MEET THE SAVAGE WILDERNESS TEAM
Name: Mark Savage (Managing Director)
Activities Major: Rafting and Mountaineering
Qualifications: Trip leader and Raft guide 4/5, off shore skipper
Why I became an outdoors adventure guide: Mark formed Savage Wilderness Safari’s in 1987 after noticing a gap in the Outdoor Adventure market in Kenya at that time. He has since gone on to mould the company into the leading provider in the country. With over 30 years experience in the field, past triumphs include climbing ascents in Yosemite, Mt’s Mckinley, Kenya and Kilimanjaro. First descents of the Tana, Athi and Ewaso Ng’iro Rivers. Also the running of the highly successful ‘I will not complain’ programme; corporate development for businessmen from East Africa and the Far East
Name: James Savage (Managing Director)
Activities Major: All but loves to raft, kayak and guide on the mountain
Qualifications: Trip leader and Raft guide 4/5, SPA (single pitch award ), ML mountain leader, kayak level two coach, 5 star kayak leader. Day skipper,
Why I became an outdoors adventure guide: I have grown up going camping, climbing, rafting, climbing the mountain and so much more. I feel more at home under canvas than I do in a house. I have done a rough calculation that 5-10% of my life I have spent sleeping in a tent. I first climbed Mt Kenya when I was 5 years old and I walked the whole way. Those of you who know my father will understand. Needless to say I don’t remember any of it but it didn’t put me off. I have climbed the mountain over 80 times summiting point lenana 90% of the time. The outdoor are in my blood in my bones and I love it. I couldn’t think of any other job I would rather do. To survive as an outdoor instructor working in the outdoors you need to have a passion for what you do. You need to get out and climb, kayak, mt bike or what ever you enjoy doing for yourself. It cant just be a job. If its just a job you will lose interest and you wont give your clients as good a time as you would if this was your passion. I hope to see you on the rock, mountain or water soon.
Name: Glenn Richards (Senior Instructor)
Activities Major: Everything
Qualifications: Mountain Leader, Single Pitch Award, Level 2 UKCC coach, 4* kayak leader, SUP leader, International Raft Guide, raft and Duckys
Why I became an outdoors adventure guide: Worked and traveled around the world but Kenya has a special place in my heart! The Tana River is amazing for rafting and kayaking. Favourite time of year is the rain seasons and being able to explore the rivers what Kenya have to offer.
Name: Renson Muchuku Mburu (Head Of Outdoor Education)
Activity major: Expeditions and Water Sports ( Kayaking, Crocs and Stand up paddle boarding)
Qualifications: Level 1 coach, ML trained, ITC first level 3, Child Protection, MIAS level 1, IRF leve 3l, BC Level 2 and Mod water endorsed
Why I got onto the outdoor industry: My inspiration came from adventure seekers and their stories of how much nature had to offer. I later came to learn that the outdoors is a vast community of enthusiasts, diehards and nature lovers. The sole reason why I love the outdoors however, is the contentment that comes with the satisfaction of my clients, their smiles and the rewards that comes with it.
Name: John Mshindi (Guide)
Activities Major: Mountain and climbing guide, First Aid Trainer
Qualifications: Mountain training, Advanced Wilderness first aid Trainer.
Why I became an outdoors adventure guide: I got introduced to the outdoors in 1999 when I went up Mt Kenya. I was spell bound by the scenery; different climate zone, the flora and fauna on the mountain. This mountain has remained a source of inspiration. Starting off as a porter to a guide was quite a journey. Through this challenge of learning mountaineering I chose to remain steadfast-I can go on the mountain anytime. It gives a eerie feeling of being so close to this divine.
Name: Andreas Reblin
Activities Major: Rafting guide
Qualifications: Outdoor First Aid, SRT 1, SRTA, WWSR, Commercial raft guide grade 5.
Why I became an outdoors adventure guide: Andreas has been vit zee company since moving over from Germany in 1990. He has a wealth of experience on Kenyan rivers and is an experienced Mt Kenya/Kilimanjaro guide. Andreas built East Africa’s first Bungee Jump in 2001 to strictly vorsprung durch technik standards and is the owner/ operator of Bungeewalla Ltd. Andreas is fluent in German and is in therapy for chocolate addiction.
Name: Muchogoh muchangi
Activities Major: white water raft guide, whitewater kayaking, Rock climbing, mountain biking and Team building.
Qualifications: Raft guide 4/5 class 3 whitewater trip leader, SPA (single pitch award ),kayak level one coach,4 star leader kayaking,MIAS mountain bike leader(UK),Mountain training
Why i became an outdoors adventure guide; Quest for knowing what I did not know brought me to savage wilderness I always enjoy exciting bold and unusual experiences and always willing to take risks and try out new ideas, enjoys instructing the same to others and I endeavor to help people concur their fears through these outdoor activities.
Name: Sammy Maina
Activities Major: Mountain Biking
Qualifications: MIAS level 1, Outdoor first aid
Why I became an outdoors adventure guide: I became an outdoor guide because of Adventure and what it has to offer. I love nature and being outside and want to know more of what it all has to offer.
Name: Shane walker
Activities Major: climbing, kayaking, canoeing, MTB, teambuilding
Qualifications: Level 1 coach, 3 star canoe, foundation safety and rescue, white water safety and rescue, mountain leader training.
Why i became an outdoors adventure guide: I grew up involved in a lot of outdoor activities such as camping and hiking, I then got the opportunity at Savage Wilderness to expand my horizons and fell in love with it immediately. I fell for the river and all the different varieties of adventure tourism, and wish to expand my horizons even more.
Name: Julius Mwangi
Activities Major: Mountain bike/ river guide
Why i became an outdoors adventure guide: Julius is the fastest man on the Savage team. His diversity knows no bounds! Chief mountain biking instructor, raft guide, climbing and mountain instructor, Julius is currently trying to beat his fellow Kenyans in the international marathon circuit as a Virgin Atlantic sponsored runner.
Name: Kenneth Muturi (guide)
Activities Major: Climbing
Qualifications: 2 Star Award certificate. 3 Star whitewater star Award Certificate, 3 Star Canoe Star Award Certificate, Certificate in Coaching paddle sport, Completed the British Canoe Union whitewater Safety and Rescue and Foundation Safety and Rescue Endorsement Course. Outdoor first aid.
Why i became an outdoors adventure guide: I got into outdoors started off in school in the 1998 / 1999 academic year participating in sports and extracurricular activities both at the primary and secondary school level. i.e. A natural flair for athletics, Rugby and President’s Award attaining the Bronze, Silver and Gold. I successfully completed my academic IGCSE physical Education Course at Brookhouse with consistent progress in Rugby and got into Rugby programme at International level. After I did my Graphic Design Cours and I consider myself fit outdoors after few years inside a desk. Savage Wilderness welcomes me in there programme in 2014 and offers me a Job and inspiration to grow in a different kind of activities like Rock Climbing, Archery and Mountain Kills and a whole lot more they offer i.e. Rafting, Kayaking and Team building.
Names: Wilson Githendu Kirenga
Activities Majored : Water activities and Expedition,(kayaking,Duckie/Crocs,stand up paddle board,canoes,rafting,Rock Climbing.
Qualification: WWSR, Ml trained, 4*kayaker, 3*canoe, IRF Level 3 in Crocs, outdoor first aider, Level 2 assessed by BCU.
Why I became an outdoor adventure guide: A Man who love Nature and having fun and Networking.
Name: Kimaru Lydymta Wairimu. (Ms. Kim).
Activities majored in: Expeditions, Rock and wall climbing and Team Building.
Qualification: Assistant guide in Mountain climbing, Rock climbing, Wall climbing, Kayaking, several water sports and Team building.
Why I became a guide: The passion in me, the kind of peace I get once am out there interacting with nature and what it holds and above all the contagious smile I get from client once you’ve shown them what nature has to offer.