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For a young guide, Paolo Parazzi has a surprising number of strings to his bow. A trained accountant, seasoned diver and boat skipper, this third-generation Kenyan is equally at home running safaris in remote and rugged bushland as he is leading long-distance kitesurfing expeditions, tagging green turtles, or free diving with black tip reef sharks. For visitors to East Africa who truly hanker for a balanced blend of ‘beach and bush’, there are few more qualified – or intrepid – hosts. Paolo grew up in Watamu on Kenya’s north coast, the son of an Ethiopia-born Italian businessman and a Sri Lanka-born English environmentalist. His mother’s strong conservation ethic was imbued in him from an early age, as he accompanied her to dozens of villages promoting sustainable fishing practices and raising awareness of endangered marine life. To date, the Local Ocean Trust is credited with the release of over 18,000 sea turtles – many of them rescued from local fishermen’s nets. As a leader of a new generation of globally connected Kenyan guides, Paolo has spread his wings to lead exclusive private safaris across most of Sub Saharan Africa, and, in the process, he has developed a passion for photography and capturing his adventures.