In 2018, Hammond resident Ryan Barker began Tanzania Adventure Tours in Africa with his father, Kimble Barker, and Said Kambelenje, a friend from Ola City, Tanzania. Their goal was to shed light on the beautiful country of Tanzania and its culture. Ryan's father Kimble passed away in 2019. Today Ryan runs the company with his partner Said Kambelenje.
Ryan said his interest in Africa came from his father's interest in Africa. Ryan grew up watching nature channels such as National Geographic with his dad. When Ryan graduated from Delta State University, his father offered him the opportunity to take a trip outside of the country. This traveling adventure resulted in Ryan's professional future.
Said Kambelenje was Ryan's tour guide the first time he went to Tanzania with his father in July 2006. They initially met just after Ryan's flight landed at Mount Kilimanjaro International Airport. The safari proved to be a life changing experience for Ryan that shaped his goal to recruit as many people as possible to experience Tanzania, Africa.