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Wilson Odhiambo is our General Manager at Mahali Mzuri and with over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry he’s well versed in knowing what it takes to run an award-winning camp. We caught up with Wilson to find out a little more about him…
What does your day-to-day role include?
My day to day role is very varied, and that’s what I love about it! From greeting our guests on arrival to checking the camp is running smoothly at all times. I could be in the kitchen speaking with the chefs one moment or found helping a ranger with a vehicle the next. It’s very rare that any day is the same as the last.
What attracted you to work at Mahali Mzuri?
The location in the Maasai Mara was a big attraction. But also the incredible reputation of the camp, it is renowned for its high standards and that was really important to me.
What is special to you about the camp?
The features that are most special to me are the unique design of the tents, and the location on top of the hill facing the gorge. There really is nothing like Mahali Mzuri.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I really enjoy cooking, particularly whilst listening to music.
Last year was hugely rich in game viewing terms, and Mahali Mzuri really lived up to its name ‘beautiful place’ which was filled with beautiful animals. Here’s a round-up of what and who we saw over the year:
The elusive female leopard Tito showed up in the conservancy and is due to give birth to cubs any day now. The large male leopard, known as ‘Pink or Yellow’ has also been spotted roaming around. Meanwhile Fig has begun teaching her daughter Toto (who is now 9 months old) how to hunt.
Females are solitary unless nursing young ones or with males during courtships and recently we saw Musiara with her daughter Nashipae. Did you know? The fastest land mammal, cheetahs are known for immense speeds of up to 120 km/h, it’s truly a spectacle to watch them chase any game of their choice. They tend to prefer the tommy gazelle which are known for their zigzag running style, but the cheetahs still catch them.
Young sub-adult lions like to play by chasing each other and climbing trees, sometimes they’ve been known to climb trees to avoid disturbing the flies! Mostly they are seen in the Serengeti but recently spotted around the Mara as well.
Warthogs are sociable animals; they live as a family in old burrows which have been abandoned by aardvarks and turn them into hoes. When a female gives birth, she hides her piglets in the burrow and stays there.
Males have two set of warts (tusks), while females have only one set. They are sharp and curved like horns and used for defence and fighting other males, they are also used to protect their babies from predators.
Lilac Breasted Roller
Mahali Mzuri is perfect for the twitchers out there, there’s an abundance of birds to spot like the stunning lilac-breasted roller, which display their colours while rolling down to attract the females.
There’s always an abundance to see whilst out and about at Mahali Mzuri, whether on game drive or just from the comfort of your tent. This is just a small selection of some of our favourite pictures from our sightings over the last 12 months…
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