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Hakuna Matata Academy

The Hakuna Matata Academy believes that knowledge is power. Set to launch in 2022, the HMA is an on-the-ground initiative created by the founders of Tanzania Specialist. Offering specialised hospitality training programs to Tanzanians working in the hospitality and tourism sectors, the Hakuna Matata Academy is the first of its kind in Tanzania.

Knowledge is power

Our goals at the Hakuna Matata Academy:

  • Create fulfilling career opportunities for Tanzanians in the growing tourism sector
  • Promote sustainable business practices throughout Tanzania for a healthy and happy country
  • Stimulate economic growth through higher-quality services and professionalism in the travel and tourism sector


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“Right now, there are limited accessible training opportunities in Tanzania, making it difficult to change the game. At the heart of HMA is the desire to change that. With increased quality, efficiency and opportunity, profitability will be shared by all working in this rapidly expanding industry.”
Robbin Meulemans, Founder Tanzania Specialist


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A blueprint for success

Phase One of the Hakuna Matata Academy will offer at least three professionals from each of the 80 lodges that currently partner with Tanzania Specialist a spot in our professional training and mentoring programs. After receiving theoretical and practical training from local and international sector experts, the HMA graduates will be equipped with a varied and professional skill set that will not only improve service in the lodges but provide the graduate with exciting opportunities for professional growth. In addition, 200 young adults from vulnerable groups will be professionally trained and follow internships at the 80 participating lodges.


The Hakuna Matata Academy was financed with support from the DeveloPPP program of DEG Impulse, a German investment organization for developing countries that is financed by the German Federal for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

More information

Want to learn more about the Hakuna Matata Academy and more responsible business initiatives at Tanzania Specialist? Get in touch at the below form or explore our Responsible Travel page.