Who We Are

Tanzania by Firelight Safaris, formerly Firelight Expeditions, and now Tanzania by Firelight, was founded by Tom and Belinda Lithgow in 1989.

Born and raised in Tanzania, Tom grew up on a farm on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. The son of a noted guide (who once led John Glenn and Roy Rogers on hunting safaris), Tom spent time at his father’s hunting camp in the Selous Game Reserve, his first memories setting the foundation for the safari business later in life.

Assisting his father, first as a walking guide, and later as an independent guide in Tanzania and other African countries, Tom was then able to set up his own company, Firelight Safaris, today known as Tanzania by Firelight Safaris.

Tom has a vast and intimate knowledge of the terrain and wildlife of Tanzania.  For an exceptional experience, he can be booked as a personal guide for selected groups; however we also pride ourselves in having excellent and knowledgeable local guides, several of whom have worked for us for many years.

Belinda, is also an integral part of Tanzania by Firelight Safaris.  Born and raised in England, a culture to which service and hospitality are fundamental, her decorating style and attention to detail are present throughout all the properties.  She can be found both in the office and the bush coordinating the extensive operations. Belinda, is also available for personalized guiding.

Tim Draper, having fallen in love with Tanzania while on a safari with us, became a part of the company. Today, a valued director, Tim enables the company to move from strength to strength, allowing our vision to be fulfilled.

We cannot forget our talented staff behind the scenes. A lot of our loyal staff have been with us for many years and continue to grow with the company, making us proud of their achievements and service.