"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.


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 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. 


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. 


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!!

Go on Safari

Tried and true cross-country programs of immense popularity and unmatched reliability with individual programs in each category feed into one another

Climb  Kilimanjaro

The methodology to our mountain operations is simple. Train as much as possible. Hoopoe Climbs feature luxury specifications complimented by world class guides.

Family Safaris

Hoopoe is a Family and we welcome families!!! We have a library of fun itineraries with plenty to see, so many things to do and places to go.   

Relax on the Beach

White sand beaches, rich coastal history and a plethora of beach activities ranging from drift dives and kitesurfing to snorkeling safaris make the East African coast among the finest in the world.

We arrived in Arusha and did a bunch of research on best companies to go with. Hoopoe are top notch, KC put together a brilliant itinerary at the last second...

We got Jackson as our guide and cannot praise him highly enough. He made our trip amazing. Not only has he got a light hearted disposition and great sense of fun but possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of animals, geography and topography. He is also extremely knowledgeable on wider African history and politics and had lots of great information on local Tanzanian culture. 

Hoopoe’s Land Cruisers are modern and comfortable and come with great reference books on all the animal and birdlife so we could get a wealth of info on everything we saw. Which included all of the big five and so many sightings of lion, cheetah, leopard most of them up close and personal. 

We couldn’t recommend these guys more highly.