When I joined Wildlife Safari in 1985 I’d already been guiding for seven years. That’s right, I’ve been doing this job for four decades, and I love it as much as ever! I never get tired of meeting new people from around the world, and slowly making friends with them as I show them around East Africa. I think it’s safe to say I’m pretty much a general safari expert by now, and I have lots of insight to share. My favourite safari destination is the Masai Mara, and the graceful elephant is the animal I most admire.
It’s crazy to think I’ve been with Wildlife Safari for more than 30 years now, since 1985. We’re a real family here – in fact I know many guests well by now too, having hosted many of them on multiple safaris over the years. I always look forward to meeting new clients too, and becoming friends with them. I get enormous satisfaction from exceeding guests’ expectations, taking them to the Masai Mara for example (my favourite place) and facilitating an unforgettable wildlife encounter. The rhino is my favourite African animal.
Of all the reserves I’ve visited, Amboseli is my number one, and I favour the quick-as-lightning cheetah. Although I joined Wildlife Safari in 1985, I still get a thrill from game drives – what’s not to like about adventuring around the wilderness? It gives me a chance to do what I love most, and that’s teaching guests about Kenya and her incredible flora and fauna. While I know a lot about safaris in general, I’d say I specialise in birdlife and signs and spoors, and I enjoy passing that knowledge on.
I recently celebrated my 20-year anniversary with the company, having joined the team in 1998. It was my first job as a guide, and I’ve learnt so much along the way – both through my own experience, and from the wonderful Wildlife Safari family. I think my best safari skill is my knowledge of the Big Five, but I’m also a big fan of the Samburu Special Five found in the wild north. Samburu is, in fact, my top safari area, probably because of its many elephant, my favourite animal.
The thing I love best about my job is all the travel I get to do, and the many exciting new experiences that brings. I specialise in Big Five knowledge, although my favourite African animal is actually the little gerenuk, that nibbles off bushes while standing on its hind legs. As for safari destinations, I adore Lake Nakuru National Park, which is lovely year round. With just 10 years at Wildlife Safari, I’m the ‘new’ guide around here (I did have five years of guiding under my belt by then though!).