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John Parmwat

John is a member of the Maasai tribe. John was born just to the east of the Serengeti in the Loliondo Conservation Area. Loliondo forms the eastern boundary of the Serengeti Ecosystem and is a natural corridor that the great migration follows on its southward movement in November and December.

Having grown up in Loliondo, in the path of the wildebeest migration, John’s interest in wildlife came naturally. His family sent him to Nairobi for his secondary education, which gave him a great opportunity to learn English as well as to continue studying wildlife. After finishing school, he returned to his home, not far Klein’s Camp. This gave him the opportunity to meet some of the staff and because of his warm personality, he quickly became friends and his potential was recognized.

John was sent to South Africa for driver-guide training where he attained the highest levels in his class. He then returned to Tanzania and worked for several years as a driver-guide at Kleins Camp. His desire to spend more time wildlife viewing and exploring the more action packed areas of the Serengeti brought him to Africa Dream Safaris.

John admires the cheetah because of its beauty and peaceful nature. He finds it fascinating that a cheetah will give up a kill to vultures rather than fight for it. He also finds the mating rituals of the crowned crane interesting and often compares it to the similar rituals used by young Maasai men. He found one of the biggest challenges of his life was schooling in Nairobi, away from his Maasai Village and his family. The life in Nairobi was certainly a lot different than that in Loliondo.

Aside being fluent in English and Swahili, John is also fluent in Maa, the language of his tribe, the Maasai. One interesting wildlife encounter that John recalls was an encounter with a bull elephant in ‘musth’ that left him with a lasting respect for the size and strength of this animal. The bull elephant made an unexpected charge at his vehicle and he feels that his training saved him from any risk but admits it was a frightening experience. At certain times of year dominant male elephants exhibit a phenomenon known as ‘musth’, which is apparently a highly sexual state. This can be recognized by a secretion of dark liquid from the temporal glad. Male elephants in ‘musth’ are extremely dangerous and will often charge vehicles if they feel threatened.


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