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.
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.
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.