Through the eyes of William Santian

Q. You have been a guide for many years and experienced different parts of East Africa. Tell us what inspired you to take up guiding as a profession?

A. I wanted to share the history of my culture and to reveal and expose people to the natural heritage and the beauty of my country while creating an awareness of the complexity of the natural environment.

Q. What is your most exciting / memorable story / sighting?

A. It was just two weeks ago when we saw four male lions fighting over a territory for six hours. It was vicious and incredible.

Q. Why do you love Kenya?

A. Kenya is my home and I like the different cultures and the beauty of the landscape as well as the wildlife.

Q. What makes Saruni different?

A. It’s the quality of the guiding and also the good impact on the livelihood of the local community living around the camp.

Q. What is your favorite animal species in the Mara?

A. The big cats – lions, leopards and cheetahs – and hyenas too.

Q. As a Maasai man yourself, what do you wish for the future of the Masai Mara and of the Maasai people who live there?

A. I would wish for them to embrace sustainable tourism and to realize and practice modern conservation strategies – to reduce the number of livestock while working with the conservancies for maximum benefits.

Q. Why would you recommend Saruni Wild to those who visit the Mara?

A. It’s in a great location, it’s small and exclusive and it creates a proper wilderness and bush experience in total comfort.