Specialist Africa is a UK-based tour operator specialising in private safaris, tours and holidays to Tanzania, Morocco, Botswana and Zambia.
As well as designing and operating innovative safari and tour itineraries we also own/manage and operate several stylish small hotels, lodges and tented camps in Morocco including Maison Africa, Riad Africa and Riad Arabia in Marrakech, Kasbah Africa and Dar Tassa in the Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Safari Camp in the Moroccan Sahara.
We trade under the names of Specialist Tanzania, Specialist Botswana, Specialist Morocco and Specialist Zambia. We always aim to deliver a first-rate traveller and travel partner experience. We are members of the Travel Trust Association (U7736).
Where we operate
- Beach Holidays
- Mobile Safaris
- Mountain Climbing
- Safaris - Fixed Camp
Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism
Responsible Tourism in Tanzania
All our team here at Specialist Tanzania care with a passion for the future of our amazing planet, its wildlife and its people. We are an ethical organisation that adheres to the principles of responsible tourism and sustainable travel, fair trade, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. We recognise that our responsibility extends to all interested parties to this business including not only our customers and local partners, but also local host communities, our planet, its wildlife and nature.
Our Local Partners in Tanzania
Specialist Tanzania works in close partnership with several locally owned and managed companies in Tanzania. We feel this approach has a more direct benefit on the local distribution of income from tourism. We support and fully endorse the recruitment and training of local guides, local group tour managers, drivers and representation staff. Rather than avoiding certain National Parks to minimise National Park entrance fees included in holiday prices, we prefer to include them as this revenue goes towards maintaining and improving wildlife conservation and management in Tanzania.
Employing Local Safari Guides & Leaders
With our guiding principle of employing local people wherever possible our guests see a direct benefit in the improved local knowledge of our local team, whether that be knowledge of flora, fauna, history or just general Tanzanian life. Through this approach we can also maximise the amount of your tourism revenue that is delivered directly into the heart of the local economy, whilst at the same time providing our guests with a holiday which is fully financially protected by our bonding schemes and insurance cover.
Kilimanjaro Porter Welfare and Partnership with KPAP
Porters on Kilimanjaro have an arduous job – they carry the clothing and equipment, rucksacks, food, water and utensils of climbers, as well as their own clothing and camping equipment. We are keen to ensure that the porters that work for us are treated fairly by senior crew members as well as climbers. In this regard Specialist Tanzania fully supports the work of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) and is an official partner of IMEC’s ‘Partnership for Responsible Travel’. As an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), KPAP exist solely for the purpose of improving the working conditions of the porters climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Promoting Responsible Tourism
Specialist Tanzania is also determined to do what we can to help minimise any negative impacts on the environmental, wildlife and cultural welfare of Tanzania through promoting responsible visitor behaviour; promoting waste reduction; facilitating cultural exchange between guests and local communities; supporting local businesses, goods and services; encouraging guests to eat local foods rather than imported foods; encouraging the conservation of natural resources like electricity and water; and promoting the importance of protecting the local environment and nature.
30 January 2014
The Specialist Moroccan Retreats group is delighted to announce the addition of Kasbah Africa to its collection of authentic and sustainable small hotels for discerning travellers. Perched on a mountainside above the banks of the Azzaden River Valley in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains (at the entry to Toubkal National Park, Ouirgane area), Kasbah Africa can be reached in little over an hour from Marrakech. Website: www.kasbahafrica.com Photos: View gallery on Flickr Facebook:…Read More
31 October 2011
Specialist Morocco, in a joint venture with the Moivaro Lodge & Tented Camp group of Tanzania, has this week launched Riad Africa, a stunning 8-bedroomed property located just five minutes’ walk from Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakech. The traditionally-built property has been carefully restored using the finest local materials and decorated with African artefacts. Its central palm-filled courtyard also boasts one of the largest dipping pools in the Medina (some 16 square metres…Read More