The initial idea for a tour-company came in 1987, when the later managing director Dietmar Zuehlke participated on a field trip with geographic field research to Kenya with the University of Trier. In the years 1990 and from 1993 to 1995 he spent several months for the university there and initiated first scientific excursions. So he got a particularly strong relationship to the country and people.
1995 Challenger Tours and Transport Ltd was founded in Tanzania based in Arusha. Partner in the foundation was Gervas Lubuva. He was an experienced safari guide already. The office in Kenya was first settled in Maralal in the dry north.From the beginning Challenger trusted only on Toyota Land Cruiser four-wheel vehicles. This has still not changed because they have been especially successful in tough terrain. At the beginning Challenger owned two vehicles.
First excursion partners were the University of Trier, the Geographical Society and the Rotary Club of Trier. The tours led initially to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. From 2000 on to Malawi, Zambia, and later Rwanda, Namibia and Ethiopia.
Challenger Adventures was founded in 2005 with its headquarter in Nakuru, the fourth largest city in Kenya in the East African Rift Valley. The steady growth and the increasing number of field trips and small groups demanded the purchase of further vehicles. Challenger now owns 10 Land-Cruisers. The team has grown from initial two persons up to 16 drivers, guides and mechanics. In Nakuru our in-house garage cares on our vehicles and our “Safari” -Equipment. A detailed description of our team and the technology can be found on the Team page.
In 2007 Challenger diversified to the Crocodile Camp Site near the Talek Gate at the Masai Mara. After an extensive renovation of the camp infrastructure, it enjoys huge popularity because of particular comfort and the unique view onto the Mara Plains where the Great Migration walks by. The camp is managed by Anthony Nzioka Nyamai, genannt Tony, introducing himself closer on the Crocodile Camp Page.