Elvira Wolfer left her job with a Swiss bank 1999 to take over Bush Trucker Tours in Nairobi. Before settling in Kenya she travelled to Ecuador/Galapagos, Brazil, Argentina, Malaysia and spent 3 month in a safari camp in Botswana. She has a diploma in animal psychology and the safari guide silver badge (Kenya professional safari guides association) as well as long experience in the African wilderness.

“My love for all animals and nature was leading me to Africa”
 

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Joseph has been working with Bush Trucker Tours for more than 19 years as a driver/guide and mechanic. Due to his great experience he knows where and how to track down animals even without radio call and how to approach them without disturbing them. He knows most of the corners in every park so you can leave the beaten tracks. Should there be once a problem with the car, don’t worry he knows how to solve it. His skills have made many cars of other drivers in the bush move again.

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Samuel Mugo or Sammy as most people call him was born on the slopes of Mt Kenya. This is a place of rivers, streams, forests and lush vegetation teaming with animals, insects and lots of birds. This led him to a keen interest in nature and a study of Biological sciences in School. After School he studied Tour Guiding and Travel in College and after qualifying he worked in various safari lodges and camps as a Resident Ornithologist and Naturalist.
Sammy is a highly qualified and very knowledgeable safari guide and will guide you especially on Birding but also on Wildlife, Photography or general safaris.

In June 2014 the book “Wings of Kenya” by Lorenzo Barelli, Jacques Pitteloud and Samuel Mugo was launched. 750 species where photographed on their trips to various regions. Even some of the rare species where found....  It is not a scientific book, but can help to identify some of the tricky species.

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Richard Kiprotich has a long experience as safari guide and has worked in upmarket camps like Tortilis Camp (Amboseli), Elephant Pepper Camp (Masai Mara), Elsa’s Kopje (Meru) and Borana Ranch (Laikipia). He is great in spotting animals and knows how to position the car for photographers. Richard is Silver level guide with Kenya professional Safari Guide Association and has a passion for animals. You will not forget the time you spend with him in the bush thanks to his exeptional humour and knowledge....

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Our partner in Tanzania, Aafeez Jivraj, has been a driver/guide for many years. Some years ago he founded his own company, which is a sister company to Bush Trucker Tours. He and his team will ensure you will not miss anything on your safari.

This co-operation makes safaris in Kenya and Tanzania or cross border safaris possible. You will meet the same quality and very importantly the same safari philosophy.

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It is very important to us that our vehicles are well maintained and have a high road safty. Breakdowns in the bush are not fun at all and it is better to leave with a well checked vehicle.

This applies to land cruisers, land rover and if you wish a minibus safari for those cars as well.

I (Elvira) and Aafeez in Tanzania are testing all driver/guides sent out with clients. This ensures that you are in good hands. Driving skills, careful driving, reliability and knowledge are very important to us.

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Our safari philosophy:

In our company we treat every client individually. That is why we do not want to join in the mass tourism. In the contrary, it is our aim to have our car surrounded by 20 lions and not 20 cars surrounding 1 lion. We will take care of you from your arrival in Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam or Arusha up to your departure. Our deep knowledge of the parks allows us to drive off the beaten tracks where ever possible. Most of the time our radio calls are switched off so you do not get surrounded by other cars the moment you have tracked down an interesting animal.

Mileage on game drives is not limited – we spend as much time in the bush as you like and park rules and safety allow.

Even safaris can be an adventure your safety is very important to us. While camping we get in close touch with nature and so we have to follow a few important rules. On transfers we drive carefully without risky overtakings. Our itineraries allow us time to stop and take a picture of scenic landscapes. Our drivers know where it is nice for a stop.  While respecting the park and security rules we will do our best to fulfill all your wishes.

If you already had your imaginations of

  • spending your holidays with your family and/or friends in a private atmosphere
  • joining a group having the same interests
  • having a car and crew to your own disposal
  • going on a special and informative safari
  • than you found the right address just now. We will assist you in planning your safari itinerary or in finding a group to join in. We are convinced that together we can make your dreams of a safari come true. We are looking forward to welcome you as our guests.

 

This is important to us:

  • Watching animals with respect and patience without disturbing, harassing or scaring them
  • Not to make noise, litter or get too close to animals
  • Our driver/guides are very experienced and track down animals without using the radio call on game drives. This allows you undisturbed animal observation without many other vehicles around you
  • We treat local people with respect and understanding, for example do not take pictures without asking

 

 

Safari life:

No matter if you go for a camping or lodge/luxury tented safari you will be driven in a 4x4 Land cruiser or land rover. These cars have roof openings to allow you a view to all sides. Our groups are usually restricted to not more than 6 people per car so every one has a window seat.  We also do safaris by less costing minibuses in Kenya on request.

Breakfast is mostly before sunrise and we drive off between 6.30 and 7.00 a.m. Return to the camp for the hot midday. We take lunch, have time to observe nearby animals and birds, to rest or to write diary. After the 3 p.m. tea we start our afternoon game drive and stay until the sun sets. Animals are most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Despite that, the light is the best shortly after sunrise and before sunset. After dinner we sit around the campfire in the mobile tent and listen to the sounds of the night like the laugh of hyenas and roars lions.

In larger parks we do not only go for the usual morning and afternoon game drives, we often spend the whole day out in the bush having picnic lunch in the park under a shady tree no matter if we stay in our mobile camp or lodges. We can therefore reach more remote places in those parks.

We are very flexible in our daily programs and like to consider your wishes.

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Where ever possible we camp on private campsites not to be disturbed by other people’s activities. In larger parks we choose the campsites according to the movements and expected whereabouts of animals. The tents are positioned under a shady tree with enough space in-between them so you still have your privacy. All campsites are not fenced and do allow any kind of animal to pass by. Still, there is nothing to worry since animals are not interested in tents, as long you do not keep food in them. Our staff is experienced with wild animals and please obey their instructions for your own safety.

Our tents are large enough to stand upright, except in budget camping safaris. Mosquito nets prevent most insects from entering. You either sleep on mattresses or camp beds depending on the standard booked.

A shower tent with a solar bag hanging from a branch will be built in the camp, so you do not miss your daily shower. In front of your tent is a washbasin filled regularly with fresh water. The tents have enough space in-between, so you have your privacy. A deep whole in the ground, a wooden seat with 4 legs and a curtain around it, that is our bush toilet. A mess tent will protect you from hot sun or rain.

While being in a mobile camp you become part of nature but do not miss comfort.

Food: For camping safaris we prepare part of the meals in Nairobi and keep them frozen in cool boxes. On longer trips we buy fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry and fish while doing transfers. The meals are rich and varied. In the bush we cook either on gas cookers, open fire or nature friendly charcoal. Soft drinks, mineral water and beer are carried along. Let us know if you would like wine or spirits and we will have it ready for you.

 

 

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Last but not least, a further important person on your safari is the cook. One of our  experienced cooks will spoil you with tasty meals in the bush.

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Children: please be aware that it might not be fun for small children to sit long hours in a car. It can be hot and bumpy. In some lodges children are not allowed below 5 years. In our mobile tented camps for more than 1 child below 10 years a separate staff will have to be taken along to watch over them. If you would like to join a group with your children, the other participants must give their consent. Only very few lodges provide nannies for children. That means you will be responsible to look after them for 24 hours.

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