Following on from our recent FGASA Level 1 glory - I just wanted to keep you up to date on how our training is progressing this season. Brian Bode is back with us at Siwandu and been focussing on getting our new Head Guide, Mohammed and also our two new guides, Apollo & Enoch settled in with their new roles.
Mohammed Muyung has been with SSC since 1994, when he joined as a room attendant; his passion for the bush began to grow and seeing his amazing potential SSC paid for his training at Mikumi Vocational College as a touring guide and returned to train under our resident guide at the time. From this season he will be our Head Guide in Siwandu, with Allen moving over to Jongomero to study a new environment.
Last week, myself, Mohamed, Mtambo, Apollo and Walter went to the local shooting range at Matambwe Gate, Selous Headquarters, with Brian for target practice and ensuring our rifle handling skill remained perfect.
For all walking guides it is imperative our skills are tested and trained. We always hope nothing will ever happen on our walks, we do not seek out dangerous animals on game walks but rather focus on the smaller eco-systems and learning the culture of the bush; but for those moments when a shot is required our guides are always fully ready to handle every situation that comes our way. Safety is our primary concern and that is why in Ruaha we insist on our guide carrying a high calibre rifle as well as having the required TANAPA ranger with us - we always want to ensure our guests not only feel safe but are safe.
We look forward to you joining us on one of our walks very soon!