Leonard Eddie Mbelle
Leonard joined Selous Safari Company in June 2014 and since then has proved to be a high achiever in FGASA Level 1 training and also a valued member of the Jongomero guiding team. Before coming to the company he obtained a Mweka College Diploma for Wildlife Management and is passionate about self-learning as well as the wildlife he reads about. "I love the southern circuit as the area is still pristine, untouched and far less crowded. At Jongomero I like the Nyakapembe area because it has a variety of different habitats, diverse wildlife and great scenery. My favourite experience so far was last season when we watched a pride of Lions along the Great Ruaha River taking down a Hippo - WOW what a fight!"
Chris & Samantha Tinkler
Chris and Samantha Tinkler come from Johannesburg South Africa where they both studied a variety of business and hospitality qualifications. Chris has worked in the safari lodge industry since 2003 and has experience guiding clients and managing camps all over Africa from South Africa’s Kruger National Park, to the remote Kafue National Park in Zambia as well as a private island in the Seychelles as part of the conservation team aiming at saving and protecting sea turtles. He then spent some time working in international sales for a large safari company ensuring more people are aware of the wonders of Africa. Chris is passionate about Africa’s wildlife areas, the lodge industry and is a qualified FGASA walking safari guide. His belief is if you want to hear, touch, see and smell Africa the only way to do that is on foot. Samantha was working in the corporate travel management world for a large firm based in Johannesburg dealing with international clientele and the logistics of corporate travel for 13 years when she and Chris decided it was time to return to the bush so they moved to Kenya’s Maasai Mara in 2012 to manage a luxury tented camp. They also traveled to many other African countries and explored the region extensively. Samantha is passionate about East Africa in particular and believes it really is the real deal when it comes to true remote wilderness. She has a passion for staff training and a particular interest in identifying Butterflies. In 2015 they joined the Selous Safari Company where they can experience a new adventure and learn more about the remote wilderness that is Ruaha National Park.
Born and raised in Ilula village, just outside the historic town of Iringa, Theo sought tourism as a career from the outset. In 2005, after his schooling, Theo joined the team at Jongomero as a barman and for the next three years took great delight in talking and interacting with the guests. But he also found his passion for the African bush, taking great delight in spotting and identifying birds around the camp’s mess. Seeing Theo’s potential, Selous Safari Company invited him to train as a guide and he jumped at the opportunity to learn a new skill and relished the chance to be with the baobabs, birds and animals he loved so much. Theo’s excitement is infectious as he comes across amazing sightings on game drives - he remembers his favourite morning drive “it was early morning and passing through Nyakapembe, an open grassland, we caught sight of a leopard hunting a family of warthog – the little piglets were too tempting for the leopard! Not long afterward we came across a cheetah who was also on the hunt – it was such a thrill to see two of Africa’s greatest cats stalking their prey – and I was in heaven!” Due to his amazing vivacity he was promoted to Head Guide in 2016.
Allen Gerald Mtui
Allen was born in the town of Marangu, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and he is very proud of his Chagga tribal heritage. After leaving school, his ambition was to work in tourism so Allen studied at the Kilimanjaro Institute of Hotel Management & Tourism and received a diploma in Tourism Management. After graduating in 2000, Allen delved straight into a career with Selous Safari Company and in 2004/5 he was offered the opportunity to join a company run guide training course which he jumped at and this led him to a full time guiding role at Siwandu. Since then he has gained a rifle handling licence and a Tanzanian rarity of a 1st class driving licence for VIPs. Over the years Allen becoame an integral part of the Siwandu guiding team but to discover new lands, new species and a new environment in 2015 he moved to Jongomero.