At Mara Explorers we have an invaluable team of between 15-25 individuals, depending on the season, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make your stay and safari a success! From the security, maintenance, house keeper, gardener, admin, mechanics, through to the staff cook. Below you will find some of our key faces you are likely to see during your stay.
Peter joined our team as a sous chef in June 2017 and stepped up to the head chef role in October 2018 when the position became available. Since joining us he has completed a baking course at Lakuku, Nairobi's leading private cooking school and he regularly goes out with our mobile kitchen to the Mara Triangle bush camp safaris. Aside from getting consistently good feedback for his cooking he is also a great entertainer!
Born and bred in the Ole Keene village of Maasai Mara, Stanley first joined our team full time as a kitchen steward after finishing high school in 2017. After showing a great deal of interest in food preparation and baking he was promoted to the role of Commis Chef in October 2018 when an opportunity became available. A very popular member of our in house team he has since completed a basic cooking course at Lakuku, Nairobi's leading private cooking school and we hope he can be a role model to other young Masai.
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. He is currently aiming towards obtaining his KPSGA Silver qualification and in future would like to drive and guide throughout Kenya, not only in the Maasai Mara.
Mike Narok was born and bred in our neighboring village of Ole Keene. He is one of the few local villagers of his generation to have finished high school and he joined our team as a local guide full time in July 2016. Since joining us Mike has completed 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 throughout Kenya and not only in Maasai Mara.
Simon joined our team in May 2017 and can almost always be found behind the wheel of our Land Cruiser called Safina. A KPSGA Bronze guide he has over 20 years experience of Kenya camping and accommodated safaris. Although a specialist of Maasai Mara there are not many places in Kenya Simon isn't familiar with!
Peter is our all round driver guide from Nairobi with a diploma in Tour Guiding and Administration from Nairobi Aviation College. He joined our team in May 2017 and has since gained his KPSGA Bronze qualification and been trained in First Aid by St John Ambulance. A lovely member of our team, he is always very popular with our clients and everyone at camp.
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!