"Of the gladest moments in human life, methinks is the departure upon a distant journey to unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the Slavery of Home, man feels once more happy. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood....afresh dawns the morn of life..."
- Richard Burton
Established in 1992 by Maasai Steven Laiser and Kenyan born & raised Peter Lindstrom, Hoopoe has an impeccable reputation both locally & internationally with stellar reviews and specializes in tailor made safaris
CONSERVATION is a keystone of Hoopoe
The conservation of wildlife, flora & fauna lies at the heart of Hoopoe.
Among the cofounders of a DE-SNARING program initiated by our tour operators association of which Peter is councilor. 6 tons of snares set by poachers were recovered in the first month of operation.
Pioneers in COMMUNITY PARTNERED TOURISM
We believe that local communities that live cheek by jowl with wildlife outside national parks are a key to wildlife survival when they leave protected areas and enter village lands that are dispersal areas and/or wildlife corridors. Our role is built on local partnerships and by employing local people and assisting with community-development projects.
We are currently with partners building A NEW CLINIC that will serve up to six villages in the Manyara area where we own and manage one of our tented lodges. This clinic will have particular focus on the needs of women in the community particularly safe child birth. Hoopoe provides safe clean fresh water for our neighbors in the Tarangire area and Manyara.
We are an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
We are an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and proud to have made it possible for women to now be in positions of leadership in Hoopoe Safaris. 99.9% of Hoopoe's staff are are locally employed and long-term employees with many guides growing with the company for nearly 30 years.
OUR GUIDES, OUR HEART
Co-founder Peter Lindstrom personally selects each guide and provides training courses twice a year for his team, and for other guides that come from other companies. His teachings are comprised of geology, wildlife conservation, early and later history of East Africa, customer relations, cultural studies. All guides undergo first aid training. Our friendly well-trained guides are the foundation of a successful safari. Many of our guests return on safari again and usually request their original safari guide.
We believe in AUTHENTIC CLASSIC SAFARI EXPERIENCES
Hoopoe is a boutique safari company providing specialized and tailor made experiences., supporting respectful & authentic community interactions along the way and interpretative guiding in the parks and protective wildlife areas.
We use custom built safari prepared 4x4's, which are replaced on a regular basis. Hoopoe has it's own workshop & in-house workshop team to regularly service and maintain our vehicles. We have a mix of open game drive cars for our game packages based at our mobile camps.
Our mobile classic style tented camps follow the annual migration while our permanent tented lodges are strategically placed to enjoy both wildlife and cultural experiences. However, we are not wedded to our own camps and lodges, and use a wide range of trusted partners.
The team at Hoopoe organised an unforgettable six day safari for us, at very short notice. Our guide Zachayo was superb - he was great company, dedicated to making sure that we had the best experience possible, and was passionate and full of interesting information about the many beautiful animals we saw.
The service and rooms at our accommodations was also first rate - we particularly loved staying at a luxury tented camp in the middle of the Serengeti where we heard lions and hyenas as we drifted to sleep!
Would highly recommend!!