About Us at Blue Moon
Blue Moon Safaris is a
small specialized safari company that began in Tanzania in 1998.
We are small on purpose. Last year we took less than
100 clients to Tanzania, and
accompanied almost all of them personally on their trips. We
do this because we love being on safari with interesting folks,
and sharing our knowledge of Africa, its wildlife and its people.
We offer good, honest
safaris at good, honest prices, but we are not for everybody.
If you are the kind of person who believes that huge
multinational corporations donít make a better hamburger than the
local corner grill, then you will probably appreciate going on a
safari with a small organization like us. We believe our
small size allows us to offer a level of service and personal
attention that would not be possible otherwise - and itís
definitely more enjoyable! We try to get to know everyone of
our clients personally before we even leave home, and when you
arrive in Africa will be there waiting to greet you. Once on
safari, we are happy to share our knowledge and passion, gained
from years of experience living, working and leading safari groups
Unless you have a friend
who has been on safari with us, you may never have heard of us.
There is a good reason - we spend very little on advertising
or overhead, and most of our clients come to us directly from
recommendations from happy clients. Since we intend to stay
small, we donít need a lot of clients, just the special ones!
And the money we save on marketing and overhead, we pass on
to in the form of great values. Thank you for considering
I would like to thank
you again for a fantastic trip to Tanzania.
We saw and did pretty much everything we had hoped to
do. The itinerary was perfect. We would not have changed any
of it. I am so pleased to have witnessed the great
migration, it was an extraordinary wildlife highlight. I was
surprised, while during the trip, I found myself writing in
my travel journal "I thought I came to Africa for the wildlife". I
found, however, I was more deeply interested in African
culture and people.
Africa does it's part,
but we agree that people do enhance the safari
significantly. I'd like to complement you on the great
crew you put together. Julius and the camp crew did a
fantastic job. We had such fun traveling with Emma,
Akyoo, Fadhili and Jackson. As well as being able and
informative, they are warm, friendly, delightful companions,
a pleasure to get to know. You've got your weight in gold
with that group. (Oh yes, the safari facilitator was quite
good company, as well.)
Feb. 2005 Migration Safari
got an early start traveling, moving to North
with his family at just 9 months old. From there he continued
his foreign travels, growing up in
and Europe. As an adult, Phil has
been living in East
as the director of wildlife biology studies since winter of
1997, where he spent most of his time living in a tent while on
safari. Many of his
students were convinced he had the best job in the world Ė
in a Land Rover looking for exciting places and opportunities
for students to do their studies.
recently led the first expedition to circumnavigate Mt
Kilimanjaro on mountain bikes and is publishing an account of
that adventure. He
speaks Kiswahili and has received live chickens as gifts. He is on first name
basis with various bushmen, and has finally learned to make
fire with two sticks!
In addition to planning and leading safaris, he teaches
wildlife management at California
and works as a professional environmental
met his beautiful wife, Seba while living in
and their son, Massimo, was born there at their home and small
farm. Phil is an
avid photographer, and many of the pictures shown on this site
were taken from his own safari expeditions.
has also worked extensively overseas in
and has done work at the Asian Institute of Technology in
the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in
with the Senate Committee on Natural Resources in
and onboard Japanese fishing vessels in the
love to travel. My family moved to France when I was in second
grade and I became hooked while visiting various countried
throughout Europe. We all went to South Africa when I was 12 and
spent a glorious 2 months visiting the wildlife reserves and
many other places in that country with my family. Later, on my
own, I went to Mexico, back to Europe, Canada, Liberia (Peace
Corps), Egypt, Israel (fish farming), Tanzania, Cambodia, and
throughout the U.S.
best part of travel is the people you meet. Both the folks that
live wherever you are, as well as the other people that are
passing through. People that are willing to travel outside of
their comfort zone to see new sights and have new adventures are
a different breed of folk and well worth making their
acquaintance. That's why I love leading these safaris. Not only
is Tanzania an incredibly beautiful place and the people there
friendly, generous and wonderful, but the people that want to go
on our kind of safaris are the kind of people I enjoy spending
a counseler, and finally director, of the award winning summer
camp, Earth camp One I organized and led many trips with kids on
week long wilderness backpack trips, climbs up Mt. Shasta, and
trips down the Pit River. On my own, I have kayaked and canoed
down rivers throughout the west and backpacked throughout
the Canadian Rockies, Colorado and California. I enjoy nature
and made it my professional life with a PhD in ecology and a
profession in river habitat restoration working for the State of
California. It's really fun traveling around Tanzania on safari
and seeing the wildlife and habitats, helping people understand
some of the ecology of the area, and talking with the guides and
reserve managers about the areas and
and I met when we were in grad school getting our MS in
International Agricultural Development back in 1986 and
stayed friends throughout our doctoral studies. It's a wonderful
thing to work with somebody that shares a common vision and who
is such a good friend. Our families have a good time
together and it will be fun on safari with them all this summer.
I live in Davis, California with my wife and two sons. My
boys, 6 and 9 are really looking forward to going on safari
this summer, and it should be a really great summer.
I hope we get a chance to chat and swap stories with you as
the sun dips over the horizon and the African stars come out.
See you there.