With a solid knowledge of Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, Robert Mason is the epitome of an experienced safari guide. Charming and witty, he is armed with a wealth of knowledge and has built a reputation for providing an exceptional all-round safari experience.
Rob started his safari career in South Africa’s Lowveld, before embarking on an adventure with his vivacious wife, Storm, to manage Sand Rivers Camp in the vast Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Here he gained valuable experience of the remote wilderness of southern Tanzania. After travelling the length and breadth of Tanzania’s untamed wildernesses, they set off to manage Chongwe River Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park. This exposed them to some of Zambia’s top safari destinations and is also where Rob obtained his Zambian Wildlife Authority Guiding Qualification, including walking, boating and canoeing certifications.
Young and eager to see more of the world, Rob and Storm soon found themselves managing a luxury hotel in India; The Oberoi Wildflower Hall in Shimla, at the foothills of the Himalayas. This 85 room, 5-star deluxe Spa Retreat exposed them to corporate hotel management and the Oberoi Group’s famous standards and procedures. Whenever possible, Rob and Storm explored India and Sri Lanka’s wild spaces; finding places which rang true to their safari spirit.
After 3 years in northern India, the draw of Africa lured them back to the bush. Joining Sirai House on the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya, in early 2012, they had the privilege of working with professionals who had been handpicked to create this incredible property. Managing the house for five years, they headed a team who aimed to deliver arguably the best standards in safari in East Africa.
True to their adventurous spirit, Rob and Storm, now joined by their young son Angus, have since secured an untouched tract of Northern Kenya. This allows their guests the chance to integrate with local communities, contribute towards the protection of wildlife and be part of securing a natural habitat. They hope to leave a conservation legacy that preserves a spectacular corner of Kenya.
Rob was invited to become a Ker & Downey associate; and join a team who provide a network of the very best safari destinations and safari outfitters in the industry. Rob uses his years of management and guiding experience, as well as a vast knowledge of the African safari industry, to open up a world of adventure for discerning guests..