Getting To Know : Stacey Thompson
Meet The Team: Stacey Thompson – Manager at Rekero Camp
Tell us a bit about yourself, who you are and what it is that you do?
My name is Stacey Thompson and I manage Rekero Camp with my husband Peter. It is a perfect combination of unusual challenges and iconic African sundowners.
Where is home for you?
I was born and bought up in an area bordering the Mara and am spoiled to call such a magical spot on this world home. When I am not in Rekero I am either travelling or with my dogs at our little cottage about 70km from camp.
What is your favourite memory of working in the bush?
There are so many memories to chose from. Waking up to Scar (a not so handsome but very famous old lion) roaring within a meter of my pillow and to watch him wait for his lioness’ reply before sauntering off to whatever spoils they had gathered- brushing against our tent as he did so. Then there was ‘Babysitting’ Bahatis (our resident leopard) three cubs when she left them under the roots of a tree in front of tent six. Watching Cheetah cross the river ever so delicately compared to the chaos of the wildebeest crossings. Being in the middle of a herd of elephant as they wonder through camp. Saying good morning to Alex a giraffe with a broken ankle who sleeps by our tent more often than not. I could go on and on but basically just being in nature and with wildlife is a constant perk of life in the bush.
What is your favourite memory of your guests?
There are too many to choose from. If only I was able to tell you the number of people I meet each year it might be easier to understand how difficult this question is. Its one of the hardest parts of the job to meet and make connections with so many fascinating and lovely people just to have to say goodbye so soon. We have been able to celebrate so many important moments in people lives with them. If I had to pick a favourite memory of a guest of ours it would be a 94 year old (who shall remain nameless) on a trip with his daughter who was always up to no good. I can only hope that I will be half as mischievous as he one day. He knew exactly what to say and when, to make everyone erupt into some very heated and controversial debates. Only to turn to me, wink and switch off his hearing aid in utter glee.
What advice would you give other women who are thinking of working within the safari industry in Africa?
This way of life does not come without its sacrifices (as with all careers) and it’s important to be aware of what is required when working in remote environments, do your research. Then just do it, it’s the perfect way to test yourself. If you really want to get to understand who you are, and how resourceful you can be then the bush is for you. It’s a story you will take with you throughout life, I think your greatest challenge will be moving on one day and trying to make a life that doesn’t dull in comparison.
Who is the woman you most admire and why?
I could not pick anyone over my mother who is the strongest, most selfless human I know.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]