Susan on Safari | Children at Tumaini School | Annie in Rwanda

Annie Birch has been living and working in East Africa since 1995. She opened her first boutique safari company in San Francisco in 1990 and soon realized she was much happier being in Africa. While living in Kenya she qualified for the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and maintains her membership with them. She has been creating and escorting safaris for over twenty-five years and has had amazing adventures in nineteen African countries from Morocco to Namibia to Botswana to Rwanda to Gabon.

Susan Wahlen began her career in travel after University when she took the opportunity to work and travel on a private yacht for two years. Returning to the States she worked at an Adventure Travel Company in San Francisco before getting the itch to be back on the road.  She attended the International Tour Management Institute and shortly after began hosting travel through Alaska and the Yukon in Canada.  Since 2004 Susan has been a tour director all over the world including the Western National Parks in the USA, New England, Antarctica and East and Southern Africa.  

Aurora Africa was founded by two like-minded American women with a passion for the wildlife, wilderness and people of Africa. Introduced in 2008 by a mutual Tanzanian friend who thought we had a lot in common, we strive to give you a different experience; one that will possibly change your outlook on life.








We all make an impact when we travel. Our vision is for that impact to be a purposeful and positive one. Part of the profit of every safari is donated to a project that we are personally associated with here in Tanzania. We support: Save the Rain, The Plaster House, Rift Valley Children's Village, FAME Africa  and  Tumaini School. These organizations are dedicated to improving the lives of our Tanzanian neighbours.

For those travellers wishing to experience a deeper connection with communities while on safari, we can craft your adventure to include visits or volunteer opportunities with the projects we support.

"I believe there is no sickness of the heart too great it cannot be cured by a dose of Africa" ~ John Hemingway