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Migration, Serengeti, Tanzania

Angel Vendeline Namshali

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  • Tanzania

The safari industry has always been male-dominated, too often built around the macho image of guides taking on the dangers of the wilderness. It also operates in countries where female roles are still traditionally defined, and positions of power go to men almost by default.

That is why Angel stands out. As the manager of Africa’s only all-female-run safari camp, Dunia Camp, she has shattered stereotypes.

Under her management, the camp has strengthened its reputation as one of Tanzania’s best camps, whilst also providing opportunities for female guides that might not otherwise have existed.

These opportunities are few and far between in Tanzania, as Angel is all too aware of. Before Dunia’s transition to an all-female staff, she was the only female camp manager in the entire country. Now, the camp she runs not only provides opportunities; it also acts as an example to other camps, showing through its success that prejudices in the safari industry have no bearing in reality.

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Walking safari, Serengeti, Tanzania
Q & A
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Jackie Devereux
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Chimpanzee, Mahale National Park, Tanzania
Dynasties – new BBC series
Fergus Beeley
Having seen Blue Planet II and bowed in reverence to BBC’s Natural History Unit for the remarkable achievement for their innovation,…
Elephant herd, Tarangire, Tanzania
Tanzania: Tusks and Trunks in Tarangire
Rob Gardiner
Packed tightly together, forming a gently shuffling circle, they rest, waiting. The African sun burns at its zenith – a piercing…
Lake Manze, Selous, Tanzania
Solar Eclipse of the Heart (of Africa)
Steppes Travel
The best places to see the solar eclipse in 2016. On the morning of 1st September, 2016, an annular solar eclipse…
Flamingos, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Guiding Lights: Aziza Mbwana
Steppes Travel
Aziza Mbwana has just been promoted to Assistant Head Ranger at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. She is the only woman working in…
Buffalo sunset, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Ruaha: Stout boots required
Steppes Travel
For those who think that a safari is a safari is a safari, chances are they have not visited Ruaha. This vast…
Buffalo sunset, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Tanzania Safari – things change and things stay the same
Illona Cross
My love affair with Tanzania is an old one now and I have seen it in all weathers, seasons and extremes.…
Green sea turtle hatchling
Turtles hatching in Mafia Island
Illona Cross
July is the perfect month to watch turtles hatching in Mafia Island. Sea turtles have been nesting on Tanzanian beaches for…

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Itinerary gave a brilliant cross-section of Tanzanian wildlife and habitat.


We had an amazing trip and would do it again. While I indicated that we would not travel back to Tanzania, that is not a reflection on Tanzania, but rather our interest in exploring other places before making a return trip.


We have had some fantastic experiences with Steppes in the past, but have to say this trip was really up there. The lodge suggested by Ilona was amazing, transfers were fantastic, the communication beforehand from both Ilona and Vanessa was wonderful and the help we received when we had one small hiccup at our first hotel was outstanding. Thanks so much.


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