With the acquisition of our first safari Landcruiser Paul Tickner Safaris was finally able to fulfil a promise and take some of the Mkuyu Guide School students into Ruaha National Park for the day. Everyone was very excited and refreshingly prompt in the morning. Right from the start the guys were really impressive with their level of knowledge about the animals we saw, from mammals, to birds, trees and local history, I certainly learnt a thing or two! It was so great to see local Tanzanians being so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the park. The students study and walk around Tungamalenga village everyday but don't get the opportunity to go to the park, so they were absolutely raring to go. We were very lucky with out sightings with lots of birds, elephants, buffalo and a nice lion sighting at the end of the day just when everyone was worrying we might not see any! Paul Tickner Safaris will be back soon to take another batch of students. There is clearly no shortage of dedication, the school just need more resources and opportunities, when I think back to my own guide training in South Africa I find it amazing how much these guys know despite the contrast in situations. Here are the guys birdwatching and taking notes at a famous spot in the park Mbuyu wa fenci, Leonard the director of Mkuyu Guide School at far left. To find out more about the school please click here
In other news the Mkuyu Guide School recently received a huge boost when long time student Chris was given an opportunity to work at Tandala Tented Camp in Ruaha. He has taken to his new guiding role with a big smile, huge enthusiasm and good reviews from the guests. Chris's example gives inspiration to everyone at Mkuyu Guide School so lets hope there will be more to follow in his footsteps and work in their local park. Big thank you to Tandala for giving us the call. Heres Chris with Ian and Sarah form the UK, enjoying a lunch break along the Ruaha river.