Whether walking along a red-dirt path deep in the bush or being expertly driven through backcountry in a 4×4, you’ll love the knowledge, camaraderie, and care of our expert guides. Having undergone rigorous training and accreditation in their home countries, they are passionate naturalists and skilled interpreters of the ecological wonders around you.
You’ll appreciate their keen eyes as they spot animals on a game drive and revel in their encyclopedic information when stopping to inspect an intricate flower or iridescent beetle. But beyond these essential skills, what sets our guides apart is their warmth, from swapping stories around the campfire to sharing their infectious passion for all things Africa. Though they welcome you as a guest, you’ll leave feeling like part of the family.
Meet a few of our guides:
Fannuel Banda, Zambia
Raised in Mfuwe, Zambia, Fannuel was lucky to have his early interest in wildlife encouraged by his grandparents and other mentors. He spent years volunteering as a spotter before transitioning into guiding, and now, with nine years of experience, speaks passionately about the importance of wildlife conservation. His charm and spirit earned him an appearance on the BBC program No Going Back—something which contributed to his own cultural awakening: “In England, I smiled and said ‘hi’ to everyone I met on the street,” he laughs. “I quickly learned that this wasn’t the right thing to do. In our culture, that’s normal!” Fluent in five languages, he’s certified as a walking guide and welcomes guests into the wilderness at camps throughout the region. He lives with his wife and two young sons in Mfuwe.
Alan Thomas, South Africa
Alan is a Cape Town, South African native who worked as an accountant before taking up guiding. “It was too exciting for me!” he jokes. “But seriously, I’d always wanted to impart the story of South Africa to visitors: to introduce my country, the people, the history, the food and wine…the reality.” A lifelong traveler himself, Alan has cycled the Karakoram Highway from Islamabad to Kashgar and journeyed extensively in Europe, Asia, and Australasia. Now, he shares his favorite South African landscapes with guests: the Western Cape, the Winelands, Table Mountain, and the bushveld at sunset. He loves pointing out lesser-known animals to guests, such as rare birds, honey badgers, genets, and wild dogs.
Sibahle “Sibs” Sibanda, Zimbabwe
Having grown up in western Zimbabwe, “Sibs,” as he’s affectionately known by friends and coworkers, was first introduced to guiding by his brother. Since 2000 he has led groups through many regions in southern Africa and is licensed through Zimbabwe’s famously stringent guide regulations. He’s skilled at safely tracking elephants on foot and enjoys sharing his native Hwange National Park with guests. Fluent in seven languages (Ndebele, English, Tonga, Nambya, Zulu, Tswana, and Shona), Sibs has a special passion for, as he puts it, “helping developing communities that surround safari areas” and has worked as a cultural guide with the San people of the Kalahari. “My country is such a friendly, hardworking nation,” he says. “I’m overjoyed to share its rich cultural heritage, wildlife, and scenery with visitors.”