Our Guides

The knowledge, expertise, and personality of your Guide is critical to the success of your safari adventure. I am proud of the experienced Guides that I entrust with my clients. They are among the most professional, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic people that I have worked with. Most of the client feedback I receive mentions the outstanding Guides on our expeditions. Here are a few that I’d like to introduce you to whom you might meet on your next adventure with us.

Kenya Guides

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Ken Sitonik Ole Naikuni

I was born in 1974 in Mau location of Narok County. Am married to a Maasai lady (teacher) and we are blessed with two lovely children. I am a Maasai by tribe and very proud of my cultural background. My interest in wildlife and to become a Safari guide started at 19 when I was lucky to be taken on a safari to the Mara Game Reserve. It was the most fascinating experience I had ever had ! While on game drive I was so much carried away by the wildlife existing in our country and by the knowledge my friend had about it, that it made me fall in love with nature all of a sudden. Although my parents had planned a different career for me in the Banking Industry I was ready do whatever it would take to become a safari guide. After convincing my father to part with some cows for college fees I joined the Kenya Hotel Institute in Nakuru for my Tour Guiding and Administration course.

I have studied two years in German, trained extensively in Ornithology and as a nature walk guide at Delamere Camp for 1.5 years. Several interim guiding jobs offered more experience until I joined Sunworld Safaris where I have had the opportunity to get to know all of Kenya’s fantastic National Parks and Game Reserves. In 1999, I joined the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association and am since a KPSGA bronze holder, currently studying for the silver badge.

My hobbies are traveling, reading and playing basketball. I am a member of “Nature Kenya” based at the National Museum of Kenya. Whenever possible I attend their lectures and field trip. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you on Safari, Karibu!

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David Karanja

I was born in 1976 in Nakuru, near the Mau Forest, famous for the source of the Mara River. I am Kikuyu by tribe, the biggest ethnic group in Kenya. I am a Christian by religion & married with three children. I attended Egerton Primary School from 1983 to 1991, then St. Xaviers High School from 1992 to 1995. Having always been interested in wildlife, I joined wildlife Clubs of Kenya whilst in school to learn about wildlife conservation since we were near Mau Forest and Lake Nakuru National Park.

After finishing my education, I joined D. T. Dobie Mercedes Benz Technical Training College from 1998 to 2000 after which I started working with Sunworld Safaris in 2001 as a workshop technician. Working in a safari company revitalized my wildlife interest which I had since childhood and in 2002, I started learning how to guide clients. In November 2003, I attained the bronze level, certified by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association (KPSGA) and went on further to attain my silver level in November 2006. Being a member of Nature Kenya I have learnt a lot about birds, guiding and importance of conservation. My regular participation in refresher courses organized by Utalii College has significantly improved my knowledge of Wildlife and Guiding. A part from being fluent in English language, I have also started learning the German Language & will be pleased to try my knowledge with our German speaking clients.
My hobbies are traveling, bird watching, meeting new people from all over the world and enjoying every bit of my safaris! I look forward to taking you on safari !

Tanzania Guides

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Gabriel Joseph

Known as “Gabe” or “bush boy”, Gabriel has been part of the Safari Legacy team since 2008 and has an amazing background in wildlife research. His keen interest in wildlife since the age of twelve was rewarded when mentor, Professor Dick Estes asked him to be his research assistant. He participated in a study of ungulates on the crater floor and also worked with the International Union For Nature Conservation in the antelope specialists group (Africa and Madagascar). The WWF sponsored his guide training at the famed Mweka College before he spent two and a half years in the Serengeti on a wildebeest reproductive study sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute. Gabe’s in-depth knowledge of the wildlife and ecology of northern Tanzania is beyond your “typical” safari guide in East Africa!

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Lucas John Mhina

Lucas comes from Monduli in the Arusha Region but has a connection to the coast through many parental relatives there. His parents were government workers and after finishing secondary school in Kilimanjaro he went to Nairobi Kenya to study tourism management. It was while guiding a day trip of young German students on a day trip to Ngorongoro Crater that he realised from their reaction, what his home country of Tanzania had to offer. After qualifying as a guide he spent four years at a lodge on the crater, taking daily trips to the crater floor. After joining Safari Legacy he received a scholarship for a university degree at London University. His favourite parks are Tarangire and Lake Manyara due to their unique eco-systems. He loves water birds and ground nesters and the hornbills. The acacia woodlands fascinate him, as do symbiotic relationships and proto cooperation. When not working or travelling, you’ll find him playing pool.

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Barikiel Joseph Bee

“Bariki”, in his early thirties, was born in Karatu, near the Ngorongoro Crater and is a member of the Iraqw tribe. His college training was geared toward becoming a professional tour guide and he eventually returned to the crater to work for four years where he participated in a research project on cheetahs before joining Safari Legacy. He also attended an exchange program, which took him to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe for further guiding and naturalist training. He’s an avid birder (paradise fly catcher is his favourite). He enjoys being with groups and sharing his love of Tanzania.

Galapagos Islands Guides

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Karina Lopez

Year licensed to guide: 1997
Level: Naturalist 2
Karina studied Tourism National Guide at the Universidad de Babahoyo and earned a Bachelor degree in Tourism and Hotel Professional. Karina is a dive master and also took courses in Service quality and Social etiquette. She enjoys diving, snorkeling kayaking and swimming. She and her brother Ivan often guide together on our family departures.


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Ivan Lopez

Year licensed to guide: 2005
Ivan studied Environmental Management and Tourism at the University of Babahoyo and also took a Seminar of Photography techniques. He enjoys swimming, diving, snorkeling and kayaking. Ivan is an accomplished diver with certification as an SSI Scuba Instructor and Master Scuba Trainer and also emergency first Responder Instructor. She and his sister Karina often guide together on our family departures.

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Cecibel Guerrero

Year licensed to guide:1992
Ecuadorian born, “Ceci” spent 15 years living in Toronto Canada where she obtained her bachelor in Business Administration. After attending a training given by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station, she obtained her license as a Level III Naturalist Guide, and guided until 2001. After having two children, Ceci came back in 2008 to Galápagos, to work in the place she loves the most. It is here where she enjoys her favorite activity while guiding; snorkeling. No doubt she also has a special interest in reptiles and a real enthusiasm for sharing this special place with our guests. ¨If you love wildlife, people and photography, this is the ideal job for you, I feel blessed and honored to work in one of the most pristine places on earth.¨

Amazon (Peruvian) Guides

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Roldan Hidalgo Peso

Roldan was born in the village of Timicuro Grande along the Amazon River, Perú. He has been guiding for 27 years and has worked for Explorama for 30. He speaks Spanish and English. His area of specialty is fish, animals, plants, insects and spiders. He enjoys his job everyday, especially working with student groups!

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Lucio Pando Vasquez

Lucio Pando Vasquez was born in the community of Iquique along the Amazon River in Perú. He has been guiding for 31 years while working for Explorama for over 38! He speaks Spanish and English and his area of expertise is birding. Not only does Lucio recognize birds by sight but also by their calls. He’s happy to be doing what he loves!

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Ricardo Rengifo Gonzales

Ricardo Rengifo Gonzales was born near Iquitos in a Yagua village on the Putamayo River. He has been guiding for 28 years and has worked for Explorama for 15. He speaks Spanish and English, loves environmental education, and is quite familiar with the local legends and beliefs of rainforest inhabitants. He is dedicated and loves his job! In recent years Ricardo has been a great liason for visiting medical groups working in villages.