Meet the Meru Camp Guides
At Offbeat Meru Camp all our guides are born and bred Maasai. While people from other tribes may be very good guides, we at Offbeat Meru believe that Maasai guides are the very best! All our guides spent their younger years looking after their family's herds of cattle, sheep and goats on the vast Maasai plains armed only with a rungu (small throwing stick). As such they have developed incredible bush knowledge and amazing eyesight - spotting the big cats from huge distances is their forte!
All our guides are members of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA) and have taken exams setting the standards for Kenyan Guides.
Offbeat Meru also strongly supports the Koyiaki Guiding School (KGS). This school was set up several years ago to encourage the local Maasai boys into developing their natural guiding skills. At Offbeat Meru we have three graduates from the school. We also encourage some of our best staff into guiding and have some 'home grown' guides.
Let us now introduce the guides individually.
Dominic Mwana Maatany
I was born in 1990, in Talek, near Mpuai Village just two kilometers from the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. I joined Talek Primary School in 1997, and then Graduated in 2005 with my KCPE Primary School Certificate. I continued my education at Moi Secondary School in Naikarra, and Graduated with my “O” levels (KCSE) in 2009.
During 2010-2011 I studied at the Koiyaki Guiding School in the Mara, where I got my guiding, and First Aid certificates. Here I also obtained my driving license, learned some basic skills in mechanics and sat and passed my Bronze level KPSGA guiding exam.
Work Experience: Serian Mara Camp June 2011-May 2013 My ambition in life is: “To preserve and conserve the worlds’ wildlife; so that the future generations to come can explore, experience and appreciate it in the abundance that I did.
I was born in Ololulung'a Village, Narok District, a few miles north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in 1984. At the age of six years old I went to Nkoben Primary School and then moved on to Ololulung’a High School.
In 2005 I joined Offbeat Meru Camp and started working as a room steward. At Offbeat Meru I began to develop my guiding career and hence took and past my Bronze Level KPSGA exam in 2007 at my first attempt. In March 2011 I past my Silver Level KPSGA exam.
Since then I have moved from the rooms to become a guide at Offbeat Meru.
I am from a family of 40 children, my father being married to five wives!
As a guide my expectation is to make sure that I preserve and teach others how to preserve our nature.