Through the eyes of Emmanuel Lepina

Q. What is your most exciting / memorable story / sighting?
A. It was my first day going to the Samburu National Reserve and we were with guests and switched off the car in the middle of a big Elephant herd. Then a big Elephant bull arrived and came close to the herd until the matriarch chased him away. It was spectacular to see how she did that to protect the herd.

Q. Why do you love Kenya?
A. Because it’s my country and has diverse cultures. It’s my home.

Q. What’s the strangest / funniest thing you have ever been asked?
A. Do Elephants eat meat?

Q. When was the last time the wildlife of Samburu scared you?
A. Back in 2018 I was looking after my cows when I suddenly came across Lion cubs. Usually, the mother is never far away and therefore I was starting to feel uncomfortable. Not long after, the mother and the father showed up, growling at me. They were protecting their cubs and I had to protect my cows. Thankfully, I managed to create some distance and safely led my cows away.

Q. What motivated you to become a guide?
A. Because I love my culture and the animals. From a young age I started learning the animal tracks and tracking them. Now, I really enjoy doing it with the guests and showing them how it works.

Q. What makes Saruni different?
A. Because of its location on the hill, the incredible landscape, and the people I work with. More than 90% are Samburus and we all know each other.

Q. What is your favourite animal species in Samburu?
A. Elephants. I love being close to them and feel comfortable around them. I especially enjoy watching them play in the river.