Paul Tickner is a conservationist, photographer and safari guide. Paul believes that responsible tourism can help to solve the problems of wildlife conservation and economic and social development and his safaris have a strong commitment to this; promoting wild places, using good eco-practice and working with local communities. In addition to supporting the Mkuyu Guide School, Paul also likes to take photos of the spectacular wildlife and landscapes of Ruaha and Tanzania. Growing up in the UK and Kenya, Paul studied International Development before living in New Zealand for a year. Realising a childhood ambition, Paul then trained as a safari guide in South Africa, going on to work in the Kruger National Park. After studying for an MSc in Conservation Management in Scotland, Paul found his way back to Tanzania working on human-elephant conflict in the villages around Ruaha.
Paul lives with his wife Hannah and their two dogs in Iringa, Tanzania. Hannah not only manages Wildlife Connection but also makes amazing wildlife art. Get in touch with her if you'd like a commission.
Paul Tickner Safaris in the news: lions take down elephant
Below are links to some excellent organisations and friends of ours working in Tanzania and the Ruaha area. Paul Tickner Safaris also supports the Mkuyu Guide School, which you can read about here.
Please contact us if you would like to donate to, learn more about or even visit some of these projects. We can advise philanthropy decisions and some of our guests like to donate a percentage of their safari to a chosen cause.
The Wildlife Connection works to reduce human-elephant conflict in the communities surrounding Ruaha national park and improve the perception of wildlife; using education programs in schools and innovative beehive fences that protect farms from raiding elephants and allow farmers to harvest honey. Wildlife Connection and Paul Tickner Safaris are partnering on unique concept safaris where you can experience real conservation work and enjoy a private guided safari.
PAMS Foundation expanding their reach in Tanzania, the PAMS team are bringing their relentless work ethic to Ruaha to combat poaching and support conservation.
Ruaha Carnivore Project does exactly what it says on the tin, looking after one of the largest remaining populations of lions left in Africa. Paul Tickner Safaris can organise visits to learn about RCP's projects, the Lion Guardians, cattle bomas, Anatolian sheep dogs and more.
Southern Tanzania Elephant Program STEP provides aerial and technical support to anti-poaching, does elephant monitoring and research, and works with local farmers affected by elephants, in the Ruaha-Rungwa and Udzungwa-Selous ecosystems.
Wild Aid are targeting the root of the problem, reducing demand for ivory and other illegal wildlife products in China and the far east with highly effective advertising campaigns. Thankfully, they have just launched a public awareness campaign here in Tanzania.
Seasense Looking after whale sharks, turtles, local communities and all the other amazing things one can find on the Tanzanian islands and coast.
Vikapu Bomba is a new community project close to Iringa that supports local women by selling their baskets all over Tanzania and internationally. You can visit them and try your hand at basket weaving when passing through Iringa.
Neema Crafts gives disabled people employment and education opportunities from their cafe/guesthouse/workshop in Iringa. Their products are now for sale in the UK and beyond. The coffee is great and so is the chocolate cake, a must stop if you are ever in Iringa.
If you are concerned about your carbon footprint flying over to Tanzania, you can offset your emissions with Carbon Tanzania.
Paul Tickner Safaris can also be found at safaribookings.com, where you can read more reviews from our guests and detailed itineraries.