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Weathering the Storm together – The Woman behind our Compassion

August 26, 2020 Visit Africa / Seychelles No Comments Email Email

Those of our guests who chose to visit Tourism Corporation Africa’s eco-camps, Island retreats and lodges in Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, play an important role in supporting conservation.

It’s all about curated experiences, inspired by sustainable adventures! Over 26 years we have learnt to create WILD experiences across the continent. No wonder our guests revisit us time and again!

Environmental Conservation has always been the fundamental aim of Tourism Corporation Africa. In 2017, we incorporated Maasai Wanderings and Nasikia Camps Tanzania, into our prestigious organization. A collaboration between Tourism Corporation Africa, Maasai Wanderings and Nasikia Tented Camps was put in place to address the social and environmental imbalances in Tanzania. Our aim was to find a workable solution to the growing conservation crisis. Little did we know then that in 2020 we would also be facing a Humanitarian Crisis as COVID19 dramatically changed our lives and our business. The manner in which we are able to support and care for the communities was also impacted.

Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge 2020

Andrew Shapland, CEO of Tourism Corporation Africa, a well-known conservationist, entrepreneur and founder of Tourism Corporation Africa maintains that “If you take the Wildlife Out of Africa, there is little or no tourism”.  Frankly in these times, caring for potentially starving communities has become even more imperative without tourism there are simply put, no jobs and without jobs there is no money!

Andrew Shapland 2020

Little did we know, in 2017, when Tourism Corporation Africa entered into agreement with Maasai Wanderings and Nasikia Camps (Tanzania) that 3 months later, a fatal aircraft incident would bring about drastic changes. Naseeb Mfinanga, Co-Founder and CEO of the aforementioned was lost in the incident leaving his wife, a former nurse who came to Tanzania to treat sick children with HIV/AIDS, to take on Nas’ role. She became our Matriarch. Besides leading the company’s through one of Africa’s most challenged times she also created Nasikia CONNECT. Nasikia Connect provides PPE for the communities, helping to avoid a second pandemic of starvation of communities whose lives are centered on tourism. DONATIONS, both great and small, will be welcomed and fully accounted for. Our communities need ongoing supplies of Sanitizer, soaps and masks and now, more than ever, NUTRITION. Donations can be made via our bankers – all funds received will be fully accounted for by Donna in person.

Donna Duggan 2020 

2020 has been a year to remember, but sadly, not in the best of ways! Nonetheless Donna, Andrew and the teams have persevered! We are delighted that our camps on the Serengeti are slowly opening again, albeit with COVID10 protocols in placed to protect both our guests and our teams. KLM and Qatar Airways are now flying into Kilimanjaro as well as Dar es Salaam, which is also complimented by both Emirates and SWISS. Nairobi in Kenya is once again open and Kenya Airways are taking to the air. For those needing a touch of the WILD and the life inspiring GREAT MIGRATION the Serengeti, is wilder than ever, having seen very few humans for 5 months the animals look forward to welcoming you back! For reservations and great deals please do mail Donna direct: donna@maasaiwanderings.com. We are here to help and assist you in converting enquiries into confirmed bookings. Rest assured, of our very best service awaits!

Our Island Retreats in Mozambique remain closed to international visitors as do our lodges in Botswana and South Africa and we envisage no real movement until early 2021. However, Namibia is opening to international visitors. So, for those loving the desert’s vast spaciousness and WILD beauty, we would love to welcome you home to Southern Africa, if not in 2020, most definitely in 2021.

Azura Benguerra Mozambique 2020

All in all, it has been a WILD year to date, and as a new norm takes prominence in our world, we thank you for your support and wish you well as we continue to navigate a new norm in a daunting world faced with a challenge like no other. Despite this, we are confident we will come through these challenging times and look forward to welcoming you back to AFRICA!

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