Featured Guide: Christian Magori Boya

Christian Magori Boya, also known as “Chris”, was born on 15 November 1977 in the Mara Region of Northwest Tanzania. He is of the “Zanaki” tribe and proud of his culture and country. He is married and has two children, a boy and a girl.

He attended Arusha Primary School from 1984 to 1991, then Edmund Rice Secondary School from 1992 to 1994. He then moved to a boarding school in the Kilimanjaro region from 1994 to 1997 and finished his high school education at the same institution.

After finishing his secondary education, Chris attended Bandari College for two years taking commercial courses in Clearing and Forwarding, Salesmanship and Entrepreneurship. He then joined Unilever in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as a salesman in 2000. It was while working as a sales person that his interests in tourism were revitalized – a passion he has had since childhood. So in 2002 he decided to join Mweka College of Wildlife Management in Moshi where he attained an Advanced Certificate in 2004.

In April 2007 he undertook an additional six-week special guiding course including birding in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania. He managed to score amongst the top ten guides out of 40 on his final examination.

He has vast experience and knowledge of wildlife and birds. He has a special interest in flora and fauna as well. Chris is fluent in English, Swahili, Zanaki (his tribal language) and basic Maa language. Currently he is taking a course in Spanish to help diversify his linguistic skills.  He has been working as a Professional Safari Guide since 2004. Chris’s hobbies are traveling, bird watching and photography.

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