How It All Began

It all began with the bird watching trip on 7th July 2007, hear the story:-  

'On Saturday, July 7, 2007, I traveled deep into nature to learn more about bird species, their habitats, and living patterns. Around mid-day, the sun became so intense that I sought respite in a cool and damp cave.

While resting, I noticed a small bird that appeared to be dancing. It was hopping around the cave, from one side to the other, and I found myself transfixed watching its graceful movements. I was mesmerized by the way the bird moved, it's coloring and the easy way it glided across the damp rock. This bird was a member of the Shrike species. At this moment, I made it my mission to create a safari company that would allow others to be inspired by the small acts of nature, just as I had been on this day. It was in a cool, breezy cave, watching the beauty and simplicity of nature, that the idea for Shrike Safaris was born.'

Mark Madola James, Founder, and CEO of Shrike Safaris

Starting off with a personal birding trip, we have now grown and can offer Kilimanjaro treks and African safaris including family, honeymoon safari, private or custom African trips covering East and Southern Africa...

Shrike Safaris Family

Mark Madola James

Mark Madola James

Founder & Special Interest Safari Consultant
Mark is a naturalist and explorer at heart, he founded Shrike Safaris with the mission of sharing the diverse landscape, cultures, and wildlife of his country with other local and international travellers. Tanzania is his beloved country. he was born here, he lives here, and he has explored many corners of this incredible land over many decades. From Kilimanjaro and the plains of the Serengeti to Zanzibar, Lake Victoria, and other hidden places, he is still exploring. Won’t you join him?
Shrike Safaris Family

Shrike Safaris Family

Mark's wife and the daughters
At Shrike Safaris, you are no longer just a tourist. When you book with us, you become a member of our family. Our guides provide personalized and unique attention and experiences during your stay in Tanzania. By the time you leave, you will feel as if you have a second home in Tanzania. We are pleased and proud to be your host in Africa and thank you for the opportunity.
Walter Miya

Walter Miya

Co-Founder & Kilimanjaro Trekking Consultant
Walter has been working in the tourism industry for 20 years. He is a former park ranger for Tanzanian National Parks. His unique experience and in-depth knowledge of Kilimanjaro trekking and wildlife ecology have helped hundreds of adventure seekers in East Africa. Walter is a Board Member for the Community Aids Action Group (CAAG) in Bloomington, Indiana. Also he is a founder of two Organization, Kilimanjaro Education Outreach (KILEO) and Friends of Children with Cancer-Tanzania (FoCC).

Our Backbone

Jackson Lyimo

Jackson Lyimo

Kilimanjaro trekking consultant
Emily Rweteshi

Emily Rweteshi

Senior Tour Guide
Verah Laiser

Verah Laiser

Kilimanjaro trekking and Safari Consultant
Shaban Mdimi

Shaban Mdimi

Tour Guide
Mathews Morenda

Mathews Morenda

Tour Guide and Safari Consultant
Steven Mbwambo

Steven Mbwambo

Tour Guide and Safari Consultant
Godson Mongii

Godson Mongii

Safari Guide in the Serengeti
Naftari Zakayo

Naftari Zakayo

Multlingua Tour Guide
Huruma Ntandu

Huruma Ntandu

Bird-Watching Tour guide
Saraphina Madola

Saraphina Madola

Director of Customer Service
Japhet Mmasi

Japhet Mmasi

Tour Guide
Bazza Miya

Bazza Miya

Transport Manager and Car hire Consultant
Amani Vitaris

Amani Vitaris

Bird watching Tour Guide
James Mutta

James Mutta

Graphic Designer and Web Developer
Peter Mabele

Peter Mabele

Tour Guide and Car hire Consultant
Henry Robert

Henry Robert

Senior Tour Guide and Operation Manager
Margreth Mapesa

Margreth Mapesa

Accountant & Trip Advisor