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In November we ran a three day training workshop for 23 teachers from village schools neighbouring Katavi National Park. The training aimed to equip these teachers from remote rural schools, with skills and tools to better cope with the harsh teaching environments they deal with on a daily basis. The training topics were developed with input from the teachers and a needs analysis of the group. The training was conducted by a fantastic education organisation from Arusha, The Foundation for Tomorrow. The general feedback from the teachers was that they really benefited from the training, had learnt some great new participatory techniques and teaching processes that help engage all students in learning and stimulate better learning outcomes.  

" }, { "title": "Christmas Trees", "slug": "christmas_trees", "date": "07/12/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_3094.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

December has seen us busy distributing trees around the National Parks. But not quite your traditional ‘Christmas tree’.

We have been doing a reforestation program, where we give trees to students at the schools we support on the boundary of the National Parks. We teach them about the importance of trees, effects of deforestation, and challenge them to plant their own tree at home. In the last two weeks we have helped distribute over 3 thousand trees, from passion and guava, to local varieties that improve soil health and provide shade.

What sort of Christmas tree do you have this year?

" }, { "title": "Pori Photography", "slug": "pori_photography", "date": "07/12/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_3093.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We had a series of trips the last few months, for this year’s round photo interns, and a special few who won their place on our Nomad internship trips from a recent ‘Pori Photography’ competition. They even had their photos published in some popular national magazines. We have pulled out a few of our favourite snaps from their trips. From Ndutu, we love this scene at dusk by Patrick. [cid:image002.png@01D90A41.698BC560] Some dancing stripes by Ignas, Ndutu trip. [cid:image003.png@01D90A41.698BC560] [cid:image004.png@01D90A41.76D605F0] Ignas Lyimo, action in the bush in Ndutu still. From the Serengeti, [cid:image009.png@01D90A41.698BC560] McDonald, leopard in tree. Winding west, the group in Katavi had some breath taking photos, including this fun hippo yawn from Kelvin. [cid:image001.png@01D90A3C.BCE99340] [cid:image010.png@01D90A41.698BC560][y4m6G5Ke_uSkd028D9hIXgEgWSr0fAyF7FJ5E5Nm8FGQjzvOKpo76QgnT29mHKOsokqzQ78ziPozlW5jPqeHpw8MV5bGUkMmUM01Zhzud7M0uQbt7FfW74VMaTPWWcgLmugjl57Rxc4Az8DrlkBQlsMbkFO9wJ4sllQ2axNhwFfjLAlBkvL8Xe6mYDges0gTMll9j3qWDcUcg9AUidkCrXgmw%3fencodeFailures=1&width=2978&height=1625] Kelvin, vulture protecting his meal Down in Ruaha, Shango captured this unfortunate wild dog That will teach him to stick his nose in where it doesn’t belong. [cid:image011.png@01D90A41.698BC560] David’s photo of this impressive spring. [cid:image012.png@01D90A41.698BC560]

" }, { "title": "Bumps on the Road", "slug": "bumps_on_the_road", "date": "23/11/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_36.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Running projects for the community is an incredibly rewarding and privileged role to play for a safari company in Tanzania. But that is not to say it does not come with bumps on the road, or in this case, an incomplete bridge… [cid:image003.jpg@01D8FF3F.484D07E0] During our last series of project visits to villages outside of the Serengeti, we made the mistake of taking a shortcut, something you should never do when on village visits. The road we thought was complete and would take us to our destination that day, unfortunately included a very incomplete bridge. [A picture containing outdoor, nature, waterfall Description automatically generated] We then miscalculated the depth of the muddy puddle on the side of the incomplete bridge, and spent the next 2 hours trying to get back out. No matter how good the car, village muddy muddles always win. Never underestimate a village muddy puddle. [cid:image001.jpg@01D8FF3E.FFBB4D70] We have now added these two crucial steps to our village project visit manual. They may not have had shoes on their feet, but our wonderful team still had smiles on their faces. [A picture containing outdoor, ground, grass, person Description automatically generated]

" }, { "title": "Serengeti Dental Trip", "slug": "serengeti_dental_trip", "date": "17/11/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image003_28.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

At the end of October we ran a week long dental trip for villages bordering the Serengeti National Park. Over eight hundred people were seen, and 751 received treatment.

The group also visited some of the local schools and educated over five hundred students on oral hygiene, and give out toothbrushes and toothpastes to the students.

And finally they made the time to also treat our teams in camp.

" }, { "title": "Student Safaris in the North", "slug": "student_safaris_in_the_north", "date": "14/11/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image002_12.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

This week we had 26 students out on safari in Tarangire and Ngorongoro.

From primary age, all the way through to secondary students at the Crater.

Happy times all round.

" }, { "title": "Environmental drawing competition", "slug": "environmental_drawing_competition", "date": "10/11/2022", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image002_11.png", "mainContent": "

Over at Katumbi, Class 5 & 6, nearly 200 students, took part in an environmental art competition, run by our village volunteer Issa.

The winners of this competition will have their designs painted on the new rubbish collection stations around the village.

" }, { "title": "Meet John", "slug": "meet_john", "date": "07/11/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_32.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

John is a young lad from a long line of farmers in the village of Mwikantsi, just outside of the west of Tarangire. He lives with his grandmother, and helps tend their family plot of land and look after their 6 cows. They are subsistence farmers who live off the land. Unfortunately they live in an area that is in one of the hotspots for human-elephant conflict, where it is very common for elephants to leave the park and enter into village land, destroying farms and crops in the process. Communities suffer a lot from these incidences, and can lose over half of their crops to elephant destruction. John was unable to continue on with his studies as his family simply could onto afford the additional costs for him to finish high school. Both of his sisters are already married and have children, age 16 and 20. John was selected to join a wildlife management course this year. We are really excited to see how this course helps John change the course of his life, as well as become a conservation ambassador for his village.

" }, { "title": "Mweka candidates on their way", "slug": "mweka_candidates_on_their_way", "date": "07/11/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image005_6.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The last few months we have been busy finding candidates from the communities around our camp for a couple of spots to go to a prestigious wildlife college, Mweka in Moshi. Hellen, alongside a team made up of camp staff and village leaders and community members, has been doing interviews to find the right people for this chance.

John and Kichawi, were the lucky two chose form this years selection. In the next few days they will head over to the college to start their Wildlife Conservation course. We are super excited to see this program start, supporting youth from villages right in the centre of Human-Wildlife Conflict issues, with skills and knowledge that help the most.

" }, { "title": "Joining forces", "slug": "joining_forces", "date": "18/10/2022", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_3090.png", "mainContent": "

This time we joined forces with TANAPA, and lent them our Greystoke Mahale boat for another student safari for secondary students from schools around.

" }, { "title": "100 students in camps….", "slug": "100_students_in_camps....", "date": "02/10/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image002_12.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

.... don't worry not all at the same time. So far this year we have had over 100 students out on safaris across tanzania, and into our Nomad camps. These trips are a great inspiration for students from villages experiencing the challenges of living alongside wildlife. North South and West, the issues are largely the same, families on the periphery of the parks have to deal with the constant threat to their livelihoods from the elephants who raid their farms at night, to the lions who attack their cattle, as well as the risks for children walking to school or fetching water. It is through 'student safaris' that we try to educate youth on wildlife behaviour, developing an understanding of animal behaviour so that children can be better equipped to avoid risks, and also understand the amazing qualities these creatures have too. We hope that these future generations will be ambassadors for co-existence, and local conservation efforts.


" }, { "title": "Four years later", "slug": "four_years_later", "date": "27/09/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_31.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Last week we had the chance to catch up with one of our first Plaster House students at home in Katumbi Mahale. Mahumud was the first child to climb into a plane from Katumbi to fly up to Arusha for a surgery on his foot. We were thrilled to see him running around Katumbi and having grown so much since we first came across him.

" }, { "title": "Ecostudies in the West", "slug": "ecostudies", "date": "10/08/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_3089.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

With our LCMO partners in the West, youth Ecostudies have been taking place with students from the near by schools around Katavi National Park. Each Eco-study engages 100 youth who take part in environment and wildlife themed activities and learning. The aim is to inspire these next generations to get passionate about nature and learn about the need to protect and preserve, and expose them to how important they are in this whole equation, as ambassadors and future conservation leaders. More ecostudies will be conducted when schools re open after the summer.

" }, { "title": "Success story from Hope Centre and More than a Drop", "slug": "success_story_from_hope_centre_and_more_than_a_drop", "date": "13/07/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_3088.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Jackline Mwita Jackie was raised by her mother, who was a local food vendor, first born out of 5 children, ran away FGM and forced marriage with 13. She feels sorry that she could not communicate with her mother and sibling and ended up at Hope Centre in Mugumu, Serengeti. Jacky secured a place at the More Than a Drop centre in Moshi, where she studied a vocational training course for one year. She then did her internship at a hotel in Zanzibar, and because of her excellent performance, was offered a full time role. Now she working as a bar manager assistant. Jackline’s goals: “I would like to support and cooperate with the the community to bring development in the society. I would be happy to educate women on early marriage, women genital multilation and its effects and also the enquality between men and women in the society.”

Because of Covid she was unable to come and intern in our camps, but we are thrilled she managed to get a place in Zanzibar during this difficult time and is still there to this day.

" }, { "title": "Smoking Hot", "slug": "smoking_hot", "date": "06/06/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image004_12.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The other week we had two of our Lamai Serengeti crew attend a beekeeping training with Maasai Honey at their Ololosokwani Apiary.

Amos the askari (watchman) and Marco the chef.

It was a two week long intense training and at the end they both received a full beekeeping kit to help them put their new skills to use.

Feedback from the trainers were that they were both very attentive and active throughout the training, and Amos already has a colony in his hive. We are very proud of both of them and cant wait to be able to use their honey in camp.

" }, { "title": "Women beekeepers lead the way with elephant-friendly livelihoods", "slug": "women_beekeepers", "date": "01/06/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image003_23.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

One of our partners, Wild Survivors, has launched a new initiative which combines two powerhouses for conservation: women and bees.

They are supporting women who live and farm along the elephant corridor boundary, with an apiary and Beekeeping Enterprise Hub.

Thirty-six women have formed a group ‘The NARI Women’s Beekeeping Group‘, aptly named after the Nari tree (Acacia xanthophloea), under which the new members have held their meetings, and formed the official group constitution. We are proud to be able to support positive programs like this.

" }, { "title": "Butt Off", "slug": "butt_off", "date": "24/05/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_3087.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

KopeLion are trialling a new program to try to reduce the number of cow depredations in the Ngorongoro area.

As the great majority of lions' attacks on livestock in NCA is at pasture, and commonly on herded livestock in the late afternoon, one of the first activities they are embarking on is to test Dr Neil Jordan's team's idea of painting eyes on cow butts to deter predators. It's a low cost, easy win for pastoralists if it works, and it did in Botswana! In Dr. Jordan’s four-year study, no cows that had the eye spots painted on their butts were killed by lions. Despite some laughter and ridicule, people are eager to try this in Ngorongoro and with Lion Landscapes also hoping to test this out in southern Tanzania, we’re all curious to see if it works.

" }, { "title": "Fistula Run", "slug": "fistula_run", "date": "23/05/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG-20220522-WA000835.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Couldn’t be more proud of our Nomad team for taking part in the local Fistula Marathon this weekend. We had 12 people from our office lace up and run this Sunday, raising awareness for Fistula and the challenges many women across Tanzania still face from, simply because they do not have access to safe maternal health care. There is a centre in Arusha that offers treatment otherwise unavailable to these women. Nomad supports this organisation by running outreach programs to help women in villages around our camps gain access to fistula treatment.. http://maternityafrica.org to learn more http://maternityafrica.org/get-involved/donate/ donate directly https://www.gofundme.com/f/nomad-conservation-partners-and-communities donation through Nomad Well done to our runners in Arusha!

" }, { "title": "ECHO education", "slug": "echo_education", "date": "18/05/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image003_5.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We pleased to be able to take part in the recent Agriecology Conservation Agriculture Forum in Arusha. The day was filled with core teachings on conservation agriculture and how we can relay this to key stakeholders and farmers around for the benefit of all.

" }, { "title": "Dentist Diana", "slug": "dentist_diana", "date": "17/05/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_27.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Dentist Diana is back… this time around Tarangire.

Visiting schools to teach on oral hygene and treating patients in the field for all sorts of dental issues.


They visite three of the local schools teaching children about dental oral hygeie, and screening for any cases that needed treatment. Over 400 students were seen. 

They also spent time in the village clinic offering screening and treatment for people from the neigbouring areas. 350 people were seen over the course of the outreach clinic. 

Overall 640 cases were treated who required immediate attention; 500 school children were taught about oral hygene; and 400 were screened at the local schools.

" }, { "title": "Successful Somo training", "slug": "somo_students", "date": "16/05/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_3085.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

" }, { "title": "Tree campaigns", "slug": "tree-campaigns", "date": "22/04/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image034.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

In the west we supported some tree planting activities. In Mahale, together with the ‘Friends of Lake Tanganyika’, we worked with Katumbi Primary School to establish Katumbi Primary School Forest Garden.. More than 1000 tree seedlings of Acacia polyacantha (as a living fence), Carica papaya and Guava trees were planted at the local school.  

In Katavi region, we also supported the planting of trees in key areas outside the National Park, contributing to the total efforts of LCMO who successfully produced 23,590 tree saplings, which were all shared to the community and local institutions.


" }, { "title": "Watoto Go Wild on the Crater", "slug": "watt_go_wild_on_the_crater", "date": "20/04/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image003_3.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Another student safari in Ngorongoro.

Thanks to a very special guest who sponsored this activity. The group of students had a wonderful time on safari and in camp. Asante sana!

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Meet Hellen…

Hellen works for our Nomad Marketing team in the Arusha base office. But she also spends a lot of time running our community projects in villages around the National Parks that we operate. Together with our project teams in camp and from the village, Hellen helps design and implement projects helping vulnerable groups of women, engage in income generating activities to improve their food security at home, and also have a source of income to meet the needs of their families. Hellen is also a great role model for many of the young women in our girls empowerment programs. She advises them on how to be strong and persevere in a typically male-dominated industry and even culture, and inspires them to use the opportunities they are given to change their futures for the better.

" }, { "title": "Mattresses", "slug": "mattresses", "date": "14/03/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image003_18.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

End of February was the annual specialist plastics clinic up at The Plaster House, and they had a lot of children at the centre pre and post treatment. As they had so many children this time round, Sarah, the founder of The Plaster House, got in touch with us at Nomad to see if we had any mattresses lying around as it’s nearing low season for some of our Nomad camps.


 Unfortunately we didn’t have any spare in our office, but we happened to have a donor who was able to help out. We were able to buy The Plaster House the 40 new mattresses they needed to make sure no one is sleeping on the ground. We are happy to be able to help beyond our outreach program.

" }, { "title": "Tarangire outreach and more", "slug": "tarangire_outreach", "date": "20/02/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_22.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

This year we arranged our first Plaster House outreach trip around the Tarangire National Park. The Plaster House Team saw over 20 children in two days, of which seven were identified to be able to benefit from treatment straight away up in Arusha. From 7 month old babies to 18 year old children, with conditions including club feet and bone infections, to old untreated fractures. Another two were marked to come back later in the year, and other children were given advise for the other conditions they presented and what they can do or other places they can go. We hope from this first outreach trip, others will see the help these children receive and more will come forward in future.

" }, { "title": "FGM end of year", "slug": "fgm_end_of_year", "date": "20/02/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_25.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The FGM ‘safe house’ is still home to 64 girls, and took in 13 new girls during the December cutting season.

They look after the basic needs of the girls in their care, make sure they continue on with their studies, with girls in tertiary education and studying a range of courses.

At the centre there are girls who take part in practical skills classes, tailoring & entrepreneurship, and many get involved in the home vegetable garden.

They also receive individual and group counselling sessions. The ‘safe house’ team work with the Police Gender Desk officers and Social Welfare Officers in the villages around, and conduct meetings with parents, community leaders and influential leaders in order to discourage the practice of parents cutting their daughters and rescue girls in danger of being cut.

" }, { "title": "Plaster House Staff Safari", "slug": "plaster_house_staff_safari", "date": "07/02/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_3083.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "


Seven members of The Plaster House team had the chance to go on safari in Tarangire over the weekend, staying at Kuro Tarangire for a couple of nights. They had the most magical experience and for many of them it was their first time seeing some of Tanzania’s most iconic animals. From groups of lions to big herds of elephants.

The team who went was made up of Jaclyne – an Occupational Therapist at the Plaster House who helps support the Children’s recovery and progress post surgery; Anna, Grace, and Joyce M & Joyce K - House Mothers who look after the children staying at the centre day and night; and two gardeners, Yohana and Paulo, who help keep the grounds nice and safe, and oversee the vegetable gardens on site that also supply the centre with much of the produce consumed there. Returning back to the Plaster House they were in such high spirits, and couldn’t stop talking about the trip.

We are so happy to be able to offer these hard working individuals the chance at a trip away, to enjoy the beauty Tanzania has to offer, and give them a bit of respite from their very demanding and vital roles at The Plaster House.

" }, { "title": "MHHM in Ruaha", "slug": "mhhm_in_ruaha", "date": "17/01/2022", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image002_16.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Thanks to a generous donation just before Christmas, we were able to arrange a girls menstrual health and hygiene management training just outside of Ruaha National Park. Over 220 girls took part and benefited from vital health education and each received reusable sanitary pad packs which will make a great difference to them managing their periods without any shame or disruption to their education.

Practicing how to use the washable sanitary pads with her peers.

Smiles and happy faces, talking about these topics in a very safe and welcoming environment.

Classroom workshops.

And finaly all the girls leaving with a pack of washable pads.

" }, { "title": "Carefree on the Crater", "slug": "carefree_on_the_crater", "date": "27/12/2021", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image002_15.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We love nothing more than using free time and space in camp to bring in students from the local villages to inspire and excite about the beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater Area and the importance of conserving the wildlife and environment around. From the long-term impact of giving these youth a first-hand experience of what tourism is all about…

To wildlife lessons in the bush…

And testing the beds in camp. Well someone has to do it.

" }, { "title": "Watoto go Wild", "slug": "Watoto-go-wild", "date": "10/11/2021", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image0.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Before we all at Nomad start getting ready for the end of year busyness and Christmas season, we arranged a whole handful of student safaris from nearly all our Nomad camps.

From Kuro the kids had a great time spotting elephants and enjoying the last of the dry season and the game viewing in Tarangire.

Students in the south enjoyed an adventurous boat trip from Sand Rivers, as well as game-drives and an educational tour around camp.

And in the West a group of thirty students had the wonderful opportunity to go chimp-trekking with our expert primatology guides, we well as a try on a kayak.

Not to mention a 'stakeholders safari' from Katavi, collaborating with our conservation partners LCMO on getting key people from around the villages on a safari.


As well as being a fabulously fun day out for students, these trips also act as a way of fostering an appreciation and understanding of wildlife around, lay the foundations for the future generation to have a better relationship with wildlife who otherwise come into conflict with people in villages on the periphery, engage students in conservation lessons in the bush and career awareness in camps, as well encouraging and rewarding children for their hard work and effort at school.

" }, { "title": "Looking forward", "slug": "looking-forward", "date": "03/11/2021", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/D358018B-BB9D-49D9-A09E-FF2C1E5BEDBB.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Just last week we had a very special group up in Lamai Serengeti. We arranged for a team of four medical personnel to fly up to the Serengeti, and set up a 'bush clinic' in one of the villages we support just outside the park. One optometrist (eye specialist), a radiologist, a health care worker and clinical officer.

Collectively they helped over a thousand people. 


The team were able to help people in the community with eye conditions, maternal health, abdomen and liver abnormalities, breast checks and gynecology services, hypertension, diabetes, UTIs and more. 


They managed to perform 311 eye check ups and treatments; 322 ultrasound checkups; and 435 physical and general checkups. These were across the village, schools, and our Lamai Serengeti camp. 


Thank you to our wonderful pair of donors who helped make this happen. 

" }, { "title": "Nyerere Day 2021", "slug": "nyerere-day-2021", "date": "17/10/2021", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/B56B64D9-3665-4ED5-A83F-117A1EF40CF0.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

On Nyerere Day, 14th October 2021, Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) donated to FZS for Serengeti De-snaring Program 150 million TZS (over 65.000 US$), money collected from Covid-19 sample collection centres set up in the Serengeti.

We are so proud to be part of both the De-snaring Program, and TATO, well done to TATO for thiw amazing initiative to support Serengeti de-snaring work.


" }, { "title": "Dentist Diaries", "slug": "dentist-diaries", "date": "15/10/2021", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/PHOTO-2021-10-18-12-52-27.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Diaries of the Dentist Clinic 


Day 1 - flown to Katavi National Park from Arusha. Met by some of the Chada Katavi staff and taken to the village to prepare for the outreach program the following day.


Day 2 - visit to the school for oral health hygiene education with the students, live demonstrations and activities with the children had them all smiling 


Day 3 - a full day of outreach clinic work for community members and students alike. Topping the Katavi numbers to over 500 patients seen.  

The community over in Katavi have very few dental services around and so an outreach clinic like this is a huge benefit to all. 

The distance to other available dental clinics is around 45km, and even then the only real option is to remove teeth. No other services provided such as fillings, cleaning, and other oral health disease treatments, all of which this team are able to do in the village this week. 

Day 4 - flown to Mahale from Katavi. Straight to the school from the airstrip to make sure we didn't miss the students before the weekend.

Day 5 - village outreach clinic work again. 


Day 6 - time in camp to health any of the Nomad camp staff who have dental issues.

Day 7 - well deserved day off in camp for the dental team, and a chance for them to soak up a bit of the Mahale Magic and get spoilt by the Greystoke Mahale team after a wonderful but hardworking trip. 

Day 8 - goodbyes as the dentists set off home to Arusha  


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Checking in with Katavi, we are pleased to see that some of the conservation eco-clubs we sponsored this year have been busy out in the bush. Students recently took part in bird watching activities, wilderness & environmental education, and adventure based nature activities – visiting local waterfalls and other special sites; all part of the ecological study and conservation clubs with schools just outside the Katavi National Park.

One group of 40 students visited the Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which experience high encroachment for settlement, livestock keeping and illegal lumbering. They met with the management of the WMA to learn about the history of the WMA, its management, ecological and economical significance, challenges and appropriate measures that the community can take to secure it from human pressure. Another group of 30 students went on a tour to a nearby waterfall, where they learnt about the importance of water sources for people and birds and animals. Along the way they observed and learnt about the impact of harmful activities, such as stone harvesting that leaves the land barren and created areas for mosquito breeding; deforestation and charcoal burning and the harm it causes for wildlife habitats.

These eco-clubs give students a practical exposure into environmental issues. The trips are also a wonderful platform for students to learn about their surrounding environment and can get inspired to learn more and take action in their home environments. Students gain the confidence sharing what they learnt back in class and at home, and come away with a new appreciation for the environment and conservation.

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Catching up with our conservation partners in Ruaha. Rajabu our Kigelia camp guide has recently joined the Guide Sighting Program in Ruaha National Park, and was running through it all with Ana, their Senior Researcher, in camp this week. This program uses guides like Rajabu to gather information on carnivore sightings from inside the Ruaha National Park. Rajabu is equipped with data collection devices and trained on how to record and report on large carnivore sightings on a monthly basis.

" }, { "title": "Helping a Hundred", "slug": "helping_a_hundred", "date": "01/09/2021", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_18.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "


We are thrilled that we have now managed to help over 100 children make their way to The Plaster House for life changing surgery and care. From club feet, to cleft palates and burn scar contractures, children from all over Tanzania have benefited from our Health Outreach Program with The Plaster House. Children found in villages around our camps, by Nomad staff and guides when they are in the area, get referred onto our health outreach team to make a plan for them to join the program. Once a child’s case is approved as a candidate for Plaster House treatment, we work to get them to Arusha. On buses, plans, and even private cars, we help them find their way to The Plaster House.


We are so grateful for everyone in this program.

The Plaster House - we couldn’t do any of this without your amazing programs for reconstructive surgeries.

Our Nomad teams - who don’t tire of finding more and more children to help.

Guests and friends of Nomad - who help keep this program running and allow us to go the extra mile.

Asante sana to you all!

" }, { "title": "Competitions in Katavi", "slug": "competitions_in_katavi", "date": "20/08/2021", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image004_8.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A recent student safari in Katavi was arranged 10 special students.

The winners of a conservation essay competition on ‘Appropriate and innovative measures to reduce human lion conflicts in western Tanzania’ run by our conservation partners in the area -LCMO. The group had a fantastic time on game drives and in camp with our Chada Katavi Nomad team.

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Not only do we run our own Photography Internship programs from our Nomad camps, but we also help and host people engaged in conservation work in the National Parks. This recent group were collecting content to raise awareness about Nyerere National Park and support local conservation education. Was a true pleasure having them in camp.

Here are just some of the photos from their time with us. 

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Ruaha Carnivore Project and the Lion Landscapes have joined forces in an effort to buildmore collaborative conservation, scaling up efforts to stop the loss of wildlife, reduce the cost of living with large carnivores and unlock the value of wildlife to local people. [untitled image] Moving forwards together as Lion Landscapes. Photo by Solomon Opodo Why did they merge? Over the past year, Lion Landscapes and the Ruaha Carnivore Project have been collaborating and working together ever more closely to standardise and scale up their approaches across sites. The more they collaborated, the more they realised there was a huge opportunity for them to combine forces, become more efficient and increase their conservation impact. There really is no time to waste: lions and many other species are declining very quickly, while conservation often fails to truly benefit or empower local people. They are excited to bring together all their combined expertise, knowledge and partnerships, to help build a better future of more effective, equitable conservation.

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Dismas, one of our top guides based in Ruaha was supported to complete a Spanish language course earlier this year. He is thrilled to have had the opportunity to expand his skill set to include another language. Dismas is looking forward to some Spanish safari guests to practice with.

Hola, soy Dismas Mwalim trabajo con la impresa de Nomad Tanzania tengo mucha feliz trabajando con Nomad.

Agradezco Nomad Tanzania para que me de chance de aprender español en tiempo de covid-19 y mi esperanza es trabajar con la lengua espanol en estaciones que vienen cuando estaré con Nomad Tanzania.

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Meet Peter…

 … using GPS coordinates to locate the point where lion were reported in one of the subvillages in Sitalike village outside of Katavi National Park. Peter works as a Lion Conservation Ambassador for Sitalike Village to guard and operate an early warning loud speaker system for information disseminating about lion and other wildlife that could pose a threat to the villages. He is passionate about his responsibility to warn on possible animal encounters in the village, significantly reducing possibilities for human-lion conflicts occurrences. In the past two months alone, Peter has warned about the presence of 8 lions and 46 elephants within Sitalike subvillages, helping prevent crop and livestock losses for 13 different incidences. Peter is one of two Lion Conservation Ambassador’s we have sponsored in Katavi this year.

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Great news from KopeLion… “Rumas Olelekipa, the Ilchokuti (aka lion guardian) sponsored by Nomad Tanzania, was promoted to be the Coordinator of his area. This entails supporting 3 Ilchokuti in the north western side of the crater, an area that is now extremely volatile for lion and livestock conflict since 5 year old collared male from Ndutu, Laipangwa settled in the area with 5 females from the Lakes pride in the Crater and their 9 cubs. Rumas is dedicated to the role he plays within his community and is a well-respected and popular figure and we are delighted that he has accepted more responsibility.”

The Nomad team is extremely proud of our local lion guardian.

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The Training began the 1st of this month, for an intensive 2 week session.

This was a refresher and next level training for the beekeeping group in Mahale. The group covered various topics during the course of this workshop, including key principles of apiary activities, managing pests and predators of bees, quality and safety or honey, products processing and packaging, and more.

They also took to the field with practical learning, site selecting and setting out their new hives with the instructor, as well as practicing translocation of the hives as part of their training. The activity was a huge success and we look forward to seeing some sweet rewards in coming months.

Thanks to Rita & Jeff for helping make this activity possible.

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We had another exciting trip this February with a group of photography interns. Here are some of the best shots from their time in Ndutu.

From Ryan – new to the program, from USA, an professional wildlife photographer who volunteered to join the group to help bring ‘next level’ skills to the participants.

From Hans – our resident Photo Intern partner who helps organise, mentor, and much more for interns.

From Daniel – new to the program, thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn from some of the experienced photographers in this field.


From Dulla – repeat intern but always brings something new to the table. He was chosen to join this trip as special consideration to his great efforts on previous trips and role as mentor to others, giving him the chance to learn from Ryan out in the bush.

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We had 27 children come up from across the country these last few weeks for a ‘Plastics Clinic’ with the Plaster House. 

Specialising in severe burn scar contractures, cleft lips and palates, and mass removals.  

12 from Katavi 

10 from Ruaha

And 7 from the Serengeti.


We wish them a speedy recovery up at The Plaster House, and look forward to reuniting them with their families post op and rehabilitation. 

" }, { "title": "Menstrual Health in Mugumu", "slug": "menstrual_health_in_mugumu", "date": "08/03/2021", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Photo2_Mugumu.jpeg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_11.jpg", "mainContent": "

A first of its kind for us, we joined up with a very special group who deal with central issues that disrupt children’s education and keep many from completing school. For girls, this is mental health, menstrual health hygiene and understanding their menstrual cycles, reproductive health, and children’s rights.

We helped the group of specialist Menstrual Health Management trainers reach some of the more remote communities we support around the Serengeti National Park boundary.

In these areas girls face challenges from all angles for gaining a good education, from threats of FGM and early child marriage, to time consuming household duties expected of girls in remote rural settings. 

Schools in these areas have poor to none menstrual health management education. To help address this, Nomad sponsored reusable sanitary pads, and arranged for the essential education that goes with them. 

We managed to reach 188 girls with the knowledge and resources to help manage their menstrual cycles and other core issues, and ultimately promote less disrupted education for them in school.

Huge thanks to EPN - Elle Peut Naidim, who conducted these trainings.


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Kilimanjaro Animal CREW came to stay at Serengeti Safari Camp this week. 

Kilimanjaro Animal Center for Rescue, Education & Wildlife (or short: Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W.) is located on Makoa-Farm at the Southern Slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro. They run an animal rescue centre. Over the past 12 years they have been involved in the care, rehabilitation and housing of orphaned, injured, neglected, abused and abandoned wild animals.

We are thrilled that they were able to get some down time with the Nomad team in Ndutu after all the restless days and nights they put in caring from animals, many of who are rescued from these wild plains.

To learn more about what they do, take a look at their website. https://kilimanjaroanimalcrew.org 

Or if you would like to support them, do visit their fundraising page. 


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\"I am Kimti from Arusha, I have a deep passion for photography, wildlife and travel. Photography has been self-learning practice until I got the golden opportunity with Nomad and their partners Tawima.

I have currently been on a career break after working 12 years in the banking industry. My role was as a Bank Manager at I&M Bank Arusha Branch. My journey has been a roller coaster ride from cooperate world to finding my purpose in life.

I find myself at my best version around the nature and capturing the moments in the wild. Photography has been something I have always been told I am good at it and my friends would recommend me to take pictures of events. I have done several events wedding, parties, portrait shoot etc.

But I fell in love with wildlife photography during my trip to Serengeti for the first time in 2018. I was lucky to spot a leopard and I captured a fine-looking image of this handsome cat that left me awestruck! Right from there I knew what one thing I love to do is.

I would like to be an inspiration to the women out there to follow their dreams and for the next generation to choose the career path based on their passion.
I am a dreamer and believe nothing is impossible, I see myself to be one of the recognized female travel photographers in Tanzania.\"


From Kimit, one of our female interns who was based at Sand Rivers Selous at the end of 2020 on one of the last Photography internship trips of the year. 

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Saitoti PASSED! 


We are thrilled that our second trainee from camp has passed, not only his guiding course, but now also his driving course. 

Well done Saitoti, and thank you again to his sponsors who helped make this possible.  

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Its December again, and sadly that is not a time of joy for everyone. Over in Mugumu, it is the ‘cutting season’ where a lot of illegal FGM ceremonies still take place. Rhobi and her team work around the clock to try and deter these practices and are ever more vigilant this month where they usually have a lot more cases to deal with. 

Although they are seeing success in their activities preventing against female circumcision, and their educational campaigns throughout the year, they still had new girls into their centre this month. 

This month they have taken in 57 new girls into their home.

As we do every year, we sent down extra food supplies to help them cope with their increased number of girls in their care.




We also sent down packs of knickers and reusable sanitary pads as the majority of these girls have started puberty. 


Managing your menstruation in rural villages is tricky, and as a result many girls choose to stop going to school when they are on their period as they just don’t have the resources to go to school and comfortably and hygienically manage their periods in a their school setting. 

Not only are sanitary pads a luxury for many girls, disposable ones are also not environmentally friendly.

So we hope that these new ‘Salama Pads’ work well for the girls at Hope Centre. 


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All our student safari trips groups get a chance to come into camp to learn explore and have fun. While seeing some of the camp rooms, this group were not convinced our beds were as comfy as we said they were.


…they decided to test them out.

Let’s just say they left convinced.


Looking forward to more students on safari in 2021!

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The latest from KopeLion…

“ Living with lions is a bitter-sweet existence!

2020 has demonstrated the clear impact of KopeLion’s work – with 22% more observations of signs of lions on community land this year compared to 2019 and the number of lion signs almost doubling in the second half of 2020 with Laipangwa’s new pride recovering and settling in an area that lions have not frequented for years. While this indicates increased tolerance within the community, it is also largely thanks to the incredible hard work and dedication of the KopeLion custodians or ‘Ilchokuti’ as we call them in Maa.

Their efforts within their communities in mitigating conflict, through warning herders of the presence of collared lions, treating livestock attacked by carnivores, helping find lost livestock and repairing damaged livestock fences, has paid off! With our organization and activities expanding, our team has grown – both in size and in capacity. It warms my heart to see the KopeLion team reflect and appreciate the term community, as I was brought up to do. Together we’re strong and we’re enthusiastic about moving forwards into 2021 and using what we’ve learnt in 2020 to guide our work in raising awareness about lions, and easing the load of living alongside them, creating a conservation model that reflects the needs of the communities.

William Ole Seki Board of Directors “


Signs of KopeLion Success

Maps to show the change in lion observation over the last 8 years.

Pale blue = Lion Custodian zones; Red dots = lion observations by Lion Custodians ; Yellow lines = collared lion movements.

They've documented 22% more observations of signs of lions on community land this year, compared to 2019. Lions observations almost doubled in the second half of 2020, with Laipangwa’s new pride recovering and settling in an area that lions have not frequented for years, indicating increased tolerance within the community. In addition they report two success stories from KopeLion’s established Corridor of Tolerance - ensuring the safe passage of lions across community land between Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater with the aim to increase the genetic diversity of the Crater lions. LAIPANGWA a 5-year-old male from the Ndutu region has been seen on many occasions by our Ilchokuti and herders in an area occupied by people and livestock. He’s in the company of up to 5 females and cubs identified as a splinter group from the Crater’s Lakes pride, now renamed the Lake Lopers. While we’re delighted that these lions are successfully recovering range, the conflict mitigation work is constant, and we’ve had to engage extra Ilchokuti at times to maintain high alert and conflict mitigation efforts to ensure the survival of both the lions and the livestock. Wildlife in the area is still relatively abundant but nevertheless cattle that have wandered off or been out late have been prey to this pride. A second example of the success of safe passage is NGUVUKAZI another 5-year-old male from Ndutu’s Masek pride, who arrived some years ago with a brother and has recently moved to the north west side of the crater rim and is now settling with a collared female called Noongoile, from the crater, and we suspect that he may be the father of her now large cubs.

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From Lamai Serengeti Camp Manager… “ The trip was great!! They did the morning game drive on route to Lamai. They saw lots of wildlife, but unfortunately no cats this time. We took a special detour to the airstrip and saw the small aircrafts, this was a bit of a treat for one of the girls who is very keen on becoming a pilot.

They had the luck of seeing a plane land and the pilot was good enough to give them a tour and talk some aviation skills. Once in camp the group had lunch in Lamai Private camp.

The kitchen team had prepared them a special cake for dessert, but the girls decided to save it and take it back to the centre to share with the others who were not able to come this time.

They did a tour around the different sections of the camp, and overall had a blast. ” Laurence

Having a look at our Lamai curio shop that also helps fund the Nomad support to the FGM centre.

Luxurious Lamai Lunch

A trip to Lamai wouldn’t be complete without some crocodile bread.

A cake prepared just for them by the kitchen team.

Off on their afternoon game drive.

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Another group of students in our Kuro Tarangire camp this month. Game drives and scrummy lunches.. they had some great sightings and learn a lot from our guides.

The students happened to cross-over with some conservation partners who we were also hosting, and so had the chance to pick up even more conservation lessons from them.

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Our guests come in all shapes and sizes. As some countries fell back into lockdown, we decided to use the space in camps to run a few more student safaris with children from schools nearby.

What a magical time to be able to experience the crater, with hardly another car in sight, as if it we 30 odd years ago, roaming around with our Nomad guide and then heading back to camp for a crater rim lunch.

" }, { "title": "Students in the South", "slug": "students_in_the_south", "date": "18/11/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image004_2.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Down South this Saturday, we had a group of students from the local school out and about on safari with Nomad on the weekend.

They saw lots of wildlife on their game drives and had a nice picnic in the park. Unfortunately the weather meant that they didn’t quite have enough time to get to camp on this trip, but they had an action packed day of with our Sand Rivers guide none-the-less.

They also managed to come to the rescue for another vehicle who had unfortunately gotten stuck in a tricky spot, so lots of heroic stories to go back home with.


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[cid:image001.png@01D6B829.5A1E3F70] The Plaster House continue to do an amazing job for children across Tanzania. Kelvin was identified during one of our Identification Trips to the Serengeti earlier this year, and this October he travelled down to Arusha to benefit from the ‘Plastics Clinic’ with specialist surgeons who repaired his cleft lip.

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Last month, through our Watoto Go Wild program, we supported student safari trips own in Katavi. This was arranged with the help of our partners LCMO, who pooled together 8 students from each of their five secondary environmental clubs from schools around. The chosen students were group winners of LCMO’s recent Lions and Elephant art competition. The competition theme was “species conservation and education messages” with group winners also having the chance to present their drawings to their fellow winners from other schools at the Katavi National Park (KNP) dining hall after lunch during a park visit.

During presentations other members got opportunity to ask different questions concerning lion and elephant behavior and ecology.

The safari trip was a big hit and the students saw many varieties of wildlife species including lions, elephants, hippos, warthogs, buffalos, impalas and toppi – not bad for a day’s game drive. Throughout they were also engaged in wildlife education, learning about animal characteristics, behavior and ecology.

Thanks LCMO for helping arrange this.

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Thanks to the support from our generous Nomad friends far and wide, we have been able to help the Serengeti De-snaring team during this crucial time. We have donated towards the salaries for one of their 8-men strong patrol team for a month to continue on with the de-snaring activities. Have a look at their latest video to see why and just how it is so important that we keep supporting them during this time. 


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We have had a busy week trying to arrange for 21 children to travel across the country from some of the most remote corners, to receive first-time treatment or follow-up care with the Plaster House in Arusha. 
This is one of our most successful Nomad Health Outreach Programs, and we are glad we can still support children in need even during this tricky time. 

In total just this month we helped a whopping 6 children from Katavi; 4 from Kigoma; 10 from Serengeti; and even one from Ruaha, who all made it up to be seen by the specialist doctor who was in Tanzania for just over a week performing life changing surgeries.

A mix of cleft lip & palette patients, clubfeet, mass removals, and a couple of burn scar cases. We will follow these children as they continue with their treatment and journey to recovery. 

Grateful to the Plaster House for their continued care for children with correctable disabilities. Asante Sana! 

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Woohoo! It was the We Are Africa Innovation Awards last night, and we scooped the Engage Africa award for Beds for Meds!

Beds for Meds is a true labour of love in the Nomad family, and every life it transforms is its own immeasurable reward. Our resourceful team makes sure no opportunity is missed: using everything we have - space on planes, in cars, in camps, guides’ free time, contacts with medical professionals countrywide - we bring life-changing healthcare to the remotest corners of Tanzania. This accolade means the world, and we couldn’t be prouder of the endlessly wonderful folk who make a lifetime of difference.

Pictured here is Mama Selina, a beneficiary of the eye clinic that brought doctors to her far-flung village near Mahale. With her is our very own Butati, aside his instrumental role in helping his community to get the care they need, he was also nominated for the Rise Africa award 'recognising those up and coming young stars making a mark in the African travel industry'. What a superstar!

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Spotlight on Rumas, our 'ilchokuti' or lion guardian from Entamanu Ngorongoro. Here's a note on Rumas from KopeLion in their latest newsletter.

'Rumas Olelekipa is hugely popular in his community. He is known as a hard worker and based in the Ndepes zone on the north western side of the Crater he's kept busy by the recent lion activity in this area. Rumas's work is sponsored by Nomad's Entamanu Ngorongoro and he stops by, when he can, to update them on the lions and his conflict mitigation work; warning herders about lion presence, looking for lost livestock and treating injured animals. In 2019 Rumas reported 137 sightings of lion, and tended to 79 animals wounded by predators.'

" }, { "title": "De-snaring update July & August", "slug": "de-snaring-update-july-august", "date": "01/09/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/DSC00111.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "


An additional de-snaring team was activated during this period as the setting of snares increased substantially in the north of the park due to the migration being close to the park north-west boundary. A total of four teams are therefore active in the field, which includes the Mission Possible team (figures for all teams together are given above). 1625 new snares (i.e. a snare that has not previously caught an animal) were removed during this two month period i.e. more new/unused snares were removed than old/used ones. As a comparison, in July and August 2019 a total of 2915 snares were removed, all of them old/used snares. We cannot say with certainty why this is, but believe it is an indication of new poaching activity, probably due to a loss of income in the communities due to COVID-19. It is potentially combined with replacing snares previously confiscated.

One purpose-specific trailer, fabricated in the FZS workshop in Seronera was completed and is now in use in the field by a de-snaring team. This trailer can carry all of the field equipment for one team, has a in-built 500 litre water tank and a solar power system for recharging batteries in the field.

" }, { "title": "Huge thanks!empli", "slug": "huge-thanksempli", "date": "01/09/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Employee_fund.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "


We set up a fund to help tide our Nomad folk over in a time that would normally be buzzing with full camps, busy teams, heaps of happy guests and safaris in all corners of the wild. Through countless acts of kindness by those who've contributed, we have been able to help over 120 of our staff members with a bit of a boost.

Some have used it to pay rent; others put it toward their kids' fees when schools reopened; others used it for medical expenses that their health insurance doesn't cover. Covid-19 coincided with floods in Tanzania and some of our people lost their crops too, which would've been a source of food and income - so the fund has made a world of difference.

Recently, a very generous donor completely blew us away with a donation of $10,000. It's tricky to express just how much this means to us, and what it'll mean to the people it helps - but from the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of all the Nomads - a very big thank you!

" }, { "title": "Maasai Guide Graduates", "slug": "maasai-guide-graduates", "date": "14/08/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Saitoti_graduates1.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "


Our Nomad folk are given every opportunity to learn on the job: senior guides mentoring juniors, skill sharing and rotating between departments, professional development and training outside camps...

We're also immensely lucky to have wonderful guests who help our people go even further. Over the last 12 months, two sets of guests have sponsored a couple of trainee guides through a top guiding school in Arusha.

Just the other day, the the final trainee guide in the group graduated – well done Saitoti. And Kisika completed his professional driving course, passing first time which is pretty unheard of – excellent work!

We couldn't be prouder or more grateful for the support - and, of course, excited to have Kisika and Saitoti back in camp where they can show off their new skills.

" }, { "title": "Getting Hamisi back on track", "slug": "getting-hamisi-back-on-track", "date": "10/08/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/117610127_3282248311795810_9056160901882709912_o.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

July was a bit of a curveball month for Hamisi, who is one of our scholarship students from Mahale attending a school in Dar es Salaam. In a dramatic turn of events, the school caught fire, and although no one was hurt, the students lost all of their belongings – books, clothes, personal possessions... the lot.

Hamisi, along with the rest of his fellow boarders, was left with just the clothes that he was wearing when he was evacuated. Wanting to get him back on track, we helped him with some resupplies, and he has now gone back to a nearby school where the students will continue their studies until their school is patched up and ready to welcome them back.


" }, { "title": "Girls from the Serengeti start vocational training", "slug": "girls-from-the-serengeti-start-vocational-training", "date": "29/07/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/116747185_3239680599385915_8098321251999321916_n.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "


We're thrilled that Tatu, Dorcas, Lucia and Jacline from the Mugumu Hope Centre secured places on a vocational hospitality training course, and have made their way to Moshi to start their studies! They're pictured here with Mama Ali, the lovely lady who keeps our office fuelled with tea, coffee and smiles - she hosted them on their journey.

All four of the girls faced family pressure to undergo FGM or early marriage, and sought refuge from the Hope Centre, where they were taken in and cared for. Being accepted onto the hospitality course is a huge step, and we can't wait to see the world of opportunities that opens for them.

They'll be studying at More Than a Drop, a superb centre in Moshi that offers certified courses for girls from challenging backgrounds. Go girls!

" }, { "title": "De-snaring update May & June", "slug": "de-snaring-update-may-june", "date": "01/07/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/DSC00069.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "



The two de-snaring teams were active as usual during this period with the third team on standby as the migration has started moving northwards and closer to the Park boundary.
333 new snares (i.e. a snare that has not previously caught an animal) were removed and confiscated during this two month period.

The SERENGETI MISSION POSSIBLE initiative has raised $68,600 to date, with one team being active in the field in the Lamai area. This team is supervised by the SENAPA warden in Lamai and always has a SENAPA ranger present. The team has provided a presence in the area during this time of very low tourism in the Park, and has been doing general anti-poaching and de-snaring work.
The rains have now stopped, but the area is still very wet. Fires have started, which is also a time when bushmeat poachers move onto recently burnt areas which have a green flush and attact wildlife. A specially designed field trailer for the use of each de-snaring team is being custom built in the FZS workshop in Seronera, for deployment when the teams are very active in the Lamai area.

" }, { "title": "Fueling TANAPA", "slug": "fueling-tanapa", "date": "01/07/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/106635888_3162738960413413_1607748489714059075_o.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A shout-out to Tanzania National Parks - Tanapa for the tireless work they do to keep Tanzania’s beautiful wildernesses as wild and wonderful as they are, especially in these tough times when there aren't as many visitors as there'd usually be.

We’re delighted that our fund has meant that we have been able to help fuel their conservation efforts with a donation of over 2,600 litres of petrol to their anti-poaching patrols in the far-flung corners of Mahale, Katavi and Nyrere National Parks, so they can continue to go the extra mile to keep our wildlife safe.

Asante TANAPA!

" }, { "title": "Support for PAMS Foundation", "slug": "support-for-pams-foundation", "date": "21/06/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/PAMS_ivory.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

One of the most important donations we've been able to make from our fund is to the incredible PAMS Foundation, who work to protect endangered species and environments and to promote awareness of the real value that wildlife and wild places have for our planet.

A word of thanks from PAMS Foundation.

\"PAMS Foundation supports the National Task Force Anti Poaching (NTAP), which is a uniformed multi-agency unit that operates across Tanzania to reduce poaching and combat illegal wildlife and timber trafficking. Their work covers the full justice chain from managing informer networks, investigation, forensic analysis, arrests, to prosecution, and also includes asset tracing and forfeiture. The unit targets the higher level buyers and traders involved in these illegal activities. The NTAP’s work over the years has been instrumental in turning the tide on poaching in Tanzania. The kind donation from Nomad, will go toward specifically supporting the NTAP work in and around the Katavi, Selous and Ruaha Ecosystems, and in so doing help to combat poaching and trafficking of keystone and iconic species such as elephant, rhino and large carnivores. On behalf of the PAMS team we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those that made this donation possible. Together we can do so much more.\"

If you're able to and would like to make a donation to our fund, please follow this link: https://hubs.ly/H0rPWfn0

Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible. It means the world to us.\"\"

" }, { "title": "RCP update", "slug": "rcp-update", "date": "05/06/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/103100485_3094414650579178_3900440156907195686_o.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "


We have supported the vital work of the Ruaha Carnivore Project for many years, and have recently used some of our conservation fund to support two 'Lion Defenders' to continuously monitor and protect a 100km2 area for a whole month.

The Lion Defenders have a critical role as they track the movement of lions and other large carnivores across the Ruaha ecosystem. Most importantly, their role involves engaging local communities in their work, ensuring that they mitigate and respond to any human-wildlife conflict and support communities who agree to protect lions moving through their area. It's vital that these communities, mainly pastoralists, feel the benefit of conserving wildlife and carnivores and Ruaha Carnivore Project has done amazing work establishing predator-proof 'boma' (enclosure) programs and scholarships for young local children.

" }, { "title": "Making masks", "slug": "making-masks", "date": "25/05/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/100894064_3063750573645586_4907402780274065408_o.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "


Something that's been important to us since the beginning, is making sure that our camps are created by Tanzanian artisans. Baadiye has been part of the Nomad story for decades; an old hand in the tent making industry he made the very first Greystoke tents, complete with scalloped edges, back in the early nineties and has been sewing everything and anything that can be sown for Nomad ever since.

Given the current crisis, we joined forces with our local Rotary club who tasked Baadiye with making face masks for our staff and wider community. Of course, he was up for the task and with his old manual singer, his needle hummed as he stitched over 1000 masks.


The masks will help keep our teams safe while they're at home, and have also been distributed in the local NICU unit where they're seriously short of PPE.


Thank you to everyone who has donated to our fund so far and made this work possible. Your generosity means the world to us.

" }, { "title": "First funds roll out across the plains", "slug": "first-funds-roll-out-across-the-plains", "date": "20/05/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Serengeti_De-snaring_work.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Thanks to your incredible generosity and support of our fund, and your commitment to our wild places, we've made the first donations to projects that need funding, keen to get the money where it's needed most as soon as we can.

One of our first recipients was a project we've supported since it started, the Frankfurt Zoological Society's de-snaring program in the Serengeti National Park. With your help we've covered the salaries of an eight men strong patrol team, for a whole month, which means that they can continue on with their vital de-snaring activities.

Have a look at their latest video to see why this is so important. And, thank you. #missionpossible #serengetishallnotdie


If you're able to, and would like to donate, please have a look at our page here: https://hubs.ly/H0qM6bB0 

" }, { "title": "Postcards from Ndutu", "slug": "postcards_from_ndutu", "date": "20/03/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Part2_NDUTU_7SEVEN_68.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Hans01.jpg", "mainContent": "

We've just concluded our most exciting photo internship to date.

We had none other that the incredible Chris Schmid as mentor and guest instructor and the results speak for themselves. Alongside our brilliant partner Hans from TaWIMA, they produced some incredible work, and we're so excited to see where this project takes us.

If you haven't come across this internship before, we established it, with Hans Ngoteya, as an opporunity for young Tanzanians to get into our wild places, and have the mentorship of a professional photographer to help them hone their skills. Our aim is to inspire them to get involved in conservation and spread the message far and wide with their beautiful imagery.

This last trip was hugely rewarding, but was certainly no walk in the park. 

The four interns along with Hans and Chris were based at Serengeti Safari Camp for a week, where they skill-swapped, practiced on different equipment sets, and had the chance to have training and tips from Chris - a once in a lifetime opportunity. 


Their days consisted of crack-of-dawn wake up calls (with coffee of course!), and then they were off in the game viewer in seach of the best spot to catch that golden morning glow and backlight as the sun rises over the plains. They'd then set off for the day, cruising the plains in search of photogenic subjects to film and photograph. By 10am they were allowed their first short break for breakfast, and a chance to bombard Chris with millions of questions on photography gear, light settings, shutter speeds....the list goes on and on. 

Afterwards, a game drive and lunch in the vehicle while waiting for cheetahs to be active so that they could can film or photograph. Hans was on a mission to create a film that documented a cheetah hunt...and - he got it!! The team witnessed 3 cheetah chases, all of which were successful and happened just at the vicinity of their vehicle. Wonderful.

Eventually, after a long day in the bush they would pack up at around 5 - 6pm and head back to camp for some much needed rest before another early start. 

Meet the lads behing the lens...

Here is Chris! 


And, team leader Hans (on the floor)






And Eliya,


And here are some of the bests photos from the trip.






Check out the rest on our Nomad Flickr page. 

" }, { "title": "Groovy Greystoke Guests", "slug": "groovy-greystoke-guests", "date": "12/03/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image009.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Another round of Watoto Go Wild students in camp at Greystoke Mahale. And boy oh boy did they have a great time.

Arrived at camp bright and early in time for breakfast.

They were very lucky as the chimps were close by and all the students and teachers managed to see them, just a short walk from camp.

They then came back for lunch in the main mess area.

Followed different activities and some fun and games with the staff and amongst themselves.

They really made themselves at home and enjoyed camp which is wonderful to see.

They took a tour around some of the rooms, and back of house, learning about all the different roles that make up camp, and meeting the camp team along the way, some of whom they know from their home village.

Then after all the excitement came to an end, they boarded the boat back home.

" }, { "title": "Latest Watoto Go Wild at Lamai", "slug": "latest-watoto-go-wild-at-lamai", "date": "05/03/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_4900_1.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Twelve students and two teachers from Merenga Primary school were treated to a Nomad safari and time in camp, seeing the wildlife up close in a very positive way, an entirely new experience for many of them.

They enjoyed a morning game drive on their way in to Lamai Serengeti. Followed by lunch and drinks in our Lamai Private camp.

With Anafi and Ibrahim leading the group, they were kept busy with wildlife lessons and information on the environment and Serengeti ecosystem.

No Watoto Go Wild Nomad safari is complete without a quick stop at the airstrip and for the students to have a chance to see some planes up close, and even go inside and explore a small aircraft.

Again another first for them all.

The whole camp team enjoyed their visit and we hope to see most students through our doors before the end of the season.

Thanks Lamai!

" }, { "title": "2020 Vision Mission Begins", "slug": "2020-vision-mission-begins", "date": "05/03/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image004_1.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Starting off twentytww with 2020 in sight for the Serengeti.

Our eye clinic outreach team hit the road again and headed up to villages around the Northern Serengeti.

They reached out to communities from surrounding villages in the area, including stationing in schools on some days and offering free eye care and education to local primary school students.

Over the week they treated 647 people, from elderly patients with sight issues to children with eye infections.

The doctors rounded up their trip will a visit to one of our partners - Mugumu Hope Centre, home to girls at risk of FGM and early child marriage, who were grateful to be included in this program.

" }, { "title": "A mother finds help for her baby son", "slug": "a-mother-finds-help-for-her-baby-son", "date": "28/02/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image001_1.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Kassim and his family live on the edge of the vast Serengeti plains. When he was about two months old his mother noticed him holding his pelvic area and crying, then she saw a swelling.

A visit to the doctor quickly diagnosed a hernia, but the family had no money for the operation that would repair it.

Their doctor told his mother to call us at The Plaster House, where help might be available. And it was.

His mother came to Arusha with Kassim and stayed at with him at The Plaster House while his treatment was completed. His hernia has now been repaired thanks to a generous program sponsored by US-based African Mission Healthcare.

Kassim recovered from his hernia surgery at The Plaster House and has now returned to his Serengeti home with his mother.

" }, { "title": "“Every Baby Counts, No Matter How Small”.", "slug": "every-baby-counts-no-matter-how-small", "date": "27/02/2020", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We got behind another worthwhile fundraiser here in Arusha, which raised nearly $40,000 for the NICU at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre! Here’s why.

From a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit mother …

“Being a NICU mum, I personally can tell you how important and meaningful this is to me and all the mothers out there who have to go through a difficult time fighting for their babies lives in hospital. Please know, with your contribution you will make this so much easier for the families of these babies. ”

From Dr Swanson… 

The event was amazing to behold and raised nearly $40,000 for the NICU at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre! This was, by far, the most successful fundraiser we have ever had—and I owe you a debt of gratitude, for your support, sponsorship and generous donations! 

In 2019, the NICU had: 

316 babies admitted

45% were premature new-borns

85 babies received free care through the NICU Fund, at no charge to the family

231 babies received subsidized care

93% of viable babies survived (among the highest survival rates in all of East Africa!)

Several babies weighed less than 1,000 grams

Even more babies weighed less than 1,500 grams

Most babies stayed in the NICU for 2 weeks. Some for as long as 3 months.

316 babies... and all this care offered for the price of 1 baby hospitalized in USA for 2 weeks.


With the funds raised from this year’s NICU Fundraiser, we will:

Purchase needed equipment: monitors, IV pumps and phototherapy equipment 

Continue to offer neonatology workshops and on-site visits to major government 
hospitals throughout Tanzania, responding to invitation to help these hospitals develop 
greater capacity to care for critically-ill babies 

Provide care to an estimated 100 babies at no charge to families (average hospitalization 
cost = $800/baby)


From Nomad… 

We are so proud to have supported this event and done our bit to help for the third year running!

" }, { "title": "Kopelion walking the walk", "slug": "Kopelion-walking-the-walk", "date": "20/02/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image002.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Latest news from KopeLion over in Ngorongoro.

Images of Masek Pride lioness \" Nengotonye\" or otherwise known as \"Babs\" moving her 3 cubs in Ndutu.

There are three new males that have arrived in Ndutu and this could be the reason that she was moving them.

To protect them from infanticide. 5 year old Babs is quite a large lioness and takes after her heavy-weight mother, Nosikitok.

Her size, whisker spots and notches on her left ear are how we identify her. Babs also has a broken/worn bottom left canine.

Lots of \"lion gossip\" happening in Ndutu.

It will be interesting to see what unfolds with the arrival of the new males.

Resident males Lemunge & co have been observed crossing over into the Serengeti a few days ago.

Photos by: Bobby-Jo Photography / KopeLion

" }, { "title": "Plaster House Plastics Clinic - 3 days left!", "slug": "plaster_house_plastics_clinic_3daysleft", "date": "12/02/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/DSC_5421.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/PH3.jpg", "mainContent": "

Only three days left until the next Plaster House Plastics clinic. Treating conditions from cleft lips to burn scar contractures.

The fantastic Plaster House nurses have been on the road again with Nomad, going through villages around our camps and bordering the National Parks, trying to find children who can come for treatment. 12 cases are on their way up for the weekend, to register and get booked in for surgery.

Thanks Esupat and Tumaini for your unending efforts of expanding the reach of the Plaster House to our Nomad neighbourhoods.

" }, { "title": "Hot showers and dipped toes", "slug": "hot_showers_and_dipped_toes", "date": "30/01/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/pool.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Another kid take over in Sand Rivers, with the latest round of Watoto go Wild students in camp and on safari around the Selous.

12 students, and two of their teachers from the local school, had a wonderful time, beginning with a morning game drive with their Nomad car and guide, then coming into camp to be treated to a full lunch spread of all the children’s favourite dishes; chicken & chips, and pilau, and an afternoon of activities.

They met with all our camp teams, learning about all the different departments and what it takes to run a camp like this, and then got busy with some wildlife based art activities. The camp crew even put on a bit of a show for them. One of the team, Benji, was lying in bed, pretending to be a scared guest and called on the walkie talkie, “ help help there’s a snake in my room” (all in Swahili). Richard answered and said “I’m coming now”, rushed over, and spotted the ‘snake’ in question, and politely pointed out to the guest that it was the extension cable on the ground. The students and staff were all in hysterics. They had a tour of some of the features around camp, with the hot shower proving especially intriguing. The camp manager jokingly slashed them, sending them into bursts of squealing giggles. Next, was a quick ride on the boats. Great fun and came back singing songs about Sand Rivers and Selous. All kids totally buzzing and enthusiastic by now. After that, camp presented the special ‘welcome cake’ they had baked in their honour, and sodas all round, while the sat by the pool, with their feet dangling in. Some of the more confident students took a quick dip in too.

After a bit more relaxing, and some prize giving, everyone put back on their shoes and socks on, filled up their Nomad water bottles, and climbed back on board their Nomad cars for another game drive back home.

They were asked what was their favourite part of the day and the teacher said, “The hot shower!” 

" }, { "title": "Mad about Maasai Giraffe", "slug": "mad_about_maasai_giraffe", "date": "15/01/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_3613.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Research duo Derek and Monica, were in Kuro Tarangire last week, based from camp while they were conducting research in Tarangire, with a focus on the Maasai Giraffe that are now on the endangered species list.

Whenever we can, Nomad opens its doors, or unzips the tents, to host researchers and people doing valuable work for the at risk areas and wildlife around.

Karibu tena Derek and Monica!

" }, { "title": "Simanjiro Grazing Easement - 2020 ", "slug": "simanjiro_grazing_easement_2020", "date": "06/01/2020", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Simanjiro1700x768.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A quick update from one of our partners in the North - the Simanjiro Grazing Easement program wrote in to tell us of their achievements and plans for this year.

\"As we move into the decade of 2020, there is a sense of culmination of many hours, days, and years of work in the general Simanjiro area. For the two villages of Terat and Sukuro, the grazing easement areas have now been given extra protection through the establishment of grazing CCRO’s. (Certificate of Customary Right of Occupancy.) In Terat village, this process was completed and there are 3 separate CCRO’s in place – one is a slightly scaled down version of the original grazing easement designated as dry season grazing, the second covers a big portion of the black cotton soils, and the third is a new area to the east with good grazing land. The total hectares under these CCRO’s is 15,540 hectares. This is a good size area, and all of these have been demarcated with metal pipes set in cement. Edges where the pressures are high have more pipe posts to keep the boundary as visible as possible. The new chairman seems committed to keeping all intact. For Sukuro village, the grazing CCRO’s have been identified, surveyed and demarcated and the official handing over ceremony is set for Feb 7th, 2020. These CCRO’s follow the original two areas – the short grass plains “Ewass” bordering Terat and Emboreet and the more southwest ridge system called Alangaroji after the beautiful tree Erythrina bertii. The total area is 21,280 hectares or 212 sq kms. The encroachment in both areas has now been dealt with and in some cases, bomas have been moved out of the areas. And on top of this all, 5 other important villages which border Sukuro and Terat, have also created grazing CCRO’s – which will be officially handed over to the villages on Feb 7th, 2020. This is a great achievement and is creating more areas that keep the habitat open for wildlife as well. We need to raise a toast to ourselves for providing the financial support, to the team from Ujamaa Community Resource Trust for the long hours of facilitation, and of course to the community leaders and representatives for putting this all in place\".

" }, { "title": "Second Session in Selous", "slug": "second_session_in_selous", "date": "04/12/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/pool.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Our photo interns hit the road again this October – driving down from Dar es Salaam, to Sand Rivers Selous for our fifth Nomad photo internship trip.

The Selous is a wonderful learning ground for these passionate wildlife photographers to skill swap and learn new skills in the real wild.

Take a look at the Selous shots from Canny, Hozza and Juzer - up on our flickr account!

" }, { "title": "Plaster House Outreach Update", "slug": "plaster-house-outreach-update", "date": "13/11/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/PH4.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Over the last year... we have screened over 250 children for disabilities and health conditions from our camps and communities around. 

42 of them have had their operations, fully recovered in the Plaster House, and safely arrived back home to their families. 

Others are still recovering post-surgery in the centre in Arusha, and the rest are planning their trips up to Arusha for their treatment, infact four are on Monday's plane from the West.


Get in touch if you want to learn more. nomadtrust@nomad-tanzania.com

" }, { "title": "Behind the Scenes with Dr B…", "slug": "behind-the-scenes-with-dr-b", "date": "21/10/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Part2_Screenshot_2019-06-24_at_11.15.34_1.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Doctor Bennet has been our Nomad Eye Clinic specialist and outreach doctor for the last 5 Nomad village eye outreach trips. And we are rather fond of him!


He and his team are extremely hard working and dedicated to bringing eye care services to these communities around our camps, who would otherwise struggle to get the treatment they need. Leaving camp at the crack of dawn, and only just arriving back in time for dinner, they take their role very seriously. We are so grateful for all their hard work.

But they also have a bit of fun along the way. 




Dr B on route to the village eye clinic, posing proudly on his Nomad ride to the village. Not a bad way to make an entrance. 


Dr B in camp with some of the Chada Katavi team, and one of the assisting nurses. 


Always time for a quick selfie before the flight down to Katavi, while all his equipment and medicines get loaded up. 


Finally a bit of a breather for Dr B and his team, on a game drive on their final day, stopping by a pod of hippos.

So proud to work with this team! 

" }, { "title": "The Doctors Are Back", "slug": "the_doctors_are_back", "date": "20/10/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Mahale_6.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Another successful health outreach program from Chada Katavi. The team of three doctors flew down and based in Chada for the week, running the outreach services in the villages around - performing over 65 cataracts operations.

Asante sana to all involved!

" }, { "title": "Conservation Partners in Camp", "slug": "conservation_partners_in_camp", "date": "07/10/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Ruaha_Kigelia_-_Low_Res_-_Scott_Ramsay-47.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

RCP were in camp recently, catching up with the Kigelia crew, and checking in with our Nomad guides involved with and supporting their Sighting Program. In their free time, when they are not our in the bush on game drives with our guests, our guides actively support RCP work in the area, by providing valuable data of carnivore movements in the park, photos and sighting records, feeding into RCPs research work in the Ruaha region.


" }, { "title": "Fistula Outreach", "slug": "fistula_outreach", "date": "30/09/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Screenshot_2019-09-03_at_15.41.15.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Annie is just 21 years old. She is a beautiful confident young lady who has silently battled with fistula for the last three years.

As is the case for many fistula sufferers, Annie went into labour at home in her village, and after three days, her child had died in the birth canal, and she had suffered internal damage and tearing. She went to hospital after her three day ordeal, but it was too late and the doctors there were not able to help with her internal tearing as it is a very specialised area of surgery. Annie was lucky that her husband stood by her despite the ostracising condition she suffered from.

But she was ashamed to even leave her house, and people would ridicule her when she was out in public from lack of proper understanding about her condition. She rarely went to the market place, typically sending people to go on her behalf.

Hearing about the care and treatment available in Arusha through our health outreach program that came to her village, she got together with four other people from her district and made the journey unto Arusha. She has now had surgery and is making a good recovery and is due to go home tomorrow.

Along with Annie in the specialist medical facility and outreach partners Maternity Africa, were other women who had been identified and supported through the outreach program to reach arusha for help.

From as young as 19 years old, up to their 50s, these women have struggled with their conditions for many years, with no hope of help.

Now they have received corrective surgery from one of the world's top experts in this field, and are set to go back to their villages with their heads held high. In the last 6 months, our fistula outreach clinics have been to 3 regions, covering 21 villages and reaching over 1000 people. 7 women have successful had fistula repair surgery as a result. And we hope to reach more soon. 

" }, { "title": "Launching the Katavi Summer Internships with LCMO", "slug": "launching-the-katavi-summer-internships-with-lcmo", "date": "03/09/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/KataviGallery2.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We know that the engagement of the local communities in conservation requires their daily consultations, which again requires commitment of professionals to lead and learn from them.  While LCMO feels eased of Charles Ndandala’s new chapter, we are at the same time excited to introduce three young conservationists who have joined us at LCMO to share and apply their practical and theoretical experience and bring forth their passion as well as learn in regard to wildlife conservation practices and program operations for lasting conservation and human–wildlife coexistence.


Neema, Gilya and Prisca joined LCMO for this years round of internships, with the aim of developing and promoting conservation careers among young conservationists in Tanzania. They will be graet ambassadors going forward to join our conservation efforts to tackle major issues: human-wildlife conflicts, climate change impacts, and poaching & habitat loss, all of which exacebate the migration and loss of species, ultimatly leading to the extinction of species. 

" }, { "title": "Meet Paulina", "slug": "meet-paulina", "date": "02/09/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Hope_6.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Lamai_2.jpg", "mainContent": "

Paulina is 18 years old.

She fled from her family when she was 16, determined to avoid female circumcision (FGM).

Through Nomad, she was supported in the FGM refuge center, and then sponsored to a vocational training college. 

As part of her studies Paulina completed a ‘work placement’ at Lamai Serengeti.

Now she joins our Nomad Trainee Program and is working in camp on a full time basis, as a waitress.

" }, { "title": "Kids take over in Katavi", "slug": "kids_take_over_in_katavi", "date": "02/09/2019", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Our Watoto Go Wild trip was a huge hit in Katavi last week. The students from one of the village schools just outside Katavi National Park, were collected bright and early by a Nomad car and guide from Chada Katavi. 

They had fantastic luck on their morning game drive, spotting leopards and lots of other creatures and critters. 

They came into Chada Katavi for a full camp spread, filling up on all their favourite foods for lunch cooked especially for them by our camp chef. 

They even spent some time with some of our guest in camp and got to practice their English, as well as teaching guests some Swahili words. 

After meeting the Chada team, and their behind the scenes tour of a safari camp and all the different departments and jobs, they set off again for another game drive, some conservation themed activities, and then back to their village. They had a blast, as did our guests! 


" }, { "title": "Katavi Kuku Project Takes Flight", "slug": "katavi-kuku-project-takes-flight", "date": "05/08/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_6619.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Over in the West we have started a chicken project for women and families in need of a home based income-generating-activity that is simple and self running. We have been working with Rita and Jeff from the Guardian Project on this one, and have adopted their 'pay it forward' model to reach even more people, as beneficiaries donate chickens onto other families when they start prodcuing chicks. 

We are very egg-cited about this project (sorry just couldnt help ourselves). 

The beneficiary families receive the chickens\"\"


The beneficiaries took part in a poultry husbandry workshop to help equip them with the knowledge to run their household chicken units effectively and efficiently. 


Volunteers from our LCMO partners helping the beneficiaries administer the first round of vacinations for the chickens.\"\"

Thanks to our Chada camp team and LCMO partners, and Rita and Jeff, for helping make this all possible. 


" }, { "title": "Simba Scholarships - Mbuga", "slug": "simba-scholarships-mbuga", "date": "01/08/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Mbuga_Blogsize.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Another youth has joined our family of scholarship students in Ruaha. We look forward to watching the progress of Mbuga, age 16, as continues through his secondary education as a boarder. 


My name is Mbuga. I was born in 24th April 2003 (16 years) in Kinyika village. I come from a Sukuma tribe and my parents practice Agro-pastoralism. My father has two wives. My mother, Dotto Nyanzala, is the second wife. We are a total of 14 children. To my mother, we are 8 children and I am the fourth born.

I started primary school in 2012 in Kinyika primary and completed in 2018 and in 2019, I joined Pawaga secondary school for my secondary education. In my family it is only my elder brother and I that are in school. My other elder brothers and sisters dropped out of school and are now helping my parents with crop production and animal keeping (cattle herding).

After joining my secondary school, my father failed to pay fees for my accommodation in school so I was just a day scholar. This situation didn’t give me enough time for my private reading as I were so engaged with home activities and I had to cover a long distance every day to go to school. I thank RCP for helping me out because after stepping in, I am now in boarding and so my own revision is easy because I keep in school all time.

In school, I like playing football and spend most of my time reading. In future, I want to be a pilot and I will work to my best to achieve my dream so that I may help my mother.

" }, { "title": "Three is the magic number", "slug": "three-is-the-magic-number", "date": "24/06/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Part2_DSC00865.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Part2_Screenshot_2019-06-24_at_11.15.34.jpg", "mainContent": "

3 doctors, 3 days, 300 eye cases. 


We recently ran a three day eye clinic in the village of Katumbi, a boat trip away from Greystoke Mahale. Serving four neighbouring villages, our team of eye specialists were flown down form Arusha, to Mahale where they saw and treated over 300 patients during this health outreach trip. 


The team were met with a wide variety of eye problems, from elderly members of the community in need of reading glasses, to children with eye infections and allergies, and lots of other cases in between. The community were over the moon to have a service like this arrive in their village, which otherwise has loimited health facilities, and is a days boat ride from even the most basic opticians. 


The doctors also managed to perform some minor procedures, removing foreign bodies and preventing degressive and permeant eye conditions, if left untreated.


They also put a day aside to see our camp team, who were pleased to get tested and receive protective glasses and drops. 

Another successful health outreach trip. 

" }, { "title": "Simba Scholarships - Adam", "slug": "simba-scholarships-adam", "date": "10/06/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Adam_Papaa_Sangayaa.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

One of our Simba Scholars, sponsored by Nomad Trust through RCP for their secondary education, has sent us a little bio about himself and what this opportunity means to him.

Adam, age 14.


My name is Adam Papaa Sangayaa. I was born on 20th May 2005 in Mahuninga village. I come from a Maasai tribe and my parents are pastoralists. I am the third born with my two elder brothers and two young sisters. In 2012, I started my primary education in Mahuninga Primary School and completed in 2018. I joined form one in Idodi Secondary School in January this year, 2019 and hope to finish secondary school it in 2022.

Just like it is with our tribe, going to school is not easy because parents always want you to go to herd the family's livestock and no one will support you if you insist on joining school. This often happened to me but because I liked school, I never gave up until I completed my primary education despite all the setbacks. After joining my Secondary education life became even more difficult because there are more expenses and support was very limited. The little I got was after my Father was pushed by the government.

I thank God that RCP came and started supporting me on almost all of the school fees and other requirements so I now don’t worry of my future in in school like it was before. When I grow up, I want to be a pilot. Apart from school schedules, I like playing football and grazing cattle.
" }, { "title": "Congrats to Neema", "slug": "congrats-to-neema", "date": "24/05/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Neema1.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We are thrilled to share the news that one of our sponsored students, Neema, has just graduated from her Advanced Level program at Kibosho Secondary School in Moshi! Neema 


We are so proud of her accomplishments in completing this very challenging program. Once Neema recieves her final exam scores in September she will apply to college or university to pursue a degree in Social Work! I have attached a few pictures of the ceremony. Neema was celebrated by her sisters, brothers, and a few RVCV staff members. 


" }, { "title": "Beyond the basics", "slug": "beyond-the-basics", "date": "22/05/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/001.11_.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Young students around Ruaha love sports and art as much as the next child. One of our recent school contributions was focused on supporting the nearby school's plans to improve their sports programs for local students. Life can be pretty tough in some of these remote villages, and so it is great to see the schools taking the initiative to invest and promote extra-curricular activities for their students. 

We couldn't resist sharing these drawings from the students, with the title \"we love games\" at the top. 





" }, { "title": "Stop Illegal Lion Killing Campaign", "slug": "stop-illegal-lion-killing-campaign", "date": "10/05/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Screenshot_2019-06-21_at_15.18.51.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Who is LCMO? Here is a little promo video of our partners down in Katavi, LCMO. 


Their central aim is to prevent illegal lion killings through education, awareness campaigns, and ambassadors and activities on the ground. 

This video was put together by Chris and Bridget from The Expedition Earth team at Nat Geo, who visited LCMO in April this year.

To help promote their work in Western Tanzania, please share far and wide. 

" }, { "title": "Nomad photography internship arrives in the Serengeti", "slug": "Photography-internship-arrives-in-the-Serengeti", "date": "16/04/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Part2_145A5222.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Part2_IMG_7009.jpg", "mainContent": "

At Nomad we are always looking for new ways to maximising our presence in Tanzania for good, and using our camps as platforms for community support, conservation programs, and learning opportunities is one way we do this.

Our latest initiative is a photography & videography internship, giving aspiring Tanzanian photographers the chance to develop skills and passions through a photo mentorship based at our camps and around the National Parks we are lucky enough to call home.

Not only is this an opportunity to gain skills related to the art of wildlife and camp photography, but also an incredible opportunity for these budding photographers to spend some time in some of the most pristine wild corners of their home. The intern spends a week in a Nomad camp, developing the knowledge and skills by learning on the job and under the supervisions of mentors Hans and Vanessa Ngoteya. So far we have run three successful Photography Internship trips in the Selous, the Serengeti and Katavi National Parks.

One of the participants of this program, Fahad, just got back from this internship and has written to us saying just how much this opportunity has meant to him, and what an impact it has had. \" Am lost of words to express my gratitude to you guys for an amazing week of experience full of knowledge, ideas, laughter and so many great memories. I have learnt a lot and am thankful for sharing all the things you did on this entire trip, wish we could stay longer so that we could learn more but sadly we had to come to an end of the program. Going forward I hope you guys (Hans & Vanessa) and Nomad Tanzania will keep on this great platform to inspire, educate and influence Tanzanian content creators to major in this field of travel and wildlife photography and content creations. On my side I will use the knowledge of Photography and film making to create content that will promote the beauty of my Tanzania, share it with my fellow content creators to inspire them and trigger them to venture in this field too. To Nomad Tanzania, the value you have brought to us is an explainable and am impressed on how you have handled this whole internship program. From Serengeti Safari Camp I felt like I am a guest and valued same way like everyone else in the camp site. Looking forward to meeting the team behind the success of Nomad Tanzania in one of these days. Fahad!”

We are super proud of these guys, and are pretty impressed with the standard of photos and videos that have come out of this project so far.

To see the groups wildlife photos - visit our Facebook Album - Photography Internships

" }, { "title": "Honey Harvesting", "slug": "honey-harvesting", "date": "12/04/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Beehive_setup_5_low_res.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Its now six months since we had ran a beekeeping workshop in Katavi with villagers and members of the beekeeping network in Mpimbwe. So here's just a quick update from us on what the bees have been up to in the meantime. 


After receiving training from apiary experts, individuals have invested in over 100 new beehives in the area. With beekeepers now boasting just short of 500 beehives between them, 273 have bees had bees move in. 

Over the last six weeks 245 litres of honey has been harvested.   

More than 80 acres of land have been set aside by members, selecting areas with plenty of trees, crops and flowers, to enrich the honey quality. We are also hoping for more positive changes of crop yields as an added bonus from the pollination by bees ,later this year.

Below is the ‘Mirumba' youth group in the field as they were harvesting one of their local beehives. 


Then processing and sieving the honey from honey combs using the honey pressing machine at the LCMO office.


" }, { "title": "Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose (and Teeth)", "slug": "eyes-and-ears-and-mouth-and-nose-and-teeth", "date": "31/03/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_4947.JPG", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_4942.JPG", "mainContent": "

322 people were treated over two days at Tungamalenga village for a variety of health issues. This health outreach program from our Kigelia Ruaha camp, helped identify and treat people in the community with eye problems, as well as ears nose and throat conditions, oh and we threw in a dentist for good measure. Specialists in their different fields, from the near by District Hospital in Iringa, came to the village and help run this three day health program for the local community and our neighbours from Kigelia.

The program was a huge success and we are once again happy to be able to support our neighbours with vital health services like this. A big thanks to our camp team for helping arrange it all, and the Iringa District Hospital, and other health officials in the area for their support.

" }, { "title": "Katumbi Beekeeping Training", "slug": "katumbi-beekeeping-training", "date": "29/03/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/WhatsApp_Image_2019-03-16_at_14.32.13.jpeg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/WhatsApp_Image_2019-03-13_at_15.37.22.jpeg", "mainContent": "

Looking after our bees is vital for the environment as well as local communities.

Not only does learning about apiculture and the beekeeping trade give rural villagers an easy and accessible livelihood activity that helps them add to their household income and provides nutritious honey for home consumption, but beekeeping also has much wider benefits for people and wildlife. It is estimated that honeybees pollinate around one third of the world's crops. These little critters are vital to the production of the food we humans eat as well as much of the vegetation for animals and insects. With this in mind, our latest village training workshop took place in Katumbi, Mahale, and engaged one of our village group on a five day training course on basic apiculture. This is part one of a three stage course, covering essential beekeeping topics, through theoretical and practical sessions. This part focused on basic beekeeping theory, site selection, bee forage, management of hives, theory of harvesting and practical demonstrations, and other skills.

Once they had gone through the theoretical parts, the participants got familiar with some of the equipment used.

As part of the training, they received start-up kits to enable them to apply their new knowledge and begin engaging in beekeeping activities.

From the knowledge gained in the classroom, and with the support of the trainer, the group set out to identified an ideal site for their new hives, and put them up.

With their hives in trees, its now a bit of a waiting game as we at Nomad and the trainee group wait to see if bees move in.

A beee-g thanks to our Greystoke Mahale team for helping with the arrangements, and TAWIRI and their trainer Seleman for facilitating it.

" }, { "title": "Compost training - behind the scenes and camp involvement", "slug": "compost-training-behind-the-scenes-and-camp-involvement", "date": "05/03/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_8579.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Our camp team at Kigelia was excited for their first village compost training program in the area and keenly got involved on all levels. From raising awareness in villages about the upcoming workshops and finding the most willing and needy participants, to helping arrange the materials needed for the practical demonstrations and putting together compost piles together with villagers.

The trainers Rita and Jeff were accompanied by a small band of Nomad Kigelia camp staff, headed by Ken, the camp manager. Everyone pitched in to collect the materials necessary for the demonstration.

And as usual, back at camp, the staff were also eager to have a presentation and discussion, though no demonstrations could take place as we were inside Ruaha National Park.

A big thanks to all our camps for going the extra mile!

" }, { "title": "Compost Training in the South - Kigelia Ruaha", "slug": "compost-training-in-the-south-kigelia-ruaha", "date": "05/03/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_8760.jpeg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_4704.jpeg", "mainContent": "

Next stop for our compost trainers from Lamai Serengeti was Ruaha National Park in the South East of Tanzania. Based from our Kigelia Ruaha camp, this was another new addition to the ever-growing Guardian Project family and Nomad Trust capacity building village workshops. The training was held in the village of Tungamalenga and once again the participants were really keen to learn these practices and get involved in the demo compost piles.

Our camp manager Ken helped with translating the sessions.

Participants practiced building a compost pile together after the theoretical part of the training.

All pitched in to make quite a perfect compost pile, really impressing the trainers. In addition to the usual corn and beans, the community is farming rice as a cooperative, something quite new to the trainers. Familiar nods followed discussions of the adverse effects of toxic chemical fertilisers and everyone who attended the demonstration/workshop seemed eager to try a healthy, free alternative.

Rita took time with the group to show them some of their work across africa, and also the results of organic fertiliser, to boost morale and show them the impact it can have without harming the soil and environment.

Many turned up again the 2nd day to review and do, with the trainers just watching and admiring as the village participants successfully put together a model pile.

Rita and Jeff also introduced some simple dry-season container farming ideas as well as drip-irrigation using recycled water bottles that we hope to be able to develop with the villages too. Watch this space!

" }, { "title": "Compost Training in the North - Lamai Serengeti", "slug": "Compost-Training-in-the-North-Lamai-Serengeti", "date": "05/03/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/52856757_2167953839932438_1499603705597526016_n.jpeg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_8215.jpeg", "mainContent": "

This year we had our partner compost trainers from ’The Guardian Project' in the North training neighbouring villages and camp teams from Lamai Serengeti. Over 50 people in the communities were trained, and our camp teams took the opportunity to learn from their special guests while they were based at Lamai. T heir 'Soil Restoration Through Organic Fertiliser’ training gives farming families from villages bordering the Serengeti a zero-cost environmentally-friendly and accessible-to-all sustainable alternative to chemical fertilises.

Rita from The Guardian Project introduces the compost methodology to local men and women. This simple and accessible knowledge can be applied to their ’shambas’ - household gardens and small farm plots. It is training like this that gives communities a sustainable alternative that not only helps them boost their farming yields for better food security at home or more produce to sell at market, but also helps ease some of the practices the damaging land and water around.

We ran workshops with neighbouring communities, with theory and practical demonstrations on this simple compost & organic fertiliser methodology.

There was a great turn out and reception to the workshops in the villages, and people all went home keen to try out the new practices on their little plots. Our camps staff at Lamai were also super eager to learn about organic fertiliser, and turned out en masse for a presentation in the Mess Hall.

Jeff from The Guardian Project spent lots of one on one time with Jairo and other individuals at camp who took a particular interest in the methodologies they were teaching.

Chacha got his hands dirty helping prepare some of the materials for the practical demonstrations in the village trainings. He was especially keen to help since one of the trainings was involving his home village.

In camp lots of the team chatted about their experience with chemical fertiliser and the trainers Rita and Jeff shared their experiences from other countries across East Africa.

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Last weekend we took a trip with the Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) to see first-hand the progress of the Simanjiro Grazing Easement Project.


For many years this strip of land situated just outside Tarangire National Park has been a crucial grazing area for both wildlife and local Maasai cattle, and is one of the main calving sites for the migration.


The pressure on the land resulted in the ‘Simanjiro Easement Agreement’ being established, with Terrat village as the original program, later extended to Sukuro village, and others being negotiated this year.


The communities here are typically agricultural pastoralists, yet they agreed to set aside an area of land that would be off limits for agricultural or permanent settlement, in return for annual donations made to the village. 


These donations are then directed at projects that benefit the village as a whole. This year they are planning on using their village easement payment to invest in better maternity facilities and care for women and children in the community. 

" }, { "title": "Moving Mountains", "slug": "moving-mountains", "date": "07/02/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Surgerystrong_180606_0401.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Last week we put two nurses from The Plaster House in Arusha, on a plane all the way down to Greystoke Mahale, and then on a boat over to Katumbi village. This trip was key to raise awareness on the work The Plaster House are doing, and identify children with correctable disabilities to receive life changing operations. \"\"

It was a massive success, and the team identified 21 children who will benefit from care at The Plaster House through their upcoming plastics clinic in March, specialising in burns, cleft lips and pallets, and unusual swellings, as well as cases of club feet that can be treated year round. 


Since the trip last week, we have already flown up 6 children and their parents to start treatment with The Plaster House.

Others identified are also on standby and will be getting ready to board planes over the next few weeks. We hope all their surgeries are a success, and that these children make a full recovery, and will be back home walking tall and with smiles on their faces before long.


This 3 day outreach program was based in Katumbi village but open for people from other villages nearby to come and see the nurses. During the trip nurse Tumaini and Esupat screened lots of children. From all corners of Mahale, children came with parents, guardians and even grandparents, who had hear about this opportunity in the weeks running up to this Nomad - Plaster House outreach trip. 


Although the Plaster House focus on child disabilities, some people from the community came to seek help and advise, and despite being a little over the age limit, they were still welcomed to put their names down and listen to all the advise and recommendations the nurses Tumaini and Esupat had for the options available to them, how they can treat their condition, and live a normal life without the worry and shame they struggle with on a daily basis. 


This lady pictured above never leaves home without her 'Kanga' to hide a part of her face that has a disfigurement. She hopes that she will be able to walk around her village one day without having to worry about covering her face, and we hope we can make that a reality very soon.



Of course we couldn't really let Tumaini and Esupat come all this way and not go chimp trekking. This was the perfect end and perfect way to say a big Nomad thank you to these two wonderful nurses and the Plaster House for their ongoing support of our communities and children.


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The Plaster House have recently kicked off a new campaign, Surgery Strong. Surgery is very hard on the body and even more so on little bodies. In Tanzania, good nutrition can be a challenge. Often, children who come to The Plaster House are not ready for the surgery they need. Being malnourished, their bodies simply won’t cope with the demands of surgery and recovery. That’s where their Surgery Strong campaign comes in. They want to make sure that each child that comes to The Plaster House is fighting fit before they go in for their life changing operation. They want to give them the best chance for success.


As well as supporting The Plaster House Surgery Strong Fundraiser next month, we wanted to do a little shout out on this key Plaster House program. 


The goal of this year’s fundraiser is to expand the capacity of The Plaster House to send children to the operating theatre Surgery Strong! This includes everything from proper nutrition to feeding supplements, therapy and rehabilitation to emotional support, strong beating hearts to positive attitudes. 


It takes a village to prepare a child for a life changing surgery both before and after the surgery happens. That is why The Plaster House need as much help as possible in their efforts to raise money to plan and implement a comprehensive onsite program.

If you would like to support The Plaster House or learn more about their incredible work, get in touch


Money raised for through this campaign will go towards the feeding program and special feeding equipment, therapeutic exercise program, the vegetable garden, provision of vitamin supplements, and continuation of the education programme.

" }, { "title": "So so proud ", "slug": "so-proud", "date": "14/01/2019", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Trust.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We are so so proud of our newest scholarship student from Katumbi. As far removed as you could possibly imagine, with his primary school hidden behind the Mahale Mountains, and bordered by Lake Tanganyika, Hamisi has truly beaten the odds to become an all 'A' student and complete his primary education with remarkable scores! 

Through our scholarship program, Hamisi has chosen to travel to Dar es Salaam to study in a top secondary school, in pursuit of becoming a doctor. 

Hamisi comes from a big family of five children, and parents who are subsistence farmers in the village of Katumbi. Hamisi's favourite subjects are Maths and Science, and it is his dream to one day become a doctor and help sick people. 

Hamisi is over the moon for the chance to study at a private secondary school, and we are thrilled to be a part of his future and all the possibilities that lie ahead. 


" }, { "title": "Big Kids in Katavi", "slug": "big-kids-in-katavi", "date": "07/12/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/LCMO_community_group_safari.jpeg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/LCMO_community_group.jpeg", "mainContent": "

Although our main focus for ‘Watoto go Wild’ is student safaris for school aged children in local villages, we also run the one-off safaris for other groups in the community.

Earlier this month we organised trips for 90 people from local villages to come into the Katavi National Park. Like our younger ‘Watoto go Wild’ participants, many of the adults in these groups were experiencing the park for the first time, despite living right on the park boundary. Together with our partners LCMO, this special safari trip was organised for some of the top litter pickers during the village clean-up help on World Cleanup Day the month before. The trip was a fantastic success and everyone got the chance to see many different species of wildlife and hear talks from the Park rangers. Mr. Francis, the Community Conservation Service Warden, also took the time to talk to the communities groups on issues related to his field of work, and his overall role in the park. It is opportunities like these that really help open up dialogues between the different groups existing in this vulnerable ecosystems, giving new applications of others realties and struggles, and hopefully also taking another small step forward towards co-existence between wildlife and people. A big thanks to our partners, LCMO, on the ground who help make trips like this a possible and beneficial. 

" }, { "title": "EAT SLEEP SCREEN REPEAT - THE PLASTER HOUSE ON TOUR", "slug": "eat-sleep-screen-repeat-the-plaster-house-on-tour", "date": "26/11/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Plaster_House_Outreach.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The Plaster House started their bi-annual Plastic Surgery Week at the start of November.

In the run-up to this clinic, Nomad Trust got together with The Plaster House to run an eleven-day awareness campaign, covering more than 35 villages across Northern Tanzania. Spreading the word about the upcoming program, Plaster House Outreach Officer Letion, and Nurse Tumaini went from village to village screening and identifying children who could benefit from the clinic in Arusha. The team used our Nomad camps as bases along the way, refuelling their outreach car, regaining their strength with needed food and rest, and picking up preserves for the next leg of their trip. The whole campaign was a huge success, with 145 children screened, and 32 children identified for plastic surgery support at the Plaster House. We will continue our work to follow up with these cases and make sure vulnerable children like these get the treatment they deserve. Read more in the Plaster House newsletter.

" }, { "title": "One dollar for every metre climbed", "slug": "one-dollar-for-every-metre-climbed", "date": "05/11/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/0f2478b8-ff4b-4af0-877f-408d13107631.JPG", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/0f2478b8-ff4b-4af0-877f-408d13107631.JPG", "mainContent": "

Some inspiration for those of you who like a good hike, and want to do some good along the way. Just last week we had four remarkable ladies in Tanzania on the trip of a lifetime, climbing Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Not only was this an incredible adventure for them, but their trip also had a huge impact for one of our Nomad Trust partners, Tanzanian Children's Fund (TCF).

These ladies used the challenge they had set themselves, to fundraise for TCF, one of our Trust partners from Entamanu Ngorongoro. In just one month, while they were busy preparing themselves for the climb, they also managed to raise over $7000 for TCF. Read what they had to say about themselves and what inspired this incredible trip.

“We are 4 girlfriends: Judith from Germany, Sharlyn from Sri Lanka, Victoria from UK and Amaia from Spain. 3 of us live in Singapore, and Amaia lives in Brazil. 2018 is a milestone birthday year for us (finally we all turned 30!) so we decided to fulfil one of our much talked about goals to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. To give our trip an extra special meaning, we decided to support a local Tanzanian charity. We are all mothers and believe strongly that the greatest gifts you can give a child are a safe, loving home, and a good education. That is why we chose to donate to TCF’s Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV) program, which matched perfectly our own ethos and values. We decided to climb 2 mountains, Meru as a training climb (4500m) which was extremely challenging given the weather: fog, rain and wind! But we made it and it prepared us well and gave us confidence for the even bigger climb Kilimanjaro. 4 days before our summit, there was a freak weather storm and 300 climbers were sent down. Our amazing guides Richard and Jackson from Amical travel company told us that the weather was ‘unpredictable’. After 5 days sleeping in tents and climbing in all sorts of weather, we finally summited on 30th October, and were rewarded with perfect blue skies in a heavenly winter wonderland at 5985m. For each step of the way we were spurred on by the knowledge that we were raising a dollar for every metre we climbed! In fact we exceeded it, before the climb we were at $7000 and we’re still counting. Exhausted, but exhilarated, we spent our last days of the trip with a visit to RVCV. We were impressed by the professionalism with which the program is run and the incredible spirit of community amongst the children and volunteers alike. It was really heartwarming to know that our fundraising and efforts were going to such a worthwhile cause to change the lives of 97 Tanzanian children. Our motto for this trip is #whatdoesntKILIyoumakesyoustronger!”

We at Nomad are extremely chuffed at the outcome of this trip, not just the achievement of reaching the top of two peaks, but also the generous donation to our partners. We're delighted that we are able to play an key role in this way, linking good people with good causes, and helping make a big difference. #MovingMountains 

" }, { "title": "Child Vaccinations ", "slug": "child-vaccinations", "date": "02/11/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_1282.JPG", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_1284.JPG", "mainContent": "

Sitalike is a village about an hour from our Chada Katavi camp. Although basic immunisation vaccines are free for Tanzanian children under five, many in this village live so far from the local clinic that they cannot afford to bring their children in for the vaccinations available to them.


With this in mind, we decided to put aside two days for our Chada camp car to help the Sitalike clinic staff reach these more remote families. The nurse and her team packed up their clinic kits and put vaccinations on ice, setting off for these children. Over the two days 63 children received vital immunisation vaccines, 125 children were weighted and had health check ups, and all the mothers who attended were educated on child nutrition, and household health and sanitation.


At the same time, other members of the health team set up in a discrete location and offered free HIV testing to the community. In total 119 people made the most of this pop up service and tested for HIV. They all received pre- and post- testing counselling and general HIV awareness education.


This health outreach program was a big success, with over 255 benefiting from vital heal services.

" }, { "title": "Crazy about compost [Part 2]", "slug": "crazy-about-compost-part-2", "date": "26/10/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Part2__DSF1675.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Part2__DSF1663.jpg", "mainContent": "

… after four days of village workshops in Katavi, Rita and Jeff flew over to Mahale to do the same training for the benefit of our Katumbi community. Here are some shots of their time at Greystoke and in the village running the compost training.







Thanks everyone for another hugely successful village training program.

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Rita and Jeff are a couple from Canada who dedicate their time to traveling to different countries and communities across Africa, to empower communities to improve their farm soil productivity, and boost food security and livelihoods, by training local farmers on permaculture practices.

We were lucky enough to meet them last year, and since then we have been planning their trip to Tanzania to run training programs in some of our neighbouring communities.

This week they have spent four wonderful days based in Chada Katavi, running composting workshops in two of the local villages. The training focused on improving farming practices by utilizing locally available resources to make organic fertilizer and various simple home farming techniques as well as simple efficient watering techniques that improve farm yields. People were also trained on how run small farming gardens for subsistence use.

Before they set to work in the village, they met with our local conservation partners, and discussed the days ahead.


The following days were all spent in the village, running the training workshops that covered topics focused on soil, fertiliser and compost. The methodologies introduced emphasised the importance of sustainability, scalability, economic independence, and conservation. 


There was a great turn out for the workshops and overall 83 people were trained between the two villages participating. 


Jeff and Rita work together with the local small holders to design a system that is best suited to their situations and environment. Through practical teaching, the community are introduced to these ideas, as well as the theory and understanding behind them.  




These methods are zero cost, but hugely beneficial for farming and agricultural production. We hope that the beneficiaries put these new skills to good use and we look forward to catching up with them in a few months time to see their progress. 


Rita and Jeff left Katavi and set off to mahale where they will do the training for another set of community groups.


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On Friday we had 12 local students from Matambwe Primary School, together with two of their teachers, in Sand Rivers Selous as part of our Watoto go Wild program.


The students had amazing sightings on their game drives, even seeing wild dogs and lions on route to camp. 


The day was full of splashes, squeals and smiles all round as the children had a truly once in a lifetime day out, enjoying everything Sand Rivers has to offer. From some scrumptious food, to playing around in the swimming pool. The camp team topped it all off with a cake baked especially for the students, and to mark our first student safari in the Selous. 


When some of the excitement had died down, the students all gathered together and talked to the guides, cooks and house keeping teams, learning about the different roles in camp. Sarah the masseuse even gave one of the teacher a demo massage \"smile\" 


Thanks to the Sand Rivers team for making is a fab day all round! 

" }, { "title": "De-snaring 2018", "slug": "de-snaring-2018", "date": "15/10/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/De-snaring_cert_2018.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

This Saturday, to commemorate Mwalimu Nyerere Day in Tanzania, Nomad was invited to attend a presentation on the FZS de-snaring program and hear all their latest news. Over the last few months, now with two units, the program has been targeting northern Serengeti. In August and September they collected astonishing 6617 snares on 97 patrol days! The total number of snares collected since the de-snaring program started 16 months ago is now at 17536 snares.

Nomad Tanzania was aslo recognised during the event this weekend for our ongoing contribution and support of this essential program in the Serengeti.  

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Over in Katavi last week we were running a beekeeping workshop for twenty two local beekeepers, to boost their knowledge and skills, and enable them to engage in more productive and sustainable beekeeping practices. David Camara, an apiary expert from Dar es Salaam, came to conduct the four-day workshop. Hosted at our Chada Katavi camp, he also had some special Nomad treatment in-between his village training days. The training was targeted at already established local beekeeping groups and others wanting to start beekeeping. The ten topics covered were 'The importance of beekeeping (with regard to environmental conservation); Pollination; Beekeeping systems; Beekeeping equipment; Making beekeeping equipment’s; Apiary management; Quality honey harvesting; Honey processing and packaging; Bees calendar; and Persevering forests for apiary farming’.

As well as theory in the classroom, the days were full of practical training and site visits to really assess the area and make sure the knowledge was specific to the local environment.

Traditionally people in the area practising beekeeping, resort to basic hive construction using matials found in their surrounding environment. Bark is striped off trees to be make the body of a hive. Although beekeeping is environmentally-friendly, these type of hives are not. So another key focus of the training was how to practice sustainable beekeeping and the beneficiaries were taught how to make environmentally-friendly hives.

We even had two carpenters demonstrating how to make ‘top bar’ beehives.

Overall the workshop was a huge success, and another example of Nomad Trust works together with their local conservation partners (in this case LCMO), to support neighbouring communities with practical skills, training, and capacity building opportunities. To compliment the training, we also purchased and donated honey harvesting kits and equipment for these local beekeeping groups. These will be used on a shared basis for the benefit of the whole community, kept with our local conservation partners (LCMO) and freely available to sign in and out when any beekeepers are in need of the honey harvesting equipment. As well as learning all the techniques, and receiving some start-up equipment, the trainer David also talked about what happens post harvest, and how to package and market their products. David will monitor this group for a year and help with markets for their products, linking them with wider beekeeping networks and established markets. Finally, five modern ’top bar’ beehives were donated to the beekeeping groups who took part in the training and are supported by Nomad Trust and LCMO. We are really keen to check in with them over the next few months as they put their new skills and equipment to use. 

" }, { "title": "13 Collars Deployed", "slug": "13-Collars-Deployed", "date": "08/10/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/TAWIRI_elephant_collaring_918_1.jpeg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/TAWIRI_elephant_collaring_918_2.jpeg", "mainContent": "

Supporting elephant conservation and research in the Selous is one of the most important partnerships we have in the south. Elephant populations in the Selous have been in decline over the last few decades, but numbers have turned around and been slowly rising recently.

After the first set of 8 elephant collars deployed in the Selous late last year, the TAWIRI team has just come back from successfully collaring a further 13 elephant herds. This is vital work to help monitor the elephant population in the Selous.

With an expert team in the field, no elephants are harmed during the collar deployment. Typically the elephant will wear the collar for 2 to 3 years. During this time the TAWIRI team use GPS tracking and data to learn more about their movements, observe the characteristics of different herds, and to be informed for when elephants encroach onto village land. The 21 collared herds are from different areas across the Selous, and are an essential part of TAWIRI’s Selous Elephant Program.

" }, { "title": "Safi Sana", "slug": "safi-sana", "date": "20/09/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Girls_Cleaning.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

To mark the 10th anniversary of World Cleanup Day, we helped arrange some village cleanup groups across Tanzania. There was an outstanding effort among neighbouring communities, with over 400 volunteers getting their hands dirty and collecting rubbish from around their village. Asante sana everyone!

Some of the highlights...

From Entamanu Ngorongoro, school students getting ready to set off around the Ngorongoro area.



From Chada Katavi, students and youth were busy getting their hands dirty and village clean. 



Over at Greystoke Mahale, Katumbi village got kitted up and set out on their rubbish collection mission, and smiled all the way. 



Its quite special seeing people mobilised and empowered to clean up their communities and surrounding environments. Well done and big thanks to all the communities, camps, and partners who helped make this happen.

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The team at Sand Rivers took a detour from their usual game drives, and paid a visit to Matambwe Primary School last week to drop off some essential school supplies. With such a high number of students enrolled in the school, the resources they receive from the government only go so far. So it is donations like this that help fill the gap and ease the learning situation in one of our neighbouring village schools.



" }, { "title": "Class Sevens finish their exams!", "slug": "class-sevens-finish-their-exams", "date": "11/09/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/image2.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

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.

" }, { "title": "A busy week for Rumas", "slug": "a-busy-week-for-rumas", "date": "04/09/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Rumas_Website.JPG", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Rumas_Website.JPG", "mainContent": "

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.

" }, { "title": "Ruaha Researchers", "slug": "ruaha-researchers", "date": "27/08/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Charlotte_Searle_research_photoWEB.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Charlotte_Searle_research_photo.jpg", "mainContent": "

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

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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.

" }, { "title": "In the Name of your Daughter", "slug": "in-the-name-of-your-daughter", "date": "10/07/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/ZFF_2018.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/ZFF_2018.jpg", "mainContent": "

Nomad had a hand in the production of a documentary made last year portraying the struggle of girls in Mugumu and the ongoing illegal practice of female genital mutilation among their community.

The film had its international premier at Copenhagen Film Festival in March, and more recently the African premier was held at the Zanzibar Film Festival this June.

We are so proud of the two girls from Mugumu who took to the stage and gave voice to their plight and that of others in Tanzania. They were also accompanied by Rhobi the director of the centre, and behind the scenes was none other than our Michelle from Sand Rivers who couldn't pass up the chance to go and show our Nomad support once again for this cause.

" }, { "title": "Serengeti Scholarships ", "slug": "serengeti-scholarships", "date": "06/07/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2._glad_.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "


Through the Nomad Trust, we have sponsored three girls from Mugumu’s ‘Hope Centre’ fighting FGM on the Serengeti boundary, to enrol on a one-year hospitality course at a certified vocational training college in Moshi.

The college, More Than A Drop, is a foundation that offers training to girls from impoverished and challenging backgrounds. They have a unique model of training based on practical, interactive and engaging ways of learning. The girls will gain first hand experience from the working guest house on site and enjoy extra-curricular activities from yoga to role playing.

Elizabeth, Paulina and Nchangwa, all 18 years old and all rearing to go as they started their course last week. This life-changing opportunity will equip them with vital skills and qualifications to help them have brighter futures. 

The girls’ applications were shortlisted, and they traveled all the way from the Serengeti to Moshi for their interviews. The girls really shone among all the 109 candidates and were in the top five over all! 

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This was an exciting week for us as we successfully ran our first health outreach clinic from Entamanu Ngorongoro. 


We hosted a team of eye specialists from hospitals in Arusha. The all Tanzanian team work together to run health outreach days in remote areas, and we were delighted to have them at Entamanu Ngorongoro a few weeks ago.

It was a huge success, with 83 people getting tested and even more benefiting from the health education going on during the two days. 88 medicines were given out, 24 people were prescribed with distance glasses, 15 with reading glasses, and 3 were referred to Arusha and received cataract operations. 

We choose to run this program in the Maasai villages around Entamanu as these communities, particularly women, suffer from various eye problems as a result of poor ventilation in their boma style houses where they traditionally do their cooking.

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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.

" }, { "title": "Our New Selous Partners! ", "slug": "our-new-selous-partners", "date": "01/06/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/WWF_TZ_RB-83.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/TAWIRI_TZ_RB-40_copy.jpg", "mainContent": "

This is the most recent addition to our family of Nomad Trust partners, and we’re excited to be linking up with the Selous Elephant Research Program run by Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) in the Selous. Since this project started at the end of 2017, seven elephants have been collared to help track the movements of their herds and gather accurate data on the elephant populations in the Selous Game Reserve, which have suffered in recent years as a result of poaching for ivory. The TAWIRI team also work on gathering data on herd family structures, herd movements, and overall health and population growth of the elephants around our camps, and in the wider Selous area. The overarching goal is to assess the current population and help develop conservation strategies, alongside park authorities and local communities, that will see the return of growing elephant populations in this epic wilderness.

" }, { "title": "Local Maasai Students on Safari from Entamanu", "slug": "local-maasai-students-on-safari-from-entamanu", "date": "28/05/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Blog4.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Group_shot_Entamanu_Kids.jpg", "mainContent": "

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. 

" }, { "title": "Ladi is back!", "slug": "ladi-is-back", "date": "07/05/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Ladi_blog2.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

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. 


" }, { "title": "A bit of girl power", "slug": "a-bit-of-girl-power", "date": "09/04/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/RVCV_Neema_sponsorship_1.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

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. 

" }, { "title": "Kids Chimping Around in Greystoke", "slug": "kids-chimping-around-in-greystoke", "date": "17/03/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Foto_10.03_.18%2C_12_14_42_.jpg", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Foto_10.03_.18%2C_15_53_18_.jpg", "mainContent": "

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

" }, { "title": "Walking the Walk", "slug": "walking-the-walk", "date": "08/03/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Plaster_House_Blog.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We are so so proud to now be working with The Plaster House. 

Just a few weeks ago we started our outreach program with this fantastic Arusha based organisation. Using our Nomad presence in so many far flung parts of Tanzania, and some gusto from our camp crew, we are spreading the word to our Nomad neighbours, about the mini miracles the plaster house perform. Doing this, we are the bridge between these children with disabilities hidden away in their villages, and the treatment that is out there and can seriously turn things around for them and their families. 

This week Hussein and Mahamud are the first of our new Trust outreach program to have undergone surgery and we are following their recovery at The Plaster House. 

Hussein age 14 has had a sever burn on his hand treated.

Mahamud age 3 burn on his foot has been operated on.

Help make this possible for more children

Learn more about The Plaster House

" }, { "title": "Our First Conservation Internship", "slug": "our-first-conservation-internship", "date": "01/03/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Ladi.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We are thrilled to have successfully organised our first conservation internship, linking up two of our Nomad Trust partners, and bringing an exciting opportunity to ranger trained Ladislaus. 

Ladislaus, one of the children supported by TCF in Karatu, has been given the chance to go down to Katavi and work for LCMO, getting his hands dirty designing waste management projects, assisting with the youth club activities & village film nights, and getting first hand experience of conservation work going on in another corner of Tanzania.  

Ladislaus graduated from Ranger Collage, and longs to one day work in the safari world. As well as being a keen gardener and running little vegetable patches in the Rift Valley Children's Village, he also has a heart for conservation and community work. He is definitely our type of ranger!

" }, { "title": "Seeds and Trees - The Green Mpimbwe Campaign", "slug": "seeds-and-trees-the-green-mpimbwe-campaign", "date": "31/01/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Tree_planting_class_with_students_copy.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Over in Katavi, our latest trust donation has really made a difference and helped LCMO run some fantastic conservation programs in nearby villages. 


We helped donate 25kgs of tree seeds and the equipment to plant the seedlings in local tree nurseries. Educating villagers and youth groups on tree plating, this activity aims to reduce soil and forest degradation and restore the natural habitats.

" }, { "title": "Working with the Youth", "slug": "working-with-the-youth", "date": "31/01/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Student_reading_an_environment_book_during_environment_class_with_VIMA_team.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Thanks to our latest donation, 3 youth clubs attached to local schools were able to run activity days to promote environmental awareness among children, and discussing the challenges they find in their village.


" }, { "title": "Turning Killers into Ambassadors", "slug": "turning-killers-into-ambassadors", "date": "31/01/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Lion_WarriorLCMO.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Another program our partners were able to conduct thanks to Nomad Trust donations, was holding an open discussion with former lion killers and supporters of this illegal tradition, to begin a dialogue and look for ways to work together. It was a great success and at the end of the meeting, the group of 15 who took part confirmed their readiness to put this practice behind them and instead begin to protect lions and other wildlife around the village.

The 15 Kashishi village conservation converts

" }, { "title": "Village film nights in Katavi", "slug": "village-film-nights-in-katavi", "date": "31/01/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Film_Night.png", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Despite the rains, 8 conservation films where shown in villages over the last few months, reaching around 5000 local people with environmentally friendly themed messages.


Kibaoni Village Film Night 

" }, { "title": "Snaps for Conservation", "slug": "snaps-for-conservation", "date": "28/01/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_0046.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

In addition to the guide and guest photos we provide RCP for their wildlife data collection, we have now set up a camera trap in camp to help RCP with another means of studying the creatures around. 



" }, { "title": "Senior Researcher brings RCP updates to Kigelia", "slug": "senior-researcher-brings-rcp-updates-to-kigelia", "date": "26/01/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Ruaha_CP_1.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Senior research assistant Mike from RCP came to Kigelia camp to give our team the latest news on all things RCP going on inside and outside of the Ruaha National Park


While guests were sleeping, our camp crew put together a makeshift screening area back of house and gathered around to listen to the updates from our Trust parents. Mike gave a talk on the progress of the 10 GPS collared lions, and how the Lion Defenders Program is hoping to expand into south eastern Ruaha with more work focusing on prevention of lion retaliation kills and supporting communities with safeguarding their livestock. We are looking forward to supporting some of their upcoming projects.  

" }, { "title": "The man behind LCMO", "slug": "the-man-behind-lcmo", "date": "08/01/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Beehive_setup_4.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Hans is doing wonders over in Katavi. Hans is a conservationist from Tanzania with a passion for filming and photography. He is a co-founder of one of our Nomad Trust partners, LCMO - Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organisation, which focuses on promoting, supporting, and improving community livelihoods through sustainable environmental practices. Hans has a deep interest in creating awareness around conservation and developing materials for conservation education. Hans does a fantastic job running the LCMO projects and we are thrilled to have such a great trust partner working in the area. 


If you would like to learn a little more about one of the main guys behind LCMO, have a read of his blog on Nat Geo. 

Read Hans Cosmos’ blog on NatGeo

" }, { "title": "Katumbi Carpenter", "slug": "katumbi-carpenter", "date": "01/01/2018", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/_MG_7039.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The Katumbi carpenter has been busy finishing up the next round of school desks.

80 new desks are now in the classrooms of Katumbi Primary School, our neighbours over in Greystoke Mahale. This is another great step forward helping improve the learning conditions and education in the area.


In Katumbi education is a game changer, and something as simple as a desk could be the difference between a child having the space and chance to concentration on their studies and perform well enough to go onto secondary school, and the harsh reality of so many other children who drop out of school early and stay home to work the land before they are even in their teenage years. 


" }, { "title": "Christmas in Kigelia", "slug": "christmas-in-kigelia", "date": "26/12/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Kigelia_Kids_2.JPG", "headerImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Kigelia_Kids_1.JPG", "mainContent": "

Christmas was extra special in Kigelia this year. We all know Christmas isn’t quite the same without children around to share the magic with. So our Kigelia camp crew invited three cars full of students from the local primacy school to put their feet up in camp (quite literally - check out photo 4), and enjoy a safari game drive around Ruaha National Park. 






" }, { "title": "Six months of Serengeti de-snaring", "slug": "six-months-of-serengeti-de-snaring", "date": "19/12/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/PEI_1276.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Quite possibly the most effective de-snaring team in the Serengeti, we are proud to have been supporting the FZS program for the last six month, and we are looking forward to helping them continue to make a massive difference in the coming year. 

1 car. 8 men. 127 patrol days. 421 animals found snared. 8560 snares removed.

Ranger and one FZS  de-snaring team member collecting wire snares.

Confiscated wire snares.

All photo credits to FZS & Eickemeier

" }, { "title": "Changing attitudes with baby elephants.", "slug": "changing-attitudes-with-baby-elephants", "date": "14/12/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_0402.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

\"\"Not long ago, a baby elephant was attacked
with a spear by local villagers in West
Kilimanjaro. In fright from the attack, the
elephant calf fled, losing her herd and mother.
Luckily the elephant's cries were picked up by
another female elephant in the area who called
to her and drew her to safety. The calf is now
being looked after by some rangers, and has
been put on a feeding program, had her wound
seen to by local vets, and is on track to make a
full recovery.
Sadly this type of attack happens often in
villages that share land with the surrounding
wildlife. Communities act on fear instead of
understanding for these great creatures and it is not usually a happy ending for the wildlife.
Reversing this culture of conflict and the mindset of people who are protecting their livelihoods, as well as those who kill wildlife for a living, is no easy task. 


In an effort to address this problem, Nomad Trust joined forces with local game wardens, a couple of vets, and Tanzanian wildlife officials to organise a school trip for children from the village. Identified as being leaders in their school, primary aged children from different classes had the chance to go on a conservation themed school trip to see the baby elephant and learn more about wild animals and how people can live alongside them in peace. 

‘Ndarakwai’ as the calf has been named, was a perfect example for the students to see first-hand the after effects of the wildlife retaliation and attacks going on in their village. Spending the day learning just how like humans elephants actually are, everyone came away with a whole new appreciation for elephants and big beaming smiles. Watch out these primary school students have taken their role as elephant ambassadors very seriously.


" }, { "title": "When Ruaha Met Kuro", "slug": "when-ruaha-met-kuro", "date": "12/12/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_8639.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

... thanks to Nomad for inviting him to guide training.


Stanley from Ruaha Carnivore Project, joined our camp guides in Kuro last week for our Nomad Guide Training in Tarangire National Park. After a week in Kuro, with some of our top Nomad Northern Guides mentoring the group, and wildlife experts Nick and Richard running specialised training, Stanley came back from the bush beaming. Having him with our Nomad guides was a big hit, not just for Stanley who picked up guiding skills and learnt about birds and beasts and a whole range of new wild topics, but also our camp guides who got to meet Stanley and hear first hand the great work RCP is doing near our Kigelia camp in Ruaha.

" }, { "title": "Curiosity killed the cat ... not on our watch!", "slug": "curiosity-killed-the-cat--not-on-our-watch", "date": "30/11/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Mwasty2017_%281%29.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Collaring Carnivores.

Our Trust partners, RCP, have been busy working with the Ruaha National Park authorities to place the first satellite-collars on lions in the area. This is to provide invaluable data on the spatial ecology, demography and mortality of Ruaha’s lions.  

These clever collars have a ‘geo-fence’ mechanism built in which tracks movements outside of the protected area and alerts RCP staff when a lion crosses over into village territory so that they can be on hand if needed to prevent possible conflict.

In this initial phase 3 females have been collared and 1 male. 



Collared in the eastern area of Ruaha towards Lunda, M1 has a calm and laid back nature. M1 has some characteristic features if you see him in the park - a missing lower incisor and a black stripe down the centre of his mohawk. 

Over the last month M1’s movements have centred around the river, although recordings also show intermittent forays to the south (coming close to village land) and the north.



An adult but small in size, F1 has a body length of 137 cm. She seems to be one of the key females in the Bushbuck pride and will likely be seen in the heart of the National Park by guests and guides. Since being collared, F1 has spent most of her time around the Ruaha and Mwagusi rivers, with some movements to the south and east. Bushbuck is one of the largest prides in Ruaha National Park so it will be very interesting to learn more about the pride’s movements.



F2, the second female to be collared, has ventured the furthest of all the four collared lions. She has been located near Ruaha River Lodge, and also has seen moving south of the river. Just last week she headed south fairly rapidly and came very close to village lands, but turned back north again. If she continues these type of movements, she likely come into conflict with pastoralists. Luckily the geo-fence feathery will alert RCP if this happens. 



The last female is in a challenging environment, and is one of the lions most lively to come into conflict with people. She is the largest of the females caught with a body length of 153 cm. Based on her teeth, she is estimated to be around 4 years old. 

She remained in the same area after collaring and never moving too far from the river. 

Why is RCP doing this:

The river and weather dictate a lot of the lion movements, and with the rains on their way we are likely to witness a change in their movements with wider dispersal and more crossing over into danger zones.

" }, { "title": "Supporting De-snaring in the Serengeti", "slug": "supporting-de-snaring-in-the-serengeti", "date": "15/10/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/FZS_-_elly.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Last night FZS held an event to introduce the ‘De-Snaring Programme’ to some of the key stakeholders in Arusha. 

Nomad sat and listened as the reality of what is doing on in our beautiful Serengeti was explained to us all in shocking detail.

It is sad to learn exactly what is going on right under our noses, but we are proud that Nomad supports their work and is counted among the founding members of Tour Operators investing in the program. 


In just five months, the De-snaring Programme has already amassed some shockingly high piles of snares removed from the Serengeti. 


Since mid-april 6800+ snares have been found and removed, and 100 animals successfully freed of the 356 animals found trapped.
This is all the work of the Serengeti De-snaring 8 man team. 


The traps are indiscriminate and those who end up caught are lucky to come out alive. 'Stumpy' is a wellknown character in the Serengeti who has been left with half a trunk as a result of being caught in a snare.

Wildlife snaring in the Serengeti is commonly associated with trophy hunting, but is also connected to the bush-meat trade. With many villages sitting just outside the boundaries of the national park, illegal killing and smuggling out of animal carcasses and dried meat to sell in local markets is becoming increasing high. 


Together with FZS & TANAPA, and other local tour operators, we hope that more de-snaring teams will be funded and operational very soon.

Photo credit: Frankfurt Zoological Society 

To learn more or get involved click here

" }, { "title": "Rift Valley Road Trip", "slug": "rift-valley-road-trip", "date": "21/09/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/RCV_2.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Wiggling my way up and over the Rift Valley, passing local coffee farms, and leaving dusty tracks behind me, last week we paid a visit to the Rift Valley Children’s Village. 


It was great to see TCF's project firsthand and witness the wonderful work they are going for their 97 children, as well as the nearby community. 

They have an open door for people in the local area to come and get checked up by their resident nurse; run a micro-finance program and women’s group to promote small business initiatives; and make sure that the children in their care benefit from educational, health, and emotional support on a day-to-day basis. 

These results speak for themselves.


The house mamas are an essential part of the RVCV, caring for these at-risk children, and making sure that each and every one of them has a natural and nutruring home environemnt. Dont let these big smiles fool you, a lot of hard work goes in from all involved to make this children's village a home. 


" }, { "title": "Dishing out Donations", "slug": "dishing-out-donations", "date": "08/09/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/TCF_-_Musa.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

It has been a busy month for our Nomad Trust, but a special one as we have been sorting out and distributing funds to some of our partner projects. 

A huge thanks to our guests and their generous donations. Together we have managed to generate some sizeable support that will give these projects a well deserved boost in these important areas of work. 

LCMO and Vijana Mazingira


Supporting LCMO’s youth program in Katavi we raised enough money for:

25 screenings of educational shows in the community

10 village ambassadors operational costs for 12 months

A year’s worth of environmental club conservation classes for secondary school students

Through this program, educating the youth on the importance of protecting the environment and wildlife, we are equipping the next generation to become ambassadors for nature in their community.

Ruaha Carnivore Project


Further south, supporting the Ruaha Carnivore Project, we have donated the equivalent of: 

216 rechargeable batteries

1 Reconyx camera trap

1 solar panel and batters for their camp

These are essential items for their operations on the ground, conducting research and collecting data on the carnivores of Ruaha.

Tanzanian Childrens Fund.


In Karatu, we support the Tanzanian Children’s Fund and their ‘Rift Valley Children's Village’.

Our recent donation has gone towards: 

Student uniforms & shoes

School supplies 

Nutritious meals

Basic medical care

Making sure their educational, health, and emotional needs are top priority, RVCV’s children are being given the chance of a brighter future.

These are just some of the projects partnered to our Nomad Trust, and we are looking forward to bigger and better things this year. Get in touch if you would like any more information on the above, or would like to know how you can get involved. 


" }, { "title": "Special Delivery", "slug": "special-delivery", "date": "07/08/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Katumbi_bottles_3.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

\"\"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. 

" }, { "title": "Meet Zuberi", "slug": "meet-zuberi", "date": "20/07/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/DSCF4560-2.jpeg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

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. 

" }, { "title": "Pampering With A Purpose", "slug": "pampering-with-a-purpose", "date": "01/07/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Massage_Bottles.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

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.

" }, { "title": "One Snare at a Time", "slug": "one-snare-at-a-time", "date": "16/06/2017", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/PEI_1134_%281%29.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

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.

" }, { "title": "Katumbi’s Teachers house", "slug": "katumbis-teachers-house", "date": "26/07/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/1.bp.blogspot.com--G0vDcY3a_z0-UfI_aFSYgCI-AAAAAAAAAcw-1aOhce1bcL8-s1600-003.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

It was great to see the progress that has been made on the teachers house at Katumbi.  The house has 4 main rooms, a little central courtyard and then three rooms at the back for a loo, shower and kitchen.

  The village has nominated people to over see the building and it was brilliant to see that all three of them where there keeping a close eye on the project.  The main rooms are all almost completed and are being plastered at the moment.


When the house is finished 2 teachers will share it.  Having 2 extra teachers will make a huge difference to the school which currently has 750 kids and 5 teachers! 
The frame for the roof is up, and the doors and iron for the roof are all in the village store ready to go up.


The hole for the septic tank is dug, but the loo and piping has not been installed yet. 


Like most building projects, the house has unfortunately run slightly over budget, so Nomad Trust is currently fundraising for the remaining $850 short fall so that the house can be finished.


" }, { "title": "The Connect Group-SAGE charity group-500 GBP donation", "slug": "the-connect-group-sage-charity-group-500-gbp-donation", "date": "26/07/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--gj8nLDOKE3A-UfI5OfYELrI-AAAAAAAAAcI-9AFMOFn47D4-s1600-018.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The Nomad Trust, on behalf of Katumbi school in Mahale, made a bid for a 500 GBP donation towards books.  It was very exciting to hear that we were successful for our bid.  I was able to take the money to the school this past week when I went to visit Katumbi.  I look forward to seeing the books they buy, for a school with so little this donation will make a huge difference to the lives of the students.
Thank you to the SAGE group.



This was my last visit to Katumbi with the Nomad Trust, and I hope to be back soon as a visitor.  I will the school and the spirit of the amazing children that are there.

" }, { "title": "Unicorn School sponsored walk", "slug": "unicornschoolsponsoredwalk", "date": "18/07/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--0rsB3bjdhHw-UeeylrfcAOI-AAAAAAAAAb0-b2CbLrmnQls-s1600-DSC_0253-2.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A huge thank you to the Unicorn School in Abingdon, Oxford and to Mike Pickett for doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for the school in Piaya.  They raised a huge GBP 1950!  Congratulations to everyone who took part and did such a fantastic job.


Thank you!

" }, { "title": "A little update", "slug": "a-little-update", "date": "05/07/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Gosh time seems to fly by, it has been an age since I wrote.  Raleigh have arrived in Usevya and they are up and running building rocket stoves.  Michael, our Nomad Trust rep went and spent two days with them helping them out.  It is fantastic that Raleigh are able to help us on this worthwhile project, so a BIG thank you to all of them!
On another note, I will be leaving the Nomad Trust at the end of July to start up my own business, an exciting and daunting time!  I have LOVED my three years with the Nomad Trust, and as D day approaches I find myself getting sadder and sadder to be leaving all the amazing friends I have made, not only within the communities I work with but within the Trust's donor family.  Thank you for every one's support.

" }, { "title": "A new season", "slug": "a-new-season", "date": "11/06/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The Nomad Tanzania camps are all reopen after the rainy season, and it is time for the Nomad Trust to gear up again.  I cant wait to get out to all our project sites.  I am especially keen to visit Katumbi, Mahale and see how the new teachers house is coming along.  Raleigh will be headed out to Katavi soon with their new group of volunteers to build more rocket stoves, I am dying to hear if there have been any more built in households since they were last there.
It is always exciting to start a new season, and find new partner organizations and projects to support.  To of our donors, THANK you for your continual support and encouragement for the work that we do in these remote areas.  We would not be able to do anything with you all.   

" }, { "title": "Piaya-first aid kits and re-usable water bottles.", "slug": "piaya-first-aid-kits-and-re-usable-water-bottles", "date": "31/05/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--zEIZZiDhgiI-Uahfp_RLAEI-AAAAAAAAAbI-1xD7Q7aBAcA-s1600-025.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Another Piaya post!  When I was visiting I was able to give the school some basic first aid kits that they had been asking for.  The headmaster was thrilled to finally receive them and they will be kept in the boarding houses for the children who are boarders.


I was also able to give the older students their own re-usable water bottles for them to take to class or keep in the dormitory. 



I hope that it will help to decrease plastic water bottle waste in the community but it will also allow the kids to have access to water during the day.  Dehydration is a common problem in remote communities where access to clean drinking water, and water full stop is difficult.  I hope that in some small way this will help the kids.

" }, { "title": "Piaya School Desks.", "slug": "piaya-school-desks", "date": "22/05/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--pzrvXf8ApAo-UZyQaFGyluI-AAAAAAAAAag-fuhO5FQli7M-s1600-031.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

It was brilliant to see the desks that Nomad Trust donated to Piaya Primary school in use!  Thank you Anne for your amazing contribution to this cause.




" }, { "title": "Nomad Trust and our liters of light in Piaya", "slug": "nomad-trust-and-our-liters-of-light-in-piaya", "date": "15/05/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--ZzQ75SwH6oY-UZNAwtVa20I-AAAAAAAAAZo-RIT4KeraaLc-s1600-013.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The enthusiasm our simple solar water bottle lights was incredible and at one point even rather alarming as the boma we picked for our pilot project were making holes in their houses faster than we could make the lights.  I had visions of us leaving everyone with holes in their roofs! 



The difference inside with a solar water bottle was like day and night!  The solar water bottles give off the same amount of light as a 60 Watt bulb.



We hope that, partnered with Raleigh Tanzania, we will be able to continue the project to bring light to as many households in the Piaya area as possible.

" }, { "title": "Installation of solar water bottle lights", "slug": "installation-of-solar-water-bottle-lights", "date": "13/05/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--iE7oGyv5sxs-UZDCz18kcaI-AAAAAAAAAZY-yzOW4lO6hlo-s1600-003.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

After making 6 litres of lights for a local boma (home stead) we went to install them.  LeKutiti Loshoro-the chairman of the local subvillage very kindly allowed us to use his homestead for our project.  If anyone has ever been into a Maasai manyatta-house-they will know just how dark they are inside.  It is absolutely pitch black!  We took Kapalu -our Nomad Trust representative from the community- with us to help with explaining the concept in the local dialect.


 A hole first had to be made in the top of the roof, and then the bottle carefully inserted with the iron resting as flat and low down in the roof as possible.








" }, { "title": "Palmer Sponsorship of Katumbi Student", "slug": "palmer-sponsorship-of-katumbi-student", "date": "13/05/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I have just received the latest school report for Zuberi, who was a pupil at Katumbi Primary School, Mahale.  He was picked for a scholarship to go to a private school in Kigoma and I was so thrilled to see his report.  Zuberi got seven A's, three B's and one C this past term.  He has worked so hard to catch up and do this well.   

" }, { "title": "Making solar bottle lights", "slug": "making-solar-bottle-lights", "date": "02/05/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/1.bp.blogspot.com--TBkh-XE2GkU-UZC7P84MnAI-AAAAAAAAAYY--Aa0DG8ykQE-s1600-IMG00368-20130422-1348.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "p>Based on a project called a Litre of light-we decided to try it out in Piaya with the Maasai community that I work with there.  Making the \"lights\" looked easy from a video but it proved to be a bit tougher!  Using corrugated iron, which we cut into 10\" by 10\" squares we then had to make a circular hole in the middle to fit the bottles through.



  After a bit of trial and error, and  lots of leaking bottles we settled on using old rubber Tyre inners to wrap around the bottle before inserting it into the hole in the iron and sealing it with a roofing sealant.  We then filled the bottles with purified water and about 10ml of bleach, and used a silicon sealant around the bottle top.
These were then ready to be inserted into a roof of a local manyatta (maasai mud house).  


" }, { "title": "Piaya: Solar Bottle Lights", "slug": "piaya-solar-bottle-lights", "date": "19/04/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Next week I am travelling to Piaya, in Loliondo, with Jim Clements, the country director of Raleigh International, to install some solar bottle lights into some local Maasai homes.  As anyone who have ever been inside a Maasai Manyata (home) knows, they are incredibly dark.  We are going to take a concept started in the Philippines, and see how it works in the Serengeti!  

The concept is amazingly simple – take an empty plastic bottle, fill it with mineral water and a few drops of bleach, and cement it halfway through a small metal roof sheet (the kind used as roofs in wealthier area of Tanzania). Then cut out a small piece of the actual roof, place the sheet with the bottle on top of the hole, cement/seal any cracks, and during the day there is light in homes.  I love this concept for a number of reasons, firstly reusing and reducing waste generated by the tourism industry (water plastic water bottles), and secondly it is incredibly effective and cheap to make. 

I will keep you all posted on how it goes! 

" }, { "title": "Ololosokwan Computer Lab", "slug": "ololosokwan-computer-lab", "date": "19/04/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/3.bp.blogspot.com--UwrkUbf2RnI-UXD6oLhChDI-AAAAAAAAAX8-vr81Qhx-cAE-s1600-SNV31423.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I love seeing the pictures teacher Gabriel frequently sends of the computer lab that was sponsored through the Nomad Trust.
Here are a few more photos that he has sent, it is incredible how this community have taken to using computers and the internet.  Long may it continue!


" }, { "title": "Rocket Stoves: Katavi", "slug": "rocket-stoves-katavi", "date": "12/04/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Check out this blog post from Raleigh International about our partnership on the rocket stove project in Katavi.

" }, { "title": "Katumbi: Teachers House", "slug": "katumbi-teachers-house", "date": "12/04/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/1.bp.blogspot.com--5000ixRvMI0-UWfRq3IrYII-AAAAAAAAAXU-gJ82XXiRCrc-s1600-375.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I got to go and see the site of the new teachers house whilst I was in Mahale, it is at the top of the hill above the school.  A beautiful site, I am willing to move there!  The village had collected all the bricks, as well as sand and taken it up to the site so that as soon as the other material arrive from Kigoma they can start building the house.  As a direct result of this generous donation from Nigel Palmer two more teachers have been allocated to the school.  They now have 6 teachers for 720 students!
Whilst Greystoke is closed for the rains, Hassani my Nomad Trust rep from Greystoke will be overseeing the building of the house.  Hassani is currently in Kigoma buying all the supplies, and fingers crossed the house will be ready by June.
Thank you Nigel!


I always love visiting Katumbi School and spending time with the kids there, it is truly a very special place.  To finish off here are some pictures of the kids from the school.



" }, { "title": "Chimps-Mahale", "slug": "chimps-mahale", "date": "08/04/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--CW7Bq2NJ4Fg-UWPsXOZCikI-AAAAAAAAAW8-UbP9YzTN1yA-s1600-351.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

On my recent trip to Greystoke, Mahale, a group of Chimps came into camp so I got to spend some time watching them.  Mahale is my most favorite place on earth, I hope these will inspire those who have not yet visited to come and visit!

" }, { "title": "Katumbi School Visit-Mahale", "slug": "katumbi-school-visit-mahale", "date": "02/04/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/3.bp.blogspot.com--oZKlrj1tVM0-UWPp2pSIPJI-AAAAAAAAAWc-dU79eLHIfO0-s1600-386.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I recently went to visit Katumbi School to check on how the new teachers house is getting along-that is for another post-but I took along 700 Nomad re-usable water bottles for the kids.  It is part of an initiative to reduce the amount of disposable plastic water bottle waste that is accumulating in Tanzania.  The kids were thrilled to have them, and Hassani gave them a little chat about the importance of reducing waste.  It was a great day! 



" }, { "title": "Two new scholarship students-Ololosokwan, Loliondo", "slug": "two-new-scholarship-students-ololosokwan-loliondo", "date": "29/03/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--B15NtIIVZSY-UWPC_29RifI-AAAAAAAAAWE-pT2NCHSMgAU-s1600-SIMALO%2BROTIKEN.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I am thrilled to announce that we have two Masai girls from Loliondo, being sponsored to go to Emanyata Secondary School in Ololosokwan.  A huge thank you to the Unicorn School in the UK for finding sponsors for these two amazing Masai girls. 

Five female students in total were nominated for the scholarship through a collaboration with Mwalimu's school, Ololosokwan Primary School and the Nomad Trust.  The final decision rested with the donors and the Unicorn School in the UK, who chose to sponsor Simalo Rotiken and Nashipai Sepere.  Simalo is 14 years old, enjoys playing netball, reading the news and she would like to be a nurse when she is older.


  Nashipai is 13 years old, likes watching movies, reading novels and would like to be a pilot when she grows up.



I look forward to sharing updates with you all on how they get on at Secondary school.  Thank you to their sponsors.

" }, { "title": "Two new scholarship students-Ololosokwan, Loliondo", "slug": "two-new-scholarship-students-ololosokwan-loliondo", "date": "29/03/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--B15NtIIVZSY-UWPC_29RifI-AAAAAAAAAWE-pT2NCHSMgAU-s1600-SIMALO%2BROTIKEN.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I am thrilled to announce that we have two Masai girls from Loliondo, being sponsored to go to Emanyata Secondary School in Ololosokwan.  A huge thank you to the Unicorn School in the UK for finding sponsors for these two amazing Masai girls. 

Five female students in total were nominated for the scholarship through a collaboration with Mwalimu's school, Ololosokwan Primary School and the Nomad Trust.  The final decision rested with the donors and the Unicorn School in the UK, who chose to sponsor Simalo Rotiken and Nashipai Sepere.  Simalo is 14 years old, enjoys playing netball, reading the news and she would like to be a nurse when she is older.


  Nashipai is 13 years old, likes watching movies, reading novels and would like to be a pilot when she grows up.



I look forward to sharing updates with you all on how they get on at Secondary school.  Thank you to their sponsors.

" }, { "title": "Serengeti Watch Partnership", "slug": "serengeti-watch-partnership", "date": "11/03/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Nomad Trust is currently looking at partnering with Serengeti Watch on their STEP (Serengeti Teachers' Environmental Program) project.  The aim of the project is to provide Tanzanian science teachers with an intensive three day training session focused on deepening the understanding of environmental issues and environmental protection efforts in Tanzania.  In addition, participating teachers engage a student leader in the training, and are provided with a six-week instructional curriculum and material for follow-up classroom implementation.

We aim to work with 5 schools around Ololosokwan, with 10 teachers participating in the program which will include a one day Serengeti national park field experience with a Nomad guide, to learn more about how Tanzanian National Parks provide exclusive protection for endangered species.  There will also be a two-day follow-up training session where teachers will receive the curriculum and materials and prepare to apply their new-found knowledge in a classroom setting.

Nomad Trust is currently fund-raising for this worthwhile project, we are looking to raise $2000 for teacher accommodation, transport and meals for the three day project, as well as printed material for the school we partner with.

To contribute please email me: nomadtrust@nomad.co.tz

" }, { "title": "Canadian International Learning Foundation Scholarship", "slug": "canadian-international-learning-foundation-scholarship", "date": "25/02/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/1.bp.blogspot.com--CSix9EX0UfI-USsWgfFT-JI-AAAAAAAAAVM-yE66xOlNvkU-s1600-Bill%2Bpic.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Two students from Katumbi Village in Mahale have been picked to go to a Private secondary School in Kigoma on a Canadian International Learning Foundation Scholarship.

Bill Moshi (male) aged 15.  Bill came second in his class of 67 students.  He wants to be a teacher, loves football and the environment and has good leadership potential. 




Sango H Ramadhani (female), lives with her grandmother and doesn’t have the means to go to secondary school.  She was the best female student in her class, and would like to do even better if she gets a chance to go to secondary school. Sango thinks that she will go really far in life if she is given this opportunity to go to secondary school.  She loves learning.

We now have 4 scholarship students at School in Kigoma and I am excited to watch how Bill and Sango do at their new school.
A Big thank you to the Aldred family.

" }, { "title": "Raleigh International", "slug": "raleigh-international", "date": "19/02/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I am so excited, the first two groups of students from Raleigh International have started their 2 week experience in Katavi, partnered with the Nomad Trust they are building rocket stoves in households, both in Usevya and Kibaoni.  I hope that we will start to see a real decrease in the amount of firewood used as the rocket stoves become more common place.

" }, { "title": "solar installed at Mwalimu’s school", "slug": "solar-installed-at-mwalimus-school", "date": "19/02/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/3.bp.blogspot.com--AqsDdQmVVNY-USMuXgGvTyI-AAAAAAAAATk-K7cigQRdIeA-s1600-SNV30898.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A huge thank you to the Unicorn School and Mike Pickett for donating a solar system for Mwlaimu's school.  It was finally installed over the weekend and the teachers are thrilled!

A very exciting moment for this small, remote and amazing school.

" }, { "title": "Farm Africa", "slug": "farm-africa", "date": "15/02/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A big thank you to Farm Africa for donating GBP 1500 to the Nomad Trust and the valuable work that we do in Tanzania.  It is an amazing donation from an organization that I have admired for many years, ever since my father ran their operations in Northern Kenya.  Thank you Farm Africa!

" }, { "title": "Nomad Trust Newsletter - December 2012", "slug": "nomad-trust-newsletter-december-2012", "date": "16/01/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Read the latest news from the Nomad Trust.

Download the Trust Newsletter here.

" }, { "title": "Merenge Clinic-Lamai", "slug": "merenge-clinic-lamai", "date": "08/01/2013", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/1.bp.blogspot.com--ocYO_jU6xfM-UOwEVY0mMJI-AAAAAAAAAS8-0kMC22DLhEM-s1600-289.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Whilst I was visiting Lamai at the end of last year I went to visit Merenge Village, where three Nomad employees come from.  I had a lovely day with the Wakuria people, and I spent the day with Joseph, the village chairman, and Jackson Chacha, the village councillor.  I had not realised that this is such a big tobacco growing area, with tobacco companies providing seed and fertiliser to the farmers. 
I was very impressed with the initiative that saw in the village.  Nomad Trust would like to start helping the village with some greatly needed support, at the top of their list was finishing the new clinic building.  The current clinic, is tiny and jam packed full of people as it services about 10,000 villagers from the surrounding area.  It currently has two nurses, and a doctor.  They provide a widwife service as well as a vaccination program.  In 2010 the government provided labour and hammers for a new clinic to be built with the local villagers providing bricks.  Unfortunately since 2010 they have recieved no further help to complete the building which is half done.



Completion of the clinic would mean a huge amount to the villagers and health care workers, providing them with much needed space, as well as an inpatient facility.   To contribute to this worthwhile project please contact me: Nomad trust@nomad.co.tz


" }, { "title": "Raleigh International + Nomad Trust", "slug": "raleigh-international-nomad-trust", "date": "08/01/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership between Raleigh  http://www.raleighinternational.org/ and the Nomad Trust in Katavi.     Raleigh teams will visiting Kibaoni three times a year for two weeks at a time to help build rocket stoves in households.  Our aim is that every household in the ward will have a fuel efficient rocket stove.  A hugely exciting partnership and I look forward to their first trip in February.

" }, { "title": "Thank you", "slug": "thank-you", "date": "08/01/2013", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A big thank you to Mairi and Peter Blair for sending out $150 worth of school supplies for Katavi and Katumbi Primary School in Mahale.  In remote areas school supplies are hard to come by and many families can not afford to go \"Back to School\" shopping, so this wonderful package arrived just in time for the new school year in January.
Thank you.

" }, { "title": "Lions in Lamai", "slug": "lions-in-lamai", "date": "11/12/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--c65tS7wZKXE-UMc5cOmcO0I-AAAAAAAAASE-twxTqiugVDc-s1600-350.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I was recently at Lamai in the Serengeti and had the chance to go on a game drive.  I saw this lovely big pride of Lions-and got to see a lioness pick up a leopard tortoise in her mouth and give it to the other lions! 
They then cuddled and played with this tortoise!  Incredible!

" }, { "title": "The Usevya Youth Center, Katavi", "slug": "the-usevya-youth-center-katavi", "date": "11/12/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--i_9lAx5UauA-UMcNPImqZxI-AAAAAAAAARc-_UE17Kv3WSw-s1600-YC%2B1.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The roof of the second part of the youth center is finally on-just in time for the rainy season.



" }, { "title": "Katumbi Computer Training-Mahale", "slug": "katumbi-computer-training-mahale", "date": "11/12/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--GKdUEN-CXog-UMcMITxatXI-AAAAAAAAAQ8-mWDl2PtMzmg-s1600-1.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

4.       Mwl. Juma Rajab (the head master)

After the course, the participants were able to write a report and exam papers using word program and basic excel functions.

Skills taught: Keyboard and mouse training, Windows basics, introduction to MS word and excel, use of internet, including sending and receiving emails.




1.       Mwl. Abdulkari Haruna Kabolya

Had the basic knowledge from the first training therefore Shirima taught him some advanced skills on formatting and professional looking documents.  Shirima was also able to teach some teaching methodology to help them teach others to use computers.



I hope that this training has helped re-invigorate the teachers, and get them really excited about the use of computers and the internet.

" }, { "title": "Pack for a purpose", "slug": "pack-for-a-purpose", "date": "27/11/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/3.bp.blogspot.com--tOtWnaes1jY-ULSOeFh-QzI-AAAAAAAAAQo-fvKrgDZmkKM-s1600-cyr%2Bdonation.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A big thank you to the Cyr family for bringing out a huge suitcase of items for the Youth center in Katavi and Clinic in Mahale.  Pack for a Purpose is truely a great way of making a difference.

" }, { "title": "Selous Rhino Project partnered with FZS", "slug": "selous-rhino-project-partnered-with-fzs", "date": "27/11/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We are currently fund raising for a second hand Toyota Land cruiser-see how you can help...

 Rhino Security Strategy – Selous Game Reserve

Frankfurt Zoological Society

INTRODUCTION:  Rhino poaching is on the increase across Africa and it is likely that this situation will continue unabated for the foreseeable future.  Law enforcement remains our single most important action to oppose poaching, but the quality of law enforcement can be extremely variable, with efforts often ad-hoc, poorly managed and not measureable.  Working together with our partners, the Wildlife Division (WD) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT), and other concerned parties (e.g. Selous Rhino Trust), we aim prioritise an increased security presence in the Kidai Rhino Area of Selous Game Reserve (SGR).

 Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) prides itself in having a long track record of supporting law enforcement systems in Protected Areas across Africa, but our approaches have had varying results on the ground.  FZS recognises the need to develop a standardised approach to developing efficient and effective law enforcement systems within our project areas.  With this in mind, over the next year FZS, working with the WD, will develop a Security Plan for SGR. However, till such a Plan is developed and funding secured for such activities, we need to support the WD in its increased efforts to reduce poaching.

There is national and international concern at the plight of elephants and rhinos in SGR. National concern has led to a change in leadership of SGR; Mr. Benson Kibonde has been re-instated as Project Manager of SGR. A new sense of urgency has been introduced by the Project Manager to SGR and he is trying to achieve maximum benefits with limited resources, and is focused on anti-poaching. There is a real opportunity to effect long-term positive change for rhino protection with the current leadership in place.

 GOAL: To improve security of the SGR’s black rhino population.


OBJECTIVES:  Effective support for black rhino security, monitoring and management operations in Kidai Area of SGR.




PROJECT TITLE:  Operational support for Kidai Rhino Post of Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania.

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:  The Selous Game Reserve (SGR), gazetted in 1922, covers some 50,000km2(7˚17’ - 10˚15’ S, 36˚04’ - 38˚46’ E) in south-eastern Tanzania.  Altitude ranges from 100m in the north-east to 1200m in the south west.  The main physical feature of SGR is the Rufiji River, which drains much of the Reserve.  Annual rainfall ranges from 750mm in the east to 1250mm in the west, falling mainly from December to April.  There are two main vegetation types in the Reserve: the eastern sector (17%) is mainly wooded grassland dominated by Terminalia spinosa and the western sector (75%) is deciduous miombo woodland (Brachystegia, Julbernardia and Pterocarpus).  There are also areas of dense thicket, riverine and groundwater forests. 

STATEMENT OF NEED:  Rhinos in Selous Game Reserve (SGR) have suffered high levels of poaching, in particular during the 1980s. Rhinos which numbered 3,000 in 1981 then declined to 300-400 by the end of the 1980s (UNESCO, 2007). It is thought that rhino populations in SGR now number less than 100 individuals (this could be as low as 30 individuals). Through much of the 1990s and 2000s, there were concerted efforts to monitor and protect the rhino in SGR. However, in 2008, these activities were stopped because of work permit issues and difficulties with the SGR management authorities. Such impediments have disappeared and the MNRT/WD has expressed an interest in beginning rhino monitoring and anti-poaching activities with outside involvement again. There is a desperate need to kick-start rhino protection work in SGR.

As a matter of urgency we would initially focus on protecting the northern rhino population at Kidai which is in an area that has experienced high levels of elephant poaching in recent years (Smith & Smith, 2008). 

 It is important to emphasize that the Selous rhino population is totally natural; it has not been bolstered by rhino translocations from other areas of Africa and therefore is of high conservation value.

As there is no up-to-date data on rhino numbers and only very limited active rhino anti-poaching occurring in SGR, we would focus on these two activities for the most well known, and therefore vulnerable population in SGR. This is the Kidai rhino population.  Kick-starting rhino anti-poaching in the Kidai area would have the added benefit of protecting other wild animal populations in this area, in particular the elephant population.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:  The WD is willing to commit a team of three staff full-time to the Kidai Rhino Post. There will also be a rotating team of eight WD rangers present at all times. The three full-time staff would be responsible for running the post.  FZS, working with the three WD staff, would co-ordinate anti-poaching activities. FZS would also bring in a monitoring regime once anti-poaching activities are begun. We have a desperate need for the following equipment to begin systematic anti-poaching activities in the Kidai area:

·         A second-hand Landcruiser pick-up: $20,000-$30,000. This would allow systematic patrols in the Kidai area begin. The Landcruiser would be based fulltime at the Kidai Rhino Post.

·         One boat engine: $8,000. The post has two operational boats and two broken 40 hp Yamaha Enduro engines. This would allow for anti-poaching patrols along the Rufiji River.

·         Two cameras with inbuilt GPS units: $1,000. This will allow rangers to take pictures of any signs of poaching or sightings of rhino. The pictures will have date, time and GPS location stamped on them.

·         Operational costs: $6,000. The WD has a fuel budget and all rangers are responsible for providing themselves with provisions out of their night allowances. However, this amount would be used to cover any short-fall or vehicle operational needs.



Smith, F. & Smith, K. (2008) Selous Rhino Project: Interim Report January-June 2008. Unpublished report for the Wildlife Division, MNRT.


UNESCO/IUCN (2007). Selous Game Reserve (United Republic Of Tanzania). Report of the Reactive Monitoring Mission. Paris and Gland, Switzerland.

" }, { "title": "Christmas Fundraising Ideas", "slug": "christmas-fundraising-ideas", "date": "27/11/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

For the past two years some wonderful clients have been making their own Christmas Crackers as a way to fundraise for the Nomad Trust.  I have included Elsabeth's email below as I tihnkm it is a wonderful idea and might inspire some others to find creative ways of giving.  This year Elsabeth is fund raising for a first aid kits of Piaya Primary School in Loliondo.

 \"The First Aid kits for the school in Loliondo, Serengeti sounds like a very nice thing to do......and I shall have a lot of fun writing out the labels to go in my home Christmas Crackers......Our guests will be winning donations for sticking plasters etc for various curious bumps and diseases which should bring a smile to everybodys faces and hopefully the £100 will be doing some good and bringing a few smiles on the faces of pupils and teachers at the school in Loliondo.


All our Best Wishes to The Nomad Trust and once more many thanks for an unforgettable holiday and safari in 2010.


Kind regards,

Mike & Elsebeth



" }, { "title": "Mwalimu’s School-Ololosokwan", "slug": "mwalimus-school-ololosokwan", "date": "12/11/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A big thank you to The Unicorn School, through their tireless fund raising for Mwalimu's School we have been able to purchase 4 batteries for the solar system at Mwalimu's School.  The batteries travelled to Ololosokwan over the weekend and the solar system will be installed as soon as a technician is available to help with the installation.  Mwalimu is THRILLED and chomping at the bit to get it up and running.  It is so exciting for the school.

Watching the school grow and progress is very rewarding and it would not have happened without the help of Christine Davies and The Unicorn School.  THANK YOU.
Below: Mwalimu in a Unicorn School sweatshirt.

" }, { "title": "Teachers House-Katumbi, Mahale", "slug": "teachers-house-katumbi-mahale", "date": "12/11/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--3XbH68lwLBY-UKC3lKn_u4I-AAAAAAAAAPo-XxUz1Htor0Q-s1600-124.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The amazing Nigel and Nicki Palmer have just donated over $8000 towards building a teachers house at Katumbi Primary School.  The school has over 700 students and just 4 teachers!  That means a teacher student ratio of: 1:175!  I had a long talk to the village council and villagers whilst I was in Mahale recently and the item the community feels would be most beneficial to them is a house for another teacher-this will incentivise another teacher to come to this remote and beautiful place.

Our meeting with the village, Hassan Rashidi-front left- works as a chimpanzee tracker at Greystoke, Mahale and is the Nomad Trust representative.  Hassan was born and brought up in Katumbi and is a fierce supporter of the village and the benefit of education. 
Below:  Hassan at Katumbi Primary school. 

I look forward to the house being built, the villagers will contribute in anyway they can by volunteering their time, providing labor and bricks.  This is hugely exciting as it will provide the villagers with ownership of the project.



" }, { "title": "Bee Hives for Kakuni School-Katavi", "slug": "bee-hives-for-kakuni-school-katavi", "date": "05/11/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--XwP_Y1azrDg-UJeOSNk6tjI-AAAAAAAAAO0-aGEzg8pMcyQ-s1600-DSCN3537.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We finally received the bee boxes for Kakuni School, near Katavi National Park.  The school will run their own bee keeping project with the honey going to the kids' porridge in the morning.  This will save the school having to buy sugar, as well as meaning that any remaining honey can be sold by the school.  The kids at the school were thrilled when the bee hives arrived! 

A big thank you to Justin and Jacky for the brilliant photos.

" }, { "title": "Greystoke, Mahale", "slug": "greystoke-mahale", "date": "30/10/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--PtQR93UDwNA-UI-89RzcwrI-AAAAAAAAAOY-GXWTAd0C4KY-s1600-168.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I have recently come back from a trip to Greystoke in Mahale and I was lucky enough to do my first ever chimp trek.  It was magical!  I never tire of seeing the chimpanzees!  So I thought I would share some of my pictures.   It reminds one of the fragility of their future and the environment.



" }, { "title": "Ololosokwan Computer Training", "slug": "ololosokwan-computer-training", "date": "30/10/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/3.bp.blogspot.com--DxHBsAnnPoY-UI-5hDYh-ZI-AAAAAAAAAN0-GcOrglLts3w-s1600-SNV33516.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

It is so exciting to see the reception that the computer room at Ololosokwan is getting.  Teacher Gabriel is doing a fantastic job of training students and other teachers in the use of computers.  It is amazing how far Gabriel has come in the past two years, and it is so exciting to see.  This week Gabriel will start his third placement with AA computers in Arusha to learn more about computer maintenance.  Thank you to AA computers for generously donating their services to Nomad Trust.
A few images from the computer room and of Gabriel teaching classes.


" }, { "title": "Usevya Youth Center, Katavi", "slug": "usevya-youth-center-katavi", "date": "09/10/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--BjVt1VdNzwk-UHPsHwQv-nI-AAAAAAAAANg-Db6Mxa2Fm8Y-s1600-library%2Bclassroom.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The Nomad Trust is contributing 3.5 million Tsh ($2400) for completion of the roof for the meeting hall at the Usevya Youth Center.  An external audit was carried out, initiated by Monique, to ensure that the lack (or over spending) of funding was not from leakages as the walls of the meeting hall have been completed but the roof is not on.  It is urgent that the roof is completed before the rains begin. 
The center has started being used which is very exciting.

I will be traveling to Chada, Katavi next week to initiate this phase of the project. 
Have a look at this great website: http://mpimbweproject.com/ for all information on development and conservation initiatives in the Katavi area.


" }, { "title": "Rocket Stoves", "slug": "rocket-stoves", "date": "05/10/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Augenias-stove-after-1.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

It is brilliant to have Kristen and Mark back in Chada, Kristen has been out in the field with Michael building more rocket stoves.

Above is a picture of Augenia's old stove.  Below a picture of her new stove.


Augenia's husband is completely blind and they have 9 children!  Two of those children have at some point fallen in the cooking fire and burned themselves.  And Augenia has to take care of all of these children and the father, but is currently spending an hour each day collecting firewood.  As Kristen says \"it was very easy to feel good about what we were doing and we had quite a few other people from the community come out to watch or help, including two ladies for whom we’ve already built stoves, so that was really fun.\"


Rocket stoves are a hugely sustainable project as they are so cheap and easy to build.  Each stove costs 2,000 shillings (just over $1 at today's exchange rate) for 20 bricks and the family supplies the cow dung and the soil (we bring ashes, water and sand from Chada) and that’s all that is needed to build something that positively impacts their every day lives, as well as reduces deforestation.

Kristen making Juma's stove. 






" }, { "title": "Solar Panels for Mwalimu’s school, Ololosokwan", "slug": "solar-panels-for-mwalimus-school-ololosokwan", "date": "11/09/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Olo-chris22.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The four solar panels for Mwalimu's school have finally been cleared from Dar Es Salaam.  The solar panels were donated by an organization in the UK through the amazing Christine Davies.  We are now waiting for the panels to make their way safely to Arusha.  The school is thrilled to be getting solar panels.

Thank you!   


" }, { "title": "Usevya Youth Center-Chada Katavi", "slug": "usevya-youth-centerchada-katavi", "date": "05/09/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Progress has been slower than expected with the building of the library, but the good news is that the library is practically done.  Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, a professor from UC Davis in California recently held the first environmental education session there a few weeks ago for Form IV students which is very exciting.

Monique and Tim managed to get hold of the full collection of Kakakuona Magazines in swahili since the publication started, which the students love.  As of this month, September, there is a salary for a library operator and I am really looking forward to going to Chada to see the center.

We have 22 laptops coming, which still need electricity, Nomad Trust is currently fund raising for this project.  To contribute please email me on: nomadtrust@nomad.co.tz 


" }, { "title": "Piaya Desks", "slug": "piaya-desks", "date": "05/09/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The school in Piaya has now received  over 250 new desks for all of its classrooms.  A big thank you to the donors who made this possible, especially Anne!


" }, { "title": "Computer training", "slug": "computer-training", "date": "16/08/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--zE0C2D5YNuA-UCzQx9uXOxI-AAAAAAAAAL4-Egm17uXxB4Q-s1600-Olo.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Just back from a lovely few weeks holiday in Europe.   Whilst I was away it was all go in Ololosokwan with Teacher Gabriel starting computer training for the teachers at Ololosokwan Primary School in their new computer lab.  Very exciting!



" }, { "title": "A Maasai computer lab, and new desks in Piaya", "slug": "a-maasai-computer-lab-and-new-desks-in-piaya", "date": "27/07/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Download the latest newsletter from the Nomad Trust.

" }, { "title": "Mwalimu’s school + The Unicorn School", "slug": "mwalimus-school-the-unicorn-school", "date": "16/07/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Olo-chris21.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

In the UK we have formed a little partnershipwith The Unicorn School, Abingdon, and Mwalimu's school here in Ololosokwan.  The Unicorn school recently sent out some of their school sweaters for the kids at Mwalimu's school.  Even Mwalimu himself wears one! 



" }, { "title": "Mwalimu’s School", "slug": "mwalimus-school", "date": "16/07/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/Olo-chris1.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

At the beginning of the month one of our donors, Christine Davies, came out to visit Mwalimu's school.  Chris has been fund raising for this school for the past 3 years and has built a kitchen, and teachers housing for the school.  It was wonderful to have her and Diana out to visit.
Christine very kindly brought out some football shirts for the kids so we had a football match, the engraved cup she brought out was a HUGE hit, with everyone in the community wanting to be photographed with it.

The football teams in their new shirts. 
The community came out in force to say a BIG thank you to Chris and Diana for all their help and hard work on behalf of the school.  The women sang and danced for us.

  We were all adorned with Maasai jewelery as a thank you.




" }, { "title": "A day in the park-Chada, Katavi", "slug": "a-day-in-the-park-chada-katavi", "date": "09/07/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--M_bmwaMe_eU-T_qNWx1GYfI-AAAAAAAAAKo-MxR-lSuEDOo-s1600-Picture%2B024.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Partnered with TANAPA we have a bus to take school ages children into Katavi National Park.  John Gara, the Katavi Park Warden sent me a picture of the new bus, TANAPA repainted the bus and I was amazed at the result!

The school kids will travel into the park on a regular basis with a TANAPA ranger and, when time allows, a Nomad guide to learn about the ecosystem and the amazing resource that is on their doorstep. 


" }, { "title": "Ololosokwan Computer Room", "slug": "ololosokwan-computer-room", "date": "03/07/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com---zvf606iIOw-T_K8yAxzZ6I-AAAAAAAAAJ4-71tscadTgKA-s1600-SNV31930.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The new computer room at Ololosokwan Primary is up and running.  The conmputer room has 18 new laptops, internet facilities, projector and a white board.  The teachers and kids are thrilled with it! 



" }, { "title": "Safaricom Half Marathon", "slug": "safaricom-half-marathon", "date": "03/07/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--M5W73lK9c1M-T_K6FZfA8PI-AAAAAAAAAJg-DyNNeOlqxoQ-s1600-photo.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

<p>Over the weekend I ran the Safaricom Half Marathon on Lewa Conservancy to raise funds for Tusk Trust.&nbsp; It was an incredible experience, but a tough run-6500 ft altitude, and some killer hills.&nbsp; I went up with Matt Brown of The Nature Conservancy (TNC).&nbsp;</p>

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<p>My last few kilometers of the run I was struggling and ended up running next to one of the TNC team members who very sweetly coached me through to the end of the run.&nbsp; TNC had the amazing Scott Jurek running for them, I got to chat to him and TNC got me a signed copy of his new book &#39;Eat &amp; Run&#39;.</p>

<p><a href=\"http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o7oSIRye5AY/T_K69X2ubQI/AAAAAAAAAJo/GpDFOxCoEXo/s1600/IMG00225-20120703-1230.jpg\" style=\"margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;\"><img src=\"http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o7oSIRye5AY/T_K69X2ubQI/AAAAAAAAAJo/GpDFOxCoEXo/s320/IMG00225-20120703-1230.jpg\" style=\"height:320px; width:240px\" /></a></p>

<p><a href=\"http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xet-lNc-IXI/T_K7HH1sk-I/AAAAAAAAAJw/tc3SHnuIm_g/s1600/IMG00219-20120701-1843.jpg\" style=\"margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;\"><img src=\"http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xet-lNc-IXI/T_K7HH1sk-I/AAAAAAAAAJw/tc3SHnuIm_g/s320/IMG00219-20120701-1843.jpg\" style=\"height:240px; width:320px\" /></a></p>

<p>In the future the Nomad Trust hopes to partner with TNC for their project in the greater Mahale Ecosystem so watch this space!<br />
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" }, { "title": "Mwalimu’s school new sweaters", "slug": "mwalimus-school-new-sweaters", "date": "03/07/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/1.bp.blogspot.com--cVzfNfbVp88-T_KyFHHf4PI-AAAAAAAAAI8-8x8VxpYpkjI-s1600-SNV31901.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The wonderful \"Unicorn School\" in Abingdon, Oxford sent out some of their extra school sweaters for the kids at Mwalimu's school in Ololosokwan.


  The kids were thrilled to have some new clothes, and looked very smart. A big THANK you to The Unicorn School


" }, { "title": "Safaricom Marathon", "slug": "safaricom-marathon", "date": "25/06/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I am incredibly excited, and nervous, about running the Safaricom Marathon this weekend.  It will be my first time to partake in this race, and I hope I will survive!  Tusk is doing a fantastic job and have been a great help to our small Nomad Trust.  Thank you! 


" }, { "title": "The Nature Conservancy", "slug": "the-nature-conservancy", "date": "25/06/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I had the chance to sit down with Matt Brown, who is the Africa Director of Conservation Science with The Nature Conservancy, about a week ago to talk about the exciting possibility of working together in the greater Mahale ecosystem.  The Nature Conservancy is currently partnered with Pathfinder International to integrate conservation and human health, there is a great piece on their blog-take a look to find out more about the great work they are doing in Tanzania.



" }, { "title": "Gates Project-Ololosokwan Primary School", "slug": "gates-project-ololosokwan-primary-school", "date": "13/06/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--23tq1WFjjvo-T9hiqijBLEI-AAAAAAAAAIg-QZ_vyV4q5HQ-s1600-SNV31825.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We have finally managed to get all 18 new laptops, solar panel, panel stands, batteries etc to Ololosokwan school for phase two of the Gates Project.  I am now waiting to get a technician up to the school to set up their solar and get the new computer room up and running.  It is very exciting for the school.

Teacher Gabriel, who runs the computer room at the school with one of their new laptops.

Arrival of the school's FIRST new white board.



" }, { "title": "Thank you to all our donors", "slug": "thank-you-to-all-our-donors", "date": "04/06/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

An enormous THANK YOU to all of our incredibly generous donors-last financial year we raised 

 $71,569.58 for the communities we work with.  This money has gone a long way towards enriching many lives, especially of school age children.


" }, { "title": "Focus on Mahale", "slug": "focus-on-mahale", "date": "22/05/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/1.bp.blogspot.com--RG_wDr5WST8-T7tWe0iSAsI-AAAAAAAAAIA-x6nJ3snlH0g-s1600-099.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Katumbi Village Clinic

We recently invested $4000 in the clinic on medication, storage facilities, and medical equipment.  There is a huge need for further assistance for this clinic.


Katumbi Primary School

It is possible, and highly recommended to visit this wonderful little school near the airstrip. It is incredibly basic, we have provided the school with books, desks, chairs and cupboards. Nomad Trust has set up a nursery class, and for the second year running we sponsor a nursery teacher, as well as provide the children with a meal a day. 


Nomad trust has set up a computer room, run on solar power, with laptops and a printer.   

We are currently looking for sponsorship for meals for the nursery students.

It costs $1000 for one year to provide one meal a day to all the nursery students.


If you would like to support any of our projects we can be contacted at nomadtrust@nomad.co.tz


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Nduara, Loliondo

Investing in communities and conservation


We have a variety of projects that we support here:

Safari Kids

Our guides have agreed to donate three days of their time to take a small group of school students into the national park, to teach them about ecology (and to hopefully spot a big cat or two!). The aim of this project is to increase awareness and interest of a new generation regarding the importance of wildlife conservation and assure the survival of Tanzania’s wildlife heritage.  It costs $150 per day to take students into the park


Maajabu Environmental Films

Maajabu are a Tanzanian based non-profit, who show environmental films.  They arrive with their own screen, projector, technicians and a series of films to show in schools and village centres-the entire community shows up!  That environmental messages can be sent out to all sectors of the community, in an area where information gathering nearly impossible, Maajabu’s role in Loliondo is vitally important.

It costs $700 to bring the Maajabu film here for a total of 8 film showings.



Ololosokwan Primary School:

Following a $36,000 client donation we have been able to set up a computer lab, train teachers, and provide photocopier machines, all running on solar, for this wonderful school.  We are currently fundraising for a white board and projector.   


Mwalimu’s School

A magic little school, set up by a local Maasai, which is growing daily thanks to client donations.  We have built the school a kitchen a store, so it now qualifies for WFP donations, we have built teachers housing, a classroom and provided educational and recreational supplies for this school.


It is well worth visiting both of these schools.



Piaya Primary School

It is possible to visit this wonderful little school in Piaya. It is incredibly basic-Nomad Trust has provided the school with mosquito nets, desks, and chairs.  We are currently building 200 desks for this school.  It is always in need of supplies.

It costs $600 for a fully comprehensive first aid kit for the school.   



" }, { "title": "TOMS", "slug": "toms", "date": "04/05/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--QDyfLh0QSo0-T6OmMr2sNjI-AAAAAAAAAGw-gIwYbiYPiBY-s1600-041.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

On my recent visit to Piaya, Loliondo to stay at Nduara camp and visit the community, the school kids loved my shoes.  I happened to have the TOMS flag with me so took some fun pictures of the kids I would love to get them all some shoes at some stage.



 I also took a picture of a local maasai who took me on a 2 hour hike.  I was in my TOMS and he was in his \"1000 milers\" made out of old car tires. 




" }, { "title": "Fundraising for solar system-Katavi", "slug": "fundraising-for-solar-system-katavi", "date": "04/05/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

After running the Kilimanjaro half marathon at the end of Feb I have managed to raise a further $653 alongside the GBP 1392 raised online through virgin money giving,  This is a great start towards raising the greatly needed funds for the solar system, however we are still a way off.  To donate to this good cause please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=LaliHeath 



" }, { "title": "Desks for Piaya School", "slug": "desks-for-piaya-school", "date": "01/05/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Following my last post, we got an incredibly generous donation of $7,200 to buy the remaining 200 desks needed by the school in Piaya.  This is hugely exciting.  Thank you Anne Lavigne! 


" }, { "title": "New desks for Piaya School, Nduara", "slug": "new-desks-for-piaya-school-nduara", "date": "16/04/2012", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/4.bp.blogspot.com--rW86jMS5e_I-T4viP83YTkI-AAAAAAAAAGo-gU2Uta96Yek-s1600-028.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We recently got a very generous donation of $1600 from guests at Nduara Loliondo who went to the visit the small school in Piaya.


I went to visit the school recently and they have decided they would like use the donation to buy some new desks for the classrooms.  They are desperately short of desks, often most of the children sit on the floor or they are 6 to a desk.



This donation will allow the school to purchase 45 new desks.  Thanks for your support - it will make such a difference to this school.



" }, { "title": "Newsletter - Jan - March 2012", "slug": "2012-04-14-0751", "date": "13/04/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The first quarter of 2012 has seen some exciting developments: new medical storage facility at Katumbi Clinic and laptops for the school.  Thanks so much to everyone who's helped to make a difference.  Read our latest newsletter here.

" }, { "title": "$4000 donation for Katumbi Village Clinic", "slug": "4000-donation-for-katumbi-village-clinic", "date": "16/03/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We recently got an incredibly generous donation from Nigel Palmer and Stern Electric, UK.  Through their pin-up 2012 calendar sales they raised funds to go towards doing up the clinic at Katumbi Village and buying much needed medication and equipment.
The small but well used clinic is run by the lovely Nurse Elizabeth, previously we had provided a solar fridge for vaccinations, but the clinic is still short on many basic items-including furniture, shelving and medication!
We called a meeting with all the village council members to hand over the first installment of their donation so that Nurse Elizabeth can start ordering medication from Kigoma town.


" }, { "title": "The Gates Project-Ololosokwan", "slug": "the-gates-project-ololosokwan", "date": "12/03/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

 A few years ago three incredibly generous families-Mike & Mary Terry, Jennifer & John Gates and Kitty Jenkins donated $16,000 towards setting up a computer room, solar and printers at Ololosokwan Primary School, near Nduara in Loliondo.  The project was a HUGE success with a number of teachers and individuals getting totally hooked on learning about computers. 
This year they have decided to take the project a step further and have contributed an incredible $20,000 for 20 new computers, and an upgrade for the solar system. 
A HUGE thank you from all at Ololosokwan Primary, but especially Gabriel and myself, Lali.  You have truly made a difference in the lives of the students and teachers of this small village.  I am so looking forward to watching the project develop.


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Today 18 students and 1 teacher from local secondary schools came to visit Greystoke, Mahale to spend the day chimp trekking with our Nomad guides.  This is a yearly project we have in order to try and teach the kids about the chimpanzees as well as their habitat.  It is an incredibly rewarding experience for all, the students go back to their class mates and have to do a small talk on what they learnt and saw.

 The students heading off into the forest.

 All visitors to Mahale National Park have to wear face masks so as not to transfer any human germs or bugs to the Chimpanzees

In the Greystoke mess.  Unfortunately it was a grey and wet day out for the students, however they did at least get to see a chimpanzee, many for the first time!

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I am thrilled to say I managed to finish the race on Sunday the 26th of Feb in 2hrs 17 mins.  It was a lovely course, 10 km uphill through a coffee estate, and then down the same road back into Moshi stadium.  It was incredible to watch the elite runners zoom by, lap me and finish a full marathon before I finished my half marathon!

 the start of the marathon

 Me setting off in my pink Nomad Trust hat.

Done!  Thrilled!  After the race I said I would never do another one, and today I wrote to Lewa to find out about entering for the Lewa Safaricom half marathon-so maybe the running bug has bitten after all.

Unfortunately I have still not raised the funds I need for the new solar system so please help contribute to this good cause by going to:    http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LaliHeath


" }, { "title": "Like us on Facebook", "slug": "like-us-on-facebook", "date": "21/02/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Thanks so much for all your amazing support so far.  You can now keep in touch, have your say and support us on Facebook.

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The countdown has begun for the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon on the 26th of February.  I am training away-my guide to running marathons and half marathons suggests that three weeks before the event one tapers one training down-I seem to be doing the opposite in a bid to do my longest run of 15 km on Saturday and next week one run of 17/18km! I don't think my wonderful trainer understands that I am running to COMPLETE the race, I think he wants me to compete-he has obviously never run against Kenyans and Tanzanians!  Apparently our next stop is the Olympics.

I am running for a great cause and when the burn and exhaustion sets in I just have to keep reminding myself that I am running for a solar system for the Usevya community center that Nomad Trust is building in partnership with Rotary International , The Besom Foundation and Professors from UC Davis, California.  Usevya, in Western Tanzania, has a population of about 14,000 people.  It is a very poor area, with one primary school and one secondary school.  There are no books in the secondary school, only chalk black boards. Teachers are often not paid for three months at a time, and when they are they have to travel to the distant district capital to collect their wages.  Students often study in shifts (either 7am-11am or 11am-3pm); after classes are finished they have little if any incentive to study further-they just don't have the facilities.  This youth center will assist in serving a critical need for recreational and educational support to this Tanzanian community.  

There is currently no power in the village and solar is our only option for the Environmental Education Center in the Youth Center.  Initially we are hoping for a system to run a few evening light, DVD showings and funding permitting a set of laptops with internet connections.  Our quotations so far for a basic stand alone system without laptops start at $4,000 and with laptops goes up to $11,000.  It goes against what one reads about solar becoming increasingly available to people in the developing world.  So I am running for light. 

To contribute go to:   http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LaliHeath.

Many thanks for all your help


" }, { "title": "The Stearn Calendar Girls", "slug": "the-stearn-calendar-girls", "date": "23/01/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Stearn Electric have created the most amazing calendar in support of the ‘NOMAD Trust’ and Charities supported by ‘AMET’  (Associated Manchester Electrical Traders).


Nomad Trust is a charity that Stearn Electric Company has a close association to sponsoring a number of projects in Mahale.  Stearn have been incredibly generous to the Nomad Trust.


Nomad Trust would like to thank the lovely ladies Christina, Alesha, Anna and Joe ‘The Stearn Calendar Girls’ without whom none of this would have been possible.


100% of the funds raised from their calendar will go to the charity’s.


You can view a sample of it here



" }, { "title": "Nomad Trust Latest News", "slug": "nomad-trust-latest-news", "date": "10/01/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Dear All

Here's the Nomad Trust Newsletter and wrap up of what we've been doing with all our projects to the end of 2011 - download the PDF here.



" }, { "title": "Kalolwa Vegetable Garden", "slug": "kalolwa-vegetable-garden", "date": "04/01/2012", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Greystoke Camp in Mahale National Park is supporting a small business enterprise based at the Kalolwa Airstrip.  The Tongwe Trust lend out land to Pai who grows vegetables for the camp.  Greystoke buy Pai's vegetables at Arusha Market prices.  Nomad Trust supports this initiative by providing a water pump, pipes,  Foliar feed fertilizer, vegetable seeds and better farming practice training to Pai free of charge. 

Since Greystoke re-opened in June  for the new season the vegetable garden has made 817,460 Tsh in profit (at current exchange rates this amounts to over $500).  This is hugely exciting as the garden struggled to make a profit for a number of years.  Well done to Pai!


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We have just received £ 3,562.34 raised through Tusk Trust for Nomad Trust and Mwalimu's school in Ololosokwan-next to Nduara Camp.  This amazing amount was raised by the Unicorn School in Abingdon in the UK, and the amazing Christine Davies who just completed a hat-trick of half marathons for a classroom at Mwalimu's school.  


The Unicorn School raised this money by a coin collection around the school as well as a sponsored walk. 


A copy of the  letter from the head master can be found on my last newsletter.  Below is a picture of the sponsored walk


A huge thank you to everyone who fund raised for this, especially Mike Pickett and Christine Davies, your support and hard work are making a real difference to the school and the lives of the children at the school.


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Trackers Stockholm www.trackers.se  have very generously donated USD 1200 to fund a primary teacher for Katumbi School, near Greystoke Mahale.  It is truely a gift that will keep giving-not only to the students but to the community as a whole.


A special thank you goes out to Peter Jonsson.  I am very excited to visit Mahale early next year to find a suitable teacher to join the school for 2012.


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When the Gates family donated $16,000 to Ololosokwan Primary School for a small computer room and photocopier machines, it seemed like a pipe dream that the teachers would ever get the hang of using the laptops.  However the effect of their donation has had a huge impact on the school, as well as the surrounding community. 

We saw a huge desire from people in the village to learn not only how to use the laptops but to learn how to maintain them.  Nomad Trust used the ever patient Evans Shirima from AA computers to do the training at the school and  AA computers here in Arusha have taken the training they provide a step further.  Very kindly AA computers have taken on Gabriel-a teacher from Ololosokwan Primary School for his second course in computer maintenance.


The course is free for Gabriel as he will go back to the school and share his skills with the other teachers there.  The Nomad Trust is very grateful to AA computers for their support. 



" }, { "title": "Teachers Training", "slug": "teachers-training", "date": "30/11/2011", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Zulufa Rashidi, a girl from Katumbi village, Mahale is about to head to Kigoma at the weekend to start a 2 year  Teachers Training course.  I spoke to her yesterday and she is incredibly excited and thrilled to be able to further her education.  Zulufa is being sponsored to go to college by Linda and Ian Parsons from the UK.  We hope that she will enjoy her time there and ultimately come back to teach in Katumbi.

There is no secondary school in Katumbi, and the primary school currently has about 790 students in it with 6 government paid teachers.  It is hugely oversubscribed as children come from the surrounding villages and rural areas to study there.  The teachers have to travel to Kigoma-a 2 day boat trip one way-monthly to collect their wages which means that the school barely functions for about 10 days a month.

The opportunity for some one from the village, let alone a female, to go to college is incredible.  A big thank you to the Linda and Ian.


" }, { "title": "Book Donations", "slug": "book-donations", "date": "24/11/2011", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

I wanted to thank a number of people who have very generously donated books to our new environmental library in Usevya:

Annette Lewis for contributing so much as well as sending books from Amazon, Toni and Quentin Heim, Suzanne and Joy Barnes, Melanie Gowans, Linda Broome, and Janine Kleerup.
Your support in getting our book collection started for the Environmental Library has been invaluable-THANK YOU ALL. 

If anyone would like to make a contribution to the environmental library or has any educational material they would like to donate please contact us at: Nomadtrust@nomad.co.tz


" }, { "title": "Usevya Youth Centre & Environmental Library - Katavi", "slug": "usevya-youth-centre-environmental-library-katavi", "date": "24/11/2011", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/3.bp.blogspot.com--fKFFkR3jTgc-Ts4bp_4S8BI-AAAAAAAAAE0-Lljgsygj54E-s1600-the%2Bfront%2Bof%2Bthe%2Blibrary%2Bbuilding.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Nomad Trust partnered with Winters Rotary Club, The Besom Charity and Professors from UC Davis are building a youth center in Usevya, just outside Katavi National Park.  The youth center will provide a greatly needed educational and recreational outlet for the youth of the community.  

As part of this amazing initiative, Nomad Trust is sponsoring a small environmental library in the Youth centre.  The buildings are coming along nicely.



All the furniture for it is made and ready to move in once the building is finished and we are working on sourcing solar power for the center in order to run a projector and lights.


I will be running, on behalf of Nomad Trust, the Kilimanjaro half marathon in Feb 2012 to raise funds for the solar system.  To donate to this cause please clink of the following link:


A number of companies have donated books and environmental material for the library already:  Our special thanks goes out to: The BBC for their wildlife magazines, Book Aid, Cabrini College and Cabrini College Philosophy Club. 


" }, { "title": "Books for Kakuni Primary School-Katavi", "slug": "books-for-kakuni-primary-school-katavi", "date": "20/11/2011", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/books_that_Jerome_bought-2.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Very kindly David & Gay Campbell and Bob & Mary Anne Budin donated money for Kakuni Primary School to buy school text books.


Jerome-the head master of Kakuni- showed us all of the books he purchased with their generous donation he bought 45 textbooks. Jerome is very proud of these books and gathered them from the classrooms to be seen. 



If you look closely you can see the subjects written in swahili: geography (jographia), swahili, science (sayansi), civics (uraia), etc.  For a school without any prior books, this is a very big deal! 


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The Nomad Trust recently partnered with a local CBO (community based organization) called the Tongwe Trust to run a small but productive vegetable garden at the airstrip in Mahale.  The vegetables are sold to Greystoke camp at Arusha Market prices, and the profits go back to the Tongwe Trust.   We have noticed that for the first time in 10 years this garden is making a profit suggesting that vegetable gardens oriented toward a specific market are more likely to be successful.

Nomad Trust recently provided a new water pump and a back pack sprayer with some fertilizer for Pai, the gardener to use to irrigate the garden and maintain soil nutrient levels.  This is not viably a long term solution, and we are currently looking for funding to do a training course in soil improvement through the use of organic fertilizers and pest management through sound cultivation techniques which would reduce dependence on some of these inputs from the Nomad Trust.


" }, { "title": "A meal a day- Katumbi Nursery class", "slug": "a-meal-a-day-katumbi-nursery-class", "date": "26/10/2011", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/1.bp.blogspot.com--mQWFDwe0aXY-TqkGi6SxfgI-AAAAAAAAADU-5bK62bbflD8-s1600-380.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

We were recently lucky enough to get funding to be able to continue to provide the nursery class with one meal a day.  The older school kids help prepare and hand out the porridge to the kids during their mid morning break.  This simple meal not only increases school enrollment and attendance but it aims to combat classroom hunger, slowly we hope to be able to address the issues of malnutrition.




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I just got back from a wonderful trip to Mahale.  I got to spend a day with the kids in the nursery class that the Nomad Trust started up and continues to fund.  The kids now all have little uniforms and black boards and look very smart compared to 6 months ago when the project first started!


" }, { "title": "Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for the Nomad Trust", "slug": "climbing-mt-kilimanjaro-for-the-nomad-trust", "date": "11/10/2011", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

The wonderful Nigel and Nicki Palmer have single handedly transformed Katumbi Primary School, in Mahale through their incredibly generous and continued support of the work that the Nomad Trust does there.  Through the Palmers we have been able to installed solar power-the first source of electricity in the area, a computer lab for the students and teachers, and provide scholarships for deserving students to carry on their secondary education at a private school in Kigoma.  The impact of their generosity has been far reaching and life transforming for the students of the school.
Nigel and Nicki are returning to Tanzania at the end of the month to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and raise more funds for Katumbi.  Please support them in their endeavor.




" }, { "title": "Chimp murder in Mahale", "slug": "chimp-murder-in-mahale", "date": "05/10/2011", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

This is incredible-please have a look.


" }, { "title": "Nomad Trust - latest newsletter!!", "slug": "nomad-trust-latest-newsletter", "date": "05/10/2011", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

To read more about the Nomad Trust and all the projects and activities that we support, please download our latest newsletter HERE.


Included this month is an update on the Mwalimu school in Ololosokwan, Loliondo and a very generous donation from a UK school group.


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During my time in Ololosokwan I had the following conversation with a Maasai teacher at Mwalimu's School.
Teacher: Do you have cows?
Me: No
Teacher: Where do you get your milk from?
Me: The shops, but I have two horses
Teacher: Is horse milk nice?
Me: I dont know I only use them for riding
Teacher: Riding to go and have a look for milk!

I had to laugh!
Below is a picture of the school cook, a Maasai woman.



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This is a fantastic little school just outside Ololosokwan that Nomad Trust has been supporting for a number of year.  Through it's biggest donor, Christine Davis, the school is now partnered up with The Unicorn School, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.  Some of the kids from the Unicorn School sent out letters to kids at Mwalimu's school.  Here are some of the pictures.



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A while ago Gabriel, one of the teachers at the school approached me about starting up an environmental afterschool project-which included replanting of trees around the school to try and control soil erosion, as well as starting up a small vegetable garden to supplement the childrens food they got at school. The vegetable garden is looking amazing, and they have replanted plants around all the school lawns and classrooms-see below picture-the new plantings are covered with thorn branches to stop the local goats eating them! 



It is also great to see that the WFP (World Food Program) is now also supporting Ololosokwan Primary School. 


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It was great to make it back to Ololosokwan to follow up on some of our projects there, I spent the first day at the Ololosokwan Primary school checking up on the solar, laptops and printers that the Gates family kindy donated.  They were still in use and all I had to do was update the anti-virus software.  The teachers love having the use of the laptops and being able to access internet! when exams come round it means that a huge amount of time is saved as the teachers no longer have to hand write out hundreds of exam papers!

Gabriel, a teacher, connecting to the internet-the best signal is by the window!



" }, { "title": "Kilimanjaro Marathon", "slug": "kilimanjaro-marathon", "date": "12/09/2011", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "




" }, { "title": "Running for charity.", "slug": "running-for-charity", "date": "12/09/2011", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

My half marathon training has begun in earnest and I am finding it a painful experience!  The altitude, the blisters, the lack of running fitness.

I will be running in the Kilimanjaro Marathon in February 2012 to raise money for the Nomad Trust. http://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com/
My boss, John is putting my efforts to shame by doing the Kili Man http://kilimanjaro-man.com/

Please sponsor us-a dollar goes a long way in this part of the world.



" }, { "title": "Books for our environmental library", "slug": "books-for-our-environmental-library", "date": "12/09/2011", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2011-09-09_12-39-35_178_%282%29.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

A big thank you to Kristen's mum for getting us a set Science books for the new environmental library being built in Usevya, Katavi.
We are still looking for lots of other books and educational materials for the youth center, to find out more please contact me on Nomadtrust@nomad.co.tz


" }, { "title": "Great news from one of our donors", "slug": "great-news-from-one-of-our-donors", "date": "18/08/2011", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/1.bp.blogspot.com--s825zVG6Knw-Tk0NKbkY1AI-AAAAAAAAACE-GRsvpQMZGH8-s1600-sponsored%2Bwalk%2B011.jpg", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

Dear  Lali


I am writing to let you know that so far The Unicorn School has raised an amazing 2,957 pounds towards the cost of building a second classroom for the children of Mwalimu School near Loliando in Tanzania. 


We have been working alongside Chrissie Davies, a friend, who has been fundraising for the school  by running half marathons, full marathons and climbing up Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro.


A cd was sent to the parents of each child in the school that showed how the children around  Mwalimu lived and what the school looks like. Last summer a sports donation went to the school, the pictures of the pleasure it brought were wonderful. Some disposable cameras were also given to some of the children who took photos of their homes, cattle, way of life etc which can now be seen in each class at The Unicorn. 


Chrissie gave an illustrated talk in a school assembly; the start point for a coin collection we hoped would go around the school. We managed to complete the collection, 100 metres long in early May, which raised 201 pounds. There was a lot of counting of coins.


Greater global awareness gained from making links with Mwalimu School is part of our Eco School focus. Classes Lime and Willow, both aged 10-11, researched the physical and human geography of Tanzania and compared it to Abingdon.  In class they made models of bomas and on the playground a full size replica of a Maasai hut that formed part of some role play. In June, at the second attempt, 54 children, 8 parents and 7 staff walked 3miles along the Ridgeway, re-enacting the walk the Maasai children used to try each day to get to school. Luckily for us there were no wild animals such as elephants to block the way. I am attaching two photos of the children on the walk.The sponsor money raised from this will go towards a second classroom. This will allow the children to have a full time education, instead of the current part time one. 




















Along with the lunch time school meal  provided by the World Food Program, the committed school teachers, the enthusiastic support of the village leaders, the fund raising by Chrissie Davies and friends, The Nomad Safari Trust, and the parents, staff, children and governors of the Unicorn  School we hope to make a significant contribution towards helping the Maasai people near the school to face the challenges of the future with the benefits of better health and a good education, something that we all too often take for granted. 


Our support for the school will be the focus of our charity work for the next few years. We also hope to send some maths books to help with number work.


Thank you for your help.



Best wishes,

Mike Pickett, (class teacher). 

The Unicorn School



" }, { "title": "‘Agony and Ivory’", "slug": "agony-and-ivory", "date": "01/08/2011", "listingImage": "", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2011/08/elephants-201108  I thought this might be of interest to many of you.
To help us work with the Wildlife division to stop illegal poaching please contact me on nomadtrust@nomad.co.tz


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We finally have the new chairs, desks, and cupboards for Katumbi Primary ready to go into the classrooms!  Very exciting!



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After months of interviewing local members of the community to run and teach the nursery class, we finally found a winner by the name of Saadick Issa.  We were able to garner the use of an old classroom in Katumbi school for the nursery kids-a very basic class room!!

As well as providing a place to learn, Nomad Trust provides the children with one meal a day-porridge around mid morning.


I think at the moment most of the kids come because of the free meal, but slowly I am sure we will be able to help provide them with more resources, and educational games for the classroom



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The greatly anticipated arrival of the solar equipment to Katumbi School.


  I travelled to Katumbi with the amazing Shirima-standing in picture, from AA Computers in Arusha who set up the computer room, over saw the solar installation and carried out a three day training course to students and teachers on basic word and excel use.  A huge step for this little school.

Watching over the students as they get used to using computers for the first time in their lives.

Installing the solar panels-we attached them to the roof of the computer room.

And away we go!  A thrilled Shirima once the system is fully functioning!   It was a very exciting moment for us all!


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I was lucky enough to travel with the Maajabu Film Crew to Piaya to show educational films to the local schools and community.   The kids LOVED it!  We all pilled into one room, blocked out the windows with Maasai shukas and settled in for a movie day!
In the evening, different films were shown to the local community, in their local language-Maa-we focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and water conservation.



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It is possible to visit this wonderful little school near the airstrip. It is incredibly basic, but within the year that I have been coming here it has changed almost beyond recognition.  Through some incredibly generous donors we have been able to buy the school $3000 worth of text books.



















Nomad client, Nigel Palmer has been amazing to the school and donated solar panels and laptops and net books to start a computer room.  We have done our first teacher and student training-teaching basic word and excel. 





































 The Nomad Trust has also started a nursery program, where we sponsor a nursery teacher, as well provide the children with one meal a day.




















A special thanks goes out to our Nomad Trust representative at Greystoke, Hassani, a wonderful chimp tracker and role model for young people from Katumbi village. 


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Our guides have agreed to donate three days of their time to take a small group of school students into the national park, to teach them about ecology (and to hopefully spot a primate or two!). We hope that the children will take with them an excitement about he incredible resources they have on their door step, and a desire to protect their environment long into the future. 

This is an on going project, helped funded by the primate booklets for sale at Greystoke - our last safari kids trip was at the end of last season and was enjoyed by all.


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The Davis family visit Katumbi Primary School from Greystoke, Mahale-Thank you for the solar calculators, pens and pencils.  They were greatly appreciated.


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In Mahale, we have the honor of being one of the few camps set within the beautiful forests of the Mahale Mountains National Park.  With the crystal clear waters, the excitement of trekking for Chimpanzees and the sheer magnificence of the beach, we hope that people will take a few moments to reflect on the context of this beautiful place.


Here at Nomad Tanzania we feel we have a responsibility to the communities who live along the lake shores, as well as to the animals within the forest. 





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The Trust was set up in 2007 to complement the extensive activities that Nomad Tanzania supports and it acts as an umbrella organisation to four frontline trusts which carry out community, environmental and conservation initiatives.


" }, { "title": "Rocket Stoves-Katavi", "slug": "rocketstoveskatavi", "date": "24/06/2011", "listingImage": "https://www.nomad-tanzania.com/assets/uploads/images/2.bp.blogspot.com--hw3y4EIVTU0-TjaLiv_bP8I-AAAAAAAAABo-HNzl5vVJq5g-s1600-old%2Bstove--Eunice.JPG", "headerImage": "", "mainContent": "

These are the most amazing stoves which decrease the use of firewood, and increase the efficiency of cooking.


 This is Mama Eliza, with her new stove.  Before the rocket stove she used to collect fire wood once daily, she now collects fire wood once every 10 days!  A massive change for her, and we hope for the forest!


Joe Jenkins, whilst staying at Chada, Katavi, helping build a rocket stove in Eunice's home.  Below, Cathy Jenkins with Eunice-in a red striped top, and her family.




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