Discover The Shrike DNA

"We Care, Personally, and Deeply"

The Shrike DNA

"We Care, Personally, and Deeply" more than just our slogan—it is the Shrike DNA and the way of our life that we always feel in our bones and blood, so it's the way we treat you and all of our guests.

Mark Madola—the Founder of Shrike

The Shrike DNA—as so many have called it—is best expressed in the stories of actual guests. The people who normally arrive as our guests on our authentic safaris in Tanzania—East Africa, and leave as our friends.
Like a small group of friends who were trekking Mount Kilimanjaro with Shrike. They mentioned that they enjoyed having eggs for their breakfast. Knowing they were too fragile to be carried with any of the other materials, Shrike brought an extra porter along just to carry the eggs.
Or the guests who had mentioned how they were missing going to church while on their safari. When they returned to Arusha city after their safari, they found a car and driver waiting for them. Mark had made special arrangements for them to visit the local church.
Or one of our guests who happened to buy the wrong size pants in Zanzibar Island. Merely mentioning it in passing, he was surprised to find the same pants waiting for him when he arrived at Four Seasons Safari Lodge in the Serengeti. "...except this pair fit perfectly."
There are countless examples like this—the real-life stories that make up the Shrike DNA. Often, guests write to thank us...but of course, no thanks are needed. This is just the way we do things. We simply are not happy unless our guests are ecstatic—and that’s part of our DNA and a commitment we make every day, every hour, and every minute with every guest… so that the stories continue and we can't wait to hear your story too...


Mark Madola—the Father of Shrike

Mark, the company founder, and our over—active, inspirational director, currently living in Mwanza city. He won’t rest if he thinks that even one of our guests is displeased. And, for nearly two decades of leading Shrike, he has infused every employee at Shrike with the Shrike DNA—his personal passion and dedication to being the best in the safari and Kilimanjaro trek business by offering authentic and personalized experiences. And, without fear of exaggeration, it’s probably safe to say that he has now, officially, succeeded!

Below Are Some Of The Components That Make Up Our DNA

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Insider Access

You Deserve Insider Experiences—Beyond Guide Books...Enjoy insider access, explore Tanzania's many faces, and unveil its soul: with our extensive first—hand local knowledge of Tanzanian hidden gems.

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A Safari Unlike Any Other

Once—In—A—Life Experience that is as unique as you are... We build your Tanzanian safari around what you exactly want. We take the time to understand what you enjoy most so we can create lifetime experiences for you filled with exclusive and unique activities.

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From "Farm—to—Table" Meals To Michelin—star Quality 

Shrike enjoys unmatched access to the lodge – most of our safaris include a visit to Gibb’s Farm offering farm—to—table meals or Siringit Serengeti Camp by Mantis featuring Axel Janssen—a Michelin Star Chef who moved to Tanzania from Belgium.

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Adventure A La Carte

We offer authentic safaris lead by the award—winning, local safari and mountain guides who customize every last detail of your adventure with consideration for ethics and conservation—making your trip a hosted adventure with a difference..! 

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More Authentic Local Experience

See Tanzania through the eyes of local Tanzanians... Your guidebook doesn't know the secrets of our land. We believe that there is no better way to experience a new country and its culture than getting in touch with authentic local people. We know the best locations, resorts, cocktails, etc. We are your Tanzanian friend!


Professional Kilimanjaro Mountain Guides

A mountain guide's knowledge, sensitivity, and good humor are some of the most essential elements of a successful Kilimanjaro trek.


Top—notch Local Tanzanian Safari Guides

And quite simply, Shrike safari guides are always the best. We don't say so... our passengers do..! They rave about every one of them.


Hand—picked Tented Camps & Safari Lodges

While others seek out lodges and camps that offer the greatest luxury, SHRIKE looks for lodges/ tented camps that provide you with a bit more: a unique personality, a high level of service and friendliness, and a setting that is unequaled. We pride ourselves in going a step further than the rest to make sure your trip is memorable for all the right reasons. 

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Off The 'Beaten Path' Experience

Quite simply—we, locals know how to get things done specifically for you...

If your dream is to experience “authentic Africa” in comfort and safety, with an experienced local tour operator who can customize every last detail of your trip, you’ve come to the right place.

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Explore At 'Your Own' Pace

Whether you are climbing the Kilimanjaro or enjoying game viewing in the Serengeti; you will never be rushed from one location to another.

Learn the Swahili phrase “Pole Pole’ – this means “slowly, slowly” and is the best advice to help you both acclimatize to the altitude and in—depth exploration of wilderness

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We Give Back

An Adventure with Shrike = Makes a BIG Difference ​to Lives of Orphaned/ Destitute Children in Tanzania.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.



Little Surprises
Special Events
Extra Touches

We are delighted to offer a host of little extras to make a trip with Shrike an exceptional lifetime experience. We’d love to tell you more about those, but we’d hate to ruin the surprise. Just trust us—we’ve done this before. However, if you are more interested to know, I may share with you just one of them—The SUNDOWNER... To the uninitiated, it may be difficult to envision the exceptional treat in store. But for old Africa hands, it is one of the golden joys of safari life... 

Perfect Location, Perfect Team, Perfect Sunset.

Unforgettable Hour, A Cocktail Hour, A Happy Hour.

We had an incredible safari with Shrike Safaris! Henry, our private local safari guide went out of his way to make this safari a memorable experience for me... He was knowledgeable and more attentive and told us a lot of interesting stories about the life of local people, the African ecosystem, animals, etc...

Quannetta Edwards (Tucker), PhDProfessor at Western University of Health Sciences, California, US



During your safari with Shrike, you will often hear the Swahili word “Karibu” expressing the genuine, innate pleasure we take in welcoming our guests—an attribute at the heart of our hospitality.

Mark Madola—the Founding member and CFO of Shrike