My name is Fadhili Saning'O, I was born on the 12 July 1983 in the Mbeya region in south-western Tanzania. I am the eldest of three siblings, having a brother and sister.
I am Maasai and being Maasai we are dependent on our cattle, so for the first part of our lives we look after our families cattle, which is seen as our tribal duty.
Due to this we also tend to start school later, I only started standard 1 in Primary school in 1993. Which was a great obstacle, because the Maasai people speak a language called, "Maa", and now all our classes were taught in "KiSwahili", which is the unifying language of Tanzania.
This meant I had to learn a new language, so I did not do well and really battled through most of my Primary school career, eventually failing in standard four due to me not understanding the questions or speaking "KiSwahili" fluently.
This obstacle disheartened me, but my parents came out with a solution and sent me to the city, to stay with friends, which only spoke "KiSwahili". So I was forced to learn the language quickly, and after three years of learning "KiSwahili" properly, I graduated and passed standard seven in 1999.
I then returned home before starting Secondary school, to go through my second stage in tribal culture which was the circumcision ceremony when a boy becomes a man.
But my challenges with school didn't end there, for now I had to learn another language, "English", as all my secondary school subjects are taught in "English". I took up the challenge, pushed through and graduated in 2005.
After finishing school, I decided to look for a career in hospitality, and I studied through the Vocation Education and Training Authority (VETA) in Mikumi, and then I joined the, College of African Wildlife Management (Mweka). Undergoing my training there I had the opportunity to climb both Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. I also spent three months at Lake Manyara National Park where I was to complete my practical guiding component, before writing my final exams and finishing the course in August 2007.
I then went in search for employment at various camps, and was accepted at Mikumi Wildlife Camp as a trainee guide. I worked there from 2008 to 2009, before I was sent to join Beho Beho as a trainee guide, to further my knowledge and experience. I decided in the middle of 2010 that I would go to Dar Es Salaam and become a driver guide for Utali Travel and Safari. I worked with them for approximately a year.
I then left Utali Travel and Safari and joined with Impala Camp in the Selous Game Reserve in 2011. After another year of gaining experience, I decided to return to Beho Beho again and undergo further training in guiding, and was thankful that they accepted me.