MEET OUR SAFARI DRIVER GUIDE: Louis Constantino Lagwen
I first realized that I wanted to be a tour guide while I was still working as a ranger back in 1992. I had just finished my secondary school and I joined the military national service. After about nine months in the service, I got a job as a ranger with Serengeti National Park where my job was to function as an anti-poacher. Over those five years, I got familiar with the ecosystem of the park, and I became motivated to study the flora and fauna of the park so I could be a guide to visitors. I left my job, joined the college, and studied for a year until I became qualified and started work as a tour guide. I eventually chose to work for Easy Travel because they had a proven track record of giving back to the community. They are a local company, and they believe strongly in providing employment and opportunities to the less fortunate of our community.
I think that my favorite thing about being a guide is that I can share my knowledge about our culture, our nature, and the history of the land with clients who come from all over the world. Sometimes, though, it can be challenging. Even though there are many animals in our parks, they have adapted over centuries to blend into the landscape. When it is sunny it can be especially tough to find them! People generally describe me as hardworking and smart, I am proud to say! I’m also proud to say that I have been married for 26 years and we have three beautiful children together, aged 25, 22, and 16 years. We live happily together in Arusha.
Favorite Park in Tanzania
Serengeti National Park is my favorite. It can be visited all year round and has such a high population of big cats! It is also an incredibly unique place to see the Great Migration
My favorite animal is the hyena. They live in a social group known as a clan, but they are not good at hunting, depending on dead animals and scavenging for food. However, by doing so they help clean the wild and reduce the number of diseases which can be caused by rotten flesh which could spread through the ecosystem. I kind of see hyenas as a sanitation crew!
My favorite food is boiled green banana with beef. I would eat it every single day if I could!
I love keeping up with soccer and I also really enjoy reading magazines.
Favorite TV Show
My favorite thing to watch on TV is definitely soccer, but I also like to keep up with the news.
Favorite Singer / band
I love reggae music and Bob Marley is my favorite. His voice and music conquered my heart – when I listen to Bob Marley, I can’t help but feel relaxed.
10 Questions with LOUIS
Visiting Tanzania is the trip of a lifetime because it is such a diverse country. You can climb Mount Kilimanjaro, but then visit the beaches of Zanzibar. You can go to the historical sites of Olduvai Gorge, but experience incredible modern culture in our cities.
Easy Travel offers many comfortable and memorable tours, although my favorite tour is the one below:
Day 1: Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park and overnight.
Day 2: Game drive in Central Serengeti.
Days 3 & 4: Half-day game drive in the North or Western part of Serengeti National Park.
Day 5: Game drive in Central Serengeti.
Day 6: Half day central Serengeti, Overnight Ngorongoro.
Day 7: Half day game drive to Crater and drive to Tarangire.
Days 8 & 9: Game drive in Tarangire National Park.
Day 10: Game drive in Tarangire then drive back to Arusha for overnight or departure.
People don’t expect the high conservation of wildlife in Tanzania’s national parks. However, when they are doing their game drives, they become surprised to see just how many wild animals are here.
Hakuna matata – “No worries”
Asante sana – “Thank you”
Karibu tena – “Welcome again”