MAASAI OWNED & OPERATED | EXPERIENCE KENYA WITH JUSTUS
Your Safari Guide
Justus has been a safari guide for almost 10 years - something he does with much passion, joy and knowledge. Justus is a Maasai, born and raised in a Maasai village in Kenya. Justus knows the Maasai Mara Reserve like the back of this hand; his tribe has been roaming this land for centuries. The Maasai Mara Reserve is the northern extension of the Serengeti Ecosystem. During the Great Wildebeest Migration, millions of wildebeest in the summer months migrate from the southern Serengeti ecosystem of Tanzania into the Maasai Mara of Kenya in search of food and greener pastures.
Many safari tour companies use Maasais as safari guides, because the Maasai people know the wildlife and the land so intrinsically. They are a noble and nomadic tribe that have been apart of the African landscape as far back as the 15th century. The Maasai people are most notable for their beautiful crimson robes and warrior lean, tall frames. Maasais have a holistic philosophy with their surrounding ecosystem... that people should live in balance with the life around them, by respecting it and protecting it. They do not believe in killing any of the animals around them for food. They survive on their cattle herds, which produces milk for their people. As Kenya turned more towards land conservation, many young Maasais like Justus have transitioned their skills to supporting the tourism industry.
I took my first Safari trip with Justus in the Maasai Mara Reserve over 7 days. I'm the very inquisitive type - so I bombarded Justus with questions about trees, birds and wildlife - and he seemed to surprise me each time by knowing almost all their names and the habits of the wildlife. And when he didn't know something - he just said so, but that seemed more of the exception. We didn't expect to find any endangered rhinos on our safari, but somehow we managed to find 1 of only 4 black critically endangered rhinos that was currently known to be roaming in the Mara - which is the size of Manhattan. Safari guides call each other when they spot wildlife so everyone can share in the experience. Though there were many safari vehicles watching this lonely black rhino on a hilltop from a far distance, it was only Justus that told us to wait, as the rhino would eventually make its way down the hill to the water source behind us. Sure enough, after all the other safari vehicles left, we were the last ones left, and then the black rhino came down from its hill and crossed right in front of us.