Renowned as a world-class safari guide in the Maasai Mara and adjacent Serengeti, Jackson Looseyia was born in the region in 1967 and attended school here during his childhood. He grew up in intimate connection with the African wilds, coming from a long family lineage of master trackers. Jackson’s father was a famous hunter who clashed with park authorities and was imprisoned, yet on his release he became the archetypal poacher turned gamekeeper, his prowess tapped as head ranger in the southern Mara to protect the wildlife he previously pursued. On forays into the bush with his father, sometimes for months on end, young Jackson learned to track dangerous animals such as lion and buffalo.
When Jackson was 20, he started working as a junior tracker for a local safari operation, following in the footsteps (literally) of his late father who had been chief tracker. Jackson went on to become the first Maasai guide in the Mara after he displayed not only an exceptional ability to track wildlife, but to interpret it to guests as well. To grow in his guiding prowess, Jackson went to South Africa to where he attained further expertise. Over the ensuing years he became a guide trainer, and by 1996 he was part-owner in Rekero, the safari company that first hired him. In 2010 he branched out again, launching a new enterprise called Nomadic Encounters, an innovative concept to make private homes available to safari guests for a truly exclusive experience.
Jackson has also been a commentator and guide for a number of film projects in the region, especially those involving its big felines. In 2008
the BBC hired him as a presenter for its popular Big Cat Live series. He also guided film crews for Disney’s African Cats, BBC’s Planet Earth, and a number of other wildlife-focused productions. From the smallest insect to the largest predators, Jackson has an intimate knowledge of all the wildlife in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, but the big cats remain his favorites, especially the elusive leopard that he describes as “an animal work of art.”
While Jackson’s success has taken him to many places in the world outside Kenya and Tanzania, the Mara remains his heart’s home,
and guiding his primary passion. Jackson and his wife Ann have five children.
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Jackson is an amazing person! We learned so much on this exciting adventure. Everyday was filled with new experiences and information. Jackson has a real knack for sharing his vast knowledge in a fun and exhilarating way. His warmth, expertise and generosity made this trip unforgettable."