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David Chando

David is a member of the Bena tribe, from the southern highlands of Tanzania, near the large town of Iringa. This is a sub-tribe of Hehe, one of the largest tribes in Tanzania. David originally travelled to Arusha to complete veterinary school. He specialized in domestic animals (goat, sheep and cattle).

David worked as a government veterinarian performing artificial insemination for cattle and breeding local cows with more exotic breeds for increased milk production. Although the job sounds good, it was actually a poor paying job at that time. He first had to work in the national service to repay his debt for the government education as a veterinarian. David was stationed near Arusha and it was here that he lived in the bush and around the wildlife. He soon discovered how much he enjoyed watching and learning about wild animals, as opposed to domestic animals.

David quit his job as a veterinarian and instead went to school full time at the Mweka College of Wildlife in Moshi. David received his wildlife certification in 1990 and started working as a driver guide specializing in the Serengeti Ecosystem. David joined Africa Dream Safaris in 2004 and was been one of our top driver guides ever since.

“I have seen many things on safari, but one of the most amazing things was watching a hyena hunt and kill a baby giraffe in the Serengeti. The mother was trying to defend the baby even while it was being eaten by the hyena. She stayed about one full day after the baby was killed trying to get the baby to stand again. I actually thought this might have been her first baby. She guarded the baby and wouldn’t let the hyena eat for one day, but then she finally gave up. Sometimes what we see is at first sad, but this is the great cycle of life.”

“I have also seen a kill right behind my vehicle when a lion successfully hunted a wildebeest crossing a valley near Ndutu (in the Serengeti). People like to say that lions kill when it is cool (mostly at night or in the morning), but this was in the early afternoon. Lions are opportunistic hunters and hunt anytime when they think they can be successful. The interesting thing about going on a safari is that you never know when something amazing might happen right in front of you.


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  DEO WILLIAMS   NICKSON KASSIM   WILFRED FUE