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Award Winning East African Specialists.
Award-winning and the choice of travel enthusiasts from dignitaries to school groups, Hoopoe has become a leading East African safari outfitter. Together with its sister outfitter, "Kirurumu Under Canvas", Hoopoe is dedicated to the protection of the environment by supporting effective community partnerships and sustainable tourism projects. Founded in 1988, Hoopoe Safaris is headed today by Peter Lindstrom and Steven Laiser. Peter was born and raised in Kenya, has a lifetime of experience in hospitality and is a dedicated conservationist. He’s passionate about preserving the precious nature with which East Africa is so well endowed, and has the experience to be pragmatic in the quest for a sustainable future for his East African home, its rich wildlife and outstanding natural beauty. Peter has settled permanently in Tanzania. Steven is a Maasai who grew up in Arusha and became prominent in the national parks service. He rose to the rank of senior ranger of Tarangire National Park before embarking on a career in tourism
Rupert Finch Hatton heads up the Sales & Marketing team with the help of Hellen Opok. Rupert is an import from the United Kingdom but has been involved with the safari industry and various conservation issues for thirty years. Rupert is a past Chairman of the African Travel & Tourism Association (ATTA).
Hoopoe owns and manages properties under Kirurumu Under Canvas, an outfit that offers a complete circuit of under canvas properties for safaris in Northern Tanzania. Kirurumu is used by a wide range of safari operators and guests from all over the globe. Our tented lodges and extremely comfortable mobile camps merge with the landscape and are designed to be of minimum impact to the environment. They have become havens of peace for both for its visitors and its creatures great and small that now have a safe refuge. Birdlife in the lodges grounds has increased dramatically over time and they are a bird watcher’s paradise. Diminutive dik-dik and shy and elusive bushbuck also are now common in the grounds. Hoopoe Safaris won the Conde Naste Eco Tourism award in 2004 as best ecotourism company in the world. This was a terrific accolade for the company as well as for all East Africa and Africa itself - the first time such an esteemed honor has gone to an African tour operator. The company can also boast having recently hosted former president Bill Clinton and more than 40 donors from the Clinton Foundation on a safari and tour of the community projects the foundation helps sponsor. With its commitment and experience, the company has become a preferred safari operator.