He found himself surveying hundreds of square miles of country on foot every year, looking for Paleolithic sites, conducting his own research, and eventually running Mary’s entire camp.
PETER JONES has lived in Tanzania since early 1976, when he arrived at the age of 19 to spend the summer working on fossil excavations with archaeologist Mary Leakey. He stayed for 8 years, working at the pliopleistocene sites of Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge in the Serengeti/Ngorongoro area. He found himself surveying hundreds of square miles of country on foot every year, looking for Paleolithic sites, conducting his own research, and eventually running Mary’s entire camp. His Swahili is fluent and he also speaks some Maasai.
At the end of 1983, he left the Leakey camp at Olduvai Gorge to undertake his own research in Tanzania, studying living groups of hunter gatherers; again his life was to be constantly in the bush walking, stalking game, and camping with tribes-people. This extensive fieldwork gave him the opportunity to teach a course in Experimental Archaeology at Harvard in 1985. He later decided to make Tanzania his home and returned to make a living that allowed him to stay in touch with his friends in the bush. For the next few years he worked with a variety of safari companies as a guide before settling down at Ndarakwai Ranch in 1995.
ERIC JONES was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania. He was sent to boarding school in Kenya – Pembroke House School – at the age of 7 before attending high school in Millbrook, New York. At Millbrook he studied photography alongside the regular academic courses and also worked in the Zoo for 2 years, as part of his Community Service. In his summer holidays back in Tanzania he spent time with Professional Photographers Lala & Leo Kunkel in the Serengeti, learning how to photograph wildlife.
In 2007 Eric moved to Sydney, Australia to follow a degree in Graphic Design. He lived there for 6 years, studying and working, before returning home to Tanzania.
Eric is now based at Ndarakwai Ranch and works with his father, Peter Jones in the family safari business, as a guide on Ndarakwai and as a fixer for international and domestic film crews. Eric has a passion for both wildlife and photography and is in the middle of several photographic projects at Ndarakwai that will surely keep him occupied for the next several years.