We, at Monsoon Extra, choose and support integrated tourism operations run by passionate conservationists, which value, protect and promote local natural and human resources.


'My companion this morning was Mike Ghaui a world famous wildlife artist, who grew up on farms near Ruaha, and who’s artistic life has been greatly influenced by this honest and rugged wilderness. He is one of the old timers, a very few of whom have truly managed to connect with the spirit of this Park, and who is unwilling to compromise his integrity.

We had earlier both found ourselves sitting a few feet from a big male leopard which rolled in the grass for 2 hours swatting flies, eyeing us casually before waking up, to stretch and brush past our open land cruiser. He bounded up a tree, stood in the fork for a moment to scan the countryside, before squeezing his face through a curtain of hanging sausages and disappearing into a thick nest of foliage. Mike had never seen leopard so close and at the same time so totally relaxed in Ruaha.

He frequently commented on how fantastic and still unspoiled the park is.

The next afternoon, and following morning, he enjoyed the relaxed company of a female cheetah and her 3 cubs. I reflected on how even after 40 years we were both still experiencing things new and relatively unspoiled in Ruaha.

In each decision we have taken on our own evolutionary path, whether in designing, building, training or hosting, or in support of our family community projects, we have always strived to keep intact our own integrity, and the deep connection to our surroundings.'

Chris Fox, Mwagusi Safari Camp, Ruaha


'I always had the dream of living on a ranch in the wilds of Tanzania, surrounded by wildlife.

That dream became a partial reality in 1994 when I was able to negotiate the rent on a 9644 acre ranch at West Kilimanjaro. The land had been hunted out, was over-grazed, and the large trees were being cut down for charcoal. It was a massive job to try to reverse these trends and many friends thought I was crazy to try.

However, once the grazing had been stopped, the grass coverage increased dramatically after the first rainy season, trees began to grow, and the habitat started its slow recovery. The wildlife, no longer being poached stayed, and began to multiply.

Today, more than 16 years later, the landscape is healthy and there is a very good wildlife population.

Through our own non-profit, the Kilimanjaro Conservancy, we are intensively involved with anti-poaching in the greater area, and work with a number of schools to promote an understanding of conservation and the value and job opportunities in conservation and tourism.

Ndarakwai supports a staff of over 40 people, and we provide lunch for over 350 students every day at the local Primary School.

Future goals include the creation of a corridor at West Kilimanjaro to allow free movement between the plains and the forests. We want to expand our anti-poaching and hope that more communities can benefit from projects such as ours.

I feel that private initiative such as Ndarakwai, alongside National institutions such as Tanzania National Parks, and Wildlife Division, can make a very significant contribution to conservation in Tanzania.’

Peter Jones, Ndarakwai Ranch, West Kilimanjaro


‘To us, Kisima Ngeda is about the beauty of Africa and about culture, and when we say culture we mean the very origin of culture.

Ancient hominid bones were found embedded in the muddy shores of Lake Eyasi, proof that long ago our earliest ancestors roamed this same land, marveled at these same landscapes.

A visit to the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers is a trip back in time; a peephole into the origins of mankind. Where and how we live today is irrelevant. What matters is that we all started here; that we share with these wonderfully welcoming people an ancient bond that goes beyond mere differences of time, place and circumstance.

A visit to the Hadzabe allows us to understand a little better where we come from and how our ancestors lived millions of years ago. It also makes us think about what we have become.It’s hard to think of a bigger privilege. A few hours with the Hadzabe can be life-changing. If nothing else you will leave with a huge measure of respect for these people who, while living abysmally different, incredibly simple lives, manage to convey a sense of self, a sense of contentment with life that is difficult to find nowadays in our so called “civilized” world.

The first impression might be that these people are poor beyond words but you will soon appreciate that poverty is not about what we have -or don’t have-, but about what we need. These people, who possess almost nothing, actually have it all. They are among the most contented people we know and we can learn a lot from them. We can learn that life is worth living just for the simple joy of being alive, that it can be fulfilling and rewarding without all the ‘extras’ that our western culture has come to cherish so much...’

Nina and Chris Schmeling, Kisimangeda Camp, Lake Eyasi

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