Ben, Entamanu Ngorongoro
Ben Mwanpongo was born in Tanzania but he and his four siblings spent most of their young lives in Zambia where his father was practicing as a Doctor, mostly running eye clinics for rural communities. When Ben was in his mid-teens, the family returned to southern Tanzania where they settled. After finishing school, Ben’s first jobs were as a driver and mechanic for logging companies and, finding he had a strong practical streak, he decided to study mechanics further.
A friend of Ben’s father from the States moved to Kenya and set up an NGO and a safari company. Ben was invited to join the NGO where he was involved in distributing food aid, building schools and drilling boreholes in western Kenya. He then found his way into the safari side of things and spent some time building a camp in the Maasai Mara and going on to run it. He took a number of tourism management and guiding courses to bolster his knowledge and found he had a way with people. His gentle presence and winning smile are always a treat.
Ben joined Nomad in early 2016 to help us prepare for the opening of our latest and very special camp on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. He has overseen many aspects of the creation of this camp and feels a strong sense of ownership for it. He looks forward to welcoming guests from all over the world and sharing this incredible place with them. He also promises not to be smug about the view from his office.