Through the eyes of Daniel Siololo

Q: Your story is especially interesting – from Waiter, and long days spent self-teaching about nature. What triggered your passion for nature and for the guiding profession?
A. It has been a dream for me since I was young. Even was I was looking after my father’s cattle I would think of becoming a guide and mostly to protect nature

Q. What is the most exciting or memorable story/sighting?
A. One evening while on Safari we came a cross hyenas ganging up to take prey from a male lion which is very rear

Q. Why do you love Kenya?
A. I like the spirit of my fellow Kenyans of welcoming people from all over the world, and it’s also my country

Q. What’s the strangest or funniest thing you have ever been asked?
A. If people from the same Maasai clan can marry one another, that’s a taboo in my culture they are sisters and brothers

Q. What makes Saruni different?
A. The tremendous help that it has shown or given to my community, employment and also the guest from Saruni that visit our conservancy, thus giving back again to the my fellow Maasai men and women

Q. What is your favorite animal species in the Mara and why?
A. Hyenas I admire the way they clean our environment no carcass along the Mara

Q. What does it mean to be a Maasai in today’s modern world? How do you balance traditional way of life and modern way of life?
A. I still keep my culture as much as possible, am proud of it people come from all over the world to see the big six and actually the six is the Maasai community. We have things like mobile phones yes, but its more just to communicate with my wife and family. To find out how my goats and cattle are doing and that has given me time to concentrate on my work instead of going home every now and then

Q. A lot of people don’t know that the Maasai never hunted wild animals. Can you explain why?
A. We have enough goats and sheep as the same time it’s a taboo for my culture to hunt wild animals