Matembezi is a family operation, and every member of our company is a partner in our extended family, we consider it our responsibility that each of our employees grows and benefits from the company’s success. Our deep love to Tanzania and the African Wilderness were the reasons that we have made it our home. We aim to preserve the beauty and integrity of Tanzania and practice low impact tourism. We have a responsibility to our habitat and the people that live in these areas to balance the positive outcomes of our work with any potential negative effects in a long term sustainable manner.

Four partners stand behind Matembezi. Hagai Zvulun, born in Ethiopia, worked as a safari guide throughout Africa until he started Matembezi in 2005. Ilan Kessel, hailing from South Africa, joined him after guiding together for years in East Africa, adding his background in tour operations. After running Matembezi for 10 years, they were joined by Ulrich and Stephanie Kuerzinger. Stephanie was born in Tanzania and was joined here by her husband Uli, from Germany, after completing her studies in hotel management. Between the two of them they built and operated hotels and lodges and worked as operation managers for some of Tanzania’s biggest lodge and camp operations. Combined, they have more than 80 years of experience in all aspects of the African safari industry; and bring to the table unparalleled product knowledge and operational hands-on knowhow.

Featured partners in Safari and conservation:

  • Mwalimu - Julius Nyerere
    The survival of our wildlife is a matter of grave concern to all of us in Africa . These wild creatures amid the wild places they inhabit are not only important as a source of wonder and inspiration but are an integral part of our natural resources and of our future livelihood and well-being. In accepting the trusteeship of our wildlife we solemnly declare that we will do everything in our power to make sure that our children’s grand-children will be able to enjoy this rich and precious inheritance. The conservation of wildlife and wild places calls for specialist knowledge, trained manpower and money, and we look to other nations to co-operate in this important task – the success or failure of which not only affects the Continent of Africa, but the rest of the world as well
    Mwalimu - Julius Nyerere