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SHRIKE = /SHrik/

a songbird with a sharply hooked bill within the 31-species family of Laniidae.

Hi. I’m Mark Madola James—A safarist, naturalist, and explorer at heart... if we are getting formal, I'm the Founder of SHRIKE. 
Let’s not beat around the bush here... you’re on this page because you want to plan your safari or a trek to Mount Kilimanjaro and I'm delighted to help you plan it accordingly.
Not hear my life story...However, if you are more interested in that (and I’m exalted to share with you, then...


Mark Madola—the Founder of Shrike

I started SHRIKE a little in 2007 after a personal birding trip, I was in a cool, breezy cave, watching a bird (Northern White—Crowned Shrike), that the idea for Shrike Safaris was born. Shrike has passed a long way since its beginnings in 2007. The company in Tanzania is celebrating its 14th year of custom safari and Kilimanjaro trek operating... we're a family—owned safari company back then as we still are today. I established Shrike Safaris with the mission of sharing and conserving the diverse landscape, cultures, and wildlife of my country, Tanzania with other local and international travelers...
Shrike Safaris is also unique in that we specialize exclusively in Tanzania—East Africa. Our intention has always been to offer the most enlightening, custom, and personalized safaris and/ or Kilimanjaro treks possible while sharing the beauty and simplicity of nature with other local and international travelers.

How Shrike Can Help You Plan A Safari That Will Change Your Life Forever...

After all, Tanzania is my home and what I know and love best. I and the Shrike staff were born here, we live here to this day, and we have explored many corners of this incredible land over many decades.
Tanzania is our homeland; we know Tanzanian safaris better than anyone else even Google can't compete with us, and we offer a way to experience Tanzania ethically, comfortably, and intimately. 
From Mount Kilimanjaro—the roof of Africa and the endless plains of the Serengeti to Zanzibar Island, Mafia and Pemba, Lake Victoria—the largest in Africa, and other hidden places that no one has ever Instagrammed, we are still exploring..! 

Meet Your Tanzanian Hosts

The Shrike Tribe of Adventure Specialists

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Walter Miya


His unique experience and in-depth knowledge of Kilimanjaro treks and safari have helped hundreds of adventure seekers in Tanzania. Walter is a Board Member for the CAAG in Bloomington, Indiana...

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Margie Mapesa

Chief Financial Officer

At Shrike Safaris, you are no longer just a tourist. Our guides provide personalized and unique attention and experiences during your stay safari. By the time you leave, you will feel as if you have a second home in Tanzania...

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Nancy Kim

Chief Operating Officer

Meet Neema, our chief operating officer, she personify everything that makes Shrike Safaris so special—which is why it's no surprise that she managed to win The Shrike Company's Legacy Award in 2020...

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Sara Mark

Director of Customer Service

Sara is pleased and proud to be your host in Tanzania. She actively work to pursue ever-improving quality through programs that enable each safari guide, ranger, and trekker to do their job right, the first time and every time.


Paul Mwala

Tanzania Safaris & Kilimanjaro Treks Specialist, 13 years of experience

Paul is the first safari guide to work with Shrike. He loves to meet interesting people from all over the world. He spends his spare time exploring hidden places in Tanzania and then shares them with our guests.

Languages: English


Robert Henry

Head of Guides, 14 years of experience

Robert Henry is a founding member of Shrike. For nearly two decades, he has been a leading light to our safari and mountain guides specifically the new employees. He believes that a safari/ mountain guide is the golden key to a great adventure.

Languages: English


Verah Laiser

Private Jet Safaris Specialist10 years of experience

Verah joined the tribe of Shrike Safaris in early 2012. She is an expert at crafting Private Jet safari. She knows all the gems and the best sights to explore both in East and Southern Africa

Languages: English, Spanish


Bazza Miya

Tanzania Safaris Specialist, 13 years of experience

Bazza is the founding member of Shrike. He is always very friendly and his attention to detail is outstanding. He is a superstar at crafting private jet safari Africa.

Languages: English, Spanish


Ahadi Msuya

Photography & Filming Safari Specialist12 years of experience

Ahadi joined our team as a photography and filming safari specialist. He is always very friendly and very attentive to our guests to help them get a memorable safari experience specifically in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Languages: English, French


Innocent Kalikawe

Kilimanjaro Trek Specialist11 years of experience

Innocent is our licensed senior Kilimanjaro mountain guide with more than 10 years of Mount Kilimanjaro trekking experience under his belt.

Languages: English, Italian


Elihuruma Ntandu

Family Safari Specialist, 13 years of experience

Huruma Ntandu has been with us for quite so long; his passion, enthusiasm, and skills make many people come back to him. This proves his true professionalism.

Languages: English.


Steve Mbwambo

Senior Safari and Kilimanjaro trek Guide, 11 years of experience

Steve is an asset of the company; he is committed to ensuring that every Kilimanjaro trek is seriously stress-free from day to day, hour to hour. He always inspires the camping crew to perform their job accordingly.

Languages: English, German


Emily Rweteshi

Senior Tour Guide, 12 years of experience

Emily is one of our experienced safari guides dedicated to each guest to ensure that every trip is seamless from start to finish. He is always in high spirits and inspires everybody in our team.

Languages: English, Spanish


Shrike is renowned for having some of the most highly trained, professional, passionate, and knowledgeable local safari and mountain guides, rangers, naturalists in East Africa. For our team, there is no better way to spend a day than in making your adventure dreams come true...

We hire and train carefully. ● We plan and research excessively. ● We seek out only the finest for our guests.