Camp Liaison & Relief Manager
Sitting around the camp fire at Siwandu with Emiel is captivating – his stories, his warm character and his zest for life are all infectious. Born and raised in the Eastern Arc Mountains, which are adjacent to Mkomazi National Park, Emiel’s love of the bush began at a young age as he spent lots of time with his Grandfather, who was a Chief and traditional hunter. From leaving school in 1992 he worked in the northern circuit with Huddersfield New College, WWF and WCS as a research field assistant, guide and driver. But in 1998, Emiel visited Selous and his great passion for the southern circuit began and joined Selous Safari Company in 2000 after graduating from the College of African Wildlife Management Mweka. Since then he has worked as Head Guide and Assistant Manager at Siwandu, Jongomero and Ras Kutani. Emiel is currently based at Ras Kutani but as the company’s Relief Manager, guests might be hosted by him at any one of our camps.
Juma Mashaka Abdallah
Juma was born in Kigamboni district, just up the road from Ras Kutani and in 1991, straight after secondary school he joined Selous Safari Company. His first role at Ras Kutani was as a Makuti Assistant (makuti is the roofing material on all the bandas in the camp), from there he became a Dishwasher, but after a year his passion for food and his desire to learn led him to be promoted to Assistant Cook. After being trained by chefs from Kenya he rose to Assistant Head Chef in 1994. Further training by chefs from UK, Italy and USA led to his promotion to Head Chef in 1996. Within 5 years, Juma’s passion, determination and talent saw him rise from a casual labourer to a full time, skilled, vital team member of Ras Kutani. He loves spending time with the guests in the evening, discussing the menu and listening to their comments so he can return to the kitchen and deliberate with his team on how to always improve. As well as cookery, Juma’s big passion is supporting Arsenal FC and enjoys spending time in the staff village cheering on his team!
Mwalimu Hassan Ally
Mwalimu's childhood was in Kimbiji, the local village to Ras Kutani and after completed his secondary education in Kigamboni in 1991, he was emplyed as a casual labourer with Selous Safari Company to help build Ras Kutani. Once the camp was completed and opened in 1992 Mwalimu was taken on as a dishwasher and from there was promptly promoted to assistant cook, showing a culinary flair and a passion for new dishes. He was trained by visiting overseas chefs from UK, America and Kenya and became Assistant Head Chef before his last career leap to Head Chef in 1996 after being trained with a UK chef and also completing his Service excellence training. Mwalimu is a very treasured member of our Ras Kutani team and when he's not dazzling guests with his love of the BBQ or his fantastic skill in dish design, he has two children and is currently busy building a new family home!
Bas Rosenkamp & Suzanne Scheffer
Company Affairs & Camp Managers
Born and raised in The Netherlands, both Suzanne Scheffer and Bastiaan Rosenkamp studied a mix of hospitality and service management. Combining their traditional careers with annual trips to exciting destinations, and it was their trips to Africa that made them decide to radically change their ambitions. In 2005 they left their Dutch careers behind and adventured on an 18 month trip through Africa. Travelling through the continent, they soon realised that no other place on earth offers such variety of nature and vast wilderness. It was right there that they decided to combine their hospitality career with their passion for the wilderness areas of Eastern Africa. Revitalising their hospitality experience back in Europe during 2007, they ran a string of small luxury hotel-chalets in Austria, Switzerland and France. Not long after they got their chance to run their first lodge in Tanzania. Their jobs in Africa have taken them from the beaches of the Indian Ocean to Victoria Falls, Zambia and back to Serengeti plains of Tanzania. From there they pushed westwards to the Mahale Mountains on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. In 2014, Suzanne and Bas were delighted to join Selous Safari Company as Camp Managers at Siwandu and look forward to another hospitality adventure in the biggest protected area in Africa, the Selous Game Reserve. After two years of working in Selous, Bas and Suz decided the beach was calling them and relocated to Ras Kutani where they also undertook the role of Company Affairs Manager.
Camp Host & F&B Supervisor
Kalimani started working at Ras Kutani in 1995 while waiting for his secondary school results. He was offered a position as a housekeeper by the manager and after 2 years moved to the position of waiter where he was able to make use of his fantastic people skills. He was then trained as a bartender where he proved to be a strong leader and earned the title of Head of Restaurant, a position he held for for 15 years. Last season he was promoted to camp Host & F&B Supervisor, which afforded him the chance to sit down with our guests and share his wonderful knowledge of Tanzanian Culture as well as his keen sense of humour and contagious laugh! He is our master of Bao, a local game, and is always delighted to pass on his skills!