Two guides share a history of glamping and a life of being in the wild safaris
Personalities and influencers flocked to the Kirov Model Unit beside Rockwell Tent last Mar. 9, where Nomad Safari’s resident chimpanzee expert Mwiga Mambo and Nomad Tanzania managing director and cofounder Mark Houldsworth gave talks on Tanzania as a destination. At the second installment of Inquirer Red’s Safari Lectures, in partnership with A2A Safaris and Proscenium at Rockwell, Houldsworth cited notes on the history of glamping, and Mambo told of the ways and lives (while dynamically imitating the sounds) of the chimpanzees.
“[What’s] essential is that you get them down and dirty,” says Houldsworth. “It’s almost become ridiculous now; the style factor has become almost more important than the contact.” Nomad Tanzania is one of East Africa’s original Safari companies. Bent on giving tourists both luxury lodging and a thrilling portrait of the wild safaris, the guides transport their guests straight to where the action is. “We try and make sure to keep the combination of wonderful glamping styles, with the mobility and contact. . . We don’t want to just enjoy the landscape, we want to be part of it.”
Of the way Filipinos travel, Houldsworth states that “people here understand what glamping’s about.” In the middle of the business district where Rockwell sees a daily flux of prominent personalities ready for an unconventional escapade, the speakers may have just found their audience.
Nomad Tanzania developed wildlife destinations like the iconic Greystoke Mahale, Lamai Serengeti (reigning as the top camp in TripAdvisor) and, more recently, the first private houses in the legendary Serengeti National Park, home to the greatest concentration of migratory game in the world. These, of course, are just three among many of the thriving destinations in Northern, Western, and Southern Tanzania. “The kids love it. They all get involved in what’s going on here. People enjoy lots of activities, lots of archery, spear throwing,” explains Houldsworth. “[What’s more], we can make it very easy for you not to lose signal,” he quips.
Binky Dizon, Tracie Anglo-Dizon, Ria Prieto, JP Anglo, Tessa
and Dennis Valdes
Peter Kirua, Mark Houldsworth, Mwiga Mambo
Roberta Feliciano and Gina Aboitiz
Kitty Cortes and Monina Torres
Malou and Paolo Pineda
Andrea, Christian and Stephanie Gonzalez
Gabriele and Julie Boschi
Nicole Morris and Fely Atienza