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Born to be wild

Some of Africa’s top guides share their adventures, love for the bush and trade secrets

Parmalai Saiyalel, aka Kevin

Where: Mara Plains Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya

Time guiding: 12 years

What’s the best thing about where you work?

Olare Motorogi is Maasai-owned land, which means that the landowners actively participate in protecting the wildlife, while also benefitting from tourism.

What is the most amazing wildlife encounter you have had?

On a morning game drive we were watching a herd of zebra crossing a river when a crocodile attacked a sub-adult, but the zebra, after struggling with the croc for a few minutes, managed to escape. However, its back legs were badly hurt and it collapsed on the riverbank. Ten minutes later a male leopard appeared and pounced on the injured creature. But before he killed it, the crocodile came out of the water and they started fighting over it. This lasted for about 20 minutes until eventually the croc won, pulling the now-dead zebra back into the river.

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