Nkossie Masocha is one of our Jenman guides who consistently gets high praise from guests. He has a passion for guiding and an even more incredible passion for birds. His most distinguishing factors are his extensive knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile for guests, some of whom left the following glowing review:
“I would like to add that Nkossie Masocha, our guide, was excellent! He could spot game and birds that we had difficulty seeing with binoculars! He knew the behaviour of the animals, their anatomy, ages etc… He also tried very hard to please us and I was really touched that hearing me mention my love for a particular cheese, he hunted in the supermarket to find it and surprised us with it at lunch! Service with a smile.”
We spoke to him and asked him some questions to get to know him better:
Where are you from?
Originally from kwaBulawayo (Zimbabwe) then moved to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
How long have you been a guide?
Since 1997 when I got my guide’s license.
How long have you been working for Jenman?
I started last year as a driver.
Why did you decide to be a guide?
When I was young we loved to watch wildlife documentaries with my father. Once I wished I was a bird, a clever one a cat wouldn’t catch or boys could hit with a catapult. After school, I was stuck on what to study and a cousin suggested guiding and then I took it from there.
What’s your favourite part about the job?
I love driving through Namibia’s rugged terrain, the landscape is amazing it’s mncwaa! I also enjoy game drives especially when I have birdwatching fanatics on tour. I go crazy and wild I love it….I love birds!
Do you have a funny or interesting story that happened while you were working?
We once had a puncture of our truck’s rear inner tyre in the Etosha National Park not far from a waterhole where we were watching lions, and the clients offered to help change it – I laughed at the idea reminding them we were in a national park with many signs saying, “Stay in your car”.
What’s your favourite animal?
I find warthogs funny when they “kneel” to dig out for roots or when they run.