and the camp was looking lovely, but we'd also come to visit the Piyaya School which we've long supported through the Nomad Trust.

For those not familiar with Piyaya here's a little background: this school is tucked away in a remote village, 7 hours drive from Arusha and has around 850 pupils from the local Maasai villages.  Because many of them are far away, over 300 of the children are boarders.  There are just 7 classrooms and 10 teachers (which means over 100 kids to a classroom!).  The children's meals are subsidised by the WHO and also by the parents.  The Nomad Trust has supplied desks to the school but it's badly in need of beds, mattresses and mosquito nets, not to mention text books (they have almost none) and other equipment.

The Unicorn School in the UK has been a longterm supporter of the Piyaya School, often doing sponsored walks and sending out sports equipment and teaching aids.  They sent out a lovely big box of stuff recently and so we had great pleasure in taking it to the school and watching the excitement in the children's faces as they unpacked their footballs, netballs, team bibs, Atlas and teaching tools, all translated in Swahili (well done Unicorn!).

The children have so little but it's great seeing the eagerness they have to learn.  They are polite and attentive and very gracious.

The head teacher, Mrekea Mruti, does a fabulous job of keeping things ticking over with very few resources and his team of young teachers are motivated and energetic.  The Unicorn School also sent a small camera so that the teachers and children could record aspects of their lives to help communicate their needs further afield.

The Piyaya School currently has a desparate need for beds, mattresses and mosquito nets.  More than 200 boys share a dorm that should probably sleep half that number and most don't have a bed or even a mattress.  Many curl up on half a piece of dirty uncovered foam on the floor.  If you'd like to donate towards this project, it would be hugely appreciated.  Please email me on

Thank you for reading and once again, thank you to the parents, teachers and children at the Unicorn School for their ongoing support of Piyaya!


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