Hosts

Heribert Mardai

Camp Manager and Senior Guide

I was born on a Sunday afternoon August 21st 1983 right on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. I was raised in Arusha the tourism capital of Tanzania and the Geneva of Africa as the last of nine children.  

Since childhood I have had the love for animals and nature as it is. Being a Leo by zodiac I have always loved cats, Lions being my favourite. With that inspiration I took science studies and finally joined the College of African Wildlife Management where I did a Diploma in Wildlife Management for three years. Thereafter I joined Nomad Tanzania limited and worked as a Driver guide for a year in the Selous Game Reserve before going back to the same college for an Advanced Diploma.

 

Not being much of a traveller, I have had the opportunity to travel to Wurtsburg, Germany where I visited a few parks and the Frankfurt zoo. During my training at the college I have had the chance to visit most of the protected areas in the Northern circuit of Tanzania and that added to my experiences in the wild and made me fall even more in love with nature and what it has to offer.

 

I have always dreamt of working in the wild and I am thankful that it is what I am building on as my career. I enjoy every moment that I am out in the wild and I have seen the beauty and excitement that the wild has to offer, there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing that with others. I urge all to come and share this God given gift to Humanity with me.

Mike Lentz

Guide Trainer

I was born in King Williams Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa and went to School at Stutterheim High. As a kid I was fortunate enough to travel and see most of Southern Africa, especially on hunting and fishing expeditions . After school I spent a year travelling Europe and working in Europe. I have always loved the outdoors and so decided to return to South Africa and study Nature Conservation at NMMU. Here I graduated with a B-Tech in 2006 at Saasveld. After college I attended Eco Training where I became a qualified field guide and walking guide and to date my primary passions are, walking in the African Bush and Birds. I have 12 years experience as a field guide having lived and worked in some of the Cape national parks, Kruger National Park and Selous Game Reserve.  I have always wanted to work in Tanzania and I am very happy to be joining the the Beho Beho family.

Godlisten Kisanga

Walking Guide

I was born on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi town found in the northern part of Tanzania.

 


I received my primary education in Muhimbili primary school in Dar es Salaam and my secondary education in Kolila secondary school in Moshi. My college studies were completed in Arusha town at PROTS College, and I received a Certificate of Professional Tour Guiding and Leadership. I decided to become a guide because I love nature, and also to exchange ideas with different people from different parts of the world.

 

After College, I joined Rufiji River Camp in the Selous Game Reserve for two years, then Nomad Tanzania for four years, before coming to Beho Beho in 2013. I was really happy to join this camp as it was my dream since I was at College.

 

Working in the different areas of Selous, I can appreciate the ‘wild’ feel of Beho Beho – meeting fewer vehicles on safari than in other parts of Selous. Working at Beho Beho has given me the opportunity to work with and meet guides beyond Tanzania.

Some of my favourite experiences have been getting really close to lions, I didn’t even need the zoom on my camera, and in 2015 I saw pangolin when on afternoon drive with repeat guests. But I really love elephants because they're very active all the time, doing different things and I can't get tired of looking at them, and also, their memory capacity is very big compared with other animals.

 

I am looking forward to become a walking guide at Beho Beho. I feel that as a walking guide I can really become part of the nature. It’s when you have the chance to smell, touch and feel everything around you, and see more of the small things that you might not see on a drive.

Fahdili Saning'O

Driver Guide

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.

Idrissa Golugwa

Driver Guide

I was born in June 1988 in the Northern part of Tanzania in a place called Arusha. Arusha is a very popular city for tourism; a beautiful city to visit. We call the city the 'African Geneva'. 

 

I am one of five in my family. After finishing secondary school in 2007, I decided to join the tourism industry. Everybody has some thing they want for their future. For me tourism is one of the things I have liked since I was young, especially animals and their lives. At that time it was very hard for me to take a guide course because of job competition in Arusha. So I decided to study hotel management.  Two years ago, I got a job in Beho Beho as a waiter. This year (2016), I got a golden chance to train to become a nature guide. This is the moment I had waited years for - to a achieve my dream.  My target is to become a professional nature guide and maybe one day a walking guide.

Maggie Nderito

I was born Uasin Gishu District in the Rift Valley Province in a town called Eldoret, where I went through my primary and secondary education . Immediately after my years at school I developed the desire to be a beautician and joined a beauty school and acquired the basic knowledge shortly thereafter. I started practicing and did this for a few years and made an effort to do this in more professional ways and travelled to India to do a course and complete a diploma in Cosmetology.

 

After this I returned to East Africa and practiced for a few more years before feeling the need to do something more fulfilling with my life and grow, rather than have only one profession. I then joined the Kenya Utali College and studied Hospitality Management which led me to working in the camps in the bush. I have been working at camps and lodges in the bush for more than ten years now and have seen many people come and go and I consider myself a “real bush girl”. I love interacting with people from all over the world and this; I believe has been one of the best things in my life. I have now joined the Beho Beho and very happy to be part of the Beho Beho family.

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 Beho Beho, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

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