The guides

Highly skilled Maasai guides and drivers

One of the most important things when it comes to a successful safari is to have good guides. And the guides at Oltepesi are among the very best in the Mara.

John Siololo
John Siololo, also known as Big John, is a naturalist with about 15 years of experience guiding in the Mara. He is a guide and driver at Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp. John is born and raised in the Mara North and Olare Motorogi Conservancy and knows the Maasai Mara like the inside of his pockets. John is a well known and sought after guide. He knows what it means to deal with professional and demanding wildlife photographers, and always work hard to give you the best opportunities to get the best shots whether it is from inside the car, or from the ground or on foot – from the early mornings to the late afternoons.

Jackson Ole Ronko
Jackson Ole Ronko has about 12 years of guiding experience and is one of the very best of his kind in the Mara. Jackson was born in 1987 and raised as a herds boy in the Mara North Conservancy. After finishing primary school, he joined Koiyaki Guiding School for wildlife, conservation and eco-tourism studies. After graduating from Koiyaki Guiding School, Jackson has been working as a guide and driver for several high profiled professional wildlife photographers in the Mara. He has also acquired his own nature photography skills. Jackson joined the Oltepesi team as driver and guide in 2018.

James Lenjir
James Lenjir grew up herding his father’s cattle along the Maasai Mara game reserve. He has been a guide for the last 12 years. He has been working at several lodges in the Mara, and he is well experienced working with photographers. He is also very passionate about birding. James is also a Koyiaki guiding school graduate with a certificate in tour guiding. He is credited as a Silver level guide, the second-highest-ranking level in Kenya. James joined the Oltepesi team as a driver and guide in 2021.

Johnmark Kiss-may
Johnmark Kiss-may is a naturalist with about 12 years of experience guiding at different safari companies in the Mara. He is born and raised in the Mara and has also studied wildlife, conservation and eco-tourism at Koiyaki Guiding School. He has great knowledge about both the flora and fauna of Maasai Mara, and he is also exceptionally sharp-eyed. When requested Johnmark is guide/driver on Oltepesi’s game drives. Johnmark also works as a guide and driver at Entim Camp in Maasai Mara.

All the guides speak English fluently.