Nomad Conservation Partners and Communities

In our eagerness to set up this fund, and be as transparent as possible, we were advised that the organiser of the fund be visible. So following advice, in a comical twist of events Mark, our CEO, emerged as the beneficiary. We've had a good giggle and are trying to amend it, but in the meantime, rest assured that your invaluable contributions are being used for core community and conservation work in Tanzania – we promise!

Our motive for living a life in the pursuit of wilderness has always gone far beyond safaris. Nomad was founded on the belief that for us to make a meaningful contribution to the conservation of our wildlife, we must also take care of the needs of our people, making sure that it is them that feel the benefit from keeping wild places safe.

After three decades of commitment to Nomads vision, we have the most comprehensive network of camps and partner projects across Tanzania. We’re in a unique position to have an impact across some of the country’s most vulnerable, remote and cut off communities and wildlife populations; from the far off places of Katavi and Mahale, to the infamous Serengeti.
In a normal season we put our safaris to work. We make use of our reach and logistics; planes, cars, camps and teams, to reach deep into some of the most remote parts of Tanzania with health and education outreach. We donate safaris to auctions to raise funds, all of the proceeds from our camp shops goes to our projects, and all of this is managed by a full time CSR Manager and supported by our camp teams. 

This all, for the moment, has had to stop. With the coronavirus crisis bringing our operations to a halt, what is usually a thriving presence on the ground, has been reduced to a skeleton team in each camp and funding for our projects has dried up. 

We’re in survival mode across our industry and it’s no different for the areas within which we operate. We've set up a separate internal staff fund which is raising funds to support our Nomad family through the hard times to come. Alongside that, this conservation fund is to help us in our battle to preserve a wilderness to which our guests can return when this is all over, and to make sure that the people whose lives are so intertwined with its protection are looked after, we’re asking for your help.  

Tourism is a huge revenue earner in Tanzania, providing almost all employment opportunities for communities on the edges of our parks. We have an almighty challenge ahead, to convince communities to remain committed to conserving wildlife, whilst they struggle to provide for their families. This fund will support communities and projects near our camps - whether it is mobilising de snaring teams in the Serengeti, funding the fight against poaching and habitat encroachment in Katavi, or providing support in the protection of big carnivores in Ruaha.  

We’re acutely aware of the uphill struggle being faced by the dedicated park authorities across Tanzania, who are already being forced to choose between difficult funding priorities. As they continue their vital management of our parks and protection of our wildlife, we hope this fund will enable us to supplement their efforts in some small way, wherever most valuable. 

Core Conservation Costs
$100 will pay for a pair of Lion Defenders to continuously monitor and protect 100km2 for one week in Ruaha
$150 buys a spare tyre for a patrol car
$250 covers two Conflict Officers to collect data on depredations, respond to and mitigate human wildlife conflict in Ruaha for one month
$300 covers the salary of one of the Serengeti De-snaring rangers
$4000 covers one De-snaring team’s operational costs for a month

When the time comes, and it’s safe to do so, we also desperately want to swiftly pick up where we left off with our health outreach  and education programs . They are showing such enormous progress. 

Asante sana, thank you. It means the world to have you along with us on this journey, on our lifelong pursuit to keep our wilderness, and our people, safe.

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Nomad Tanzania
Mark Houldsworth

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