With a background in Nature Conservation Projects within the many Private Game Reserves of South Africa, my passion and love for the African bush and all the wonderful fauna and flora it has to offer, grew.
My career has had an outstanding, exhilarating pace taking me to the Zambezi Valley in Zambia and the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Now I am living with my family on the windswept volcanic plains of Kenya’s world renowned Masai Mara – In Asilia Africa’s Naboisho Camp – to be precise.
Naboisho Camp is situated inside the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, which is a groundbreaking community conservation model, involving tourism investors leasing land directly from the local people for conservation and tourism purposes. It guarantees a monthly fixed income to the local Masaai landowners, grazing rights for livestock, employment in camps and lodges as well as various other benefits like support to local schools, clinics and Masaai women beading groups.
Probably the best selling points of a conservancy is that camps, vehicles and tourist are limited and strictly controlled within the boundaries of the conservancy – which allows for a very private and very exclusive wildlife safari experience, in contrast to many other safari areas in Africa, where overcrowding wildlife sightings and areas are a common occurrence.
Arriving in Kenya in 2011, the sheer animal numbers and species diversity blew me away. Never have I guided in an area with the densities of animals that can be found in the Masai Mara. It truly is mind boggling! Thousands and thousands of plains game species like zebra, wildebeest, gazelles, giraffes, buffaloes, impalas, not even mentioning the bigger animals like elephants and especially the big cats.
Nowhere else have I seen cheetah and lion in densities like in the Naboisho Conservancy! It’s some of the best big cat viewing available in Africa – without a doubt! Visibility is great too, with typical East African open savannah woodlands, one can see for miles and miles… which makes it easy to spot the sometimes elusive wild cats. The now famous Enesikiria lion pride – now totals over 35 lions, with the core territory right in the centre of the conservancy.
As a professional walking guide with 11 years of guiding experience – I can vouch that a walking safari in Africa is exhilarating to see the least! Being on foot makes all your senses come alive and brings you in close contact and on the same level with a very complex ecosystem. My biggest love is showing guests this magic of the African bush – whilst on foot. The walking in Naboisho is some of the best I have done in my career, being it watching ants and termites fighting each other, lions feasting on a fresh wildebeest or following a herd of elephants – walking is the only way to truly immerse oneself in nature. It’s fantastic! And it’s available in Kenya!
One of the best most rewarding ways to see and feel the African bush is on foot. So consider a Kenya safari holiday. It’s Africa’s finest safari holiday destination and don’t forget to ask for a walking safari as well as the traditional 4×4 safari.
And that’s why: “A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more enjoy more in one mile than the motorised tourist can in a hundred miles” – Edward Abbey
Salaams from Kenya, Roelof