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

Tue, Sep 11, 2018

Class Sevens finish their exams!

Over in the Selous, Moody and Elisaria from our Sand Rivers Selous camp took the time to go and visit one of the nearby schools to catch up with the teachers and congratulate the class 7 students on their hard work making it to the end of their primary school education. The head teacher was thrilled to have Nomad come to visit and show support for the up-coming Class 7 celebrations at the end of the month. We can’t wait to go and have a little dance for these students who have really beaten the odds to get this far, and we hope it is just the beginning for them.

Tue, Sep 4, 2018

A busy week for Rumas

Rumas, our local Ilchokuti lion protector has been having a busy and exciting week in the zone he oversees for KopeLion on the western side of the Crater rim. On Friday he found and rescued 17 cows that had gone missing, managing to return them safely to their owner before they came into contact with lions. In the same few days Rumas also managed to remove three groups of cows that were heading into danger as nearly crossed paths with another group of lions.

Mon, Aug 27, 2018

Ruaha Researchers

Beyond our wonderful guests, we also welcome conservationists and researches into our camps, helping support them and the great work they are doing.  

Earlier this month we had Ruaha reseracher Charlotte pay us a visit at Kigelia Ruaha. Here is a little overview of her time. 

I am currently working as a researcher in Ruaha National Park, carrying out a camera trap survey to collect data for my PhD studying the African leopard (Panthera pardus), one of the continent’s most iconic large carnivores. The camera trap survey uses remotely-triggered cameras to capture photos of leopards – and any other species that happen to pass in front of the cameras – as they walk along the study area’s roads and trails. The data collected will be used to estimate population density for the species in the core tourist area of Ruaha, with additional surveys being carried out this year to estimate leopard density in the Park’s miombo woodland to the west, and in the MBOMIPA Wildlife Management Area, which borders the park along its eastern boundary. This study will provide the first published density estimate for the species in Tanzania – information that is essential for monitoring the status of carnivore populations – as well as providing information on the wider mammal community inhabiting East Africa’s largest National Park.

I was lucky enough to be invited to visit Kigelia during my fieldwork to discuss my survey with Ken and the guests staying at camp. The team were incredibly welcoming and I was delighted by how interested the guests were to hear about the research being done in the park. Thanks to everyone at Nomad for giving such a warm welcome to researchers like myself – it’s great to have your support!

Charlotte - PhD student at the University of Oxford, UK

Fri, Aug 10, 2018

Have you met Rumas?

Have you met Rumas?

Through our partnership with KopeLion, we have sponsored Rumas, the local ‘Ilchokuti’ lion protector based in the area around Entamanu Ngorongoro. Rumas is an ex-lion hunter who now works with KopeLion monitoring & mitigating lion conflicts.

What does an Ilchokuti do?

An Ilchokuti intervenes when they see possible lion hunts brewing in the community. The Ilchokuti try to calm people down and promote alternative action to conflict & remind communities of the repercussions of lion attacks. The Ilchokuti are also tasked with other community work and act as representatives for KopeLion. If a lion breaks into a boma, the Ilchokuti help the owner repair the boma. If livestock go missing, they search for them until they find them (alive or dead). They also participate in local events and celebration. If someone from the community is sick, an Iluchukuti will look after their herd on their behalf, and are trained to treat sick livestock.

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.


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