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Most of our Mahali Mzuri team are Maasai and hail from the local communities around the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Traditionally the Maasai depended on cattle herding for their livelihoods, but a number of jobs and development opportunities now come from the lodges and conservancies that attract visitors and tourists from all over the globe.
Mahali Mzuri has created employment for around 40 Kenyans with additional jobs being created through our supply chain and the conservancy management team.
We asked Head Field Guide Dickson Olkisonkoi a few questions and as well as sharing his passion for Mahali Mzuri, he also shared some sneaky insights to how to get the most out of a stay at this luxury camp.
Did you always want to be a Field Guide?
Growing up in the local area surrounded by wildlife I was motivated to get involved in animal and land conversation and this also spurred me to become a role model in the local community.
What are your favourite moments of being a Guide? I love being in the bush! There's so much variety in my role, from exploring and tracking on walking safaris to getting to know our guests. It's exciting year round but the conservancy really comes to life during the migration season.
What are your tips for a visit to Mahali Mzuri?
Make sure you go on a safari walk - with your Maasai guide of course. Being in a private conservancy is a unique experience and means you can walk among the plains game which includes giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and many species of antelope. It gives you a very special and completely different feeling for the natural landscape while learning so much more about the flora, fauna and Maasai Warriors. If you are feeling nervous, don't, you are in very good hands!
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