Mara Camps Have Two More Silver-Level Guides
In April 2013 Kevin Siayalel and Duncan Lenjirr sat for the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association’s Silver Level certification and we’re very pleased to announce that they both passed! CONGRATULATIONS, Kevin and Duncan.
Duncan was born in 1977 in the Narok area of the greater Maasai Mara region and was a top student in class throughout primary school. At high school he was also among the best performing students, geography was his best subject and being a great enthusiast of the natural world, he was appointed chairman of the school’s Wildlife and Environment Clubs.
Duncan began his formal training at Mara Intrepids Camp where he guided bird walks for guests. In 2008 he enrolled for a two-year college diploma in Voi (south-east Kenya) training as a professional tour guide. Following graduation Duncan went on to study field training at the Elsamere Conservation and Field Study Centre in Naivasha, writing an extensive report majoring on the birds of Lake Naivasha. In 2010 Duncan’s career path led him to Fairmont Hotels where he further trained as a guide, and in July of that year he moved to Olare Camp in the Mara.
Duncan joined Great Plains Conservation’s Mara Plains Camp in June 2012 and his experience was immediately complimented with a two week guide eco-training course at camp. In April 2013 Duncan achieved his Silver Level guiding certificate, and he will be going for Gold!
Kevin Saiyalel was born in 1985 in Talek, a local town not far from Mara Plains Camp. He attended Ole Sankale School, and then Olchekut Sipat Apostolic School where he developed a keen interest in tree planting and was a member of the Friends of Conservation Society.
He started his working life at Riverside Camp as a freelance guide for two years, developing his understanding of mammals and birds. Afterwards he enrolled at the Koiyaki Guiding School near his home in the Masai Mara, excelling in the studies of flora and fauna and graduating with a certificate in Tour Guiding and Wildlife Management.
Joining the Mara Plains team in 2009, Kevin continues to ‘wow’ his guests with his hawk eyes, uncanny intuition and acute understanding of wildlife.