It would be impossible for us to mention every member of the Intimate Places team; we have therefore restricted ourselves to introducing only those team members with whom you are likely to interact with as part of your Intimate Places Safari experience:
Marc Lawson MIH, Managing Director
Born in Kenya, Marc is a career hotelier who graduated with a diploma in hotel management from Thames Valley University in the United Kingdom in the early 1980’s and who has worked in as well as managed hotels around the globe. From city centre hotels in London to beach resorts in the Maldives, the Carribean, Kenya and Zanzibar and Safari lodges and camps in Tanzania, Marc’s depth of knowledge in the hotel industry is considerable. Together with his wife Mia and close friend Carl Salisbury, he established ‘Intimate Places Tanzania’ in March 2004 and set out to provide his guests with extraordinary Safari experiences on the Tanzania Northern Safari circuit. With the assistance of a team of dedicated professionals, he has built the business from one small property in Arusha to one which is able to cover all of the important attractions in Northern Tanzania.
Mia Lawson, Finance Director
Born and bred in Sweden, Mia first visited Tanzania in 1990 as a tour guide working for a Scandinavian tour operator. Having fallen in love with the country, she decided to stay on at the end of contract and started her career as a destination management professional based in Arusha. She ‘cut her teeth’ with some of the early pioneers in the Tanzania Safari industry and eventually started her own company which she later sold to a Danish company. She retired from tour operations to take over the financial management of Intimate Places in 2007 and has won numerous accolades from the Tanzania Revenue Authority for the very precise manner in which she manages the company’s accounts. Mia’s passion for the nature and wildlife to be found in Tanzania has not dimmed over the years and she has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro no less than 9 times! She is a sitting member of the board of the Hotel Association of Tanzania (HAT) and is also their national treasurer.
Carl Salisbury MBE, Director
Born in Wrexham in Wales, Carl moved to Zanzibar in 1991 where he established ZanAir, Zanzibar’s premier airline. A few years later he founded ZanTours which is now one of the leading Inbound tour operating companies on the island. He joined Intimate Places as a director and shareholder in 2004 and plays an important role in the development of the company. On top of running three successful businesses, Carl is also the British Honorary Consul in Zanzibar. In 2013 he was awarded an MBE for services rendered to Her Majesty’s Government.
Peter Mushi, Manager Intimate Camps
Born in Machame on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Peter started his career as a driver for one of the camping operators based in Karatu. It was whilst driving a lorry around the national parks of Tanzania that he developed his passion for luxury mobile camping (also known as “Glamping”) Seeing no prospects for career development with his employer at the time, he joined Intimate Places in 2005 as a supply driver. When the company invested in its own luxury mobile camps, Peter was quick to see an opportunity and through a combination of passion, hard work and determination, he was able to work his way up to the position of manager of all of the company’s mobile camping operations. Peter’s enthusiasm for his job is highly contagious and he and his team have won industry recognition as well as countless awards for their very fine work.
Jane Massawe, Reservations Manager, Intimate Places
Born in Arusha, Jane obtained a diploma in hotel operations management from the Sila Vocational Training Centre of Tourism and Hotels in 2003. Having pursued a career in the front of house departments in a number of Arusha hotels, she joined Intimate Places as a receptionist at Mount Meru Game Lodge in 2011. Through her dedication and hard work, she received several promotions; first to head receptionist, then to assistant reservations manager and finally to reservations manager and marketing officer for the company. Jane is blessed with a cheerful disposition, is committed to the hotel industry and we are very fortunate to have her as part of our dedicated team of professionals.
Our Specialist Guides
Intimate Places also retains the services of a team of specialist guides whose services are intended to enhance our guests Safaris with us. Whether you have a particular interest in learning a great deal about the wildlife and birdlife you will encounter as part of your Safari or whether you have a keen interest in photography and would like to enhance your skills behind a camera, our team can be on hand to assist you. And for those of our guests who would like to turn their Safari into in culinary expedition, we have highly trained and experienced chefs who will create the most exquisite meals only for you.
Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE, Professional Photographic Guide
Born and bred in the United Kingdom, Paul has spent the last 20 years living and working as a wildlife and travel photographer in East and Central Africa. His work has been widely published and he has several wildlife and travel photography books demonstrating the breadth of his photographic knowledge and diversity of his life experiences. At the very heart of his photography is an exuberant passion for Africa and having travelled extensively throughout the East African region, Paul is fluent in Swahili, is a Tanzanian citizen and has an insightful perception of local cultures. He also has a deep and passionate interest in wildlife and birdlife adding an extra dimension to the photographic angle he brings.
Richard Knocker, Professional Guide
Born on a farm in Kenya, Richard has been going on Safari for as long as he can remember. After a stint in camp management in both Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park, Richard joined Nomad Safari Guides and was a driving force behind their efforts to develop new Safari ideas in exciting destinations, as well as helping to mould a new generation of motivated guides through his involvement in the company’s guide training program. His passion for the bush life remains undimmed and he revels in the opportunity to introduce likeminded enthusiasts to the joys of the African wilderness.
Clint Schipper, Professional Guide
Born in Australia, Clint has had a lifelong fascination with natural history. Starting as a 12-year-old with bird book in hand, he would head out into the Australian bush, trying to see and identify as many birds as possible, also collecting lizard, frogs, snakes and yabbies’ along the way. Following his childhood passion, Clint successfully gained his Zoology Degree with Honors at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He then worked for the Flora and Fauna Department, Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Victoria. Before arriving in Tanzania, Clint travelled and worked in the wildlife field in the United States, Europe, Uganda, Kenya and Papua New Guinea. Clint’s first “taste of Africa” was a five year stint in Uganda. His work was interesting and varied, having worked as a lead ornithologist on biological expeditions, seasonal bird bander, volunteer chimpanzee care giver, Uganda Wildlife Authority work-shop trainer, fishing guide, safari guide and lodge manager. Clint is a trained and qualified wilderness first-aid responder. He has also published a number of papers in internationally recognized scientific journals. For Clint, gaining experience through working with wildlife and the people of the region constantly heightens his interest and love of the East African environment. His academic grounding and contagious sense of humour, combined with his keen eye for wildlife and birds, and his understanding of the people and customs of the region mean that your safari will be an all-encompassing experience.
Eugen Mrosso, Professional Guide
Born in Rombo at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Eugen (or Mrosso as he prefers to be called) was trained as a tour guide by the Tanzania Wildlife Services with whom he still regularly undergoes refresher courses. He has worked as a professional guide for the past 22 years during which he has taken many thousands of clients on Safari on the Tanzanian Northern Safari circuit. Mrosso is passionate about the nature and the wildlife to be found in the country of his birth and derives enormous pleasure from sharing his considerable knowledge and experience with his clients. He is himself well travelled having spent time in both Europe and the United States.
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