MEET OUR SAFARI DRIVER GUIDE: Hubert Modest Ngoty
My history of becoming a guide goes back to my childhood – we took a trip to Tarangire National Park. I was amazed by the way the guide on that trip could explain to us about the wildlife and animals. Ever since then, my interest in becoming a tour guide steadily grew.
After my secondary school, I joined a wildlife college in Mount Meru where I took a tour guiding course for one year. After that, the principal sent us out to the field for practical training where we visited several national parks to study the routes, landscapes, animals, and birds’ habitats. I joined a tour company in Arusha for an internship that lasted three months where I was guiding clients to several parks as per their itinerary. When I was finished, I was full of confidence in guiding clients, so I was assigned to go on safari with them.
I have so much fun being a guide, but my favorite thing is how I am able to teach visitors about our culture. It makes me happy to see clients that are interested to learn about our culture and I’m always excited to teach them the stories and cultural practices found in Tanzania so they can take that knowledge with them to their home once they leave.
The biggest challenge in being a tour guide is to be able to meet everyone’s expectations while on safari. I meet clients of all different backgrounds, ages, and nationalities, and all of them have different things they want to see while out on safari. It takes patience, experience, teamwork, and professionalism to be able to get everyone what they want.
I chose to work with Easy Travel because they are locally owned, run with expertise, and have people who really understand the industry. They are great at communicating between departments and understand the value of every member of their team.
In general, people say that I’m smart, humble, and easy to deal with. I married my wife 13 years ago, and we are blessed to have three kids: one son and two daughters. We stay in Arusha, Tanzania.
Favorite Park in Tanzania
Serengeti National Park is my favorite. It is one of the biggest parks in Tanzania and covers a distance of 14,763 km2 which means lots of great land for endless game viewing. The name comes from the Maasai “Siringiti” which translates to ‘the endless plain’. Serengeti is the best place in the world to see many big cats as well as the Great Wildebeest Migration which the world has recognized as an event of exceptional beauty.
My favorite animal is the giraffe. I feel so proud and satisfied when I see a giraffe because their characters inspire me. Giraffes are the national symbol of Tanzania. The longer neck represents the tallest mountain in Africa: Kilimanjaro Also, the giraffe is a calm and polite animal that represents the peace and harmony of Tanzania.
I like eating cooked bananas with meat – it is a traditional food for me. This food makes me feel satisfied and I can barely go two or three days without having it.
My hobby is travelling and reading books and newspapers.
Favorite TV Show
I like watching the news from different countries to know what is going on in the world.
Favorite Singer / band
My favorite singer is Diamond Platinum because of his performance on the stage and music videos. He is the number one Bongo singer in Tanzania and also represents Tanzania worldwide through his performances.
10 Questions with HUBERT
Tanzania is the best tourist destination in the world in my opinion, and I call it “a heaven of magical wonders”. The diversity of animals in their natural habitats is amazing. There will never be enough words to describe all the reasons why Tanzania is incredible, but it is rich in history, topographically unique, has incredible wildlife, diversity in cultures, and political stability.
One day in Lake Manyara National Park, I saw a troop of baboons attack a leopard that was coming to the troop to kill and eat their family. The alpha male united the other males in the troop and together they enclosed the leopard and started to attack. They killed the leopard! It is so rare to experience a moment like this and my clients and I were so lucky to be present at this unforgettable event.
Easy Travel has several tours based on the client’s flexibility, interest, and budget. However, my favorite tour is the 7-day tour below:
Day 1: Picked up from Kilimanjaro and overnight in Arusha.
Day 2: Pick up Arusha for a game drive in Tarangire overnight at the lodge/tented camp.
Day 3: Game drive in Lake Manyara and overnight at the lodge/tented camp.
Day 4: Morning game in Manyara and evening game in Serengeti and overnight at the lodge/tented camp.
Day 5: Full-day game drive Serengeti.
Day 6: Half-day game drive in Serengeti then drive to Ngorongoro for overnight at the lodge/tented camp.
Day 7: Half-day game drive in Crater and drive back to Arusha/JRO for flight to Zanzibar/departure.
Easy Travel is the best choice because they are a reputable and consistent safari service. Their driver guides are professional, experienced, and friendly. The best thing about Easy Travel, however, is how efficient they are. They are quick, responsive, and always put their guests first.
My favorite month to travel is between July and August because this is the period to witness the Mara River crossing of both the wildebeest and zebra to the neighboring wilderness at Maasai Mara reserve.
My favorite part of the Migration is when the herd is in Ndutu and the calving takes place. It is a unique experience where the young calves gain stability quickly and are ready to participate in the entire migration.
People don’t expect to see wildlife so close. However, once they visit they will likely experience animals coming right up to them. They also cannot conceive of how huge the Great Migration truly is – people can’t imagine millions of animals at one time and place.
The Datoga and Hadzabe tribes – they have managed to keep their traditional culture for years. Hadzabe are hunters and gatherers and they do not have a permanent settlement but live in caves. They rely on hunting by using traditional tools like bows and arrows. Because of this, they depend on the Datoga people who are blacksmiths by nature.
Asante sana – Thank you so much
Hakuna matata – No problem
Saa ngapi sasa? – What time is it now?