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Tandala Expeditions Limited
P.O. Box 11540, Arusha

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Tandala’s expertise is at your disposal to create a truly unique and specialized African adventure. We can customise a magical safari experience to suit your dreams and your budget. From camping under the expansive African stars, to luxurious treatment in some of the world’s finest hotels.

Our specialized knowledge of the region, built on 30 years of personal safari adventures, allows us to recommend a perfect safari.

Tandala hand crafts every safari, whether you desire the most intimate, upscale camps and lodges or luxury mobile camping, cultural interactions, pristine beaches, hiking on mountains, canoeing, guided game walks, moonlit dinners, drinks on a hilltop sunset… if you can dream it, Tandala can fulfill it.

Tandala’s handpicked team of professionals, from guides to cooks to managers is second to none.
Our guides are expert trackers, highly knowledgeable on the flora and fauna and are well versed in the mythologies and customs of Tanzania’s diverse peoples. All our guides are fluent in English and most local languages, The personal innovative approach of our dedicated staff will guarantee that you have a truly memorable experience.



Aziz Hajee


I was born in Kenya to South African parents. I have always enjoyed going on safari, as a child my parents took me on safari all over East Africa. I studied business in University but realized that safaris and tourism was my calling. I worked as a manager for a safari company in Kenya before moving to Tanzania to set up Tandala Expeditions. I love Tanzania because of its beautiful peoples and incredible natural resources. People, people, people that is what I enjoy the most and sharing lifes stories and adventures. I love cooking and kiting. I’m divorced and have two delightful children.

Jacqueline Cabwine

General Manager

I was born in Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria. My primary and secondary education were in Tanzania & Kenya. I then studied hotel management for 4 years in Kenya. I chose this course because I have always had a passion for tourism. My first job was as a Receptionist at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge from 2002 to 2006. I then joined Safari Express – an aviation company based in Arusha, in their Reservations department. While here, I also furthered my education and attained an Advanced Diploma in Sales & Marketing. In 2008 I joined Tandala Expeditions. I started out in their Reservations department. However, with my managerial skills, work ethic and dedication, I was promoted in 2012 to General Manager. To date I continue to hold this position and have been managing all departments at Tandala Expeditions. My career in tourism has given me the ability to grow, meet people from all over the word,  financially assist my younger siblings further their education and overall support my extended family. Had I not been in the tourism industry, I probably would have worked in a less exciting, less challenging and less rewarding field. I believe life would have been very boring!!

Richard Metivan

Mr. Fixit

I was born in Ilkiurei village near Arusha. I have tried my hand at many different jobs/careers from lodge kitchens & stores, pig farming, handy man…and now with Tandala as office assistant, transfer driver, film crew assistant and generally any job that needs to be done! I’ve been with Tandala since 2007 and have had so much experience in so many different fields that I’ve gathered a wealth of knowledge. I enjoy meeting people, travelling & viewing wildlife.

Jerry Bennett


I was born in the sea port of Dar-es-Salaam. I have always loved the outdoors, and after completing my schooling I starting driving & guiding overland trips throughout East and Central Africa. These trips allowed me to experience & learn so much of Africa. I am married with two children. After settling down, I decided to quit the long (2 to 3 months) overland trips and join Tandala Expeditions. This gave me the opportunity to continue to travel to the bush, interact with guests, share my knowledge of all things Tanzanian and yet spend time with my family. Besides sharing my knowledge, I have the priviledge of learning so much from my guests – their different cultures and traditions. My goal on every safari is to ensure my guests have twice as much fun as I’m having!

Elichilia Meela


Everyone calls me Chilie ! I love meeting people. I started out in the tourism industry as a bartender in one of the large lodges at Ngorongoro. I enjoyed this job and the chance it offered to meet people, but my dream was to be behind the wheel of a 4X4 guiding guests through my beautiful country. I met the director of Tandala while working as a bartender and asked him if he would take me on, and he did. So I started out as a trainee guide and after plenty of training courses moved up the ranks to be a fully-fledged guide. Since then, I have never looked back. I am married, Rosie & I have 3 gorgeous children.

Gabby Taylor


After schooling, I worked as a mechanic. But my passion for the bush and keen eyesight made me put down my mechanic tools and starting training to be a guide. I have been guiding for Tandala since 1996 and love every safari I’ve been on. In my spare time, I pick up my mechanic tools and rebuild engines, another passion of mine. I am married with 3 children.

Joseph Mbuya


I was born and raised in Moshi, a town on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. After my guide training course I worked for 2 safari companies before joining Tandala in 2001.

Jimmy Spiros


I was born and brought up in Arusha. I took up guide training and started working as a guide driving guests through both Tanzania and Kenya. I joined the Tandala family in 1997 and have been guiding guests from all over the globe. My favourite part of being on safari is driving away from the well worn track and showing my guests that we can get away from it all! My wife is in the tourism industry too and manages a major hotel in Arusha. Our daughter is in university in Dar-es-Salaam.