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Maurice Mwanzia

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Spot Kenya Safaris

  • Locations

    Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking, Jeep Safari, Multi Activity Tour, Nature, Wildlife Safari

  • Guiding Experience

    23 years

  • Languages

    English, German

  • Awards

    KATO Award

  • Favorite Trip

    3 Days Maasai Mara

Guide Bio

Get to Know Safari Guide Maurice Mwanzia

Maurice Mwanzia — who comes from a remote part of Kenya where poaching has impacted the elephant population — wanted to become a guide to help educate people about wildlife conservation. After studying to become a licensed guide at ALSEA Tourism College in Mombasa, Kenya, he now works as a safari guide for Spot Kenya Safaris, which offers both budget and luxury tours from wildlife parks to cultural sites and beaches in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
How did you become a safari guide?

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.

What’s the best part of your job?

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.

As an experienced guide yourself, can you explain to our readers what the benefits of hiring a guide are?

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.

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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.

Maurice Mwanzia's Reviews

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    Rating 4star Visited: October 2014 – Reviewed: 5 Nov 2014 5 days safari as a phantastic experience Very good and flexible organisation of the tour by Maurice Mwanzia. He was very flexible in the wishes according to our individual programm. Changes of plan on the spot, even in the accommodations, were smoothly arranged. Our driver Haroon was an excellent driver and guide. Even though it was our tenth visit to Kenya, we had many new experiences. By René W. René W. from NetherlandsNL

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    Rating 5star Visited: September 2014 – Reviewed: 3 Nov 2014 I had the opportunity to use the service of Sopt kenya safaris , they did a superb work on my safaris I must take opportunity to thank Maurice for making this trip unforgettable for me and my daughter , he saw to it that all my requirements were taken care of and made sure we had a great time in Kenya. I have to say some good words on our guide Haroon, This guy made sure that on the last day of our safari we saw the lion , he made our trip wonderful By Ramanand Rau Ramanand Rau from India

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    Rating 5 star Visited: December 2014 – Reviewed: 26 Jan 2015 Excellent Safari by Spot Kenya Safaris We had a fantastic safari experience by Spot Kenya Safaris. The guides were very knowledgeable about wildlife and took extra care to make sure our experience was great. The lodges were very good and our whole family had a very nice and unique experience By Huzefa Mehta Huzefa Mehta from United StatesUS

Spot Kenya Safaris

Spot Kenya Safaris is a tour operator with more than 15 years safari experience and is a member of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators [bonded KATO]. Our mission is to promote tours and safari services for both budget and luxury safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda to our clients all over the world.

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