Through the eyes of Joseph Lekalaile

Q. What is the most exciting / memorable story/ sighting?
A. There are two that come to mind. One was more recent; a gerenuk giving birth which is very rare to see! The other I remember was a fight over prey between three predators; two lions and a crocodile in the middle of the Ewaso Nyero river.

Q. Why do you love Kenya?
A. It is my country. Kenya has an abundance of different flora and fauna.

Q. What’s the strangest / funniest thing you have ever been asked?
A. There are two that really stand out, both about Dik-Diks. One was “do Dik-Diks eat meat?” and the other was a gentleman that stated “Look! There is a Dik-Dik chasing a lion!”

Q. When was the last time the wildlife of Samburu scared you?
A. Not too long ago, I was out in a vehicle and a particularly grumpy bull elephant charged. Needless to say, I got out of there quickly!

Q. What motivated you to become a guide?
A. From the start, when I was schooling we had a few different clubs. I joined the wildlife club and began learning how to track – this quickly grew into my passion for animals. It was also my childhood with my parents that contributed to my enthusiasm and passion for animals. They used to take their sheep and cattle out to feed and I would go with them. They would teach me the differences between tracking domestic animals and wild animals.

Q. What makes Saruni different?
A. First and foremost I would have to say the location. Saruni Samburu is in a conservation area which means the land and the wildlife is protected and is thriving. Saruni’s guides are also all from this area, it is their home, and therefore know the ins and outs of the land and animals. It makes it special and unique for the guests, whether we are on foot on a bush walk or in a Land Rover on a game drive.

Q. What is your favourite animal species in Samburu and why?
A. Elephants. They have very good memories and their parental care is the strongest compared to other species.