Meet our Guides

Our guides are a key strength, chosen for their knowledge and passion of the areas that they work in. All of our tour guides on our group tours are carefully hand picked and are not just passing through these countries but are usually locally born with a deep and long term involvement with them; this gives them amazing insights into local culture, history and customs, enabling us to create truly unique itineraries and for you to come away with memories to be treasured forever. We believe that a guide can make or break a trip and so we invest time and effort to ensure that we’ve chosen correctly. Below are some of the guides that you may come across on our small group tours;

Madagascar - Danhy Ratsimbason

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1. How long have you been working as a guide?

I have been in the tourism industry for more than ten years now. I started as a tour consultant, but tired of office work, and craving for adventures I decided to become a tour guide.

2. What do you consider to be the best thing about Madagascar?

Diversity. The neighbouring islands, such as the Seychelles and Mauritius, have only nice beaches and good hotels to attract tourists. By contrast, after a visit to Madagascar, visitors come away with diverse pictures: from the limestone pinnacles of the West, through the terraced ricefields and the rocky mountains of the Highland, the rainforest of the East to the sandstone massif of the South.

3. What do you love about being a guide?

To meet new people. But also, to show to the rest of the world that there is more to this country than poverty.

4. Any other hobbies?

I try to play the piano.

Madagascar - Patrick Andrianantenaina

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1. How long have you been working as a guide?

I graduated from the local Tourism College .I have been travelling throughout the country these last ten years getting to know and explore every unknown corner of the country. Therefore I have acquired a lot of experience and knowledge to fulfill my duty in a professional manner in order to make the customer happy. I am not superman with super skills though!

2. What do you consider to be the best thing about Madagascar?

The first best thing would be the people: the Malagasy are very peaceful, welcoming and happy people. You will notice this lovely smile of the children in every place you go. Despite the striking and unbelievable poverty people seem to have accepted their fate and enjoy life as it comes. It goes without saying that nature is what makes Madagascar so famous. Home for various endemic species, the country is a little heaven for nature lovers. Madagascar has a lot to offer - rare reptiles, more than a thousand species of orchids, endemic and rare family of birds not to forget about the iconic lemurs

3. What do you love about being a guide?

I love to see places. Even if we have been passing through the same spot a thousand times it always seems new to me and the excitement is all different but of course among all the different sites I have my preference. I was always eager for meeting new people for sharing my knowledge about the country .This is all matter of exchanging viewpoints, way of life and for me at the end, to broaden my horizon.

4. Any hobbies?

Watching any kind of documentary but I favor most those which deal with wildlife. I do love reading books as well. In my spare time at home I do enjoy cooking for my family, preparing dishes that I have come across during some of my trips.

Burkina Faso - Sena Gatri

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1. How long have you been working as a guide?

l have being working as a guide with incoming groups since 2007.

2. Favourite place in Burkina and why?

My favourite place in Burkina is Bobo Dioulasso because of the masks festival and the authenticity of the sites that we visit.

3. What do you love about being a guide?

l like discovering, meeting people and learning from others.

4. Any other hobbies?

I like playing all sorts of sports and games as well as exploring unknown places.

DR Congo - Michel Van Roten

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1. How long have you been working as a guide?

Since April 2002

2. Favourite place in DRC and why?

1- Congo River : Calm, peacefull, social contact with the local population

2- Goma and North Kivu: On one side, one the most beautiful lakes I ever have seen and on the other side, the Nyiragongo volcano. And the air – if it’s the whole year spring.

3. What do you love about being a guide?

Social contact with a group of completely different people. Showing them the country I love, the nice places, all good things Congo has to offer

4. Any other hobbies?

Not any more. Before, it was Aquarium fish and amphibians

Bangladesh - Mostafa Chowdhury

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1. How long have you been working as a guide?

I joined in 2001 & have been working here as a tour guide since then.

2. Favorite place in Bangladesh and why?

My favorite place in Bangladesh is the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) because I am always impressed by the colorful lifestyle and simplicity of our lovely hill tribes. My goal is the promotion of developing knowledge about these forgotten hill people and to foster friendship with their communities.

3. What do you love about being a guide?

During my childhood my dream was to explore the unknown world, now it has come true. My job always keeps me on the go, teaches me new lessons, I get to experience new sights & sounds which I always love & enjoy. My job gives me the opportunity to meet new people of different countries and I always love meeting new people & exchange cultural views with them.

4. Any other hobbies or interests?

I love cooking food, singing, writing poem, tells jokes

Tajikistan - Altynbek Mamadiev

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I have worked in tourism for 11 years. I believe the best places in Tajikistan are where I was born and grew up - the area around  the small village Murgab, located high in altitude at 3700m in the Pamirs between China and Afghanistan. The climate is very harsh there but I just love it. I am proud to show my homeland and the beautiful high mountains of the Pamirs to all the tourists in the world. What about Kyrgyzstan? I am Kyrgyz by nationality and Kyrgyzstan is my second home. In addition to tourism, I am fond of 4x4 cars.

Comoros - Mohamed Alhadhuir

How long have you been working as a guide?

For 6 years already !

What do you consider to be the best thing about your country ?

The dragon rocks, the Karthala volcano, the Marin Parc and turtles as well as the Lake Dzialadzé.

What do you love about being a guide?

I love trekking with people in the beautiful wild nature as well as doing cultural tours in the villages.

Any other hobbies?

Birdwatching in the nature and wildlife. I also like snorkeling.