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Lower Cost But High Quality Camping Safari Guides

Just because this type of African trip costs a little less doesn't mean you should have to compromise on the quality of the field guide.

The listing of the Top Guides below means that you can have your cake and eat it too, a lower cost experience but still travel with a very competent, experienced and qualified field guide...

(*pppn = per person per night spent on safari)

QUALIFICATIONS
  • WILDLIFE DIPLOMA.
EXPERIENCE
  • 1996 TO PRESENT: Guiding in Tanzania National Parks.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

I grew up in the Ngorongoro Conservation area, my parents were workers there so I grew up seeing lots of different animals.

Ever since then I have always loved animals and wildlife in general, and they have become part of my life to the extent that I dream about them sometimes. That is why as long as I live I'll always be a wildlife guide.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFARI GUIDE?

  • Always have to be punctual (good time management).
  • Must be creative on service provision, and should have customer care knowledge.
  • Must be very knowledgeable about fauna and flora.
  • Enough skills and experience on wildlife.
  • Honest and smart.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Someone who loves and appreciates nature.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

I remember one day I was in the crater with my clients and were arguing about hippopotamus, and the story goes like this...

A hippo was lying down and he was covered with mud, so I thought it was a rhino and one of my client said it was a hippo, so while we were arguing that hippo stood up and I realized that it was a hippo, so everyone was laughing at me and I felt so embarrassed.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

I like the serval cat due to its social behavior and habitat, its solitary and territorial nature and the fact that they only eat fresh meat and no carrion.

MEMORABLE SIGHTINGS?

  • Python kills full grown Thomson gazelle and swallows it (Serengeti).
  • Lioness killed after being head butted by of buffalo (Ngorongoro creater).
  • Troop of baboons killed a leopard in the Serengeti.
  • An elephant baby got some help from her mom after being caught by a crocodile. The mother elephant went into the river and chased all the crocodiles out and killed one by stepping on it.

THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR YOU'VE WITNESSED?

The cheetah is one of the big cats, but by nature cheetahs are not as equipped as leopards to climb trees. One day in the Serengeti I was astounded to see a cheetah escaping an attack from a cackle of hyenas by climbing up a pretty demanding vertical tree for refuge.

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QUALIFICATIONS
  • MOUNT MERU TOUR GUIDES
  • FGASA FIELD GUIDE
EXPERIENCE
  • 2004 TO PRESENT: Tanzania guiding on the Northern and Southern circuit.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A CAMPING SAFARI GUIDE?

I have huge interest in the job and very passionate about it.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFARI GUIDE?

A well trained person full of competence.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

Catching malaria while on safari.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL AND YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTING?

Buffalo, has exceptional build and great teamwork.

My most memorable sighting occurred when five lions hunted a warthog right in front of our vehicle.

THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR YOU'VE WITNESSED?

Buffalos and how they defend themselves in an attack.

YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?

My past safari adventures make great campfire stories lining up what to expect the following day.

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QUALIFICATIONS
  • MOUNT MERU COLLEGE OF TOURISM
  • VETA TOUR GUIDE TRAINING
  • IN-HOUSE TRAINING
EXPERIENCE
  • 2006 TO PRESENT: Guiding in Northern circuit of Tanzania and coast area.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

I become a safari guide because I've liked nature since I was young but my dream came true after attending a wildlife college.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFARI GUIDE?

Here are a few of the qualities they should have: Creative thinking, passionate, team player and self confidence.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

Elephant: - I like how they live as one in a community, and how they raised their calves until they mature.

MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTINGS?

When an elephant calf got stuck in the while crossing a riverthe mother came back to rescue him by lifting him up with a tusk and push him out.

Also when lions use the jackal to monitor their cubs from intruders.

YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?

Sharing about Tanzania cultures according to their original ethics groups: Kohsa, Bantu Cushitic, Bantu and Nilotic.

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QUALIFICATIONS
  • MOUNT MERU COLLEGE OF TOURISM.
  • IN-HOUSE TRAINING.
EXPERIENCE
  • 2005 TO PRESENT: Guiding in Tanzania.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

It's a great job that one can earn a living from.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD GROUP SAFARI GUIDE?

A person who is patient and knowledgeable.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

Cheetah, because of its reputation as the fastest animal on land.

MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTING?

A cheetah kill in the Serengeti.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

One day I forgot to tie my shoe laces when receiving a client at the airport.

THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR YOU'VE WITNESSED?

Lions behavioural changes according to different environments.

YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?

History of Tanzania and the National Parks.

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QUALIFICATIONS
  • TROPICAL CENTRE INSTITUTE ARUSHA (Tour Guiding)
  • LORO COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL (Language)
  • IN-HOUSE TRAINING.
EXPERIENCE
  • 2005 TO PRESENT: Guiding in Tanzania.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

We used to have school trips in the National Parks, since then my interest and passion for the wildlife grew from there. So I went to college to study wildlife and driving and became a guide.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD GROUP SAFARI GUIDE?

He or she is the one that makes a great safari and has a significant ability to influence the tourist experience.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

Lions are my favourite, born on August 5th I'm a Leo. I see myself in them.

MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTING?

Waiting for the wildebeests crossing for two days and at last seeing them crossing which lasted for more than 30 minutes.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

Tried to take my other clients to show the wildebeest crossing thinking they would be happy to see but they said it wasn't worth driving two hours for that.

THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR YOU'VE WITNESSED?

Lioness rolling over after mating.

YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?

All about myth and legend.

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