Since I was a child my passion was for nature and animals, then I started travelling as a safari addicted, during my first safari in Tanzania I met Greyson, my guide. We became friends and later started our business together guiding our customers to the bush. Now I live in Arusha with my family, next to our house we have our garage and office, our dream is now a reality.
How did you make the transition to becoming a tour guide?
I started with a lot of safari experience, then went to Wildlife Collage and added again a lot of practice and experience on top of it. Guiding is something I have inside to share and transfer my passion for the bush and Tanzania to our guests.
What does a typical day look like for you?
When I was a safari guide in bush I was used to wake up in early morning and check out weather and jeep ready for the day, then meet my guests and spend the full day with them until sunset. At the end of the day check the jeep again, prepare for dinner with my guests, give a short briefing about next day, agree timings and activities with them, dinner and stories before sleeping.
Have you got a certain style of guiding, or do you just run with it on the day?
Of course I have my style which reflects my personality, I try to transfer my passion to my guests and show the beauties of Tanzania. Now I push all my guides to have their own style and personality.
Meeting a lot of different people and enjoy the nature every day. When we see people who travel with us enjoyed their safari and time in Tanzania we feel really satisfied.
Every job has its ups and downs. Are there any aspects of your job that you don’t like or aren’t that keen on?
Sometimes payment procedures at the park gate is a big pain (system is broken or very slow, long queue…), I don’t like spend time playing with papers and permits, I prefer the action.
Without giving away your secrets, tell us the types of things about your area/activity that only a guide would know.
The are a lot of bush stories, but we keep the secret for now, the time for stories is a the fireplace in Serengeti or Ngorongoro.
The guide can make the difference during your safari or trekking, we live in Tanzania and spend most of the time in the parks. The guide will make sure you are safe all the time and you have the best experience, we know the best places, when to go there, where we can find wildlife or what you are looking for. In case of emergency an experienced guide knows what to do, as I said you enjoy more your holiday and all the time you are safe.
In your view, what makes a good tour guide?
Knowledge and flexibility, you need deep knowledge on different subjects as well as flexibility to adapt to any situation and work long hours every day.
And finally, have you got any tips for people who are interested in booking a guide like yourself, but aren’t too sure what to look for?
Nowadays I can provide the best suggestions for your safari program in Tanzania, I have trained all the guides working at Savannah Explorers, we’ll make your safari or trekking unforgettable.