Tell us a bit about yourself and what it is that you do?
My name is Dulla Fardy, born and raised in Arusha. My passion for wildlife begun at a very young age. I was hugely inspired to become a guide after I went on a school trip to Lake Manyara Park. I was 9yrs old and I loved how the guide interpreted every encounter and made the experience enjoyable and unforgettable.
Having attended the college of Africa Wildlife Management, I started guiding at Minjingu on tour programs. This allowed me to experience different cultures and wildlife across Tarangire and Lake Manyara’s eco-systems. I then pursued a guiding career in the Selous Game Reserve as a walking and boating safari guide, as well as a Game driver.
How did your career with Asilia begin?
Believing that there is no instant transformation into becoming a professional guide, I moved to the Serengeti to work as a wildlife guide and this is where I met with Asilia. I was inspired by the training they provided to professional guides and the vast wilderness areas you are exposed to. I joined the family and I’m now one of the Asilia guides at Kwihala Camp, in Ruaha National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa. A place I have always wanted to visit.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is when I get to meet different people from various parts of the world, sharing stories and having the opportunity to learn about different cultures as we enjoy the beauty of wildlife.
Why do you enjoy working in the bush?
I love working in the bush because this is where I can witness the true magic of mother nature.
What is your most memorable or funniest moment?
I came across a Thompson gazelle that got stuck in the mud, it managed to free itself looking completely different from the herd. She attempted to regroup with the herd, but the gazelles started running away from her. It was so funny to watch a muddy covered gazelle chasing after the herd thinking they were running away from an actual predator behind her.
How would you convince someone to visit East Africa?
While Africa is still the greatest wildlife continent on the planet. East Africa is the one place you can come witness the greatest mountains, rivers, lakes, beautiful islands, beaches and come eye to eye with great predators that walk our planet. Not to miss, the vastly interconnected cultures of its people linked to a rich history.