Behind the Safari Scenes

One of the benefits of traveling to Africa on a regular basis is meeting and talking with the people behind the scenes, those dedicated to working to keep Africa alive and well, to making your journey a successful and memorable one. These are some of those people. There are more that will be presented in an upcoming blog.  Stay Tuned!

Safari Kay, Kim WolhuterAcclaimed wildlife filmmaker and photographer KIM WOLHUTER comes from a family of South African conservationists: Kim has made films for National Geographic Television & Film and the BBC. In 2001, his movie Stalking Leopards, about a male leopard in the Mala Mala Game Reserve in Mpumalanga Province, won an Emmy Award. I had occasion to meet Kim when I was in Zimbabwe at Singita Pamushana. Films such as Predators of War and others are readily found on your cable network.

Safari Kay, Dereck JoubertDERECK AND BEVERLY JOUBERT are award-winning filmmakers, wildlife conservationists, who have been filming, researching and exploring in Africa for over 30 years. Their mission is the conservation and understanding of the large predators and other key wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa. Films such as The Last Lions and others are readily available on your cable network. I had occasion to meet Dereck in South Africa at one of my annual conferences.

GAMEWATCHERS SAFARIS, my choice for my Kenya safaris. The company, run by Jake and Mohanjeet (below) are dedicated owners, who make my safaris possible in Kenya. They are my on-the-ground go to experts, who I am constantly in touch with for my Kenya safaris. I support them because of their dedication, conservation efforts, commitment to the Maasai communities and their staff. Please read more about them …

Safari Kay, Dr. Mohanjeet BrarDR. MOHANJEET BRAR, the Commercial Director, is a 4th generation Kenyan who is a keen naturalist and conservationist. Having lived and grown up in the rich forests of the Kenyan highlands, he has a close-tie to wildlife and the local people. He has a Doctorate degree in Plant Science from the US and is a KPSGA (Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association) certified safari guide and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Ecotourism Kenya and ATTA (African Travel & Tourism Association).

Jake Grieves-CookDirector, JAKE GRIEVES-COOK, who has been involved in Kenya’s tourism industry for over 40 years, starting in the Masai Mara in the early 1970s.  Jake has served in recent years as Chairman of the Ecotourism Society of Kenya (ESOK), Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), a board member of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), a trustee of the EU/ Kenya Government Tourism Trust Fund (TTF), a council member of the East African Wildlife Society and Chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB). He was personally involved in wildlife conservation projects with Maasai communities at Amboseli and the Mara.

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  1. Eydie on June 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    It’s great to learn about the behind-the-scenes people who care so much about the wildlife and and culture surrounding Africa. We only think about the animals – but it’s so much more – and without people like those you highlighted in the post – we there might never have been the opportunity to safely see those beautiful creatures in the wild.

  2. Betsy Jabola on June 8, 2014 at 12:25 am

    It is interesting to learn about and become more aware of people who are putting forth their heart felt efforts to make a real difference in the world. Thank you for sharing.

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