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Reggie Matemu

Reggie Matemu is a member of the Maasai and Chagga tribes. Even as a very young child Reggie was extremely passionate about learning and getting an education. Reggie’s parents were unable to send him to school so he decided to take matters into his own hands and went to live with his uncle in Lake Victoria and worked there for him so he could go to school. Reggie eventually returned to his roots in the Kilimanjaro/Arusha area. But the same ambition and quest for knowledge that had driven Reggie to pursue a formal education at such an early age continued to propel him forward to follow his true passion for wildlife and become a professional driver guide.

And all that hard work has paid off. These days you will find Reggie immersed in his element, rumbling across the Tanzanian wilderness with his safari guests, everyone brimming with smiles at Reggie’s enthusiastic stories. Reggie loves nothing more than to show other people the beauty of Tanzania and the wildlife that resides here, as well as the colorful Tanzanian culture. One of Reggie’s missions in life is to educate as many people as possible about the proud heritage and traditions of the Maasai culture.

Reggie’s favorite animal is the lion, more specifically the adult male lion, who he admires for his strength and confidence.

One of Reggie’s favorite stories “in the bush” is about the time a cheetah jumped on his vehicle. He was with a family of safari guests in the Serengeti when they came across a family of 6 cheetahs, a female and her 5 sub-adult cubs. Reggie turned off the vehicle and the group watched as the cheetahs relaxed and played together. One of the male cheetahs came over and rested in the shade of the land rover for a while. To the surprise and delight of the guests, this particularly brave and curious cheetah actually jumped onto the bonnet of the land rover for pictures! It was a particularly memorable occasion for these lucky guests to get so very “up close and personal” with this charming resident of the Serengeti.


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  ALEXANDER LYIMO   EVAREST MBOYA   PETER MEENA
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