Asilia Africa

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Suite 3, First Floor, Waterview Park 3, Waterview Close, Century City, 7441
Member Number: 20512 Tel: +27 (0) 21 418 0468

Founded in 2004, Asilia was created when a few small but extremely highly regarded owner-run safari companies  including one of the oldest safari companies in the world - came together. Over the years we have carefully cultivated a succesful blend of professional business and unique bush expertise that delivers world-class safari experiences.

We are proud to have created the best operation in the Serengeti/Maasai Mara ecosystem. We have used this 'backbone' to pioneer responsible tourism to new areas: the wild southern area of Tarangire National Park, the remote Mara River region of Serengeti National Park, the newly formed Mara Naboisho Conservancy and Africa's largest island national park, Rubondo Island.

After more than a decade, Asilia remains passionately committed to being and doing better. Many of the original founders are still actively involved with Asilia, and they work to develop conservation areas, to train our young guides or to guide you.

Asilia Africa is committed to delivering the best wilderness experience in Africa. Our personal service and outstanding guiding offer safaris that make a lasting impression. Our 20 camps are positioned within iconic natural habitats in Kenya and Tanzania to give you an unparalleled and honest safari experience.

Asilia believes in safeguarding the prisitne habitats that support Africa's increasingly threatened wildlife. We aim to ensure the viability of these habitats - such as the vast Serengeti-Mara ecosystem - so that the wild animals that have always lived here survive and thrive. We make bold and often pioneering investments into ecologically fragile areas with a view to turning them into sustainable economies. We believe that people and nature are inseparable partners on this journey; our goal is to make a lasting difference everywhere we work. Your journey matters - both to us and to the unspoiled wilderness it helps to sustain.

Where we operate

  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Zanzibar

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Ballooning
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Diving
  • Flying Safaris
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Weddings
  • Walking Safaris

Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism

Asilia believes that world class travel can go hand in hand with improving livelihoods and conservation of nature. Our luxury camps and lodges are in some of the most special places on earth. Places we want to safeguard for the future. We strive to transform whole areas, from crucial fragile natural habitats with often impoverished communities into lasting conservation economies: effectively protecting wildlife whilst providing opportunities for local people to prosper.

Any lasting positive impact must ultimately begin with oneself. At Asilia our camps, lodges and logistics answer to the highest standards of eco-tourism. This means we buy locally where possible. That we are a caring employer, offering our staff opportunities to grow. It means we reduce our footprint by limiting fossil fuel and use sustainable energy sources such as the sun, recycling water and reducing waste. The remainder of our carbon footprint is offset by supporting local (re-) forestation projects.
We are proud to be the first travel company in Africa to have been awarded the highest 5 star rating from the benchmark GIIRS-rating system and B-Corporation status. And yet, we believe that we do even more. By being creative and developing new models for travel we try to further increase benefits for nature and local people. We feel it as a great responsibility and honour: many of these areas run the risk of being exploited in unsustainable ways, but also stand the chance of becoming shining examples of travel done right.


10 May 2021

NEW Asilia Adventure: Join our Trip with a Difference

Joining our extensive portfolio of unique Asilia Adventures, we are thrilled to launch our debut scheduled departure: Conservation, Communities & Cameras: A Trip with a Difference (15 – 22 November 2021).

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19 January 2021

Asilia Africa launches NEW Agent Space

Asilia is thrilled to share our new Asilia Agent Space with the ATTA community.  The new online portal offers our trade partners access to exciting new technology to make selling safaris to East Africa easier and more efficient than ever.

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18 January 2021

Invitation to Meet Asilia, our virtual trade show

Over the last year all of us at Asilia Africa have really missed seeing your lovely faces. As a result, we have decided to host our very own virtual tradeshow, Meet Asilia, which will run from the 23 – 25 February 2021. Offering us a chance to catch up one-on-one in 30-minute meetings as well as invite you to join us for six live online events.

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07 January 2021

Asilia Africa launches innovative staff training programme with help from US$100K grant from the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries

Leading East African safari company Asilia Africa has launched a new training programme in East Africa to help upskill young Kenyans and Tanzanians. The program is funded by a US$100,000 grant from the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU).

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20 July 2020

Asilia - welcoming guests back to East Africa

With Tanzania’s borders open and international travel slowly becoming a reality once again, we wanted to take a moment to update you on the protocols Asilia has put in place on the ground to ensure the safety of both our staff and your guests. Welcoming you and your guests back into East Africa, is our Kenya Operations Manager Sushil Thakar. Based in Nairobi, Sush has watched the collapse and gradual rebuilding of tourism in East Africa over the past 4 months and has been heavily involved in ensuring our camps and staff are ready to receive your guests when travel resumes.

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10 June 2020

Asilia I Continuing our Positive Impact

While the world responds to COVID-19 and travel has been on hold, never has Asilia's conservation and community work been more important. Even without guests, we have kept our camps open during the global lockdown because we believe maintaining a presence is essential. We have supported local rangers physically and financially and undertaken daily patrols ourselves to bolster security and safeguard wildlife. Working with our local communities, we have been providing them with vital supplies, continued employment and revenue streams.

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19 December 2019

Asilia to launch solar powered microbrewery at the new look Sayari Camp in the northern Serengeti

To celebrate 15 years of Sayari, Asilia will completely reimagine and rebuild the luxury, eco-conscious Serengeti camp in 2020. The new look property will open in June 2020, in time for the annual wildebeest crossings of the Mara River. Since 2009, Asilia has been carbon neutral and continues to develop practical ways to further reduce its eco footprint. The new Sayari will be the home of the latest evolution with the installation of the first solar powered microbrewery in the bush, in partnership with Wayout, a Scandinavian start-up revolutionising the brewery industry.

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07 August 2019

Asilia launches Asilia by Air

Asilia Africa has introduced Asilia by Air, a collection of flying safaris across East Africa, designed to be easy to sell and offer clients the best safari experience possible, at great value for money. Choose from six safaris, crafted from the most popular routes, showcasing some of the very best experiences East Africa has to offer.

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20 September 2018

Asilia's new Dynamic Discounting system

Asilia Africa is excited to present our new Dynamic Discounting system – a modern and innovative way of offering reduced rates at our camps and lodges across Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, depending on camp occupancy, lead time before travel and booking trends. The system is designed to benefit not only last minute or low season bookings but fill empty beds in high season and reward travellers booking far in advance, too.

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02 July 2018

Asilia launches Asilia Adventures

Asilia has launched Asilia Adventures, a collection of 3 – 7-day packages offering intrepid travellers something truly unique, immersive and rich in experience as part of their Kenya or Tanzania safari. From walking expeditions to horse riding safaris, fly fishing and genuine cultural interaction, these mini expeditions show guests a side of East Africa that few have had the fortune to experience.

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26 March 2018

Explore Asilia's Southern Tanzania in Virtual Reality

Asilia Africa is proud to announce the introduction of virtual reality videos of their experiences in southern Tanzania.

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20 October 2017

Asilia Africa UK Team Continues To Grow

Asilia Africa is pleased to introduce our newest team member Lyndsey Fair, who has joined Gordie Owles and Katie Fewkes in the UK office, as Agent Relationship Manager for the UK market.

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16 August 2017

Roho ya Selous – Asilia’s newest impact investment

Roho ya Selous, in the UNESCO world heritage site of Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, is the latest addition to the Asilia stable of ecotourism camps.  What is impact investing? Impact investing is a very specific type of investing.  It occurs across all types of asset classes.  Its basic premise is to have a positive impact on society and the environment.  It can also be thought of as sustainable philanthropy. Operating 18 camps in East Africa, Asilia&r…

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31 March 2017

Asilia to open new camp in the Selous Game Reserve

Asilia are excited to announce that a new camp will be joining the pack this year in a new area for Asilia. Roho ya Selous will open in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve in August. Set on a hill overlooking the water, Roho ya Selous sits close to a key waterway which links Lake Manze to Lake Nzerakera, right in the heart of the core game viewing area. The eight light and airy tents are stylish and spacious, measuring an impressive 600 square feet inside. Thoughtful details include an Even…

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29 October 2015

Asilia Africa welcomes Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Asilia Africa is delighted to announce a new partnership with Ol Pejeta Bushcamp. Situated in the Laikipia region on the equator in central Kenya, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp offers guests access to both the pioneering conservation efforts of Ol Pejeta Conservancy through a range of activities and the great deserts, lakes and mountains of Kenya’s northern ‘frontier’ district.  The camp is owned and managed by Alex Hunter who is well-known in the industry for his guiding experti…

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28 August 2015

Asilia Africa to open The Highlands, Ngorongoro

Asilia Africa is delighted to announce that their newest property, the Highlands, will open in Ngorongoro on 1st March 2016.     The Highlands redefines the Ngorongoro experience. Set high on the slopes of Olmoti volcano, with sweeping views all the way to the Serengeti, guests can be at the famous Ngorongoro Crater floor at dawn but still far from any other camp.   The seven luxurious tented suites offer king size beds with bay windows so you can feel immersed in the endless v…

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04 May 2015

Encounter Mara joins Asilia Africa

We are thrilled to announce that Encounter Mara in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is now part of the Asilia Africa portfolio. Rich game viewing combined with community interaction and the freedom to walk and fly camp has made Mara Naboisho Conservancy one of the most exciting safari destinations in Kenya. Encounter Mara is a permanent camp of 10 tents, all with en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and traditional bush showers. The private verandahs boast views of the endless sav…

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08 October 2014

Asilia Africa opens the Tree House at Rubondo Island Camp

This month, Rubondo Island Camp opened their unique and romantic tree house sleep out. Guests make their way to the tree house at dusk and enjoy a sundowner, followed by a romantic picnic style supper with chilled sparkling wine up in the trees. There is no electricity (only mobile solar lamps) in the tree house, so it’s early to bed with just the sound of the waves lapping against the shore and the sounds of the night, to lull you to sleep. With almos…

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11 February 2014

Asilia Africa to open Namiri Plains on the 1st July 2014

To mark their 10th birthday Asilia Africa will open their new Serengeti Camp, Namiri Plains, on the 1st July. Set in an area of the Serengeti which was closed to outsiders as a cheetah sanctuary for over 20 years, this is one of the Tanzania’s best kept secrets. Namiri means ‘’big cat’’ in Swahili and the name could not be more apt for this beautiful region of the Serengeti. Closed to the world for over 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetah breeding and rese…

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29 January 2014

Asilia Africa appoints Dave van Smeerdijk as Director of Marketing and Sales

It is with great pleasure that Asilia Africa announces the addition of Dave van Smeerdijk to our team as Director of Marketing and Sales. Dave brings with him 25 years of safari industry experience, of which 21 years was with Wilderness Safaris. He has in-depth experience in all aspects of the industry, having worked across the business in everything from guiding, operations, to Director of Group Sales and Marketing. Dave says ‘’I am excited to contribute to this dynamic, growing c…

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08 January 2014

Kwihala Camp, Ruaha joins the Asilia Family

We are delighted to announce that as of today, Kwihala Camp in Ruaha National Park is part of the Asilia portfolio. We are accepting bookings for Kwihala Camp now – you can contact your usual booking contacts with any requests. The camp will be operating “as is”, under current management until the end of the season on March 15, 2014. The camp will receive a facelift in the off-season (more details to follow), and will open under Asilia management on June 1, 2014.The service o…

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04 March 2013

Asilia Africa to open Little Oliver's in Tarangire National Park, July 2013

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park, Asilia Africa will be opening Little Oliver’s on 1st July 2013. Little Oliver’s Camp will comprise of 5 luxury, en-suite tents overlooking a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools, part of the Tarangire River, approximately 1km downstream from the original Oliver’s Camp.  The spacious tents are beautifully appointed with furniture made from reclaimed dhow wood and the large decks maximize the…

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27 February 2013

Asilia Africa / AfrikaAfrika - Joint Venture for seasonal camp in Lamai from 1st July 2013

February 2013 Asilia Africa / AfrikaAfrika - Joint Venture for seasonal camp in Lamai from 1st July 2013 Asilia Africa will open a new camp - Olakira Lamai Camp - in the Lamai Wedge for the period of 1st July to 31st October 2013. The camp is an exciting joint venture between Asilia Africa and AfrikaAfrika. Consisting of 8 tents, with the same look and feel as the Olakira Camp you already know, Olakira Lamai Camp will open on the site of AfrikaAfrika’s Serengeti Mara Camp. It will have t…

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07 February 2013

Asilia Africa to open first camp in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique on July 1st 2013: Kubatana Camp

February 2013 ASILIA AFRICA TO PARTNER WITH GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, MOZAMBIQUE Asilia Africa and Gorongosa National Park are delighted to announce their new partnership. From February 4th 2013 Asilia Africa is the National Park’s newest eco-tourism partner in the development of Gorongosa National Park – and Asilia will open its new Kubatana Camp in the Park on July 1, 2013. Gorongosa National Park, in Mozambique, is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife-restoration…

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02 November 2012

Asilia Africa opens new Rubondo Island Camp in Tanzania

Opening on December 15th 2012, Rubondo Island Camp will be the only camp on Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. With an area of 456 km2 it is the largest Island National Park in Africa and has laid unexplored for decades. With forest eco-systems increasingly scarce in equatorial Africa and across the world, Asilia is very proud to be able to work with Tanzania National Parks and other partners to develop Rubondo Island into a thriving and lasting conservation area – protecti…

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09 September 2011

Asilia Africa opened new luxury tented camp in the Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya

Carbon neutral Asilia Africa recently announced the opening of its luxury 8 tent camp in the Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya. Situated in the far east of the Mara/Serengeti Ecosystem, the Naboisho Conservancy is well known for its untouched flora and fauna, as well as its high density of predators, in particular lion and wild dog. In what is considered by many as a new ground breaking benchmark for eco-tourism, the Naboisho Conservancy aims to create and promote an equitable and sustainable part…

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06 September 2011

Asilia’s Oliver’s Camp introduced night vision goggles on their night game drives

Asilia Africa has announced a ground-breaking initiative at Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Oliver’s Camp has introduced night vision to their already impressive night time game drives. Oliver’s Camp is running the initiative for a trial period, where there will be one monocular and a set of goggle styled night vision with headgear for hands-free use in the vehicle. Ultimately the goal is to have night vision units available to all guests, and the project …

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