Galloping Gnus Newsletter

Highlighting our Top Guides

AAC stands out among our competitors for a variety of reasons but the biggest might be our guides. Undoubtedly some of the best on the continent, our guides are hand selected and matched to our clients’ personalities and game viewing preferences. Bird lovers in Kenya placed with a top ornithologist; black rhino fanatics matched with an expert guide and tracker who can bring them up close and personal with the elusive mammal; a photographer on the Serengeti plains will want a guide who is not only an expert on game but how to position the vehicle to achieve the ultimate photos.

Below is a sampling of some of our incredible guides from across Eastern and Southern Africa with several, special depature dates in recognition of our 25 year anniversary. (For the benefits of having a private guide on safari please see page 4 of the newsletter).
Benjamin Musisi –  Uganda – guides our “12-Day Primates Safari”
Through his 18 years in tourism, Ben has developed a comprehensive knowledge of Uganda’s National Parks and the Mountain Gorilla Parks in neighboring Congo and Rwanda. Leading groups of up to 20 clients from well-known international organizations and zoos, Ben has gained an invaluable reputation in the field. Ben’s fresh, professional approach and great sense of humor make him one of our most frequently requested driver/guides.
“Our trip to Uganda was incredible. We saw everything plus much more and up much  closer than we ever expected. Our guide, Benjamin, was so knowledgeable and informative that we felt we had a very unique experience in Uganda.” – Betty Werner


Stanley Kariithi –  Kenya – guides our “14-Day Explorer Safari”
Stanley, who is from the Kikuyu tribe, grew up with safari guiding in his blood (his father is a tour guide in Kenya). Working his way up, Stanley is now one of Kenya’s top guides, silver member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association. He enjoys meeting new clients and is in high demand for our private safaris.
“Stanley was a fabulous guide! During our first game drive Stanley spotted 3 cheetah brothers sleeping under a tree. We spent the next 2 1/2 hours watching them sleep, wake up, groom and play with each other before they headed off to hunt. Perfect!” – Lori Nadig


COMING TO THE USA on a roadshow – Nov 02 in Florida and Nov 4 in Washington DC One of our most requested guides in Tanzania and our Tanzanian Guide of the Year. His easy going personality and love for children make him the ideal guide for our family safaris. Ephata graduated from Mweka Wildlife Management College and worked as a tracker where he increased his knowledge. H e became an official guide in 1999 and has been wowing clients ever since.


“Where do I start? We had a fascinating cultural experience and thoroughly enjoyed all the game viewing that the parks provided! Let’s start with our driver, Ephata. He was the BEST! He was knowledgeable, sensitive to our family needs and a perfect ambassador for Tanzania. He was a perfect match for our family.” – Anne Brosko.
Mohamed Nabil –  Egypt – join him on our “Royal Egyptian Tour” 
Mar 9-19, 2011 departure is escorted by our own Sarah Taylor
Mohamed Nabil, born and raised in Cairo, has always had a passion for archeology which led him to become an Egyptologist. He obtained his B.A. Degree in Egyptology in 2000 and began his career as a tour guide throughout Egypt and some Arab countries. When he isn’t guiding he is working on his PhD thesis “The Religious thoughts at the Eastern Desert in Ancient Egypt”.


“I recently returned from one of my favorite African trips ever but it wasn’t a safari – it was to Egypt! Mohamed Nabil was my Egyptologist and his knowledge and sense of humor brought the ancient sites to life! I left with a better understanding of Egypt’s antiquities as well as the Muslim culture and religion.” – Sarah Taylor.


Brooks KamanakaoBotswana – Guides our “Botswana with Brooks Safari” – Jun 09-Jun 24, 2011” “Brooks, a member of the Bayei tribe, had a fascination with Botswana’s wild areas from a young age. In early 2006, he joined Wilderness Safaris Explorations team. His friendly hosting and a wide interest in astronomy, birding and the diverse cultures, has made him popular as a group and private guide. AAC has worked closely with Wilderness Safaris and Brooks and we are invested in his future as he establishes himself as one of top guides in Botswana.

“Brooks Kamanakao, made our trip unforgettable. He was the best…When I asked how we got so lucky to have him as our guide, he said that it was because we booked with Africa Adventure…”Chris and Anna Lanning.


Graham Cooke – South Africa – guides at Djuma Vuyatela
Graham Cooke has worked and lived in a variety of wildlife areas within South and Southern Africa, including Djuma Game Reserve, where he is now permanently based. He is a devoted bird watcher, leading him to obtain a diploma in Ornithology, as well as setting up and running a rehabilitation operation for birds of prey. He and his wife, Charmian, are founder members of the highly respected, Eco-Training School. The first of its kind in Southern Africa to cater for the training of field guides
“Graham Cooke was the absolute best! We saw the Big Five plus over 280 bird species.” – Sandy Frey


Dave Carson – Zimbabwe – guides our “Eyes on Elephant Safari”

David Carson has been in the safari industry since 1990. His love for walking and being out on safari often lead him and his guests after the elusive black rhino in Hwange National Park. His passion also takes him to Botswana exploring the National Parks and Private Concessions. His endless energy keeps you out in the bush for hours getting fabulous photographic opportunities!
“Dave Carson was a great guide. He obviously loves the bush and animals and his enthusiasm was contagious.”  – Woody Stone..

“From the moment we landed, our self-proclaimed mission and enthusiasm to maximize wildlife viewing were matched or rivaled by our two outstanding guides, Dave Carson and Brian Gibson.” – Paul Klockenbrink


Bryan Jackson – Zambia – guides walking safaris in South&North Luangwa
Bryan Jackson, a New Zealander by birth, visited Africa in his youth and never left. He began his career in the Safari Industry when he joined John and Ca rol Coppinger (owners of Tafika, Chikoko and Crocodile camps)
in the Luangwa Valley in 1989. Bryan is based at Tafika as the Safari Manager and enjoys taking guests out on safari. He specializes in sharing his photographic tips to eager safariers to get that perfect picture of a leopard or lion.


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