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Billy Norris

Billy Norris

An associate guide with Ker & Downey Safaris, Billy brings a lifetime of experience in the industry - he literally lives and breathes the East African landscape. He is fun, warm and relaxed and you feel as if you’ve made a friend for life after leaving a safari with him.

Billy was born in Kenya and spent much of his childhood growing up in Tsavo National Park, where his parents were working. Time growing up in the bush has left an indelible mark on Billy and he has always loved safaris, not only for the amazing flora and fauna, but because of the incredible landscapes and vistas as well as for the tribespeople who have adapted to the environments around them.

In his early twenties, Billy got a job in Tanzania, building - and later managing - a camp in Western Serengeti. He continued to work in Tanzania, organising the logistics of moving a mobile camp operation around the country, as well as guiding and hosting trips.

Billy met his Australian-born wife, Anita, in Tanzania and after they were married, they spent two years back in Anita’s home country, where Billy guided trips across Australia’s Northern Territory. However, the pull of East Africa was too great, and Billy and Anita headed back to Kenya, where they have been living since. Billy carried on where he left off, guiding safaris, and they set up their own mobile camp operation, organising and leading safaris throughout East Africa. Billy and Anita recently moved to a small holding just outside Nanyuki, beneath the slopes of Mount Kenya, where they have a built a house for themselves and their daughters, Isabelle and Carla.

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