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Meet Jesse, a fifth-generation Kenyan and a YZ Kenya Specialist. Jesse spent his childhood exploring much of the country's wilderness. After school, Jesse trained as a nature guide and worked in a secluded part of the Mara before joining the YZ herd.

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Born and raised in Kenya, Jesse grew up on the edge of Nairobi National Park and was brought up in a safari family. He is fifth-generation Kenyan and had the luck to grow up exploring all the far reaches of Kenya and its wilderness. Jesse was trained as a Lead Trails Guide and a nature guide in Botswana, before working as a camp manager and guide in the Maasai Mara.

Recent travel experience

Jesse’s latest travels took him back to the northern parts of Kenya, visiting Samburu, Lewa, and Laikipia on a familiarisation trip. His highlight was a sleep-out at Laikipia Wilderness Camp, on the edge of a dam that had game come in all through the night. The next morning, he took a walking safari back to camp and saw a leopard just two minutes after he’d set off! Absolutely amazing!

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African countries visited

Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda.

Jesse's biography

Jesse is fifth-generation Kenyan and was brought up in a safari family. He was schooled in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi and then decided to pursue a career in Tourism and Safari.

When he was 18, Jesse went down to Botswana and was trained as a Lead Trails Guide and a nature guide at the Okavango Guiding School.

Jesse’s first-ever job was working for Offbeat Mara Camp, a small tented camp in a secluded part of South Kenya called Mara North Conservancy. In this amazing location, Jesse carried out numerous walking safaris, accumulating a lot of hours and experience. Just a few of his fantastic game-viewing incidents included walking with lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and cheetah, as well as all the other common plains game. He considers this area a gem of Paradise, as it boasts such an immense concentration of game.

Through his childhood, Jesse had the benefit of being able to explore much of Kenya’s wilderness and parks due to his father’s vast knowledge of Kenya and because he was born into the tourism industry. He picked up a wealth of knowledge during his younger years while travelling in Tanzania and Uganda, and he has ample experience and knowledge of the Mara especially, as he spent a lot of time there especially during long school vacations and family trips.

Most memorable experience

A couple of memories come to mind. The first is when I was still on my training course in Botswana and we climbed up big mopane trees and watched a herd of about 250 elephants come out of the brush and walk underneath us. And the second is when I was doing a walk in the Mara along the Olare Orok river near the Offbeat camp and had 14 sub-adult lion cubs stalk us for about 3 kilometres as they followed us to a sundowner spot that we had set up for the clients. These are memories that I’ll definitely never forget.

Client reviews

"Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value We just returned from our vacation to Africa and we were so thrilled with the entire experience. We worked with Jesse at Yellow Zebra and he took care of every detail to perfection. The entire trip was perfectly coordinated and planned and everyone was very attentive and friendly. Jesse was there for us every step of the way to answer all of our questions and change details as needed. Absolutely cannot say enough great things about this trip, it was truly the vacation of a lifetime and we already cannot wait to return!"

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