Why Livingstone's Africa?
The intrepid David Livingstone came to Africa as a Missionary set on converting the savages. He eventualy returned to Europe, but his heart stayed behind in Africa.
Together with the passionate team taking care of Livingstone's Africa, we envision our clients doing the same. All of us are passionate about Tanzania, the wildlife and the people, not about numbers. Hence, we cater for small groups of up to 12 people only, offering a personal experience where each client's individual needs are taken into consideration.
Safaris are undertaken to all the parks in Tanzania in extremely comfortable and very well maintained Safari vehicles in the company of guides that are bursting with knowledge and the traditional Tanzanian hospitality. Our packages are constructed around the specific needs of our clients i.e., Budget, Duration and Sense of Adventure.
We are happy to discuss the pressures facing the national parks in Africa. Our head guide Kaanaeli, Ndeoya Kanuya is of Maasai descent and can share an interesting experience of growing up in a nomadic Maasai family.
To guide in the national parks all operators must operate under a Tourist Agents Licence (TALA). We are a fully fledged registered Tour Operator, TALA License Number 01718, Tanzania Revenue Authority Number 115-007-688, Corporation Number 85381.
Hello, my name is Kaanaeli Ndeoya Kanuya this is a picture of my ... click for more
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Hello, my name is Kaanaeli Ndeoya Kanuya, this is a picture of my lovely wife Elialilia (Ely for short) and our son Johnson
Below is a brief summary of my journey from a boy born into a nomadic Maasai family to working as a professional safari guide.
Growing up as a nomadic Maasai
I was born in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) in a village called Olbalbal. My father is Maasai and his tribe is thought to be a hybrid of Nilotica from the river Nile. My mother is Meru and has five daughters and 3 sons including me.
My family are pastoralists keeping animals such as cattle, sheep, goat and donkey. Because of drought I grew up accustomed to a nomadic lifestyle, moving from one place to another in and out of the NCAA looking for green pasture for our animals. As a nomadic Maasai our main main diet was meat, blood and milk but nomadic life can at times be very difficult trying to get enough food and water. It was also almost impossible to get an education because of our nomadic lifestyle.
Leaving life as a nomadic Maasai to get an education
Since my family were pastoralists and needed much help to care for the animals they were not keen for me to attend school. Fortunately in 1990 my uncle took me into his home where I got a chance to go to primary school and secondary school. Within our family of 8 children I am the only one to get a chance to get an education, so my brothers have remained pastoralists and some of my sisters are married.
After leaving secondary school I was able to find a foreign sponsor to support me through Vocational Education Training (VETA) where I trained as a vehicle motor mechanic for three years. Unfortunately just before my third year my sponsor passed away. I was very sorry for his death and it was also a difficult time for me but I was able to find some work in local street garage repairing vehicles.
But my heart was always back amongst the wild life I had been surrounded by as a small boy. So using the money I saved at the garage and loans from friends I made the decision to put myself through Tourism College in Arusha where I succeeded in getting a certificate in tour guiding.
I then worked as a safari guide for a number of lodges and companies trying to gain more experience. But in order to make the next step I needed study in a well recognised college. Perhaps through some luck but also a desire to improve my knowledge I was able to convince some new foreign sponsors to fund me through the College of African Wildlife Management (MWEKA).
Forming Livingstone's Africa
After studying at the College of African Wildlife Management I realised that I could fulfill my dream of working in the Wildlife parks so I enlisted help from my uncle and my sponsors and purchased my first safari equiped vehicle and starting working as a solo guide.
Later I teamed up with some friends and work colleagues and formed Livingstone's Africa. As you can probably guess our operation is medium sized. It is not foreign owned, and is not a branch office of a large tour company. It is not our desire to become the biggest in the business but being proud of Tanzania and it's heritage we want to provide a memorable experience. We own and operate top quality vehicles which are maintained to a high standard as the roads can be very hard on vehicles.
What I can offer
Because I was raised into a nomadic Maasai family I believe I can perhaps offer clients a slightly different insight into the animals and wildlife. For those interested I can explain what it is like to grow up as Maasai and also share my thoughts on the issues and problems facing the Maasai in fast changing world.
Meet your guide!
|Taking a break from my studies while training to be a guide|
I do not have one particular charity or organisation that I donate to, but instead I am actively involved in trying to help children within my own tribe get the opportunities that I believe they deserve.
In the long run it is my belief that by starting a business and being a good employer I can help my country move from relying on aid to standing on its own two feet. With a little luck and hard work anything is possible.
Jurie and Nadine van Riel
Hailing from South Africa, we decided to explore East Africa and we have fallen in love with especially Tanzania, the Tanzanian people and the culture.
We met Kaanaely while working in the Serengeti and struck up a great friendship through a mutual passion for nature and the want to share our knowledge and passion with those who were not as fortunate as us to grow up on this amazing continent. As a team we complement and motivate each other.
Jurie has been involved in the Bush Lodge and Eco Tourism industry for more than 10 years. Since childhood he has been extremely passionate about nature and as a boy he used to walk around with guide books, trying to identify animal tracks and birds, while on holiday in the Kruger National Park. Driven by this passion, he went on to obtain his FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) Qualification. Growing up as the son of a Chef and Restauranteur also gave him a passion for great food and wine.
Nadine is a qualified chef from the Christina Martin School of Food and Wine, she has run kitchens as an Executive chef for 10 years. She is passionate about her work and not afraid of getting her hands dirty. Working in the kitchen brings out her creativity and she enjoys creating new dishes and experimenting with fusion food, especialy traditional African dishes.
Another passion is farming and she is in charge of getting our organic vegetable farm up and running, as there is no greater feeling than to create great dishes with ingredients from your own garden.
Nadine van Riel
Hi, my name is Nadine van Riel; I'm a qualified chef and an enthusiastic gardener. I've worked in all types of kitchens from bush lodges in South Africa (where I met and fell in love with my husband), to bush kitchens in the Serengeti and the Maasia Mara, a hot and humid kitchen on the coast of Diani Kenya and I've even worked as a Sous chef in one of Nairobi's top Fine Dining restaurants.
My love for gardening?
As a little girl I spent numerous school holidays on my grandparents small holding watching and, in my own way trying to help my grandmother in her vegetable gardens.
I usually spent my mornings and afternoons meandering through the gardens, picking and snacking on green beans, baby cucumbers and the juiciest tomatoes I could find. About twenty years later the farming bug bit me and I started my first vegetable garden in the Maasia Mara.
My love for cooking?
Started with making pancakes on a Saturday for my parent by climbing on a chair to reach and leaving the kitchen looking like a disaster zone. By the age of twelve, I spent most of my free time after homework in the kitchen with a little notebook, writing down my creations witch included an "interesting" take on chicken Paella (with peanut butter and fruit chutney) I think it was after my nearly poisonous Lamb curry (containing a tables spoon of every spice I could lay my hands on) that my mother decided to save the rest of humanity from some of my culinary disasters by sending me to Chef's school. As a chef I believe cooking is a form of art and in order to create something that will please and satisfy all senses you need to start with the freshest ingredients and then add a dash or two of love. There if nothing more gratifying than seeing the expression of Ooh ... Ah ... and then hearing the words "that was delicious" from a guest.