Born in Nairobi, Tanya spent most of her childhood between Loldia Farm in the Great Rift Valley on the shores of Lake Naivasha and Nairobi. She is a fourth generation Kenyan, and as the daughter of Kenya’s first auctioneer, she developed a strong interest in art and design that led to her studying for a degree in Fine Art and English at Exeter University in the UK. Her career has included photographic work for Reuters and the French Cultural Centre, as well as documenting the Hopcraft family history for Governor’s Camp, Loldia House as well as artwork in Gallery Watatu, Kenya’s leading art gallery. Tanya and Mikey married in 2001. They, along with their children Sala, Kinna and Tisa, spend six months of the year in the African bush, guiding clients around Kenya and showing the best the country has to offer.
A fourth generation Kenyan, Mikey Carr-Hartley was raised on his family’s 45,000-acre ranch, in Laikipia. He spent his childhood surrounded by local hunters, trackers and trappers gaining invaluable first hand knowledge of African wildlife. Mikey gained valuable work experience early on, whilst involved in the construction and later management of the Governor’s Camp Collection Mfangano Island Camp lodge. After marrying Tanya, the couple spent time as the House Managers of Ol Jogi, owned by the Wildenstein family. They went on to build and develop lodges, and houses throughout Kenya with Breaking Ground. Mikey and Tanya’s extensive knowledge and mutual love of the African landscape and indigenous wildlife led to the setting up of The Specialised Safari Company in 2000, to guide and manage private luxury safaris in East and Southern Africa.
Jessica has worked in the luxury travel industry for over 12 years. After an extensive stint in London marketing for the likes of Abercrombie & Kent and Scott Dunn, she moved to Kenya with her husband Giles in 2009 to manage Giraffe Manor. Jessica moved over to run The Safari Collection in March 2011. T. +254 732 812 897
BEATRICE MUSOMBARESERVATIONS MANAGER
Beatrice was working for Giraffe Manor before Tanya and Mikey bought the Manor in 2009. She instantly became a valued member of The Safari Collection team and now manages the Reservations Department including all Private Guide bookings. T. +254 731 914 732 / +254 725 675 830
LITSA ANN SHEWANLOGISTICS MANAGER PAYMENTS & ACCOUNTS
Litsa used to work for Safaricom in their Account Management Team. After a break she decided to move to a role closer to home and so joined The Safari Collection, on a part time basis, overseeing our ground handling services. She is also involved with our financial processes and general operating systems. T. +254 731 914 732 / +254 725 675 830
With 17 years of accounting experience Pramila is a key member of the team. Previous experience includes 5 years with the Mount Kenya Safari Club. Pramila joined The Safari Collection in 2012 and is responsible for our financial processes. T. +254 731 914 732 / +254 725 675 830