Our company

We are a Tanzania based Safari company with a high focus on custom-tailored experiences for all our different itineraries.

The experience of living a real Safari might be one of the most spectacular adventures in a lifetime, that’s why we convinced that personalized and flexible service in addition to constant safety and comfort are the key factors to guarantee an unforgettable expedition.

We are an alternative to big groups safaris, offering through a private and customized service the possibility to capture the real essence and magic of Tanzania, its wildlife and culture.

Malaki Safaris is a Maasai-owned company; we firmly believe in the importance of vast knowledge and professionalism of a tour guide so all travelers can live a real and true African experience. Our exceptional safari guides will transmit in every minute their passion and commitment to African wildlife and local culture providing all necessary information throughout the entire expedition.

We offer different and complete itineraries as well as the possibility to organize your customized Safari for solo travelers, couples or small groups. Our different options adjust to all budgets offering a variety of lodging combinations that definitely will best fit you.

We will guide and support you from the very beginning, with a constant communication before and during your safari, so you will feel confident and stress-free while planning your adventure to Tanzania.

Our Founder

Malaki Samwell Saningo

I was born loving wildlife and all the wonder of birds, plants and the landscape of Tanzania.

My life first began in the northern region of Tanzania Ioliondo area where the amazing Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located. Both my parents, also Maasai, were also from Ioliondo. Coming from a pastoralist tribe, I was taught from an early age valuable Maasai practices of tending and herding our livestock that consisted of goats and calves.  This meant, I spent most of my days learning about wildlife in the Ngorongoro and Serengeti.  This included the “Big 5” and their behaviors, birds, reptiles, insects, plants, weather, water sources.

My favorite uncle taught me bush skills that enabled me to survive in these harsh environments.  I learned to track animals, their migration routes and feeding habits, ecology of the land and how to recognize important celestial navigation points.  My love for this natural world expanded to the point of wanting a more formal education in order to support myself and eventually a family.

I left the village at 21 years old and traveled to Arusha.  Here, I met a friend who helped me land a job as a porter on Kilimanjaro.  No kidding, this was tough! With no weight limits for porters at that time, it was not unusual to carry loads of 70 lbs or more.   I did this for 5 years.  But my dream for more education along with the idea I could support a family in the future as a wildlife guide, spurred me on.

With the money I saved from being a porter, I enrolled in Guide School at the College of Tropical Center in Arusha. While there, I learned more about natural history, science, camp management, geology, ecology, birds and guiding skills. I also had to learn English in order to be a guide so I taught myself, translating words from Swahili to English with a dictionary. Two years later I graduated with both a diploma and certificate allowing me to professionally guide clients. After Guide School, I worked for various safari companies working from Arusha to the national parks.

Not satisfied with what I had, I joined a well-known company in Arusha and received intensive training on savannah ecology, birds, botany, First Aid, physiology and guiding skills.  I eventually became their Head Guide.

I truly love nature, so now I spend most my time in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro where I follow lion prides, cheetahs, leopards, rare black rhinos and elephants. By naming them, I have come to understand more of their unique animal behaviors and life strategies. This helped me to work with top photographers and famous safari groups including the National Geographic Society.

I have a beautiful family –my wife and four lovely children.  We reside in Arusha.

Wishing to share my knowledge with visitors from all over the world.