The Masai Mara EcoQuest Course in Kenya

Andreas Fox, EcoTraining instructor hosted the Chinese group brought to South Africa by Ye-Travel who did the Masai Mara EcoQuest Course. Life as a field guide as you can imagine, they get to see a lot of things and are always present when amusing and precious moments occur with guests.  Andreas shares his memories of the Masai Mara EcoQuest course.

Andreas Fox, EcoTraining Instructor (c) Gesa Neitzel

1. What was the guest’s favourite location to visit?

“The groves of Euclea trees just East of Camp make for a magical setting, especially at Sunrise. We had many walks and a picnic there too, at the request of the group.”

2. What was the most surprising thing you saw the guests do?

“The guests brought portable WIFI machines for the drives!”

3. What was the scariest moment if there were any?

“We had a standstill with a breeding herd of buffalo that ended up snoozing around our vehicle while we were away on a walk. We managed to eventually get to our vehicle.”

4. What were the local Kenyans that the guests met like?

“Very welcoming! The local guides, Moses Nampaso and Wilson Nampaso are amazing and the cultural boma was a highlight for the guests. All the locals greeted us and waved as we drove past them.”

Moses Nampaso a local Masaai Guide with EcoTraining sharing a group photo with the Chinese guests (c) Tigris Zhang

5. Did you find any sightings worth mentioning?

“From the first day, we saw Lions on every game drive for three consecutive days as well as sighting a Leopard and its young cub.”

(c) Tigris Zhang

6. What did the guests feel about the unique African cuisine?

“The guests found the local cuisine very strange to what they were used to eating in China, they tried Ugali (Kenyan pap) and Sukuma-wiki (Kale). Also, the safe natural organic spring water that filters through the taps tastes slightly earthy and this was not popular”

Local Kenya cuisine. Source: African Food Recipes. Photographer: Unknown

7. What were the most memorable things that guests did on the Mara EcoQuest?

“The youngest child that was on the course was very articulate and often translated for his parents. Seeing him swap from being the official interpreter to playful kid was always fun.”

“Another guest, used face paint to turn herself into a leopard one day and a zebra the next. It was very creative and enjoyable to see.”

(c) Tigris Zhang

8. What was the best moment of the entire trip?

“Seeing the leopard and cub, within a stone throw distance from a male lion that had stolen their Grant’s gazelle kill.”

Leopard and her cub (c) Tigris Zhang
Male lion with the kill he stole from the Leopard and her cub (c) Tigris Zhang

9. What did the guests go home with other than lots of dirty clothes?

“Lots of selfies and group photos!”

Giraffe encounter on foot (c) Tigris Zhang
About the Author:
Annemi Zaaiman

Annemi Zaaiman

Explore more

Instructor Richard Davis giving a lecture to several students in nature

Wildlife Conservation with EcoTraining

EcoTraining showcases its commitment to wildlife conservation and environmental preservation by promoting sustainable practices and educating people about protecting endangered species. EcoTraining sets the bar high with its courses, trains field guides, and instils a sense of responsibility towards nature and wildlife.

Read more
a group of students looking at tracks in the sand

Understanding Wildlife Tracking

The ancient art of tracking unveils the secrets of animal behaviour. We explore the key steps of identifying, interpreting, and tracking wild animals in the heart of the South African wilderness.

“Do not be afraid to get dirty. Get down on your knees and have a close look at the tracks. It is essential to take your time. You can make a mistake by being too quick on the trigger when identifying tracks,” said Gerhard Delport, a former EcoTracker student.

Read more
students at lanner gorge

EcoTraining Celebrates 30 Years of Excellence

Thirty years of EcoTraining is a significant milestone. This celebration is a testament to EcoTraining’s long history of promoting field guiding and wildlife conservation. It’s an opportunity to inspire the next generation of passionate individuals who will continue the legacy of creating guardians of the natural world.

Read more

Start your wildlife career

Want to become a field or nature guide? Explore our immersive courses and training programmes for professional safari guides and guardians of nature, taught and led by experts in the industry.

EcoTraining offers career and accredited courses, wildlife enthusiast courses, gap year programmes and customised group travel courses.

Join our nature-loving community.