Laura, originally from England and Moses from Nairobi met in 2010 whilst both working as overland tour leaders on camping safaris between Nairobi and Cape Town. In 2011 they decided to put the best of Kenyan and British culture together and moved to Maasai Mara to set up Mara Explorers. The concept was to create a fun and friendly environment for adventure travellers to be able to come and relax and enjoy the Maasai Mara and all the activities it has to offer, affordably. Despite now running all the camp logistics and marketing they still love to travel and explore new places when they get the the chance and their long term aim is to expand the concept of Mara Explorers into other areas of Kenya!
Makanyanga, or MK, joined our team in September 2016 as head chef. He works in our camp kitchen and also sometimes goes out on our camping safaris within the Maasai Mara and around Kenya. He has a vast amount of experience, previously having worked in 5* camps across Maasai Mara. He is one of ten our team to have completed St John Ambulance first aid training and also recently completed an advanced cooking course with Lakuku, Nairobi's leading cooking school.
Geoffrey Narok is from the Maji Moto area of Maasai Mara but has grown up in the village of Ole Keene and we have known him since we began Mara Explorers. He completed high school before going to study Human Resources Management in college and then worked in housekeeping at a large high end tented camp inside the Maasai Mara for several years. Always smiling, Geoffrey joined our team in September 2016 as a driver guide and is now KPSGA Bronze qualified. Geoffrey is one of ten of our team who have been trained by St John Ambulance and he has also completed a 4x4 driving course with Glen Edmunds.
Mike Narok was born and bred in our neighboring village of Ole Keene. He is one of the few local villagers to have finished high school and he joined our team as a local guide full time in July 2016. Mike recently did a driving course and is now a KPSGA Bronze qualified guide. He is one of ten of our team who is trained in first aid by St John Ambulance and he regularly guides on safaris all over Kenya, not just in the Maasai Mara. He is continuing to work towards becoming a driver guide.
Leonard Korir joined our team as a driver guide in June 2016 after previously working as a guide in Naivasha. He is KPSGA Bronze qualified and he specialises in ornithology which is his passion. We have yet to find a bird in Maasai Mara he can't identify! Leonard is currently gaining experience in doing Kenya road safaris so that eventually he can drive and guide all over Kenya.
Peter is our all round driver guide with a diploma in Tour Guiding and Administration from Nairobi Aviation College who joined our team in May 2017. Mostly found with our safari van doing Kenya safaris he also does transfers and game drives in Maasai Mara for us. Peter is first aid trained and is currently working on obtaining his KPSGA Bronze and advancing his driving skills.
Simon has over 20 years experience of Kenya camping and accommodated safaris. We have worked with him freelance for a number of years and since we added a Land Cruiser for Kenya safaris to our fleet in May 2017 he has been it's full time driver. Although a specialist of Maasai Mara there are not many places in Kenya Simon isn't familiar with!
Thomas is the newest member of our team, joining us in July 2017. Holding a diploma in tourism he has worked as a lodge guide in both Maasai Mara and Amboseli previously and holds his KPSGA Bronze. Thomas also speaks fluent Spanish and is currently working towards obtaining his KPSGA Silver.
Evans joined us in May 2017 as a professional tour guide. Speaking fluent Spanish and French he holds a diploma in Tour Guiding and Administration from the Amboseli Institute of Hospitality & Technology and is a KPSGA Bronze guide. He has previously guided in his home land of Lake Baringo and also at the AFEW Giraffe Centre in Nairobi. Evans has also undertaken St Johns Ambulance first aid training with us.
Ronoh is our driver mechanic and is in charge of the maintenance and repair of our fleet of camp vehicles. He joined our team full time in May 2016 after working with his brother as a self employed mechanic in Sekenani, where his wife and young son also live. Ronoh is also very experienced in doing game drives in the Maasai Mara and spotting Rhino is his specialty! He is one of ten of our team who is first aid trained by St Johns Ambulance and he is one of our team who also deals with our Sand River bush camp set up.
Peter has his own taxi company with a fleet of transfer vehicles based in Sekenani, Maasai Mara and has worked together with us at Mara Explorers since 2012. He does a lot of our Nairobi to camp transfers and also runs shared public transport vehicles on the Narok-Sekenani route. Very professional and popular with guests, Peter loves driving and in the past has transferred guests to us from all over Kenya!
Our doggie team started with the arrival of two KSPCA rescue dogs Daisy and Dik-Dik who are brother and sister, they were rescued from near Naivasha in 2013. Daisy went on to have five puppies, Snowman, Blackie, Porky, Freezer and Doa-Doa who we couldn't bring ourselves to re-home after seeing them grow up. Now all neutered so we won't be having anymore, they maintain camp security and entertainment!