King was born and brought up in Nairobi Kenya and later moved to Madras India where he did his BSc. in Hotel and Catering Management. In 2003 he joined the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp team where he will always be remembered for the various community programs he initiated. In 2011 he returned home to run Sanctuary Olonana where he has continued his passion for looking after his guests and various community projects. To date one of his greatest achievements was taking disabled travelers Gorilla Tracking, an experience no other camp in Bwindi has been able to offer guests.
Maurice Tissah Simiyu
Assistant Manager & Head of the Front-of-House Team
Maurice started off in the hospitality industry as a waiter. He joined Sanctuary 13 years ago as a room attendant. Little did he believe that one day he would be a Guest Relations Officer and then an Assistant Manager. His workday is extensive and long - getting up at 3am to send guests on their hot air balloon safari before dispatching those going on game drives and fulfilling his administrative duties. But he loves his job, largely because of the environment and the great team he works with.
Guest Relations Office
Christine was born and brought up in Central Kenya. She fell in love with the Hospitality Industry and enrolled at the Utalii college for a Diploma in Hotel Management. She received her training at The Hotel Intercontinental, Sarova Whitesands and The Baobab & Kole Beach Resort & Spa. In June 2010 she joined the dynamic Sanctuary Olonana team as Guest Relations Officer. She loves meeting new people and is looking forward to hosting you at Sanctuary Olonana.
John Mwanzia (Big John)
Big John as he likes to be called was born in 1966 in the Eastern parts of Kenya. In 2004 he joined Sanctuary Olonana as the executive Chef where he has worked up to date. Big John who almost always walks with a smile on his face says “I am enthusiastic to always serve my guests well presented quality and healthy food. My favourite dish is fresh Olonana salad because it is always fresh from my WOW organic garden. It also my signature dish.
Abdul Karim Muturi
Abdul decided from a young age that he wanted to be a guide. After working as a naturalist for many years he joined Sanctuary Olonana seven years ago. Given the opportunity to do anything else, Abdul says he would still stick with guiding. He enjoys nothing more than to find animals a guest would never expect to see. He believes in continuous learning and to pass on his skills to other young guides. Now he leads a team of six dedicated guides.
Joseph Ole Koyie
Head Naturalist and Guide
Joseph who is also a traditional Masai warrior has an incredible knowledge and passion for the Masai Mara, her fauna, flora and people. This was evident when he won the Born Free Most Responsible Safari Guide Award and the 2012 Eco-tourism Guide of the Year award. During his awards speech he said ”I am very proud to have won this important guiding award. As guides we are all responsible for ensuring that our game drives do not harm or disturb the wildlife and habitats that our guests come to visit.
Elizabeth who is the camps’ beauty/body therapist has been with Sanctuary for five years now. She loves interacting with her guests and says “I love my job because it’s what I love to do most” A few of her favorite spa treatments are: Thalgo organic facial as it gives instant results. The Africology signature solutions as it is a holistic treatment that includes a body scrub, body wrap, body massage and a facial.
Ambrose Masinya Jimmy
Since joining three years ago, Ambrose has moved from being a pastry chef to a sous chef, assistant to the executive chef. His day is a busy one involving organising the kitchen, planning the day’s menus and activities and cooking with the kitchen team. With a background as a pastry chef, he still has a soft spot for desserts, especially carrot cake.