Simon George Mpata
Mpata Safari Club was established in 1992, named after the great Tanzanian
artist Simon George Mpata (1942-1984) whose paintings are held in high
1942 - 1984
The key person for the establishment of Mpata Safari Club was a Japanese
editor for magazines who came to Kenya to feature the Masai Mara.
During his stay in Kenya the editor happened to meet Mpata's paintings
that had never attracted public attention.
For the editor, however, it was a masterpiece. He felt the soul of Africa
from the simple but vigorous painting of Mpata.
So the editor wanted to expose Mpata's paintings to public, he held a private
exhibition of Mpata in New York. Mpata's works were highly valued then.
Later the editor also planned to hold private exhibitions of Mpata in Japan
with Mpata himself attending, however, sadly he died a year earlier.
Although Mpata passed away, those who had been deeply impressed by his
paintings including the editor kept Mpata's spirit alive eternally by establishing
Mpata Safari Club.
Not only did Simon George Mpata leave his paintings, but he also left his
essence in many people.
Mpata Safari Club is perched right on top of the Oloololo escarpment beside
the Masai Mara National Reserve, where wildlife is not restricted to within
the boundaries. The adjacent areas, where the Club is located, have excellent
game-viewing opportunities, and there are also community ranches where
wildlife mingles with cattle ranching.
- Latitude: 1° 12' S
- Longitude: 35° 2' E
- Altitude: 1,820m (5,971ft)