It is astonishing what the experts can find, secreted among the vast expanses of the Masai Mara. We employ qualified rangers who know every inch of the terrain. They supplement practical Bush experience with study and exams, to ensure they remain constantly fascinating sources of information. On safari, they form a network linked by radio, swapping news and information so that all our vehicles can home in on the action.
However, what really gives our expeditions the edge is the presence of Masai spotters, who sit at the back of each vehicle, using their uncanny powers of observation to detect movements, spoor and other signs of hidden wildlife.
We are one of the very few operators who use these incredibly sharp-eyed tribespeople to augment our rangers’ eyes and ears. They ensure that wherever animals are on the move, we’ll be there.
If (when!) you visit us, you are likely to be looked after by one of the following rangers (all of whom speak fluent English):
Daniel has been working with Bushtops since 2007. A gold level guide from the KPSGA (Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association), Daniel is one of very few people in the whole of Kenya to hold this qualification. He is a qualified Environment Management and Community Development Officer, having been initially employed by the Laikipia Wildlife Forum. He was also fortunate to gain special training through a programme with Chester Zoo, where he was appointed as one of sixteen African rhino monitors. Daniel has also been involved in predator research in Laikipia, studying lion movements. Married with two boys and a girl, Daniel has played an important role in the development of our Conservancy.
Charles began his career as a youthful driver guide in Mombasa in 1985, escorting tourists on safari excursions into the Tsavo National Park. In 1992, he transferred to the Mara for what was supposed to be a short stint: he never returned! Consequently Charles has more experience of the Masai Mara than anyone else in our team. He has experienced all conditions and witnessed many memorable sightings. These include working as a guide on the BBC’s Big Cat Diaries and assisting well-known Kenyan vet, Dr Kashmir, inoculating cheetah against rabies. Charles, who is married with a young son, spent his early safari years with German-speaking guests, giving him a good command of the language.
Peter holds silver level KPSGA certification and has a Diploma in Wildlife Management. This has given him particular expertise in Wildlife Conservation and Management, Mammalogy (the study of mammals), Ornithology and Botany. Peter has many years’ experience as a Safari guide, having worked for the Nairobi National Park, where he was involved in rhino surveillance and ecological monitoring.
Japhet has been a driver guide in Kenya for over twenty years. His vast experience extends beyond the Mara, encompassing many other parts of the country. He is extremely knowledgeable about the peoples of Africa and is at his happiest sharing his stories with guests around the camp fire in the evening.
Nicholas is a silver level member of the KPSGA. Having trained with Eco-training East Africa, a pioneer and leader in field guide and nature training, Nicholas has developed his knowledge and skills, working in the Mara. A true enthusiast, when not guiding Game Drives with guests he loves nature walks and bird watching.
Peter, who grew up in central Kenya, joined us in 2013 to expand on his five years’ experience working in Kenyan game parks. A member of the East African Natural History society, Peter’s expertise has been boosted through Eco Training of South Africa and latterly our ‘Lobster Ink’ online training courses. His special interests include bird watching and walking safaris.
We are very proud of Nelson, whose expertise as a spotter led us to sponsor his training to become a ranger. A native of the Masai Mara, Nelson now has seven years’ practical experience with us, augmented by bronze level guide accreditation, Kenya Wildlife Service Institute training and our own Lobster Ink online development. He puts all this expertise to good use on game drives and walking safaris.