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Campari of Namiri

Campari of Namiri

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Perched on the South Easterly part of the Serengeti, bordering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, the Namiri Plains are inarguably the pride lands of the Serengeti big Cats.

Previously zoned out as a research center for the big cats, the vast plains were inaccessible to any human activities giving these Virgin lands the God-given capacity to thrive with wildlife. Having just recently been opened up to controlled game viewing, the Namiri Plain is a gem for viewing an abundance of the big cats.

On a recent visit, we encountered Campari (a female cheater named by the cat researchers after the Italian alcoholic liqueur obtained from the infusion of herbs and fruit) and her daughter under the cloudy but bright Serengeti sky trying to make a meal for themselves.

When we first spotted them, they were just patched on a small mound of soil yawning when they suddenly broke profile into hunting mode when they made out a solo-grazing gazelle in the distance. With no other distractions save for some distant Zebras, the two cats slowly started to encrotch in stealth trying their best not to be made out by the unsuspecting gazelle. A cloudy sky with reduced glare, a steady cool wind blowing against the cats and tall grass for camouflage were just the right recipe for the cats to make their daily bread.

At a distance of about 700m the braying of a distant zebra suddenly spooked the gazelle. For about 10 minutes, the cats stood down, laying very low in the grass as the gazelle panned her surroundings for any eminent danger before getting back to her vegetarian meal oblivious of the ambush that was right under her brows. With the gazelles back turned back against the cheetahs, they pounced on the opportunity to quickly make a few more steps towards their prey without being spotted.

At a distance of about 500m the cats were confident enough that they could now make a run for the kill but only to their disappointment when an alert call was raised by a zebra barking nearby catching the attention of the gazelle who then made a dash for her dear life living the predators to their hunger.

I was personally disappointed that I never made to see the world’s fastest land animal approaching the neck breaking 100km/h speed that I was so early waiting for!


What is the fastest animal you have seen in motion and where?

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COVID – 19: Nisimulie Africa SOP’s

In light of the world opening up slowly amidst the current pandemic, we have been preparing to welcome tourists back to Tanzania by making changes to the way we provide our services. New SOPs are in place for every touch point and guest experience that characterizes your stay with us as your esteemed hosts. Our SOPs will be updated in line with the Government of Tanzania’s instructions to the tourism and hospitality industry. Our priority is to ensure that we provide the safest possible environment for our guests while providing top-notch safari experiences.


Standard Operating Procedures

1.     To keep social distancing, safari vehicles with 6-window seats will be redesigned to take only 4 people in the passenger cabin. Safari vehicles with 6-window seats will still be available for families wishing to travel together in one vehicle

2.   The driver-guide will be at hand to oversee guests observe the recommended physical distancing at park entry gates, museums, picnic sites, and while checking in at accommodation facilities.

3.   City transfer and safari vehicles will be regularly disinfected before picking up clients, especially the high-touch surfaces and seats

4.   Sanitizers (anti-microbial agents) will be provided in the vehicle for guests' use

5.   The driver-guide will take necessary personal protection precautions at all times. Guests are encouraged to come with their own masks; packaged masks will be available at an extra cost.

6.   Health condition of driver-guides will be monitored for not less than a week before being assigned to take clients on safari, including measuring body oxygen level (recommended 95% and above) and body temperature not exceeding 37.5 degrees centigrade.

7.   There will be three health centers dedicated to COVID-19 rapid response and support network; one center will be in Arusha town (Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre), one in Karatu near Ngorongoro, and the third in central Serengeti at Seronera. Ambulances will be on standby.

8.   For clients needing more medical attention, Nisimulie Africa Tours and Travel will arrange evacuation by Flying Doctors. The Flying Doctors package covers evacuation to a hospital in Nairobi. We can also arrange evacuation to Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, a fine facility with high rate of recovery for COVID-19 patients. The evacuation to Dar es Salaam will involve some extra charges to be met by the patient. Clients are required to have medical insurance to cover hospitalization expenses. 

9.   The welcome briefing to guests will include details of our safety and hygiene measures in place and what is required of guests during their stay (including the use of masks and gloves and keeping safe distances from other guests).

10. Not limiting these procedures to ourselves, we work with other third-party suppliers who ensure and adhere to the set international standards of travel as defined by the Ministry of Tourism and WHO.


Game drives 

·      A maximum of four people will be permitted per vehicle with the exception of groups that   are travelling together.

·      Guides will wear face masks and gloves on arrival at the airstrip, when in the main area of the airstrip and when handling guests’ luggage.

·      Guests must also wear facemasks at the airstrip; however, this is optional while on the game drive.

·      Once the group has left the airstrip, the guide will remove the face mask and gloves to speak with guests, as the safety risk is greatly reduced outside of the airstrip.

·      Game drives will take place in safari vehicles, as usual, which will be disinfected after each game drive.

·      Hand sanitizer will be available for guests and guides and is to be used on arrival at the airstrip, on boarding the vehicle and throughout the game drive.

·      Guests are asked to sensibly practice social distancing throughout the game drive and if meals are served.


Communal Areas:

·      Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the camps and soap and individual hand towels will always be available in public bathrooms.

·      At the Bar: The barmen will wear facemask and gloves to handle drinks and snacks and serve on a tray. 

·      A staff member is assigned to regular sanitization duties of surfaces (including door handles, metallic surfaces, counters, etc).

·      Social distancing rules apply, and seating will be arranged to ensure at least one-meter distance between guests.

·      Dining:  All surfaces will be disinfected after each meal.

·      Pool water (where available) will be monitored to maintain a chlorine level between 1 to 3 parts per million and a pH level between 6.8 and 7.4 in order to provide a virus free experience.

·      In sitting areas and on sofas:

·      Guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing.

·      Around campfire: guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing.

·      Disposable towels and bins will be placed in strategic areas.

·      In harmony with our vision, our team has had a lot of fun working hard together to put our SOPs in place to ensure the safety of our guests. We are now ready to warmly welcome our guests back to Tanzania.


“Nature took a rest from the usual and is now more exquisite”

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