Our safari guides are permanent staff at Nature Discovery; a group of professionals who are passionate to share the wonders of northern Tanzania’s rich wildlife and diverse landscapes. They receive training from naturalists, conservation specialists, professional safari guides, wilderness doctors and even psychologists, on the varied skills which make for superlative safari guiding.

Our team is comprised of nine driver-guides and four walking guides, most of whom have been with us for over ten years and have an impressive resume of experience as well as detailed knowledge of the legendary African bush found in Serengeti National Park and surrounds, plus the special tucked-away places off the main tourist tracks.

The driver guides spend at least six full months of each year on safari in northern Tanzania’s game parks and reserves, building their bush knowledge and experience. They are all keen observers and game spotters, and impressive game trackers too. We pride ourselves on safe driving principles, including providing seat belts on every seat of our fleet of Toyota Land Cruiser safari vehicles.

Our Guides

Japhet Maleko

Japhet MalekoJaphet is Tanzanian, of the Masai tribe. He was born in Olorien Village on the slopes of Mount Meru, in northern Tanzania on the 7th of February 1954. He grew up in this village and attended primary school there. He attended Enaboishu Secondary School in Arusha, and then took some courses in ecology and wildlife.

He began his career in tourism in 1986, when he joined the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge as a guide for 2 years. He then moved back to Arusha in 1989 and worked for another safari company until he joined Nature Discovery as a driver-guide in 1996. Japhet is amongst the most dedicated, qualified and knowledgeable of any Tanzanian safari guides. His depth of expertise of Tanzania and all its wild places is unparalleled. He is a birding enthusiast and his scope of knowledge on the subject is simply amazing. Japhet understands the subtleties which make for an outstanding experience in the bush. Japhet’s favourite animal is the giraffe because of its grace.

Japhet has received rigorous training in Tanzania’s rich flora and fauna as well as in first-aid. He has recently attended and trained in an intensive wilderness first-aid course at Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha and annually he joins our in-house training for First-Aid.

Japhet Maleko

Japhet Maleko, driver-guide at ND since 1996

 

Henry Jackson

Henry JacksonHenry is Tanzanian, of the WaArusha tribe. The WaArusha carry the same customs and traditions of the Massai, but instead of a nomadic lifestyle, they are farmers. Henry was born in northern Tanzania in October, 1978, in Kiranyi Village, at the foot of Mount Meru. He grew up in Kiranyi village and attended Olchoki Primary School and secondary school at Ngateu, completing form four (O level). He attended language courses at the Alliance Francaise for three years, and also at the same time studied in a tour guiding college and driving school. He currently lives with his family in Kiranyi Village.

Henry entered the tourism business in 2004 with Nature Discovery as a French Speaking Tour Leader. After extensive time spent in the bush for two years, and lots of driving practice, we made him a driver guide in 2006. Henry is a knowledgeable safari guide, a keen game spotter and a safe driver. His consistently professional and careful manner is appreciated by all. The lion is his favorite animal in the bush. He admires its power and symbolic strength.

Henry has received training from a professional guiding school in Arusha, where he studied first aid and attended workshops and courses in the flora & fauna of Tanzania. He has recently attended and trained in an intensive wilderness first-aid course at Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha and annually he joins our in-house training for First-Aid. He is a proficient French-speaking guide with many years’ experience working in the bush showing guests the wonders of Northern Tanzania with his extensive knowledge of wildlife, birdlife and the flora and fauna.

Henry said he always wanted to be a safari guide since he was a little boy. He grew up listening to his father’s guiding stories and took an interest in learning about the flora and fauna of Tanzania at an early age. Henry truly enjoys his work as a guide and strives to be the best. He continues to take courses in French and Tanzanian wildlife to further his knowledge. He says he is lucky that his favourite hobby can now be his full-time job. Many guests have described him as a comedian, a linguist, and an expert on Tanzania and its wildlife.

Henry Jackson
Henry Jackson, driver-guide at ND since 2004

Ephata Mollel

Ephata MollelEphata is Tanzanian, of the WaArusha tribe. The WaArusha carry the same customs and traditions of the Masai, but instead of a nomadic lifestyle, they are farmers. Ephata was born in northern Tanzania on the 9th of October, 1963, in Monduli Chini Village, at the foot of Monduli Mountain. He grew up in Monduli village until he was six, then his family moved to the village Ngaramtone Juu, just north of Arusha, where he finished his primary education. He attended Enaboishu Boys Secondary School in Arusha, where he completed form four (O level). Afterwards, he attended college in Moshi- the Central Cooperative College, graduating in 1988 with a diploma in accounting. He is married with three children.

Ephata served in the military for one year then entered the tourism business, as his family had a history of being tour guides. He joined us in 1998 as a driver-guide, and every year spends at least six full months in the game parks and reserves, building his bush knowledge and experience. Ephata is an extremely knowledgeable safari guide, a keen game spotter, and a safe driver. His pleasant and thoughtful nature makes him your perfect safari companion. Ephata speaks four languages fluently; English, French, Kiswahili, and Kima (the language of the Masai). The leopard is his favorite animal in the bush. He admires its hunting skills and, of course its beautiful coat.

Ephata has received training from a professional guiding school in Arusha and attended workshops and courses in the flora & fauna of Tanzania, and first-aid. He has recently attended and trained in an intensive wilderness first-aid course at Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha. Annually he joins our in-house training for First-Aid.

Peter Ngotio

Peter NgotioPeter is Tanzanian, of the Chagga tribe. He was born in northern Tanzania on the 27th of June, 1960, in Marangu Village at the Southeastern foot of Kilimanjaro. He attended Kilimanjaro Boys Secondary School in Moshi where he completed form four (O level). Afterwards, he attended college in Morogoro in the central Tanzanian highlands, graduating in 1980 with a diploma in education.

He worked as a teacher in Shinyanga near Lake Victoria for a number of years before beginning his guiding career in 1988 as he was passionate about Tanzania’s rich wildlife and diverse landscapes. He joined us as our first driver-guide in 1992 and every year spends at least six full months in the game parks and reserves, building his bush knowledge and experience.

Peter is an extremely knowledgeable safari guide, a keen observer and game spotter, and a safe driver. His knowledge of Tanzania and all its wild places is unparalleled. He has an amazing rapport with his safari guests and understands the subtleties which make for an outstanding experience in the bush. Peter’s favorite animal in Tanzania’s wilderness is the cheetah because of its graceful speed, and the fact that it’s relatively docile when you encounter it in the bush (compared to the Big Five, which are notoriously aggressive).

Peter has received training from the professional guiding school in Dar es Salaam, and attended workshops and courses in mechanics, the flora & fauna of Tanzania, as well as in first-aid. He has recently attended and trained in an intensive wilderness first-aid course at Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha. Annually he joins our in-house training for First-Aid.

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I would highly recommend Nature Discovery To anyone seeking the perfect safari experience! From the accommodations to the highly experienced friendly staff, absolutely everything was exceptional!
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