Guide at a Glance
Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Adventure, Hiking Trekking, Jeep Safari, Multi Activity Tour, Nature, Wildlife Safari
3 Days Maasai Mara
Get to Know Safari Guide Maurice Mwanzia
My father was a driver (for a) tour firm and I used to accompany him on trips when I (wasn’t in) school. I chose it as a career because it was my dream. It is important to show people my country so that they may experience a different culture.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I am specialized in budget tours, luxury tours and honeymoon tours. When clients do tours with me, they expect to see what I briefed them on before the tour begins — that is, culture, landscapes or game drives.
Do you have a certain style of guiding, or do you just run with it on the day?
I am flexible — I listen to clients’ priorities, I don’t follow a fixed itinerary. When I am guiding people in the parks, I try my best to show the wildlife, birds and culture from different tribes like the Masai.
The best part of my job is to travel and discover different places.
What’s the most bizarre experience you’ve had on a guided tour?
Sometimes while on trips we meet with rogue elephants that chase our vehicle. One time an elephant put his trunk inside the vehicle to get a banana — I told clients to keep quiet and he took a banana and (then) stood aside and we made our way.
Every job has its ups and downs. Are there any aspects of your job that you don’t like or aren’t keen on?
Sometimes clients may cancel a trip at the last minute (and) I had (turned down) another trip, so (this means I) lose business. Many people speak English, but you may meet other people who do not speak English — they speak Arabic, French or Polish — so it is difficult at times for this client to understand what you are trying to explain.
First, you are safe because this person knows the area well. … A guide has firsthand information of the area you are visiting or any other related activity.
Tell us something about East Africa that only a guide would know.
A guide will advise clients (when and where) to take precautions, like don’t wear gold while walking in the big cities because this will attract thieves or don’t feed wildlife because they will attack you.
Do you have any tips for people who are interested in booking a guide like yourself, but aren’t sure what to look for?
People should look for a guide who is based in the area (they’re visiting). A good tour guide should be a quick thinker, (have) a guiding license, and have good reviews from past clients.
Maurice Mwanzia is a licensed guide with SpotKenyaSafaris based in Mombasa, Kenya, offering both budget and luxury guided tours in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda. With more than 15 years experience, Maurice was inspired to be a guide in part to advise on the necessity to conserve wildlife, so motivated because he comes from a remote area of Tsavo east-kitui south, where poaching of elephants is a threat. He speaks fluent English and German language and he always accompanies groups on his trips.
Spot Kenya Safaris was established by Maurice in 2008. This group of travel professionals has a vast amount of experience in the tourism industry and they work dedicatedly in order to fulfill worldwide market expectations. They offer the best services to their clients, to ensure the best possible travel experience.