PARTNERS > GEORGE MAVROUDIS
It’s not difficult to imagine, when you meet George Mavroudis, cigar connoisseur, urbane conservationist, photographer and founder of a hugely successful and long lived safari business, that here stands one of the true pioneers of the Tanzanian private canvas experience. He is an inspiration to us all.
Born and brought up in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, George finished his schooling in Cyprus, home to his paternal grandmother, who had emigrated in the 1940s. Following national service, he joined a large safari company, for whom, such was his determination to succeed, he worked for free: his first two years’ worth of income was based entirely on the tips he received from clients only too happy to reward the services of a young man who, despite his relative inexperience, could already guide as well as many a seasoned professional. After another two years worth of learning the ropes, he struck out on his own and, as he says, "never looked back." He became a Royal African Safaris' partner in 2012.
An admirer of the Richard Branson model of business, and of Steve Jobs, with whose single minded emphasis on the exceptional product he hugely identifies, an east African mobile safari with George is to journey through wild Africa in the hands of someone who takes it upon himself to design experiences that have great heart, that are awe inspiring and full of fun.
Responsible for the enormous safaris that formed the basis of the making of both the highly thought of wildlife documentaries Africa: The Serengeti and Rivers of Life, he is as capable of organising the large as he is the small, and is always looking for ways to stitch the wonder of his guests’ experiences to the sort of big picture thinking that saw him, for example, establish Manyara Ranch, in northern Tanzania, a corridor and buffer zone designed to guarantee vital elephant migration routes. Nothing better than sitting down with George, the great African sun a large ball of setting orange, and persuading him to break open his mobile humidor – a real treat.
George lives and works in Arusha, Tanzania. He has two sons and a daughter, Damon, Benjamin and Taylor.
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