Angel(s) of the Serengeti

Gabriella Gallagher

14 Feb 2018

The Women changing the face of tourism in africa

“Women have the heart of hospitality… I believe that they can do anything just as well as any man, especially in the tourism industry.” 

- Angel, Manager at Dunia Camp

The central Serengeti region; although best known for the wildebeest migration and near guaranteed sightings of big cats, there is a lesser known pull to the Serengeti that so far has only been reserved for those “in the know”. Dunia Camp is located in the central Serengeti, right in the path of the great migration, which makes this camp a must stay for wildlife viewing. However, this is the Serengeti where every camp can offer luxury accommodation and fantastic game viewing. 

What sets Dunia Camp apart is the staff – the team is made up entirely of women, the first of its kind in Tanzania if not the whole of Africa.

Women are fairly new on the scene in the often male-dominated tourism industry, not only in Africa but worldwide. Firstly, women are at a disadvantage due to their lack of appropriate training and education within the tourism industry, alongside the traditional status quo in rural Africa where women are the homemakers who look after their families. Secondly, in rural lodges in Africa there traditionally is only one staff accommodation unit for the male workers, which therefore makes it almost impossible for camps or lodges to employ women. 

Dunia Camp has made it possible to employ female staff by eradicating the problem - men, so to speak. The camp is run by Angel, the first Tanzanian woman working as a safari camp manager in the Serengeti. Angel explains how her community were very dismissive of her choice to work in hotels at the start but now the tables have turned and she is an example for young girls growing up back home. Angel reminds the girls to stay in school and not let men take advantage of their bodies, ensuring they have the best possible opportunities available to them. The families of the women who work at the camp have improved financial status as the women bring home a guaranteed wage each month.

This completely new model of staffing in camps in rural Africa is one of the many pulls to Dunia Camp, and will provide a model for other camps to follow. However, the main pulls to Dunia Camp are the abundance of wildlife in the area surrounding the camp, coupled with the luxury of the camp - a match made in safari heaven. Dunia Camp offers exceptional game-viewing in the Seronera and the Southern Serengeti Plains. The camp is surrounded by plains that host the Great Migration twice a year between March to June and November to December, which also attracts numerous predators in search of an easy kill. Out of migration time the game viewing is still second to none, with Seronera being renowned for big cat sightings and the endangered rhino which can often be spotted in the area. There are twice daily game drives in open and closed vehicles and all vehicles have power points and fridges to allow for a more comfortable game viewing experience.

The camp itself features eight luxurious tented suites with en-suite bathrooms and lounge style areas that look out over the bush. There is a large mess area that offers the most idyllic dining settings over looking the plains and a homely lounge area, offering the perfect place for guests to share stories from the days events. Dunia can also arrange bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners. 

At Natural World Safaris we love Dunia Camp for the ultimate Serengeti experience, to view the migrations or outside of the migration to get up close big cat sightings. Furthermore, the Southern Serengeti links well with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, allowing you to head down into the crater, offering some of the best game viewing on the planet. 

Finally, a perfect end to your trip is a visit to the stunning spice island of Zanzibar, known for its pristine beaches and warm hospitality.

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Comments

Lorna NWS

14/2/2018 10:03 AM

Fantastic blog! Would love to go and stay here, it sounds amazing!

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