Sammy Lemiruni – Saruni Rhino Manager Q & A

Q. Tell us a little about yourself….

A. My name is Sammy Lemiruni, born and raised in Archers post in Samburu, currently working as a lodge manager at Saruni Rhino in sera conservancy.

Q. What was your first job at Saruni and what did the journey to your current position look like?

A. I first joined Saruni Samburu in May 2016 as a professional safari guide, 6 months later Saruni Lodges were adding one more of their property in sera conservancy which I was one of the guides trained to track black rhinos on foot, when the camp was opened in February 2017, i got promoted to work as a guide and a host at Saruni Rhino.

Q. What challenges did you encounter on your journey?

A. A big challenge was moving from guiding to lodge manager, it wasn’t easy decision but I had to accept that I need to learn more apart from the guiding department.

Q. If someone were to make a movie about your career, what would the title be?

A. A career break through.

Q. What do you like most about your current role?

A. Running a lodge as manager gave me a broad knowledge on how to deal with guest expectation, planning guest activities and camp projects.

Q. What helps you relax after a long day at work? 

A. Sitting under the magical sky of the north is the best bush TV ever that I can imagine, a night sky with different constellation at a different time of the year.

Q. What makes you proud to be part of the Saruni family?

A. Saruni has done a lot to the neighbouring community, they have worked closely with the community conservancy, bringing hopes of tourism to areas that could have never been thought, what I like most is employment of the local people to work at the lodge, a big example is my role as a lodge manager.

Q. If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

A. Elephant, they are very intelligent animals, slightly above the top of the vulnerability to predators, live for long years and protect each other.

Q. What skills do you think are needed to be a successful lodge manager?

A. Create peaceful environment to your staff, learn how to operate fully on all departments, meet your guest expectation, deliver what guest requested if possible and be a good host.

Q. What advice would you give to other people from local communities, who wish to become a lodge manager one day?

A. A management position is all about passion, commitment and ready to serve and a good education on management roles, and if it was a dream to fulfil nothing will stop you from becoming a manager.