At the age of 9, " Simba " went for his first time to Kenya to visit his father who was then working for the German Voluntary Service. At the age of 14 he took the big step to leave Germany, drive with his father to Kenya by car and start a new life there. Three and a half months were dedicated to this trip. Not that it would take so long to get there, but to live the experience and get a much better picture of the variety and beauty each region offers. Up to two weeks were dedicated to stay in places like the Sahara desert, Ghana, Cameroon and Zaire to absorb the details. He learned the value of slow travelling and discovered the beauty of nature. The urge for further travelling has been unbroken ever since.
Having arrived in Kenya, the first person he was introduced to in his new school in Mombasa, later turned out to become his closest friend and business partner. Benefiting from the freedom of a teenager countless trips were made, some as far as the deserted Turkana, Tanzania or the last authentic Kenyan rainforest in Kakamega. The pure amazement about this unique nature and wildlife slowly filled with knowledge and background information with every trip. He began to observe changes, effects of tourism and developments due to political interactions. His love for this unique wildlife and sea-world as a passionate diver soon made him an opponent of mass tourism. Still young, he felt helpless in the protection of this threatened environment. All he had on hand was to reject the major touristic places and made exemplary safaris on his own.
After he had returned to Germany for a training as an Administrative and Financial Executive, he went back to Kenya many times to what he still considers “home”.
In the following years he worked in Germany, last as a web-designer and network-administrator, but his passion for travelling also took him to many other beautiful spots in the world like the Canarian Islands, New Zealand and Greece, just to name a few.
His grandfather landed in Africa as a soldier during the Second World War and decided to make Tanzania his new home as a producer growing Arabica Coffee and Sisal. His wife and daughter soon arrived by ship from Sicily to join their husband and father in this unknown magnificent continent – Africa.
Cody´s father, a hotelier by profession, landed in Tanzania in the late 50’s
Born in Kenya, he spent the 1st 17 years living in different countries in Africa as his father opened various lodges and hotels. This provided Cody at a very young age with personal experience in various African Tribes, cultures and wildlife.
These travels allowed him to learn and speak 6 languages and taught him to live, understand and absorb the beauty and culture each region had to offer.
This wonderful experience took him to places like Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Uganda and Zaire. Through this journey, he learned the value of travelling and he discovered the beauty of nature. This urge has since been unbroken and he continues to do so with his wife and children.
He met Simba in school and benefiting from the freedom of teenagers, together they made countless trips in Kenya by car or by motorbike, some as far as the deserted Turkana as well as numerous national parks and reserves. These small, unique safaris provided them with knowledge and background in individual travelling and helped them understand and respect nature.
In 1989 he left Africa to follow in his father’s foot steps and to further his studies in England where he graduated in Guilford and then moved on to work in the Hospitality industry working for many renown establishments.
He currently lives and has a company in Tuscany – Italy. Since 1999 he has established self catering holiday villas and apartments.
He often travels back to Kenya with his family and has lately joined in helping and providing information to a small team of FAO-UN who have aided him in seeing the negative consequences occurring in Africa.
Having understood the influence of the internet on today’s social and professional life, he and Simba have dedicated this website to East-African Wildlife, hoping to draw peoples attention to its value and the reality that protection of African Wildlife can be combined with tourism if properly thought through and carried out correctly.