If you would like to take your safari experience to the next level, you might like to consider Paul Tickner as your private guide and host. Paul lives and works in Iringa and Ruaha National Park. Paul has worked as a walking and freelance guide in South Africa and Tanzania while also being involved in guide training, before founding his own outfit. You will benefit from an added dimension of interpretation, local knowledge, contacts and Paul's experience in conservation, wildlife and photography. Your safari will be entirely bespoke, designed and led by Paul. Visit local conservation projects for a cultural exchange, find the best angles for your wildlife photography, enjoy privacy at the finest properties and have Paul on hand to look after you and your group, every step of the way.
"The best holiday we've ever had"
"Paul is many things: tour operator, safari guide, conservationist, somebody deeply involved with his local community. But above all he's a great guy. Paul arranged a trip to Southern Tanzania for me and my girlfriend, 1 night in Dar, 3 in Selous, 3 in Ruaha and 4 on Mafia Island. He listened to our requirements and budget constraints and put together a tailored tour that delivered way beyond our expectations. Everything worked out really smoothly and as planned. Every bit of our tour was incredibly enjoyable, but best of all was the Ruaha leg, during which Paul was our private guide. Ruaha NP is a special place with a rough charm that's hard to describe, and driving around it all day with Paul was absolutely captivating. He is a very knowledgeable guide and passionate about conservation - something that really came across at every close encounter with elephants, lions, leopards and all the other amazing animals we were able to observe with him. Thanks to him we learned a huge amount about behaviours of different species, as well as the challenges for the park and conservation in Tanzania more broadly. He was keen for us to experience as much as possible, but without overdoing things, making sure we also had the time to take to simply take in the scenery and enjoy the experience of being in the bush. This tour was our first proper safari and now we can't wait to go back. We wouldn't hesitate recommending Paul to anyone who's thinking about a safari holiday in Tanzania." Marco Marini, UK
"An idyllic, private conservation safari experience"
"My 15 year old daughter and I recently traveled from the US to Tanzania for a conservation safari with Paul Tickner Safaris. We had been on safari in the Serenegti the previous year with the whole family, but my daughter and I returned to southern Tanzania for a more in-depth cultural and conservation-minded experience. We spent 10 days in and around Ruaha National Park with Paul as our guide. It was nothing short of fabulous - we definitely got what we were looking for! The landscape is breathtaking, the animals are plentiful, and the people are kind beyond words. And Paul is an expert on it all! 5 stars for Paul Tickner Safaris. We cannot wait to go back!" Jen Whalen, USA
"A 2 week, 4 camp photographic safari"
Paul did a great job in creating, organizing, and guiding our safari. He dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's. No detail was left unnoticed. Our sixth safari to Africa and Paul was the best. Richard Kimbrough, USA
"Honeymoon safari in Tanzania and Zanzibar"
We used Paul to book our honeymoon.
Having never been on safari before, and prior to speaking with Paul, we were a little overwhelmed with the prospect of booking our first trip to Africa. Paul was very patient with our queries and took time to understand our requirements. He responded quickly and personally, taking time to understand our budget and where he could best add value to our trip befo re providing a tailored itinerary. We visited two parks (Selous & Ruaha) followed by some R&R in Zanzibar.
Pre-travel advice was great, but it wasn’t until we landed in Dar Es Salaam and subsequent transfers where we truly appreciated the Paul’s efforts. The transfers and background logistics were seamless. Having experienced local customs, taxis, internal flights, etc. first hand we were so glad that Paul stepped in to arrange for us – we would have been naive to think we could have arranged on our own.
Moving on to the safaris, Paul booked us into the most incredible camps. The experience far exceeded our expectations and it was clear that the camp managers personally knew and respected Paul.
Paul personally guided us during our stay in Ruaha. He was exceptionally knowledgeable of local wildlife (as would be expected), but mixed in a good sense of humour made the game drives great fun. Paul was also well integrated with the other local guides so we were never to miss out if another guide stumbled across a viewing somewhere else in the park.
The gushing sentiments sound like the introduction for an internet dating profile, but we couldn't have asked for a better honeymoon and I would (and will be) wholeheartedly recommend(ing) Paul to anyone who is looking to book a safari.
"The experience with Paul Tickner Safaris was Awesome"
We advised Paul of the region in southern Tanzania in which we were interested. Paul suggested various
Safari lodges and the time to spend at each lodge. Although, we are in Texas and Paul is in Tanzania with an eight hour time difference Paul was excellent in his timely communications back and forth to all of our questions even the silly ones from the ladies about hair dryers!
The lodges that Paul selected were each different in a way, but all of the choices were excellent and we enjoyed every Safari lodge. We got to know Paul so well through all of the emails that we asked if he could join us for the entire journey which he did for a certain fee. Paul joining really added to our trip. Paul was with us when viewing animals and he is so knowledgeble, he should be a Safari guide! We arrived in Tanzania at about 3:30 am and Paul was at the airport to greet us with transportation to the hotel which he had selected for us. Besides making sure every detail was perfect getting from lodge to lodge, Paul scheduled our day trips and animal viewing which was superb. The trip was more than my dreams could imagine...luxurious lodging, delicious food, good wine and wonderful animal viewing. And Paul's fun personality really added a sparkle to the trip of a lifetime!! Charlie, USA
Private Guiding suggestions:
If you are part of a group a private guide can be especially useful to look after and organise a number of guests. The guide can meet your group off the plane in Dar es Salaam, or start point, and accompany for the entirety of the safari, or just for a particular leg such as Ruaha National Park. Private Guides also work great for families, photographers or more experienced travellers.
Some of Paul's favourite places (click here for photos) for privately guided journeys include:
Ruaha National Park; Ikuka Safari Camp
Selous Game Reserve; Sand Rivers
Mahale National Park; Greystoke Mahale
Rwanda; Volcanoes National Park
CAR; Zakouma National Park
Zambia; South Luangwa National Park
+ anywhere else you want to go!