Mdonya's Staff

Rebecca Phillips – Camp Manager

Rebecca grew up in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania on her parent’s dairy farm. She first went on safari to Ruaha National Park as a baby and has frequently returned to the bush ever since with a growing love and fascination for it. From the age of 15 she traveled to Europe for education and studied in Denmark, England and Holland pursuing a career in travel and tourism with the plan of returning to Tanzania to work in the tourism industry. She obtained a Bachelor degree in International Tourism Management and has now worked in camp management on the Tanzanian Coast, in the Serengeti and spent the last year managing Lake Manze Camp in the Selous. Rebecca has now moved back to her home territory and is managing Mdonya Old River Camp in Ruaha.


Andrea Pompele – Camp Manager

Andrea was born in the West Italian Alps, nearby the Mont Blanc and the Great Paradise. Growing up he decided to study Biology at University, specializing in Ecology and Behavioural Biology, with some researches conducted in Primatology. After several years working for big companies in pharmaceutical market he quitted Europe to study and work as a Professional Overland Safari Guide in Southern Africa, then he moved to Egypt training diving instructors and divemasters in Biodiversity of the Red Sea and guiding. Photographer and blogger, is ready to explore East Africa with his strong passion to Wildlife.


Mdonya Team

Baraka Sanga – Waiter

Faustino Abgerlo – Tent Attendant

Antony Maro – Clerk

Ayoubu Nyang’anga – Driver

Barnaba Mponzi – Guest Cook

Chelestino Mbutwa – Driver

Yusuph Changa – Waiter

Elenas Mgumba – Laundry

Emmanuel Maguluko – Guide

Godson Kigudanzi – Driver

Elineema Godwin – Room Attendant

Emmanuel Mahanga – Carpenter

Issak Chimbunga – General

Edmond Yalimba – Driver

Isaak Chimbunga – Waiter

John Njeama – Waiter

Joshua Paulo – Tent Attendant

Thomas Mlyanga – Kitchen Assistant

Jumanne Hatibu – Guide

Matayo Lewanga – Askari

Oresto Lyuvale – Waiter

Prosper Kobelo – Guide

Revokatus Lipingu – Staff Cook

Saidi Mangandali – Waiter

Teerite Lewanga – Askari

Thomas Tovagonze – Driver

Zacharia Kahimba – Guide

Julius Seif – Guest Cook assistant

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Mdonya’s Staff

Mdonya’s Team are renowned for their courtesy as well as their passion for the bush. The waiters and Maasai together with your guides and drivers will show you the hidden secrets of this exceptional corner of the world. The majority of staff you will meet in Mdonya Old River Camp were born locally. This is their home. They will be proud to share with you their stories of Tanzania and their strong, passionate bond with the wildlife of their own country.

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