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Successful and Dedicated Group Safari Guides

It takes a special type of guide to lead a trip like this well and the guides below have been doing it successfully for many years now.

They have to be able to deal with the many different personalities that they encounter on a daily basis and make sure that everyone has a happy and satisfying experience.

Not an easy thing to do consistently, but the following guides do it with aplomb...

(*pppn = per person per night spent on safari in US dollars)

QUALIFICATIONS
  • DIPLOMA IN GUIDING.
EXPERIENCE
  • 1998 TO PRESENT: Guiding in Tanzania National Parks.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

My brother was a Park Ranger, when he came back home he used to talk about wild animals, I was interested and loved them.

After secondary school I decided to be a guide and went to a guiding school for two years.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFARI GUIDE?

Being knowledgeable, informative, disciplined and tolerant make you a good guide.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

My most embarrassing moment as a guide was when we got stuck for more than a week during the heavy rains of 1997/98, when roads and bridges were destroyed.

It was embarrassing because I was stuck with my clients for all those days and nothing could be done other than to wait.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

My favourite animal is the lion. It's a very social animal that works together and shares what they have but not always.

MEMORABLE SIGHTING?

My most memorable sighting is when the wildebeest were crossing the Mara River back and forth while crocodiles caught some of them and they still did not notice.

GUIDING AREA OF SPECIALIZATION?

Photography, animal behavior and birding.

THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR YOU'VE WITNESSED?

The most interesting animal behavior I have witnessed is a lioness who after killing a zebra went back about 500 meters to get her cubs before even tasting the meat, and she was very hungry and skinny.

YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?

My campfire story is how somebody can live without a mobile phone, radios, computers and television but still can have a lot of fun (African life).

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QUALIFICATIONS
  • MWEKA COLLEGE
  • IN-HOUSE TRAINING: (Also travelled to South Africa to learn more on guiding.)
EXPERIENCE
  • 1990 TO PRESENT: Started with at least two big safari companies.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

On the change of government to capitalism, citizens were encouraged to invest in tourism and since tourist facilities were close to my home I decided to join the industry.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFARI GUIDE?

A meticulous person willing to impart knowledge and receive as well makes a good group safari guide.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

Being given a packed lunch at a lodge with no cutlery.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL AND YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTING?

Hyena, because of its unique behaviour and ability to survive in a very harsh environment. The way it socialises is also unique and they never giving up on a hunting mission.

My most memorable sighting occurred when I saw 20 lions setting up to kill a buffalo and not being able to kill it.

THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR YOU'VE WITNESSED?

Elephants and how they raise their young ones with lots of effort and protection.

YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?

When the lion came to camp and the scared chef ran away leaving all the meat to the lion.

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QUALIFICATIONS
  • MOSHI COLLEGE
  • IN-HOUSE TRAINING: (every low season during the months April and May)
EXPERIENCE
  • 1991 TO PRESENT: Guiding in Kenya and Tanzania.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

Previously I was working as a mechanic at another safari company and my supervisors saw my passion for nature and animals. They offered me to go to college which is how I became a driver guide.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFARI GUIDE?

Passion for nature and animals.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

Picking up clients at the airport with a signboard stating Mr. Alex and Mr. Jon and when clients arrived they were two ladies.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

Leopard because of the way they hunt.

MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTINGS?

Seeing a female lion kill a buffalo by herself as normal they hunt as a group and watching the way a cheetah teaches her cubs to hunt.

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QUALIFICATIONS
  • MOUNT MERU COLLEGE OF TOURISM (Advanced wildlife certificate).
  • IN-HOUSE TRAINING.
EXPERIENCE
  • 2004 TO PRESENT: Guiding in Tanzania.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

I was raised in a small village in the bush in the Singida region, containing the beautiful Miombo forest, and I went to a local government school.

In the village I was participating in daily activities such as farming, collecting firewood and mushrooms in the forest and fetching water in the sand rivers by using pots made of clay.

Also in the forest we were harvesting honey and seasonal fruits, and in the small rivers is where I learnt how to swim.

The idea of joining a wildlife college came up, and I become a guide.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD GROUP SAFARI GUIDE?

Apart from professionalism, experience and being well trained I think what is also required is respect, discipline, patience and hard work. And a guide should never be bragging and indulging in selfish behavior but try to keep things simple and fun.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

The giraffe because it's beautiful, peaceful and unique.

MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTING?

I was in the Serengeti National Park when I saw an ostrich play wounded after a lion was heading towards her nest filled with eggs. It was fascinating to watch.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

As it happened clients wanted to see a leopard and I was driving around for two days. Fortunately we managed to see one lying on a tree, but the guests said let's wait half an hour and see if he will move, if not then it must be a plastic leopard and we won't take any photos. In the end it didn't move.

BEST AREA FOR WILDLIFE AND BIRDING?

Ndutu area during February and March for photography and birding in the Serengeti, Selous and Tarangire.

THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR YOU'VE WITNESSED?

An elephant funeral - I was so impressed when I saw elephants participating in a funeral at Tarangire National Park.

The dead elephant was surrounded and some of the elephants were touching the body and then retreating. Others were taking dry branches off trees and putting them on top of the elephants dead body and smelling the area.

It was like a farewell ceremony and suddenly they were all gone.

YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?

Maasai cultural women take care of the family while the men don't help helping at all.

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QUALIFICATIONS
  • ORDINARY AND ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN TOUR GUIDING
  • IN-HOUSE TRAINING.
EXPERIENCE
  • 1996 TO PRESENT: Guiding in Tanzania.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

Because I have lived close to the wildlife from my childhood, and experienced a lot being close to them and liked to tell others about them and make them know and live them like me.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD GROUP SAFARI GUIDE?

Must be highly skillful, well trained and experienced in wildlife and emergencies, and must be a person who treats all tourists equally and not because of their nationality or race.

Also he must answer questions asked with satisfactory answers even if they are too many, and he must be very smart on everything and punctual.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

Giraffe because it's very cool and beautiful.

MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTING?

Is the day a leopard caught a warthog in front of my car and tried to take it up a tree, the warthog was crying out and that caught the attention of nearby hyenas.

Before the leopard made it to the top it stepped on a dry branch which could not support the weight and they both fell down, and at that moment the hyenas already arrived.

When the leopard realized that the hyenas were already there he climbed back into the tree as fast as he could leaving his catch below to be easily taken by the hyenas.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

Spending a lot of time at the gates paying while the clients have already paid and the money was received by TANAPA and NCAA.

THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR YOU'VE WITNESSED?

When a Silvery Cheeked Horn-bill is incubating her eggs she never leaves the nest, instead the male horn-bill goes to fetch food and comes back to mouth feed her.

YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?

Whenever I'm in the African Wilderness the best stories that I love to tell are all about African wildlife and a lot of African stories. I love to tell my clients everything about this beautiful continent called Africa.

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QUALIFICATIONS
  • MOUNT MERU TOUR GUIDES
  • IN-HOUSE TRAINING.
EXPERIENCE
  • 1996 TO PRESENT: Guiding in Tanzania.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

I have immense love for the job.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD GROUP SAFARI GUIDE?

A person who loves nature and the need to be outdoors and also cares for the environment.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL?

Cheetah, it's the fastest animal on earth.

MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTING?

The migration crossing the Mara river.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?

I once denied a clients request to drive off road in the National Park, eventually they gave me a very bad review.

YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?

My grandfather once told me a story of how he came across an injured lion and it stretched out its injured paw to him to help it.

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