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Who we are

Firelight Safaris Tanzania, was founded by Belinda and Tom Lithgow in 1989.

Belinda is the managing director of Firelight Safaris Tanzania, and is responsible for the day to day running of  the company. Born and raised in England, a culture to which service and hospitality are fundamental, her decorating style and attention to detail are evident everywhere in Lupita Island Resort.  She can be found both in the office and the bush coordinating the extensive operations.






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Born and raised in Tanzania, Tom grew up on a farm on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. The son of a noted guide back in the day (who once led John Glenn and Roy Rogers on safaris), Tom spent time at his father’s camp in the Selous Game Reserve, his first memories setting the foundation for the safari business later in life. Assisting his father, first as a walking guide, and later as an independent guide in Tanzania and other African countries, Tom, with the help of Belinda, was then able to set up the company Firelight Safaris Tanzania.

Tom has a vast and intimate knowledge of the terrain and wildlife of Tanzania.  For an exceptional experience, he can be booked as a personal guide for selected groups; however we also pride ourselves in having excellent and knowledgeable local guides, several of whom have worked for us for many years.

Tim Draper, having fallen in love with Tanzania while on a safari with us, became a part of the company. Today, a valued director, Tim enables the company to move from strength to strength, allowing our vision to be fulfilled.


Our Safari Team

We at Firelight Safaris Tanzania, are very proud of our loyal and talented employees, some of whom have been with us for up to 23 years, many of them coming from the local villages.  The majority of employees received their very first paycheck on our properties, and they continue to grow and develop under our employ. From the training of artisans, to other ongoing career development programs, many of the trainees have moved forward to supervisor and guest handling positions, making us proud of their achievements and service.

You will meet members of our team every step of the way, from our knowledgeable and experienced game guides, to friendly managers, waiters and bartenders, room stewards, spa therapists, chefs and many more, all important in the running of an unforgettable safari.   Each one strives to provide the best experience possible.

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