During a trip to Southern African countries in 2005 Victory and David Wallace fell head over heels in love with Africa and decided to see what it would take to build and run a bush camp. It took more than they could imagine, but they wouldn’t do anything differently. They have one son, Demian, without who’s help there would not be a Zikomo Safari. They named the camp Zikomo ("thank you") because they feel thankful to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in the world
Victory and David Wallace
DIRECTORS AND OWNERS
Victory and David Wallace both grew up in the Midwest and the Southwest of the USA. They met on the Aranui, a working freighter with a route of Tahiti to the Marquises Islands and back. During their three week romantic journey as passengers on this ship, they fell in love.
David had studied geology, but he became a pharmacist. Victory worked in resorts for a decade before going back to earn a Registered Nurse degree. They both love the outdoors, nature, animals, birds, and travel. They are passionate about saving wildlife. Following a trip to the South Luangwa Valley, their concern for the wildlife in this special place drove them to create Zikomo Safari..
DIRECTOR AND OWNER
Tony has had a lifetime interest in the outdoors and wildlife, flora and fauna. Living in Hawaii since 1975, he has been active in sports, hiking, gardening and community service throughout his time in the islands. He works as a counselor, helping people with disabilities.
Because of a long-standing friendship with Victoria and her son Demian, Tony learned of the development of Zikomo Safari. He joined with the Wallaces to help bring this ambitious project to reality. Through time spent in the Nsefu sector and in support of the Zikomo Safari, Tony has become active in advocating against wildlife trafficking and in preserving endangered species.
Max Demian Wallace
MANAGING DIRECTOR AND OWNER
Demian was born in Phoenix, Arizona and he was raised in the Hawaiian Islands. His background is in sales, hospitality, and security. Working as the managing director he has a strong relationship with Senior Chief Nsefu and with the local community.
Demain has a Bachelors Degree in Business. He came to Zambia at his parents request. He has been instrumental in making their dream of building and running a bush camp come true.
He designed and built Zikomo Safari from the ground up. Demian runs operations along with his parents, his "Uncle Tony" and the local staff of Zikomo Safari.