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Five Questions with Tanzania Specialist Founder Robbin Meulemans

Five Questions with Tanzania Specialist Founder Robbin Meulemans

5 QUESTIONS SERIES

ROBBIN MEULEMANS  

AUTHOR: Gemma Fottles

When Dutch entrepreneur Robbin Meulemans first stepped foot in Tanzania, it was love at first sight. “At the time, I was running a successful company in the European flower business,” Robbin explains. “My wife and I went on a one-week safari and had the time of our life. From that first trip, we knew then that one week in Tanzania was never going to be enough for us.”

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What was supposed to be a one-week safari adventure with his wife, Mathanje, turned into a full-time passion. Captivated by the country’s beauty, after months of weighing up the risks and the challenges, Robbin and Mathanje decided that the benefits of following their hearts and delving into their dream venture in Africa were worth it. Partnering with local expert Epimark Bernard, Tanzania Specialist opened its doors in 2015.

“The past 5+ years in business have been incredible,” adds Robbin. “Looking to the next five years, we’re excited to reveal that we will be developing more services and products that are not yet offered in Tanzania. I can’t say too much right now, but I can say that we are working on one of the best spots on top of the Rift Valley… something totally unique to Tanzania that is guaranteed to make for an unforgettable trip! That’s all I can say for now, so stay tuned.”

 Here we delve into the story behind Tanzania Specialist with Founder and CEO Robbin Meulemans and hear his insider secrets to travelling in Tanzania.

 Tell us the journey to setting up a Tanzania travel company.

I fell in love with Tanzania during our first safari holiday with my wife, Mathanje, almost a decade ago. When we came home after our first trip to Tanzania, we couldn’t stop thinking about the landscapes, the wildlife, culture and the incredible people we met along the way. Primark Bernard, our Tanzania expert guide, was one of them, and we kept in touch upon our return home to the Netherlands.

With our minds still fixed on Tanzania, our conversations with Epimark soon turned to business. Today, our family splits our time between the Netherlands and Arusha. Our oldest daughter goes to the international school, while our youngest stays at home learning English with our fantastic nanny. I can say that it is a pleasure and a privilege to do what we do in the most beautiful country in the world: Tanzania!

 What would your ideal Tanzania vacation look like?

There are so many great highlights of Tanzania. It’s hard to select just a few! But realistically, most of our clients book their dream Tanzania holiday with us for around 8 - 14 days. So, if I had a 10-night stay, I would start with a few nights on safari in the Serengeti National Park. No trip to Tanzania is complete with a trip to the Serengeti! The next stop would be a couple of nights at a luxury lodge with fantastic views of the escarpment - one of my favourites is Mayara Best View Lodge in the Arusha region. It’s the perfect place to relax and spend quality time with family. The last half of my perfect Tanzania vacation would include visiting the Ngorongoro crater, followed by a final safari adventure in the Tarangire National Park. 

What are some of the biggest misconceptions about travelling in Tanzania?

The biggest misconception is - without a doubt - regarding the Great Migration. Many Tanzania travellers assume that the Great Migration only happens in certain months of the year. In fact, the Great Migration in Tanzania occurs throughout the entire year!

That’s where we come in at Tanzania Specialist. Our travel experts advise each of our clients on the highlights of the Great Migration. This includes when and where they can see them. For example, some clients may wish to witness the River Crossing. This happens in June on the Grumeti River on the west of the Serengeti National Park. For clients who want to catch the magic of the calving season, January and February are the best months to plan a trip to Tanzania. There’s a fantastic variety of sights to see at any time of the year. It just depends on what you’re looking for.

What makes Tanzania a great place to travel?

Wildlife, pure nature and diversity in landscapes. From endless savanna plains to rainforests, bushlands, mountains, volcanos... The list is endless. This kind of diversity is what Tanzania makes so unique compared to the rest of Africa. Being able to visit the wildlife in their natural habitat without any fences is also something that makes Tanzania stand out from other safari destinations. In Tanzania, are no fences between the National Parks. Animals live there not because they are forced to, but because it is their natural home and preferred habitat. That’s why Tanzania is such a natural destination, full of wondrous moments and experiences.

Is there a journey on your Tanzania travel bucket list that you haven’t ticked off yet?

I’ve been living and working in Tanzania for almost seven years now, but there are still plenty of places I want to tick off my Tanzania travel list. Rubondo Island National Park is at the top of my list! This island in the middle of the second largest lake in the world has a lot of wildlife. Chimpanzees, giraffes, antelope, crocodiles, monkeys and many birds all co-exist on the island. It’s recommended as one of the most memorable spots in Tanzania. Although it is quite an operation to get there, our guides tell me it is well worth the effort!

Are you ready to fall in love with Tanzania? Arrange your Tanzania vacation with the experts at Tanzania Specialist and prepare for a bespoke adventure in Africa you’ll never forget.



Size Guide

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Inches (IN)

50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

50CM x 50CM

19 11/16 in X 19 11/16 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM x 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM x 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

100CM x 80CM

39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

140CM x 110CM

55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in