Brian Bode

Relief Manager & Guide Trainer

Brian has been involved in nature guiding, guide training, eco-tourism & hospitality since 2001. Having spent most of his life in kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Brian is fluent in isiZulu, English and Afrikaans and is now learning to speak kiSwahili. He considers himself a naturalist wishing to make a contribution, however small it may be, to the survival of Africa’s wild spaces and sharing these places with anyone taking time out to enjoy them. Brian is a Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) registered guide, trainer & assessor and is qualified to conduct guided walks in “big 5 “areas. He has guided guests in the famous Kruger National Park, the oldest Game Reserve in Africa, Hulhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve, neighbouring Zululand parks, the Drakensberg and Battlefields of kwaZulu Natal. In 2013 Brian moved to Tanzania to join SSC as Camp manager at Jongomero and his natural interest in developing guides encouraged him to introduce a guide training programme. 2 years later 14 SSC guides had qualified as FGASA Field Guides. The intrigue of the Serengeti lured Brian to the Northern Circuit for a 2 year stint of guide training. During this time he was based in Arusha and trained over 250 Tanzanian guides in beautiful places like Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Arusha & Serengeti National Parks and Nogorongoro Conservation Area. Back packing in the Serengeti is one of the highlights during this time. However, in October 2017, the wildness, remoteness and living permanently in the bush brought Brian back to The Ruaha & The Selous and Brian re-joined SSC as Relief Manager & Guide Trainer. He is looking forward to continuing the sharing of his knowledge and interpretation of our natural environment with our guides and seeing them develop further.

Joseph Kayoka

Guide

Joseph has been a Safari Guide for over 15 years in many parts of Tanzania including the Serengeti, Manyara & Tarangire National Parks and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Having worked in the Selous Game Reserve from 2011 to 2018, Joseph joined the Jongomero team in June 2019 and is excited to share the beauty and wilderness of Tanzania’s largest National Park, the Ruaha, on a walking safari or even an adventurous fly-camping safari. His enthusiasm and vast wildlife knowledge will ensure you have a memorable safari experience. Born in the Rukwa region in the western Tanzania, Joseph moved to Kilimanjaro region as a teenager and has lived most of his life there. He obtained a Certificate in Tourism from Ethics Tourism College in Arusha in 1992. One of Joseph’s most memorable sightings was an amazing interaction between a lion and a crocodile in the Selous Game Reserve. While on a game drive, Joseph and his guests came across a lioness hunting a waterbuck as it came down to the lake to drink. A crocodile also saw waterbuck and was first to strike as it caught the waterbuck on the snout. The lioness attacked from the rear and was pulling the waterbuck away from the water by the back leg. A tug-of-war ensued for a while but eventually the lioness won and dragged the carcass off to feed at leisure. “Two of my favourite animals are buffalo and leopard, as I have spent many hours studying their behaviour and find them very interesting to observe in their natural environment.”