Wazee Club Ceremony

Written by Thomson Safaris

Last week, a ceremony was held at Thomson Safaris, Ltd in Arusha, Tanzania to honor staff members whose dedication to the company has been truly remarkable.

Those honored included thirty senior staffers who have been with the company for 15, 20 or 25+ years, and are now affectionately referred to as the “Wazee Club.”  Wazee, is a swahili term of honor that refers to respected elders, and is used here with a wink by the rest of the staff for their “old” colleagues.

Safari guides, camp managers, fundis (craftsmen), drivers, office staff, and groundskeepers were among those honored with a special gold, silver or copper badge, representing the 3 tiers of dedicated service.

See photos from the ceremony below including some snapshots of our guides receiving name tags indicating their years of service (15, 20 and 25+ years) from company owners Rick and Judi.

Enashiva April 2010 016_resizeArusha staff and the spread of food

Enashiva April 2010 040_resizeJudi and Rick presenting an award

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Thomson Safaris guides are some of the most experienced in Tanzania, in fact, our guests always return raving about their guides! Photographer, Randy Hanna, repeatedly travels with Thomson Safaris due to our guides’ longevity and experience in the bush, see how guides with experience can really make a difference.