Our head ranger, Philip Muchaba holds the prestigeous title of SILVER Guide with the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association of Kenya and was recently nominated amongst the top guides in Africa. Philp’s qualifications include a certificate in tour guiding and administration from the Center for Tourism Training and Research Wildlife Clubs of Kenya and a diploma in tourism and wildlife studies from Moi University, Kenya. He has also 11 years experience in tour-guiding in destinations all over Kenya.
“What I love most about my job is the fact that it allows me to meet and interact with people from all over the world, and to share with them my in-depth knowledge of the very special wilderness realm that I love. Because I have spent many years studying our lion prides, I know them intimately and always know exactly where to find them; similarly the resident leopards and cheetahs. My knowledge of ornithology is also extensive; as is my understanding of the local flora. A passionate photographer myself, I delight in ensuring that the guests in my charge get all the shots they want – and I’ve never disappointed yet! Finally, I take great pride in working with my guests to personally tailor a schedule that contains exactly the right mix of day and night game drives, bush breakfasts, picnic lunches, guided walks, and ‘sundowners’ on the plains. Every guest is different, but it is my goal to ensure that all my guests enjoy the safari experience of their dreams. I meet my guests on arrival at the airstrip and stay with them throughout their stay. And it’s always a very sad moment for me when I have to bid them ‘goodbye’ at the airstrip. I hope, however, that I will have given them a safari experience that they will never forget, and one that, one day soon, they will wish to repeat. That’s my mission, but it is also my very great pleasure”.
Our Maasai guide, David Lomali has attained the level of Silver with the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, he also has a diploma in Tours and Travel Management and brings nine years of experience to the team.
‘I am a Maasai, so I bring a very special understanding to my job as a guide. I not only know the wilderness intimately, but I also know the people and the culture of this land – and this allows me to bring a unique magic to my guiding. I am proud to be able to introduce my guests to this very special realm of nature, and to share with them the intimate knowledge that I have built up since I was a very small boy herding his father’s cattle. I also delight in sharing insights in to the Maasai culture, and into the Maasai traditions of tracking and observing the wild – which are quite unlike any other. We Maasai are very welcoming people and pride ourselves on our hospitality towards our honoured guests; I look forward, therefore to meeting you, and sharing with you – my world.’
Our guide, Raphael Mutula, has attained the level of Bronze with the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, he also has a diploma in Natural Resource Management and ten years of guiding experience.
“I always wanted to be a guide, in fact I first conceived the idea of being a guide when I was a small boy and assisted my grandfather in herding our domestic animals. It was from him that I acquired much of my traditional knowledge of plants, trees, birds and animals. And it was from this unique foundation that I gradually built up my knowledge of the wonders of the Kenyan flora, fauna and avifauna. As well as sharing my knowledge, getting to know visitors from overseas, and delivering to each and every one of them the safari experience of their personal choice, I am proud to be able to promote the beauty of Kenya, and to extend the traditional warmth of the Kenyan people. So I say, Karibu, (welcome) to Kenya, the magic land. And the land where the smile is the most valuable currency of all.”
Our assistant head ranger, Bernard Mwara has achieved bronze level in the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association as well as qualifications in
Conservation and Management from Kenya’s Transworld College. Our longest serving guide, he brings 20 years of experience in guiding to our team.
“Every day is a new experience in the wild, you never know what you are going to find, or what you are going to see – but you DO know that it’s going to be an adventure. And even after all my years in guiding, I learn something new and magical from the world of nature everyday. This makes my job very precious, but what makes it even more special is the fact that I get to meet people from all over the world, to spend time with them, to give them the best experience that I possibly can, and to share with them my own knowledge. I have to admit that my favourite animal is the leopard – it is also the most elusive and difficult to find, but I always go out of my way to share the incredible beauty and grace of the leopard with my guests if I can. A committed bird-watcher, I am always delighted to find that I have an ornithologist in my party, but I also take great pleasure in introducing all our guests, professionals and amateurs alike, to the wonder of Kenyan birdlife. Finally, I love children and am always delighted to introduce them to the thrills of bush tracking”.