All our guides are highly trained professionals and have many years of guiding experience in the bush
Driver/Guide - Northern Tanzania
Guide - Greater Mara Region
Onesmus Ole Irungu
Guide - Maasai Mara
Resident Guide - Maasai Mara
Our Specialist Guides
"All in all we couldn’t recommend TrueAfrica highly enough! Thanks for arranging the trip of a lifetime and we will certainly be repeat clients!"
Jacob & Jilly (Australia) travelled in October 2018
"This was our first trip to Africa and our 33rd wedding anniversary. We specifically wanted to see the Migration. We were a little nervous about being so far from home and dealing with a travel company that did not have a US office, but TrueAfrica was spectacular! An amazing trip we will always remember!"
Barbara & John travelled in September 2015
"TrueAfrica are our partners for African safari trips. They always do a great job. So efficient with amazing suggestions. We booked tree times with them and we will book much more."
Pedro & Filipia (Portugal) travelled in November 2018
"TrueAfrica has the ability to match client to an experience or accommodation that will suite their style for a safari. Having travelled extensively in southern Africa and worked in the safari business, one is sometimes nervous of ones expectations not being met. TrueAfrica certainly did that and more."
Charlie & his family travelled in February 2016
“Exceeded expectations. For any future trip to Africa, we plan to use TrueAfrica again. They were superb!“
Lourdes, Albert & Joe (USA) travelled in December 2018
"TrueAfrica really knows how to treat their customers and match them to the areas in Tanzania. I have traveled with them now 3 times and have never been disappointed!"
Kathy & Mike travelled in February 2016
“We felt we are being taken care of at each destination and ensure all is arranged and in place, allowing us to thoroughly enjoy the beauty and excitement of Africa without the hassle and worry.”
Ilona & Family (China) travelled in December 2018
"My husband and I chose Africa for our honeymoon. Coming from Australia, we needed a travel agent that knew Africa well but also understood the kind of people we were, and what kind of a holiday we wanted. We found TrueAfrica online and from the moment we made contact with them they were fantastic! We felt like they were a bit of secret still yet to be discovered by the majority of tourists, and without TrueAfrica we would not have found them."
Bridget & Stuart travelled in November 2012
“I believe that the differentiating factor that made our safari really unique is the thoughtful, detailed, customized, and lengthy planning that TrueAfrica put together based on their knowledge and experience to match our desires.“
Jad and Aline (UAE) travelled in Oct 2018
“The trip was well balance, beautifully design for us. Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful memories from Tanzania!!!”
Alecia, Jacobus & Family (Belgium) travelled in August 2018
"I had gathered numerous quotes from different travel agents as well as directly from lodges/camps and done a lot of my own research on what we wanted to do and where. True Africa provided the most competitive prices but I was most impressed with the knowledge and the honest and suitable advice/recommendations provided to improve our planned itinerary."
Hannah & Kade travelled in September 2014
“When we began planning our trip, we talked to Troy from TrueAfrica and a few others - it became clear immediately that Troy and TrueAfrica provided the type of customer service, detailed customized planning, and knowledge of East Africa that were what we wanted and needed.”
Patty, Bonnie & Virginia (USA) travelled in June 2017
"We have always planned our own vacations, but could not have planned a more perfect safari than we got to experience. Now, we are completely hooked and are huge fans of Troy, Clare, and the entire TrueAfrica team!"
Aly & TJ travelled in August 2016
"TrueAfrica hand picks their camps, partners and people and it really shows. From the useful and informative emails and contact pre-trip to the warm welcomes to the reluctant farewells on the ground, I don't know what impressed me more."
Riki & Guillermo travelled in June 2016
"Booking with TrueAfrica could not have been a better experience. Troy built us a custom itinerary for 2 weeks in Tanzania including everything we were interested in doing, and within our price range! This trip was truly one of the best we have taken."
Ayoub Laizer was born and raised in Northern Tanzania. His interest in the environment and safaris was sparked by a school trip to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti plains where he met – and was impressed with – two researchers studying dung beetles. An enthusiastic and natural leader, Ayoub was Student President through his schooling and was also the environmental leader from his third year onward. He is one of the only Tanzanians to sit the Bronze level exam of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and will be sitting the Silver level certification in the near future. He is a member of the Tanzania Tour Guides Association and Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania.
When asked his main interest, he starts by listing ornithology, but he continues to include almost every aspect of the natural world. Ayoub speaks Swahili, English and Spanish fluently and has working knowledge of Italian. Ayoub is married with two children and particularly enjoys taking families on safaris. He is passionate about soccer and you can be sure that if there is an international match, he will know the closest place to watch – even on safari..!
Baraka was raised by his father who was a game ranger and taught Baraka so much of what he knows about wildlife since he was young.
In 2006 Baraka graduated at the College of Wildlife Management where he took a wildlife management and guiding skills courses. At college, Baraka had a chance to learn Spanish as an extra language therefore, for any of our Spanish speaking guests, Baraka will likely be your guide!
In 2011 Baraka became a resident guide at Olakira Migration Camp and due to his excellent performance he was appointed as head guide. Following this, Baraka has moved to Arusha where he is now based with his family and is a driver/guide.
Elissa is an extremely qualified guide, having extensive experience ranging from canoeing, mountain biking and walking safaris and worked in the Northern Tanzania safari industry for most of the past 10 years. After finishing his secondary school education he went on to study at Mweka Wildlife College. Elissa has travelled in Kenya, Germany and South Africa, and has a broad world view. He is always calm and quietly conveys his wealth of knowledge to the guests he guides with warmth and conviction. Elissa is very much a guest favourite!
Guide - Greater Mara Region
With spending more than 20 years tracking wildlife in the Maasai Mara, Fred is an experienced safari guide. From guiding safari-goers to well-known documentaries; he knows the ‘pulse’ of the bush.
Harry is an incredibly experienced guide and has worked in some of the more remote parks in Tanzania including the Selous where he became confident guiding on foot, in a car, or from the boat.
Harry has one son and is particularly good with children on safaris. He is also a very
good footballer, but probably won’t tell you how high in the Tanzanian league he and his brother have gone.
Onesmus Ole Irungu
Guide - Maasai Mara
Onesmus was born in Central Kenya, but grew up in Nairobi. His strong passion for nature resulted in him choosing a guiding career and he thoroughly enjoys sharing the beauty of Kenya with clients from all over the world. Onesmus is one of our most popular guides and clients love his humor and friendly nature! Onesmus studied tour guiding and administration at the Air Travel and Related Studies Centre and completed his bronze level guiding course in 2007 and his silver level certification in 2010. Onesmus has been guiding in the Mara since 2011.
John Bingo was born in Arusha into a guiding family – with his father being a guide himself. At the age of 5, John was taken by his dad to Tarangire where he saw the most amazing wildlife species such as an elephant and zebra, as well as a beautiful sunrise and sunset.
Ever since that day, those beautiful memories were imprinted in his mind and in 2010, after completing his studies in wildlife and French, he took up the opportunity to become a resident guide at Sayari Camp in the remote Northern Serengeti. He was appointed to a head guide after his excellent guiding performance at Sayari and later moved to Arusha where he now is a driver/guide.
Resident Guide - Maasai Mara
Evalyn is a remarkable young woman and one of our favourite guides based out of Naboisho Camp in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, adjoining the Maasai Mara. Her journey to guiding has not been an easy one, and her life story tells of the difficulties faced by many women in the pursuit of their dreams in non-traditional sectors in East Africa.
Most young Maasai girls are expected to get married and raise children – not become safari guides – though, with access to education, some additional support and determination, young Maasai girls like Evalyn are ‘changing the game’ in Africa!
Only a handful of girls in Evalyn’s village went to school; and none went on to become a guide or work in the bush, however, Evalyn believed differently as she felt she could do the same job any man could, and having grown up in the bush and understanding nature and wildlife, it was a relatively easy transition to guiding.
Andrew, more affectionately known as ‘Moli’ grew up in East Africa and, after developing a huge interest and love of anything that wiggled, walked, crawled or flew (except hippos of course!!), due to his constant visits to some of Kenya’s extraordinary wildlife areas, Moli decided to head to the UK to pursue a degree in Zoology.
On returning to Africa and completing an 18 month study of Mongoose he decided to make a life in the wilds of Africa, Moli began his professional guiding career in the mighty Maasai Mara and slowly began to develop a keen interest in walking safaris so spent 2 years in South Africa to gain walking and firearm training before heading back home to East Africa. Moli eventually ended up in the South of Tanzania searching for true wilderness. Finding more than he bargained for, he has made this area his home since 2005, conducting walking safaris in Selous and Ruaha. In his first year in the Selous he easily walked well over 4000 km, a distance greater than walking from Nairobi to Cape Town and 8 years later is reputed to be one of the most experienced walking guides in Tanzania.
Jackson grew up in the Maasai Mara in Kenya and is indeed, Maasai himself. Jackson’s father took him into the bush for extended periods of time from an early age, and as a young man, Jackson quickly rose to become one of the first Maasai guides in the Mara and is now an established private guide. He has been recognized as one of the best wildlife guides in Africa and was hand-picked by the BBC to co-present the ‘Big Cat Diary’series with Simon King. Jackson lives by the rhythms of the bush and his charm and easygoing nature make him a firm favourite amongst experienced safari-goers. He is an incredibly popular private guide and often booked out more than a year in advance!
Paul Kirui was born on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and herded cattle as a child. His childhood passion was to become a safari guide and it was during this period that he learnt tracking, signs and alarm call interpretation in the bush as a necessity for survival.
These skills have become recognised on projects with the BBC Natural History unit where he has worked since 2006 as a special leopard tracker for the Big Cat Week and Big Cat Live programs, also Disney Nature during the filming of African Cats in 2009/10. He is also a specialist East African birder having learnt birds from childhood. Paul is currently carrying out research on the vultures in the Maasai Mara in conjunction with the Department of Ornithology (part of the National Museums and the Peregrine Fund). This project was aired on BBC 1 during the Big Cat Live programme. Paul has worked as a guide for the last 20 years, guiding many guests to different wilderness areas in Kenya and Northern Tanzania – he is a safari specialist of note, a fantastic photographer and one of the best guides in the business.