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Fred Ronko

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, making his knowledge of the different habitats and secret spots to seek out 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. 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 helping them take home some fantastic photographs or film footage as mementos. Fred is passionate about conservation and sustainable tourism, and he is always happy to discuss the challenges and triumphs he has seen in his time guiding in the Masai Mara, whether in the main reserve or the conservancies.

Specialist areas:
Photography and filming, birding, wildlife behaviour and culture.