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Specialist Guiding

Travelling to Africa is life changing. Experiences undreamed of, unimaginable sights, unforgettable encounters, smiling faces, laughing souls, fortunate wildlife viewing, staggering sounds, memorable cultural interactions, ever changing landscapes and of course sunsets and sunrises to change you forever. We are here to provide all of these, to you.

If you travel with The SAFARI Company, you are guaranteed all of the above whilst being looked after completely. We always provide excellent guides, but if you have special interests or if you need additional assistance, we also work with THE BEST GUIDES there are.   

Bios For All Of Our Guides Are Listed Below,

Professional Guides that simply know everything

Professional Guides that simply know everything

Alex RostocilAlex Rostocil
THE PRIVATE GUIDE WITH A PASSION FOR EVERYTHING ‘AFRICA'

Life in General Alex lives on Diani Beach, on the southern coast of Kenya with his wife and daughter. Alex was born and bred in Africa, he lives for Africa and he lives by Africa.

Life in Guiding - Alex has been in this safari lifestyle for over 20 years and just loves to share his time and knowledge of the African bush. A safari with him is an unforgettable experience due to his passion, humour and general positive ambience, he loves capturing the beauty that is his big back yard, from the forests of The Congo to the flat plains of the Masai Mara; Africa is his home and his playground, come play!

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Zoologist / Ornathologist Guide

Zoologist / Ornathologist Guide

Simon BallSimon Ball
ZOOLOGIST/ ORNITHOLOGIST & PRIVATE GUIDE

Life in General Simon lives in the leafy Karen suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife , his son and daughter , both of whom are studying overseas in UK.

Life in Guiding - With over 25 years field experience across all of East Africa, Simon has guided private, bespoke safaris for many discerning clients to the wildest places either side of the equator. Having gained a Zoology/Ecology Honours degree eons ago, from London University, he is now keen to share his passion for Africa's fauna and flora, with guests who wish to experience all the wilderness has to offer. Being a qualified member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, an avid birder & mammal behaviour specialist has enabled Simon to accompany a range of guests from private individuals and small family groups , to specialists in their field. He is an active conservationist having been directly involved in protecting and saving habitats and species in the Mara, in Northern Kenya and at the Sokoke Forest on the Kenya coast

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Award Winning Photographer Guide

Award Winning Photographer Guide

Paul Joynson-HicksPaul Joynson-Hicks
THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND PRIVATE GUIDE

Life in General Paul is UK born and bred but has spent the last 20 years living and working as a wildlife and travel photographer in East and Central Africa. Paul lives with his wife and two boys in Usa River, a subub of Arusha, Tanzania. He is exceptionally great company, a lot of fun and a truly excellent photographer & guide.

Life in Photography & Guiding - Paul’s work has been widely published and he has several wildlife and travel photography books demonstrating the breadth of his photography knowledge and diversity of his life experiences. At the very heart of his photography is an exuberant passion for Africa and having travelled extensively throughout the East African region, Paul is fluent in Swahili, is a Tanzanian citizen and has an insightful perception of local cultures. He also has a deep and passionate interest in wildlife and birdlife adding an extra dimension to the photographic angle he brings. Paul is also the founder of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, launched in 2015 to wonderful worldwide coverage. The most important thing though is that Paul loves sharing the bush with likeminded, fun-loving people.

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Professional Fishing Guide

Professional Fishing Guide

Andrew NightingaleAndrew Nightingale
PROFESSIONAL FISHING SAFARI GUIDE AND ENVIRONMENTALIST

Life in General Andrew has always been an avid fisherman. On childhood safaris to far-flung parts of East Africa he would always make sure a fishing rod was packed, and he inevitably proved skeptical wrong by appearing out of the evening dusk with a fish or two where everyone had doubted there were any. His childhood hobby burgeoned over the years to become his life’s passion.

Andrew is a committed environmentalist with an immense passion not only for angling, but for the environment and in particular fostering and nurturing the local peoples to protect and thus benefit from the beautiful rivers, streams and lakes that they live around. He is as at home in a deep sea fishing boat catching sailfish on a home-made fly as he is waist deep in a misty tarn high on Mount Kenya pitching his wits against a wily trout, or chasing tiger fish and Nile Perch in the Jade Sea of the northern deserts.

Life of Fishing Andrew’s lifelong passion for angling has developed his understanding of the fish in East Africa, their breeding and feeding habits into something verging on encyclopedic. Andrew is, even now, forever looking to discover new places to fish; African fish species catalogued by Victorian explorers and not seen since are a constant goal, and the joy he gets from discovering a stream, river or lake high in the mountains or deep in the northern deserts that yields a fish or two is an inspiration to all. He is forever pushing the envelope, and the epic safaris his family and clients undertake at his insistence, often entailing towing a boat hundreds of miles away across very inhospitable terrain over several days, are a testament to his love of fishing.

Andrew has always been a stickler for the rules; how to tie the right knot, how to rig the bait correctly and from a very early age he was a strong proponent of ‘catch and release’. He is a fund of knowledge on IGFA rules and regulations, and for years has been educating all who would listen (and many who would not) on rules concerning rods, rigs and tackle, handling, weighing and safe release of live healthy fish. He has certainly instilled in us the ethos of conservation of fishing environments, and wherever we travel he invests a great deal of time talking to local tribesmen and fishermen explaining the long term advantages of habitat conservation for sustainable long-term fishing, and training locals in the benefits to be had from creating or conserving a habitat conducive to attracting ‘fishing tourists’, and the resultant income-generation potential to them and their families.

He is the most committed, knowledgeable and conscientious fisherman we know and his decision to start to guide fishing safaris and study more fish will benefit us all (and the future of fish).

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The Creative Writing Guide

The Creative Writing Guide

Virginia LarbyVirginia (Ginny) Larby
Go on, find that creative side and draw it out!

Life in General Ginny grew up in the Lake District in the north of England and spent most of her youth climbing mountains or riding horses. She read English at Trinity College, Dublin and then lived and worked in London as an actress and singer for fifteen years. In 2008, curious to see what all the fuss was about, she followed her brother to Kenya and immediately fell in love with the country and its people (one in particular, to whom she is now married). For the last five years, Ginny has been teaching English and Drama in local schools and is passionate about creative writing. She is looking forward to December 2016 when she is set to publish her first novel for children about an English Maasai, meeting his Kenyan family for the first time. She lives with her husband and two young children in Karen, Nairobi and loves nothing more than a walking or riding safari in which she can learn new facts about the flora and fauna of Kenya and the culture of its people.

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The Modern & Contemporary East African Art Guide

The Modern & Contemporary East African Art Guide

Danda JaroljmekDanda Jaroljmek
THE CONTEMPORARY ART GUIDE

About Danda Danda has 20 years’ experience of modern and contemporary East African art and deals with major art collectors regularly. Danda can guide you through Kenya’s increasing modern and contemporary art scene.

Life in Art Danda has a BA Hons in Public Art from Chelsea College of Art, London. From 2000-2010, she was Network Co-ordinator for the Triangle Network’s African partners, assisting artists and art organisations in 13 countries across Africa. She was Director of Kuona Trust, Centre for Visual Arts from 2004-2012, Nairobi’s long standing leading art space, constituting 40 artist studios with an extensive programme of workshops, exhibitions, presentations and artist exchanges. She went on to become one of the founding directors of the East African art consultancy and Circle Art Agency which was established in 2012 to provide the first professional consultancy service to individual and corporate collectors and art institutions in the region. Circle is creating a strong and sustainable art market for East African artists by supporting and promoting the most innovative and exciting artists currently practicing. She launched a gallery in February 2015 and has curated over 20 exhibitions in the last 4 years. Danda also manages The African Arts Trust, a charity established by collector and philanthropist, Robert Devereux to support a wide range of projects with an emphasis on grass roots organisations that support professional practicing African artists trying to make a livelihood in the visual arts.

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We have Child Minders of different levels

We have Child Minders of different levels

RosieRosie Sharp
Our Kind & Caring Nanny

Rosie is kind, relaxed, attentive and lovely company. She has lots of experience in looking after children whilst on safari.

Life in General - Rosie Sharp grew up and was educated in Kenya. Rosie has a strong passion for the wildlife and being in the bush. After extensive worldwide travel Rosie trained as a silversmith in Mexico, her designs https://www.facebook.com/RosieSharpDesigns are influenced by her exotic and colourful life, every piece is handmade and unique. Because of her travels to India each year to source her stones, silver and gold, Rosie has subsequently launched Wild Rose https://www.facebook.com/WildRoseClothing a clothing company making men’s shirts from the softest Indian cotton.

Life in Travel / Nannying - Over the years Rosie has helped to manage some of Kenya's most luxurious camps, she is also a safari nanny for many different safari companies and luxurious camps.

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LindaLina Chepkurui
Our MD’s Natural & Nurturing Nanny

Lina is excellent with young children whilst not taking their attentions away from their parents. She’s incredibly efficient and helpful for the parents; for the children she plays hard, she loves sport and teaches children about real nature and how to make toys from what you can find.

Life in General - Lina is from a big, close family of the Kipsigis tribe in Western Kenya. They have a tradition of loyalty, courage, hospitality and courtesy. Lina was, for over 20 years, a carer for old or ailing expatriate ladies, many of whom children and grand-children are friends with Chania (The SAFARI Company MD), until 2012, when she started working for Chania soon after Chania’s oldest son was born. Lina has four lovely children of her own, though sadly Lina’s Policeman husband passed away leaving Lina a single mother.

Life in Travel / Nannying - Though Lina has four of her own four children, her first nannying job was in fact for Chania, whom she has been working with since December 2012 (and is still working with). Chania is the first to admit she simply couldn’t have brought up her own children without Lina, she is simply amazing. Lina has been skiing to France and on a summer holiday to Majorca with Chania, so she has experienced the outside world and speaks perfect English. She is offering Lina’s services to our clients, to help Lina to travel more, meet more people, make more money … and to help our clients.

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Interpreters – Spanish, Italian, Portugese, French, Chinese, Swedish etc

Interpreters – Spanish, Italian, Portugese, French, Chinese, Swedish etc

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"A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” - Moslih Eddin Saadi