I am a third-generation Kenyan, born into a family that works in safaris. Due to this my obsession with going on adventures intensified as I grew up. Time away evoked an appreciation of watching the sunrise over endless plains with a locally brewed cup of coffee.
It always starts the same way with driving or flying to a park filled with excitement, wondering what the bush will have in store for you this time. In my opinion, Tanzania is an authentic African wilderness with a natural feel of a time passed by that I wish was still here; a land ideally suited to my passions. I have always wanted to be close to the bush with a career.
Years later this path led me to Audley as a Tanzania specialist. Friends and family repeatedly told me this was a role made for me. As I realized, even if you do not have the opportunity to participate in an adventure yourself, you can still enjoy its excitement by sharing it with others.
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Q&A with Sam
What's he one thing you always pack?
I would say I never leave home without my animal books for the region, but now there are apps. Merlin Bird ID, a completely free app is a must for anyone who travels to any country. Interactions with non-household animals reveal more of that environment's complexities.
What's your most vivid travel moment?
Being around Maasai warriors at a young age is probably one of my first memories, as well as something that helped shape my love of the bush. We would walk along the river, we would learn the tracks of animals, the types of bushes used for brushing teeth and experience the life of a Maasai boy at our age. Being among the soundscape of animals echoing through the bush as we explored. An experience I am fortunate to have every day, especially as I get older. Those same feelings come to me when I am on a walking safari.
Where would you love to travel next?
I would like to visit Western Tanzania, specifically the Mahale Mountains National Park to see wild chimpanzees. Guided by guides who grew-up here and understand the family dynamics of chimpanzees, so similar to our own. Trekking through this beautiful park and then taking a break on Lake Tanganyika, snorkelling in the freshwater with vibrant endemic fish.