Lambert started working at Selous Safari Company in 2010 as an askari (security guard) this means spending a considerable time outdoors ensuring the safety of our guests in the camp. While performing this highly important task he began to discover that while on duty his observations of the bush became greater than looking out for night time visitors in camp. He started birding in his spare time and before he knew it was answering questions for our guests about the incredible birdlife in the camp. With this new found passion he then decided to self study and learn as much as he could about all the fauna and flora Ruaha has to offer. Once the managers heard Lambert had become a dedicated student of the bush we quickly inducted him into the role of trainee guide in 2016 where he spent a year assisting in the guiding of our guests. He is now a full time guide for Jongomero in 2017. Lambert’s favourite animal is the African Elephant because he feels there is still so much more to learn about them than we know. He loves Jongomero for its offering of solitude and remoteness in a vast wilderness. He particularly enjoys our marsh areas where he has seen some rarer species like Eland. His most memorable sighting so far has been of a Leopard which killed an Impala in front of the vehicle and then showing its immense strength climbed a tree where guests and Leopard alike could enjoy the sighting in peace.
Prosper started working at Selous Safari Company in 2016 as a guide. He started guiding in 2012 after attaining his Certificate of Wildlife and Tourism Management from Mweka Wildlife College in Moshi. Prosper has guided in some unique areas of Tanzania including Tarangire National Park as well as Mahale Mountains National Park where he specialised in guiding clients in the search of Chimpanzees. He now finds himself in Ruaha National Park at Jongomero which he loves because of its remoteness. Prosper says "There is something truly special about Jongomero; to enjoy a game drive and view lions without any other vehicles is so different from the northern circuit". His favourite area to take his guests is called “Kariokoo", which means market place in Kiswahili, and is a vast acacia forest and due to the abundance of food it is not uncommon to see five or six different species of animals in one view. Prosper says his best Jongomero sighting so far has been watching a pride of Lions feed on a Buffalo they had just killed along the Ruaha river. The energy of all the snarling and growling of the Lions feeding is something that will give you goosebumps!
Leonard Eddie Mbelle
Leonard joined Selous Safari Company in June 2014 and since then has proved to be a high achiever in FGASA Level 1 training and also a valued member of the Jongomero guiding team. Before coming to the company he obtained a Mweka College Diploma for Wildlife Management and is passionate about self-learning as well as the wildlife he reads about. "I love the southern circuit as the area is still pristine, untouched and far less crowded. At Jongomero I like the Nyakapembe area because it has a variety of different habitats, diverse wildlife and great scenery. My favourite experience so far was last season when we watched a pride of Lions along the Great Ruaha River taking down a Hippo - WOW what a fight!"
Chris & Samantha Tinkler
Chris and Samantha Tinkler come from Johannesburg South Africa where they both studied a variety of business and hospitality qualifications. Chris has worked in the safari lodge industry since 2003 and has experience guiding clients and managing camps all over Africa from South Africa’s Kruger National Park, to the remote Kafue National Park in Zambia as well as a private island in the Seychelles as part of the conservation team aiming at saving and protecting sea turtles. He then spent some time working in international sales for a large safari company ensuring more people are aware of the wonders of Africa. Chris is passionate about Africa’s wildlife areas, the lodge industry and is a qualified FGASA walking safari guide. His belief is if you want to hear, touch, see and smell Africa the only way to do that is on foot. Samantha was working in the corporate travel management world for a large firm based in Johannesburg dealing with international clientele and the logistics of corporate travel for 13 years when she and Chris decided it was time to return to the bush so they moved to Kenya’s Maasai Mara in 2012 to manage a luxury tented camp. They also traveled to many other African countries and explored the region extensively. Samantha is passionate about East Africa in particular and believes it really is the real deal when it comes to true remote wilderness. She has a passion for staff training and a particular interest in identifying Butterflies. In 2015 they joined the Selous Safari Company where they can experience a new adventure and learn more about the remote wilderness that is Ruaha National Park.
Born and raised in Ilula village, just outside the historic town of Iringa, Theo sought tourism as a career from the outset. In 2005, after his schooling, Theo joined the team at Jongomero as a barman and for the next three years took great delight in talking and interacting with the guests. But he also found his passion for the African bush, taking great delight in spotting and identifying birds around the camp’s mess. Seeing Theo’s potential, Selous Safari Company invited him to train as a guide and he jumped at the opportunity to learn a new skill and relished the chance to be with the baobabs, birds and animals he loved so much. Theo’s excitement is infectious as he comes across amazing sightings on game drives - he remembers his favourite morning drive “it was early morning and passing through Nyakapembe, an open grassland, we caught sight of a leopard hunting a family of warthog – the little piglets were too tempting for the leopard! Not long afterward we came across a cheetah who was also on the hunt – it was such a thrill to see two of Africa’s greatest cats stalking their prey – and I was in heaven!” Due to his amazing vivacity he was promoted to Head Guide in 2016.
Allen Gerald Mtui
Allen was born in the town of Marangu, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and he is very proud of his Chagga tribal heritage. After leaving school, his ambition was to work in tourism so Allen studied at the Kilimanjaro Institute of Hotel Management & Tourism and received a diploma in Tourism Management. After graduating in 2000, Allen delved straight into a career with Selous Safari Company and in 2004/5 he was offered the opportunity to join a company run guide training course which he jumped at and this led him to a full time guiding role at Siwandu. Since then he has gained a rifle handling licence and a Tanzanian rarity of a 1st class driving licence for VIPs. Over the years Allen becoame an integral part of the Siwandu guiding team but to discover new lands, new species and a new environment in 2015 he moved to Jongomero.