Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

Authentic small group photo tours to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

Mamai Karesi

Mamai was born and raised in the northern frontier of Kenya and is a member of one of the most famous of Kenya's tribal groups, the Maasai. Not only will you have wonderful wildlife experiences with Mamai, but he also loves to share and interpret his personal insight into his fascinating Maasai culture.

Mamai is married with three children and they live on a group ranch in the Laikipia area. 

After completing secondary school, Mamai joined the Amboseli institute of Hotel and Travel where he graduated with a Diploma in Tour guiding and administration. For the past 14 years, Mamai has been involved in wildlife projects and tourism. He has worked with the Laikipia Predator Project, that focuses on the ecology and conservation of African Predators and the growing issue of Human & Wildlife Conflict. He also worked as a safari guide in the Loisaba Wilderness area for 5 and a half years, after which he moved to the famous Maasai Mara - Kenya's finest game viewing area. Here he worked as a guide at Kicheche Mara Camp. During his time in the Mara Mamai built up an amazing knowledge of the Reserve and knows it like the back of his hand. 

After a number of years at Kicheche, Mamai moved to Nairobi and has continued to work as a safari guide. I was very fortunate to meet Mamai on safari and I immediately noticed how in tune he was with predicting animal behaviour and how good he was at positioning the safari vehicle for photographers, taking into account the light, distance from the subject and the background. He is an absolute pleasure to work with, always punctual, always smiling, soft spoken and has an amazing knowledge of the wildlife, the reserves and his country.

Mamai is also an excellent birding guide which is why he is the perfect person to lead the "BIRDS of KENYA" photo safari. His birding knowledge started at an early age when he and his friends competed with each other to see how many birds they could identify. Since then Mamai has participated in various ornithological courses and has led many birding specific safaris.

Mamai has a very keen interest in his own photography and loves photographing the amazing diversity of Kenya's Wildlife. Having a guide like Mamai who is patient, considerate, knowledgeable and who knows where to go and what to look for in a photograph is extremely valuable on a photographic safari.

Mamai is a certified member of the KENYA PROFESSIONAL SAFARI GUIDES ASSOCIATION (KPSGA) and a licensed safari guide through the Tourism Regulatory Authority of Kenya.

"Through my experiences I have learned that guiding is about an honest enjoyment of the bush and all the facets of nature. It's also about a genuine enjoyment of people and communication; its about teaching people about the bush and creating an experience and a holiday that they will never forget."
- Mamai

Testimonials The Wild 4 team made my trip to South Africa a truly memorable experience. Photographing some of the orphaned captive animals at the private game reserve on the extension was a great way to start the holiday, and Stu's tuition on techniques, composition and familiarity with your gear was the foundation for the rest of the trip.  In Kruger we had some wonderful sightings - including the 'Big 5' all in one day on two consecutive days! The highlights were spending 20 minutes with a leopard cub in a tree no more than 30 metres away, and on the last day watching a pride of 14 lions stalking a herd of zebra for more than an hour - just wonderful experiences! I'm sure the quality of the shots I took was infinitely better than if I'd gone on a regular safari, as the whole focus of the experience is expertly designed to maximise photographic opportunities - including only 3 photographers in the specially designed vehicle.  Stu's knowledge, enthusiasm and patience were boundless, and Ann's spotting and catering skills were also priceless! I hope to visit Africa again soon, and without doubt Wild 4 will be my first option.

Greg Morgan, UK

Testimonials Kruger North to South 16 days of photo safari gone off like a wink of an eye especially when it was fun and memorable. Like an aciton-packed movie, the opening scene at the Skukuza Airport reception by Wild4 Team : Stefan and Sandrine was delightful and the afternoon game drive was filled with excitements with shots of wildlife encountered as we travelled to our first camp in Satara. The numerous sightings we experienced over the next two weeks were nothing less than thrilling and of course capturing the Big 5 was fulfilling. The teamwork of Stefan and Sandrine was excellent giving the traveling photographers absolutely nothing to worry except to be trigger happy. Each day I shot approximately 1,500 images as each day bought new surprises. As a photographer I used the Sony A9 with the 2x teleconverter on the 100-400mm G Master zoom for distant & fast-moving subjects like eagles' flights, lions, leopards, rhinos and the smaller birds in flights while my Leica SL on a APO Vario Elmarit 90-280mm zoom for intermediate distance subjects like elephants, hippos, zebras, Impalas, Kudus and various animals within close quarters of the vehicle, and finally my Leica Q for the panoramic shots of landscape and daily point and shoot. A memorable trip ending with almost 4 TB of mobile hard disk storage. I will re-live my memories when I sort out the images and I look forward to my next trip with Stu on the Tanzania & Elephants of Amboseli and many other trips with Wild4.

Clifford Yap, Singapore