The National Geographic Traveler – The Adventure Issue 2019 October-November publication – lists Maggie’s Tour Company as a “Sustainable Africa Safari Company.”
The NGT article calls out the new generation of adventurers and the future of African safaris as women-led expeditions emerge. In a country where all guides and owners have been male only, Maggie and her company are truly part of the 21st century Tanzania.
Maggie is quoted in the article “My goal as a guide is to make every safari unique, educational, and fun.”
Maggie Duncan Simbeye first began working for a local safari company in 2008 where her “classroom” training moved from Tourism Training School to hands-on experiences in the bush. She was one of the very first women guides in Tanzania. As of 2018, Maggie is the only Tanzanian woman owning and operating her own Tour Company. Tanzanian women in business are very unusual in her country.
Her own love of learning and experiencing nature on all levels motivates her to make every safari trip special for her clients! She has a belief that we all learn from each other, so she invites all questions and asks plenty herself! Her extensive knowledge of flora and fauna is delivered with much enthusiasm. She has an incredible understanding of animals and their behaviors which adds so much when clients observe them in their natural surroundings.
Maggie’s Tour Company operates out of Arusha, Tanzania.
Your safari begins at Kilimanjaro International Airport, (JRO), located in the middle of the Kilimanjaro/Arusha Region. This makes Arusha an excellent and convenient place to begin the Northern Circuit of Tanzanian tourism.
Included in this circuit are well known National Parks such as the Arusha, Serengeti, Tarangire (which has the most elephants per square kilometer), and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in which the famous Ngorongoro Caldera (which many people still call Ngorongoro Crater) is located plus numerous others.
You can combine a Cultural Tour with a Wildlife Safari for a richer experience of Africa. There are more than 120 tribes in Tanzania each having their own unique traditions. Maggie can include in your safari, should you choose, time to meet and get to know some of these diverse communities. Many of our clients have found life changing experiences in these connections.
These diverse adventures can include meaningful connecting and education by visiting and touring Chagga village and their caves where the Chagga tribe hid themselves during civil war, visiting waterfalls at Marangu village, visiting Maasai tribes and enjoy their unique dancing and learn more about their customs,
Traveling with Maggie offers women-to-women exchanges with local women and women living in the bush. Not only will your friendships deepen with fellow travelers thru this shared experience, but in exchanging stories, experiences and everyday life with African women, a very special heart connection happens. It is an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of another, to develop more empathy and compassion for one another and bring that experience in to your world. In the end, we find out how very much alike we are with our sisters around the world!
I recently visited Tanzania to volunteer at Dare Women’s Organization and also go on a safari. Maggie is an amazing, talented, intelligent, warm, kind and caring woman. She welcomed our group with open arms. The care and love we received was overwhelming. She arranged our safari; taking in Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro. Our guide was warm, friendly and knowledgeable. Every care and arrangement was taken to make this a memorable trip. I would not hesitate a second to highly recommend Maggie’s tours.
Amazing experience! Seeing the beauty and magic of the people and places in Tanzania, through the eyes of Maggie
When many people plan a trip to Tanzania, they only have wildlife in mind. Maggie and her team showed us the beauty of Tanzania’s people, the beauty of the landscape, and the wildlife! Professional, Welcoming, Friendly, Fun, Flexible, Affordable are all the different ways I would describe an experience with Maggie’s Tour. But most importantly, I would say that Maggie and her team make you feel at home and like FAMILY!
We, Conservation VIP®, have been collaborating with Maggie on a project in Tanzania for over a year and postponed our initial trip due to the pandemic. This January, we finally made it there! Thank you, Maggie, for collaborating and helping to plan this special project that will be a dream come true!
Taking a safari with Maggie was an absolute dream come true!
Taking a safari with Maggie was an absolute dream come true! We had to postpone our honeymoon trip because of the pandemic, and she was amazing to work with. Extremely understanding and flexible. Our actual trip was incredible. Both the game drives and cultural experiences were life changing. Maggie is so knowledgeable and so caring. She truly makes you feel like family. I’ve never been on another trip like this in my life!
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