Fred Ronko, Safari Fundi
Masai Mara, Kenya
One of Asilia’s most long-standing Kenyan guides, Fred is a truly exceptional Safari Fundi. He grew up in a village in the Greater Masai Mara and has guided in this region for 23 years, so his knowledge of the different habitats and secret spots to seek out is hard to beat. Growing up he dreamed of becoming a guide, and through meeting Jackson Looseyia and Ron Beaton, the founders of Rekero Camp, he got his chance. Fred’s superb guiding skills and charming manner means he has many repeat guests from all across the globe who return to Kenya each year to be guided by him.
Fred is based at Asilia’s Mara Bush Houses and as such has had the pleasure of guiding many groups and families over the years. He is excellent at finding ways to engage children of all ages with the world around them on safari, filling in downtime between game drives with tree climbing contests and learning about termite mounds up close.
As well as sharing insights into Maasai culture and what life in rural Kenya is like, Fred has guided many photographers and film crews over the years, making him well placed to anticipate the best positioning needed. He truly understands and studies wildlife behaviour, sharing this insight with guests to make their safari experience a rewarding and fascinating one, as well as hopefully helping them take home some fantastic photographs or film footage as mementos. Conservation and sustainable tourism are also a real passion of Fred’s and he is always happy to discuss the challenges and triumphs that he has seen in his time guiding in the Masai Mara, whether in the main reserve or the conservancies.
Photography and filming, birding, wildlife behaviour and culture