OUR GUIDES

Meet Our Guides

One of the biggest assets of any camp are its guides. A guide is equal parts; knowledge of mammals, birds, flora and fauna, knowledge of local culture and tradition, mechanic, and an entertainer who keeps guests comfortable, safe and learning.

Guides in South Luangwa are known as some of the best trained and most professional in Africa.

We are so fortunate in having two Grade 1 guides Julius and Braston. We are also extremely lucky to have Lameck and William (grade 2 guides) in training.

The Nsefu area is a part of the park that takes years to know well.

Our guides spend 6-8 hours each day with our guests. We feel happy that our guests are with such excellent professionals.

Braston Daka

GRADE 1

I’m Braston Daka born 1972, working as a level one safari Guide. When I completed school I worked with the community teaching them how to conserve nature. In 2000 I found work at Shenton safaris (kaingo camp) as a kitchen potter with the reason of a way to become a safari Guide.

So being a lover of nature I was interested in becoming a safari Guide. In 2005 I did my Driving exam at kaingo camp. 2006 I joined Robin Pope safaris and wrote my walking exam in 2007. When I was at Robin pope safaris I was sent to work in Nsefu sector (Tena Tena and Nsefu camp). I left Robin pope safaris in 2019 the year I had an interesting site of a baby hippo being attached by a leopard and noise attracted two hynas and two lioness, the mother hippo arrived and served the baby.

Loving Nsefu sector I have joined Zikomo safari camp this year 2021 .

Julius Banda

GRADE 1

I am Julias Banda born in 1976. I work as a professional safari guide level 1 at Zikomo safari in Luangwa National Park Eastern Zambia. I have worked as a safari guide  since  2009 with Robin Pope Safari until 30 July 2018.

Besides guiding I am a holder of Grade  Six Trade Test Certificate in Automotive  mechanics that I acquired from Chipata  skills training College.

In 2004 August,l joined Robin Pope Safari in the capacity of a workshop assistant under the supervision of Robin Pope himself and asked me, ” while working with this company Julias”, where do you want to be in the next 10 years ?It was such an encouraging question by Robin that  I didn’t hesitate Answering him I said “Safari guide Bwana ” It was there and then that he did not take long telling the wife Madam Jo Pope and asked me to drive her to the Airport as part of assessment how competent I would be in terms interaction and driving.

In 2009 March I was sent for a six weeks intensive  guiding study under Luangwa Safaris Association with Deb Tittle who is now the director of Mapazi Safari by then a teacher guide.

Any way to cut the story short I love nature and enjoy interacting with people of different origin ,all in all people  come in common view to see game.

William Nkoma

GRADE 2

I am William Nkhoma born in 1981 at Mambwe village chief Mnkhanya, Mambwe District Mfuwe Zambia.

I did primary level school from 1995 to 2001 (which is from grade one to grade seven) and this was at Chiwawatala school, 20 km from Mfuwe airport along Betty kaunda road.

I passed the exams and qualified the selection from primary school to senior secondary school in Chadiza boarding, Chadiza District in Eastern province of Zambia in 2001. Then 2002 started senior Level and completed in 2006 in December with a full grade twelve certificate.

In 2007 I joined the safari industry at Mfuwe lodge under the bush camp company (Kapamba camp) where I worked as a spotter and general worker for six years. It was through What I served from the job titles I mentioned that I became interested in guiding.

In 2009 I did a course with St Johns Ambulance (first aid course) and obtain a certificate in first aid.

In 2015 I trained as a grade two guide under TEVETA Nyamaluma South Laungwa Mfuwe then joined Zikomo the same year up to date.

Lameck Njobvu

GRADE 2

I am Lameck Njobvu and I was born in 1989. I finished my grade 12 in 2010 at Mambwe boarding school part of eastern Zambia.

I developed my career as a guide in 2016 when I got inspired, on one successful day I was walking around midday on the middle of the road I found two snakes, a male and female fighting. I had thought so but when I got home I asked my uncle who is a professional guide about what I saw he told me they were actually mating not what I thought since then iI got inspired by him.

From 2017/18 I started my training as a driving safari guide level 2 (G2) from Nyamaluma training college and graduated with a trade certificate in driving safari guide (G2).  I am a driving safari guide at Zikomo safari camp and I enjoy using my skills to contribute to the exciting nature and wildlife that happens to be my everyday wakeup call in the morning.

Besides my guiding professional I have worked as a Waiter and Barman at Zikomo safari camp for the 2019 season.

Being a guide has given me the overwhelming experience to guide people with different professional and from different parts of the globe.