About - A privately guided safari with Zarek

A privately guided safari is the best way to see Africa's wild places, away from the crowds, with a knowledgeable guide who has helped you design your itinerary from the start. A private guide is a host, an ambassador, an interpreter of the natural world, and a logistician ensuring a trip runs smoothly from start to finish. I have been involved in running this kind of safari for over 10 years, and I relish the whole process, from the initial contact to the follow-up at the end of your trip.

Born and raised in Kenya, and having taken every opportunity to go on safari, or go camping and hiking, from a young age, I have developed a deep connection to East Africa’s wilderness areas.  A safari with me is defined by my wide-eyed wonder at the natural world, from hopping through muddy puddles looking for frogs to slowly roving a riverbank looking for an elusive leopard.  When I am not guiding or helping to design an itinerary from the office, I often pack a tent in the car and head off on safari with my family or friends.

As a “Gold Level” guide and a board member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA) I am familiar with local wildlife, cultures, and conditions. I also hold a “Level 2” qualification with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), and a “Level 3 Track & Sign” qualification with Cybertracker, a non-profit network for wildlife trackers. These widely-recognized qualifications have provided me with useful tools to interpret the signs and behaviours of wildlife we encounter on safari.

Although I'm a Kenyan by birth and a qualified guide, I do not take for granted the collective, traditional knowledge systems of Africa's indigenous peoples. I hold the utmost respect for the ancient wisdom and skills held by local cultures that I could never hope to personally attain in full. I strive to include representatives of Africa's rich diversity of ethnicities throughout my safaris to intertwine this wealth of knowledge into the fabric of every safari.


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