And you’re travelling with… safari guides
Saba’s first job was with Save The Rhino Trust in Namibia and later was an anthropological consultant for the National Museums of Kenya. In 1997 she joined her father’s charity, Save The Elephants and whilst working in the Samburu National Reserve she was talent-spotted by the BBC, thus beginning her life as a TV presenter and producer of wildlife documentaries.
Last year, Saba featured in Last of the Longnecks, the first feature length documentary to bring light to the threats affecting giraffe conservation in what has been described as a ‘silent extinction’ of the animals. Saba lives in Kenya with her husband and three children and runs the family’s tented eco-lodge, Elephant Watch Camp. A 10 part BBC series – This Wild Life – about their lives in Samburu was broadcast on BBC2.
– Kenyan safari guide extraordinaire. Masai warrior, a village elder, co-owner of Rekero Camp and presenter on the BBC’s Big Cat Diary. They don’t get any better than Jackson whose encyclopaedic knowledge of the Mara and its inhabitants is truly breath-taking. Find him at some of the Mara’s best spots – Rekero Camp and Mara Houses or ask us about his latest venture which is an exclusive mobile camp.
– mountain man. Generally considered to be one of East Africa’s most knowledgeable guides, he’d be one of the best to lead you up Mount Kilimanjaro. Find him at Summits Africa, Arusha.
– horseman. Learnt the ropes from his father, Tony, who pioneered Kenyan riding safaris in the 1970s. With 25 years’ experience in the bush he’s a true professional and passionate about Africa’s people and wildlife. He’s great company and utterly charming. Find him in the Masai Mara at Safaris Unlimited.
– safari giant. Something of a legend in Mana Pools, Stretch (topping 6’6”) has been operating his own unique safaris here for 25 years. Famous for his close relationship with individual animals in the park, he’s a real draw for anyone wanting a unique and personalized safari. Find him at Goliath Safaris, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.
The Schoeman brothers
– pilot guides. These three brothers lead one of the most extraordinary safaris in Africa. To fly up Namibia’s Skeleton Coast in their company is truly the trip of a lifetime. There are fewer places more remote or more beautiful. Wildlife is scarce but what there is, is startling for its tenacity in this wild and rugged place. Whichever brother guides you, you’ll feel you’ve had the best. Find them at Skeleton Coast Safaris, Namibia.
– walking guide. One of a select band of female guides and at the top of her tree. She leads wonderful camel assisted walking safaris in northern Kenya with her husband and team of local Samburu. Find her at Karisia Safaris in Laikipia, Kenya’s rugged northern territory.