Sekenani Camp has an excellent staff whose diligence in the care of our guests compares with the finest hotels in the world.
We are proud to have the highest proportion of staff engaged from the local community, and pride ourselves with having excellent staff accommodation and recreational facilities.
That basically means I have to be a jack of all trades. I am able to do all the jobs required as I studied business management. Before I came back to Sekenani in my present capacity, I learned the ropes of the industry by working for a year in the camp.
The Maasai Mara is special to me as I am half Maasai and half Kikuyu, one of the other people in Kenya.
Tourism is just in my blood. My grandfather was a chef at a training camp for people who wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. I kind of follow in his footsteps!
I am Rehema Gathu, the person that handles the Reservations for Sekenani Camp. Whether you come to us by travel agent, Facebook or website, I will tend to your needs. It’s great to be able to tell you all about our camp in the Maasai Mara.
I will explain about the tents in which you will sleep, the animals you can see, the cooling swimming pool and the other little wonders of spending time in the bush.I studied tourism and am since 2012 in the business.
I also have an adorable little son. My favorite pastime is listening to music and dancing. I just love it. But now those things have been put on a back-burner as my son is my first priority.
I worked my way up in the tourism business from receptionist to now manager. I just enjoy tremendously to interact with the guests, as well as the staff. I guess you can call me a people’s person.
Presently I am the only female Maasai Manager in the Mara. My position is an inspiration for Maasai girls. It shows that hard work can make one an example for the community.
While it is wonderful to live in the Maasai Mara I sometimes miss my husband, who is also in the tourism industry and my two small boys who stay in a nearby town with their grandmother.
I am your Guide, Simon Pariken Kasoe. I will drive you around and show you the wonderful animals of the Maasai Mara, the beautiful landscape. I will share with you also all my knowledge about wildlife and environment and not to forget the Maasai people. But you might also see me serving you food at the table. You see, I can do many things. I am also not too bad in maintenance.
Those are actually the jobs I started with at Sekenani Camp. But I got myself books and studied hard to get my Bronze Guide Diploma. I am close to do my exams for Silver. The biggest complement is when repeat guests ask specifically for me to guide them. I also have a nickname. They call me Mr. Smile. I have no idea why.
You will find me mostly behind the bar at Sekenani Camp, but I also help out as a waitress. I go by the name of Natalia Kiprop Jepchirchir. I can make you drinks with or without alcohol. And guests, who cherish their coffee, said that I make a mean cup of coffee and they kept coming back for more.
The staff in the camp often do more than one job. We like to help out where it is needed.
That is because we are not only colleagues but also kind of family. And within a family one always helps the other.
I am not a Maasai but in my years in the Masai Mara I have learned to dance like one. My Sekenani family has taught me their dances and it is great fun to perform every now and then for the guests. I hope you will come and dance with us one day.