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Ephata was born in 1969 in Arusha and after his completing both his primary and secondary education in Arusha he went to University in Iringa to read Physics and Chemistry for two years. After a year of National Service, Ephata joined Mweka Wildlife Management College in August 1993. During his time at Mweka, Ephata climbed both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, which he found to be a great personal achievement.
In 1995, after completing Mweka Wildlife Management College, he joined a company based in Dar-es-Salaam where he worked as an Assistant Professional Hunter and Camps Manager. This is where Ephata gained his first true bush, general hunting and operation skills.
Missing home, Ephata returned to Arusha and continued to increase his knowledge and eventually joined the guiding team in 1999. He was the Africa Adventure Company Guide of the Year, 2009! In 2010 he visited the USA as a guest speaker on the AAC "Call of Africa" roadshows.
Ephata is married to Edelfrida and has a daughter Ines born on 15 March 2003 and a son Ince born 14 August 2006.
- I'm confident in saying we had the best guide and driver in all of Tanzania. Ephata became a dear friend almost overnight. He was kind, patient and fun to be around. He was willing to go off the beaten path if he thought the kids would like something - while also being very keenly aware of our safety (my son tested that a lot!) We noticed the first day that he was able to find animals the other guides just didn't see. Not only find them, but he is clearly an experienced tracker and would anticipate where that animal might walk or come out of the bush. He had us in prime view of leopards, elephants, lions and cheetahs that other jeeps never saw (or saw too late!) He also put his heart and soul into showing us Tanzania - I know we exhausted him but he never showed it. I just can't say enough about him - I hope you will convey our deepest gratitude to him (and tell him we miss him!)…Read More
- Lisa Pickard
Kristina, Erica & I were relieved to finally be together to start our safari. When we arrived in the Serengeti we met Ephata. What an outstanding guide! We would like to nominate him for "Guide of the year 2014!" He could see animals that we needed binoculars to see, all while driving over bumpy roads. He even found the migration herd for us. When we drove among those hundreds of thousands, we were amazed & delighted. He knew we loved to see the baby animals & he found us a lion with triplets. One of them climbed under our vehicle for shade! He was so close we could have touched him! Ephata told us the names of all the animals, birds, trees etc., we were seeing so we could check them off in our "Safari Guide". He was a walking encyclopedia. He and Mattae worked well together to find all the animals. I could go on & on about how wonderful Ephata was....Read More
- Olis Cook (Swahili nickname BiBi)