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23 Questions With Our Safari Guide: Gerald Mollel

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    Meet Gerald Mollel!

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    Easy Travel could not be what it is today without our incredibly passionate and trustworthy guides. We might even go so far to say that we have the best guides in all of Tanzania. And since you will be spending most of your time on safari in the company of our guides, we thoughts we’ll introduce you to them. So, join us as we introduce our guides and ask them 23 questions in a quick fire round:

    1. What is your name and surname? My name is Gerald Elisha Mollel.

    2. Tell us a ‘lil bit about yourself – family, where you grew up etc.

    I was born in 1965 at Ilboru Village, Arumeru district in Arusha Region. I am the second born in the family of 6 children. I grew up in Arusha where I also took my primary and secondary education. I am married and a father of 4 children: 2 boys and 2 girls.

    3. What languages can you speak?

    I speak a Maasai language which is my mother tongue, Kiswahili and English.

    4. Do you have any nicknames?

    Yes. I do have a nickname “Mjomba” which is a Swahili name for uncle. I had this name from one of my colleagues I once worked with who, when we first met, decided to call me the name as we did not know each other before. So, from there everyone in the office kept calling me “mjomba”. To date which I do not have a problem at all as I am friendly to all staff of different ages.

    5. How long have you been a tour guide?

    I have been working as a guide for more than 20 years.

    6. Do you remember your very first trip you lead as a guide?

    Yes. I do remember the very first trip which I lead as a guide. It was when I travelled to Serengeti and I was not able to locate the road to the camp located in Southern Serengeti. I lost almost 2 hours and I tried the best I could the way. I got lost because I went to show my guests a cheetah and could not find a way back. I really panicked but when looked back and saw a certain hill which we normally use a land mark, that is when I recognized the proper directions to the camp. In those years, there were no proper roads particularly in Southern Serengeti

    7. Where does your passion for wildlife come from?

    In my village Ilboru where I was born and grew up, I use to see the baboons and monkeys especially when I used to herd my father’s cows for grazing. When I was a little boy, our father used to take us for a family trip to Usa River game sanctuary which had different kinds of wild animals. I therefore developed interest to be a guide from a local guide from this game sanctuary. So, when I completed my secondary education, I joined a tour guide college where I studied different aspects to becoming a safari guide.

    8. What is a typical day in the life of Easy Travel safari guide like?

    The typical day begins by reporting timely to work. I check a safari schedule, followed by a thorough check of the safari car to make sure that it is clean, and all mechanics done. I normally engage myself with the mechanics to check the vehicle and further learn on how to solve small problems like auto-electric, fuel system and all stuff to do with bolts and nuts.

    9. What is your favorite part of Tanzania and why?

    My favorite part of Tanzania, is the northern part of Tanzania. This is because of the weather being conducive. It has fertile land for farming, rich in great landscape like Mount Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, Oldonyo Lengai, Great Rift Valley and abundant wildlife.

    10. Do you have any hidden talents?

    Yes. Apart from being a guide, I liked and was trained to be a school teacher.
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    Looking to join Gerald and the team on an experience of a lifetime? Contact us today and start planning a trip that will offer memories to last a lifetime. Want to learn more about our guides? Check out our other interviews here.

    Join Us!

    Looking to join Gerald and the team on an experience of a lifetime? Contact us today and start planning a trip that will offer memories to last a lifetime. Want to learn more about our guides? Check out our other interviews here.

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