Guide Biographies

Dr. Ryan & Liza Snider

Safari Guides

By being raised in Kenya, Ryan and Liza have gained a solid understanding of the local culture, language and geography of East Africa.  After seeing first hand how ecotourism can contribute to sustainable development, they have fully embraced the concept of socially responsible travel and enjoy introducing it to others.  Ryan and Liza are intrepid travelers that seek authentic, meaningful, cultural exchanges, and they are eager to share their discoveries with anyone traveling with them.

 

James Gichure

Head Safari Guide
James is passionate about wildlife and has guided safaris throughout East Africa for over 15 years. He is extremely knowledgeable in the habits and characteristics of the local birds, animals, and plants, and enjoys teaching his guests all they have to offer.   Always a favourite guide, James looks forward to introducing you to the friendly, hospitable, and diverse people of Kenya.

David duChemin

Photographer & Guide

David is a world and humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, digital publisher, and international workshop leader whose nomadic and adventurous life fuels his fire to create and share.  Although he's based in Vancouver, Canada, David leads a nomadic life chasing compelling images on all 7 continents -- but he's especially excited to return to Kenya to photograph its wildlife next February.

 

Erla Koch

Trip Coordinator & Guide

Erla has been passionate about Tanzania ever since she volunteered there for 3 months in 2006.  Her love for the incredible people, the stunning landscape and the fascinating wildlife draws her back every year to volunteer, to organize, and to guide mission trips and safaris.  Erla's years of experience in Tanzania, her enthusiasm, and her understanding of the local culture and wildlife make her an ideal guide and coordinator for your socially responsible safari to Tanzania.

 

Luke & Mark Willms

Safari Guides

MBUNTU co-founders, Luke and Mark Willms have spent much of their lives leading safaris throughout Africa, trekking for mountain gorillas, rafting the Nile River, being chased by hippos, working with HIV/AIDS affected communities, and have recently started importing Ugandan coffee.  Luke previously served as the Assistant Director of Salama SHIELD Foundation and is collaborating on a doc-series that focuses entrepreneurs who operate without banks, while Mark recently graduated from Duke University Law, where he focused on African law and currently works in African political risk.

 

Bryan Adkins

Trip Coordinator, Guide & Conservationist

Bryan's intimate knowledge of Africa comes from a wide variety of adventures in the continent's most remote regions.  As a fourth generation Kenyan, he is committed to conserving Africa’s environmental heritage through linking wildlife management with sustainable development.  Bryan is a professionally licensed guide with the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA), and he looks forward to sharing his passion for Kenya with you.

 

Jeffrey Wu

Director of Photography
Jeffrey is an award-winning nature and wildlife photographer, and seasoned traveler based in Toronto, Canada.  He has traveled to Kenya and Tanzania many times, and is an extremely patient teacher, specializing in image post-processing.

Lloyd & Erla Koch

Safari Guides

Ever since Lloyd first volunteered in the Congo (in the 60's!), and Erla volunteered with education and HIV/Palliative teams in Tanzania, the Kochs have been passionate about East Africa.  This passion led to a hitch-hiking expedition from Cape Town to Cairo, a management consultancy at a Nairobi Hospital, and the leadership of 10 Canadian infrastructure and medical teams to Shirati, Tanzania.  Now Lloyd and Erla are excited to share with you their passion for the people, landscapes, and incredible wildlife that roam the open savannahs.

 

Heidi Wright

Trip Coordinator & USA Representative
Heidi first fell in love with Africa in 1993 when she found herself volunteering in a small village in Uganda. That experience made such an indelible impression on her that she ended up living in East Africa for a total of 8 years. With her husband Keith, their three sons, and an adopted daughter from Kenya, Heidi loves going on safari in this special part of the world, as well as sharing it with others. Her understanding of the culture, people and wildlife of East Africa make Heidi an ideal coordinator for any guided safari!

Ralf Wall

Landscape Artist & Instructor
Ralf has a deep and intense appreciation for the natural environment, and it has inspired his work ever since his earliest days as an artist. Painting predominately outdoors (en plein air), the light and energy of Ralf’s surroundings plays a pivotal role in his work.  Ralf finds a great deal of solace and happiness in creating art, and he invites you to join him in using watercolours to portray the magnificent wildlife, beautiful people, and sweeping landscapes of Kenya. www.raflar.com

Kayla Peckford

Trip Coordinator & Guide
Kayla is a world traveller with a passion for exploring this beautiful planet. After returning from a two-month trip to Africa, she discovered that there is nowhere else quite like it. She looks forward to using her travel experiences to introduce others to the magnificent people, wildlife and culture of incredible Africa.

Dr. Maggie Miller & Pema Tshiri Sherpa

Trip Coordinators & Guides
Maggie and Pema have maintained an international friendship, and look forward to sharing what first brought them together: the beauty and culture of Nepal. Maggie first visited the Everest Region in 2013, and knew from that point that the region would have a profound impact on her life. She returned in 2015 to conduct PhD fieldwork, where she had the privilege of getting to know the local climbing Sherpas. Pema began working in the trekking industry when he was sixteen years old, and he is the only trekking guide who has walked every kilometer of the Great Himalaya Trail. With their knowledge and experience, this dynamic duo looks forward to guiding you on your Everest Basecamp adventure!

Meaghan Martin

Trip Coordinator & Guide
Meaghan's love for travel started in 2006 when she first stepped foot on red Ugandan soil. Since then she has become a world traveler, her passion for exploring and immersing herself in different cultures leading her to places in North, Southern & East Africa, the Mediterranean, and Central America. Whether sand-boarding down active volcanoes, or meeting artisans in remote African villages, Meaghan is always looking for adventure in a way that is authentic, meaningful and socially responsible.

Joni Kabana

Trip Guide and Photography Instructor
Joni Kabana is a visual artist who has traveled extensively on international assignments for various charitable and travel organizations while also exploring and stretching her beliefs and imagination as far as they will go. Her workshops emphasize a friendly eco-psychology aspect based upon her beliefs that we can be deeply affected by environments in which we choose to immerse ourselves. During this trip, Joni will be happy to consult on photography & video capture, cultural immersion experiences, and your own personal revelations while ensuring that you see this country not simply as a tourist, but as an explorer of new horizons. www.jonikabana.com.