Through the eyes of Simon Lepasiele

Q. What is the most exciting / memorable story / sighting?
A. I have a great story! It involves a giraffe, a lion, and a crocodile. The giraffe came down to the river to drink water, meanwhile a lion was stalking this giraffe. As the giraffe was drinking, a crocodile jumped out and snapped his jaws around the giraffe. The leapt up and managed to escape the crocodile only then for the lion to attack the giraffe from behind. With one swift powerful kick the giraffe was able to rid the lion as well and managed to escape death twice!

Q. Why do you love Kenya?
A. This is my country and it is a beautiful country!

Q. What’s the strangest / funniest thing you have ever been asked?
A. I would have to say the strangest questions I get asked are about the cultural differences. “Why do you have more than one wife?” “What do your beads represent?”

Q. When was the last time the wildlife of Samburu scared you?
A. Recently. I was walking in the bush and came across a lone bull elephant. He charged so I had to run. I hid and waited for him to stop and once I heard him stop a quietly got out of the area and continued on.

Q. What motivated you to become a guide?
A. I love animals. I love working in the bush; working with my bird books, my binoculars, and tracking.

Q. What makes Saruni different?
A. Its’ privacy. It’s a very private lodge, in a private conservancy with an incredible view!

Q. What is your favourite animal species in Samburu?
A. The reticulated giraffe. They are tall and calm with nice patterns and I particularly love the way the move; both legs of one side at a time.