Royal Zambezi Lodge

Royal Zambezi Lodge is situated only five minutes drive away from the Lower Zambezi National Park, which is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo, and offers frequent and reliable lion and leopard sightings. Our qualified and enthusiastic guides have over 50 years of experience guiding in the Lower Zambezi Valley. The lodge offers a vast range of activities that guests can choose from – from unrivalled game viewing, canoeing on the Zambezi river, to world class fishing, or relaxing in the award winning Royal Bush Spa. At the end of your day meet at the famous Sausage Tree bar over the river or the open air pool to tell stories of siting’s during the day.

The Lodge
We have 15 suites in total, these are;
-  8 Classic suites
-  3 Presidential suites
-  4 Deluxe suites.
The entry level Classic Suites stand alone and are complete with shady verandas and en-suite baths with flush toilets and large showers. The large canvas tents nestle under mature trees and are all positioned for the maximum enjoyment of the surrounding views and complete privacy.

Reception, dining and lounge areas
With its classical architectural lines and lofty thatched roofs our open plan reception area, dining room and lounge offers a welcome refuge and a place to relax with its comfortable sofas, enormous fireplaces and cheerful personalised service. The spacious veranda provides shade from the midday sun and wide timber decks extend over the shallows of the Zambezi River, perfect for fine dining under clear night skies laden with stars and absorbing the sounds of the African night.

The pool
After a long day fishing or on the hunt for game the infinity pool overlooking the Zambezi river is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Chill out on the sun loungers with a chilled drink or take a dip in the pool to cool down. If you are feeling active there is a rowing machine you can utilise before you swim.

The bar
The stunning Sausage Tree bar is situated downstream from the main building on a suspended deck with the Zambezi River flowing beneath it. This is a popular meeting place during the day and even more popular in the evenings. Guests gather for drinks and aperitifs as the sun sets behind the distant escarpment and enjoy a lively exchange of the day’s adventures, listen to the guides regale their stories of memorable encounters or just take time to sit quietly and enjoy the magic of sunset in the Lower Zambezi Valley.

The spa
The Royal Zambezi Bush Spa is the first of its kind within Zambia and is also the Zambian flagship of the famous and world leading Dermalogica brand of skin care products.  It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax between activities or if you are opting for a DNA!

A typical day on safari:
Safaris are planned very carefully to coincide with when you are most likely to see wildlife. This means early, late afternoon, or even night game drives are essential to see the animals at their most active. How a typical day might unfold…

Early morning
An early start means an equally early wake-up call. A continental breakfast is served from about 6am and at sunrise you head off on your early morning activity of choice. This is generally the best time to spot the wildlife as the temperature is cool and the animals are still very active, including the big cats who will be returning from a night of hunting.

Late morning
After a few hours, you will return to the lodge either for brunch or to relax before lunch. Some may opt to stay out all day and will have a bush lunch to make the most of a day in the park.

Lunch and afternoon
Most guests opt to have lunch in the lodge then either relax in their suites, or use the lodge amenities such as the pool or the bush spa. Tea and cake is then available from 3.30pm before you then head out for an afternoon activity.

As with early morning, the evening game drive is often the best time to see the wildlife. The predatory animals begin to stir from their heat-of-the-day slumber, and similarly, their prey become ever more active and alert as darkness falls. Vehicles and boats usually return just before dark in time for a shower, pre-dinner drinks and then dinner. The evenings are often rounded off with a few drinks around the lodge bar and swapping safari stories.

Sometimes, you will have the opportunity to go on a game drive at night. Vehicles are equipped with powerful spotlights, as well as expert trackers who will generally spot any wildlife well before you will. This is often the best time to spot the elusive leopard, which more often than not will be high up in a tree. A game drive at night gives you a completely different perspective of the bush and is an unforgettable experience.

Forty or so years ago nobody was permitted to enter a game park in Africa unless they were in a fully enclosed vehicle. Walking safaris were unheard of. The first of both was pioneered in Zambia by the late Norman Carr. Others were quick to follow. Now the open vehicle concept is commonplace and for many it’s the way to go particularly if time is limited. An open vehicle offers all round views and an elevated aspect which helps considerably when searching afar for game. It also facilitates moving reasonably quickly from one place to another especially if lion sightings for example are reported over the on-board radio. A vehicle trip is often considered as a supplement to a boat trip and vice versa. Our vehicles are maintained as new and offer comfort and security and an ability to take you to places where lesser vehicles would founder. They are purpose built and equipped with sun shade roofs and warm ponchos for the late trip back to the lodge in the evening. They are also equipped with hand held spotlights for night viewing which can be most exciting when the nocturnal creatures such as leopards, civets, porcupines, genets and aardvarks, to mention but a few, come out to hunt and forage for food. Our game viewing trips by vehicle usually involve a halt at an appropriate spot for drinks and snacks. Here you can disembark, stretch your legs and enjoy the ambiance and sounds so often missed while travelling. This is often a good time to chat to your guide and discuss all the searching questions about the bush that have accumulated on the trip. It’s also a good time to let things come to you which often happens as long as you remain fairly quiet, close to the vehicle and unthreatening.

Night Safari tracking Leopards
A special night trip to look for leopard is not an unusual request. At Royal we always ensure you are spoilt for choice especially with regards to activities. You only have to ask as flexibility is the backbone of our lodge.

Fishing on the Lower Zambezi offers one of the finest freshwater angling experiences in the world and is home to one of the world’s premiere game fish, the Tiger.  The variety in the Zambezi, Hydrocynus vittatus, can grow up to 10 -12 Kg and is a superb fighter. The best time for Tiger Fish is during our hot months of September through to November.  Expert resident guides take fishing excursions on new, fully-fitted aluminium boats.  For guests who are new to fishing or fly-fishing, our guides provide expert instruction and assistance. There are plenty of bream and chessa to catch or use as bait, as well as many varieties of catfish. You will certainly have a fight on your hands if you hook a Vundu (Bagrus Catfish), which can grow up to almost 100 lbs! Other species of interest are the Three Spot Bream, Red Breasted Bream, Nile Bream, Chessa, Nkupi, Bottlenose and the Cornish Jack. The waters of the Lower Zambezi are free from netting and therefore are your best bet for lots of big fish. We enforce a strict catch & release policy at Royal. As we have the privileged situation just outside the National Park, we are not restricted on the number of boats we can operate therefore can have up to eight boats out on the river at any one time. Guide, fuel and tackle are provided, however we recommend serious sport fishermen bring their own gear – see below for suggestions. Medium-heavy action 20lb spinning or baitcasting rods/reels work best. Wire leader is essential, as are good quality sharp hooks attached to bright, shiny spinners and spoons. Our experienced guides will take you to all the best fishing spots and guide you through the whole process. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional angler we can guarantee you that catching one of these mighty fish is an experience you will never forget!

Fishing tackle suggested for bait-casting and spinning: 
-  Bait-casting rods (2) 6ft MH action.
-  Spinning rods (2) 6ft MH action.
◦NOTE – Casting or spinning rods, depending on your personal preference. Casting rods have been historically easier to cast and troll the large plugs, spinners and spoons needed to tempt tigerfish. Consider 2 or 3 piece travel rods for easy carry-on packing as opposed to cumbersome, 7 foot rod tubes. 
-  Casting or spinning reels + spare:  Should possess smooth drags and have capacity to handle 125 yards of 14-20lb abrasion resistant line. 
-  Extra line (changing line is often necessary). 
-  20-30lb wire test leaders (18-24 inches).
Fishing tackle suggested for fly fishing: 
Fly rods (2) from 8wt to 10wt. 
-  Weight forward floating line. 
-  300 and 400 sinking fly lines. 
-  Tippets 20lb and per your liking.  
-  Wire Leaders 20-30lb. 
-  Spare backing, spare lines, spare leaders. 
-  Flies (at least 30): Clouser deep minnow, Lefty’s Deceivers, other Epoxy or weighted head baitfish pattern flies in the 2 to 4 inch range on 2/0 hooks in the following colours: Silver, silver & red, black and silver, orange, white, chatreuse, Yellow. Also add flashabou or similar as attractor to most flies.

River Safari
A cruise in one of our outboard powered boats will be a rewarding experience whether early in the morning, later in the morning or afternoon going into evening. The choice is yours and our guides will make the appropriate recommendation depending on prevailing conditions. Photographers may not want the sun in their eyes or backlit waters. There’s always something happening on the river and the breeze out there is quite refreshing particularly on a cloudless and relentlessly sunny day. The river is continually changing and varies in width, speed and depth and the ill defined Zambia border follows the original river course. Wildlife knows no such boundaries and downstream there are national parks on both sides. There is a rich variety of birds on it’s banks, reedbeds, backwaters and sandy shores particularly when the palearctic migrants are around. You will see the ubiquitous fish eagle or an osprey often taking larger fish from the river and there are myriad kingfishers of all shapes, colours and sizes who are partial to the smaller ones. With a huge variety of waders, storks and herons it’s a twitcher’s paradise with many other interesting distractions. One is always on the lookout for crocs and the boatman or guide will make sure you are able to get that close-up of the big one before it enters the water. The hippos of course are always around and your guide will know just how close you can safely go. They will always seek the deepest water so it’s wise not to be blocking their way! Recently there have been sightings and good photos of a cape clawless otter which we hope is managing the crayfish population which we understand is possibly on the increase. The Malawi Blue Crab has recently been seen in the water. There is often something new to consider and our guides’ and boatmens’ enthusiasm is infectious. All the large mammals come to the river to drink and in the case of elephants to simply frolick in the water. They let you come close enough to get some really amusing pictures of their antics. You will often see lion, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, water buck and many other larger animals on the river bank as, unlike the elephant, they have a healthy respect for crocs. Cruises are always stocked with refreshments of your choice and it’s pleasant to enjoy a sundowner on a sandy island with elephant nearby and perhaps have a game of boule before switching on the spotlight to search for those bright eyes in the water and on the banks on the way back to the lodge. For those who are interested, a trip further upriver will allow you to see the riverside villagers happily fishing, bathing and washing their clothes in the river in the same way as they have for centuries. They seem to know when the crocs are around!

Bush Walks  
People argue that the best way to see the bush is to walk in it. In many ways we feel they are correct as this intimate form of mixing with nature permits a close study of the various plants, animals, spoor, lairs, burrows, nests and more. All the sounds and scents are there and completely uncontaminated and there’s time to study everything properly without having to move on. Your guides have usually been born and raised in the bush and you will be astonished at their ability to spot the abnormal. You will also be amazed at how quickly you adapt to the surroundings and start to notice unusual movements, colours etc. Real bush craft takes time to develop and whether you’ve “been here before” or it’s your first time in Africa there will be something of interest. For some it’s the sounds that are the most interesting and it’s exciting to track down that tiny Pearl Spotted Owlet just from its call. Is that a hippo or a lion calling? Is that hyena far away? Snakes can often be found but success requires some fairly specialist experience. There are plenty around but contrary to popular belief they don’t spend their time attacking people! They tend to be shy and will often remain completely still making them difficult to see. Look for them sunning themselves on branches or rocks or dangling quite still from a branch awaiting a careless bird passing by. A good snake sighting is often one of the highlights of the walking safari and a live study and understanding of their behaviour will cure even the most acute ophidiophobia! Your guide will be accompanied by an armed scout and the perceived ‘dangers’ will soon be forgotten as you blend into the wilderness and become part of it. Naturally coloured clothing is best particularly when stalking or avoiding that elusive antelope or even lion, buffalo or elephant and of course comfortable shoes are essential. A few hours walking in the bush soon creates an appetite for that delicious brunch or lunch or a cold beer!

Mountain Hiking  
The backdrop to Lower Zambezi National Park and indeed our Lodge is an impressive mountainous escarpment with many peaks and a variety of walks and climbs, some which will put you to the test and others which will simply provide a mild cardiac stimulus. The choice is yours and those who are interested should discuss their preferences with the guides. The warm weather makes for a trip which doesn’t involve heavy clothing and the main consideration is comfortable shoes and clothing while not forgetting water, cameras and binoculars. Porters can be provided to help carry your kit when necessary.
The trip will first take you through the riverine bush and as you move higher the vegetation changes, then thins out and the most fantastic panoramic view of the Zambezi valley emerges. You begin to imagine how the first explorers must have felt.
You will be accompanied by an armed scout and of course one of our experienced guides who will point out all sorts of interesting features in addition to the wild animals and birds encountered. That said the prime aim of reaching the top or at least some way up is not forgotten. As your party is always in radio contact with the Lodge, vehicles can be arranged to speed up your return with some mobile game viewing thrown in. It’s entirely up to you. Upon returning to camp a swim in the big pool, an immersion in your private plunge pool and/or a cold beer will been well-earned.

Canoe Safari  
Our Royal canoe trip is something that shouldn’t be missed. You will first enjoy a boat trip down-river to where the canoes await you, each one carrying one or two passengers and a guide. Previous canoeing experience is not a pre-requisite while an ability to sit still helps considerably! The trip usually involves about two or three hours paddling, being paddled or just drifting downstream on an offshoot from the main Zambezi which has formed a fairly narrow channel around what is effectively a large island. Most of the channel is fairly shallow and most of the trip is slightly below low banks, occasionally well below high banks, through pristine bush and fairly narrow grassy flood plains with heavier bush as a close backdrop.
The canoeing experience involves peace and tranquility punctuated with animal magic in all its forms. Everyone keeps a wary eye open for crocs and hippos and the guides know how to avoid “surprising” them. Game viewing from that low level is quite different and quite wonderful. The wildlife simply doesn’t care about these floating objects and goes about its business quite uninterrupted. The higher river banks provide burrow type nesting sites for bee-eaters and kingfishers which always abound. Some people like the cooler early morning trip while most prefer the afternoon with the sun behind. The choice is yours and each trip is different. Lions have been seen stalking and killing impala. Leopard have been spotted on a branch watching the world go by. Elephant cross the water to and from the island where the vegetation provides plentiful browse. Cape buffalo graze on the floodplains on either side. At the end of the trip refreshments of your choice await you on the river bank at the confluence with the main river. This is an unforgettable blend of action and serenity and an experience for which many return. An further option is making your return trip by vehicle when you will enjoy a game viewing drive through the park back to the Lodge. Spotlights are provided for the evening part where one looks out for crepuscular action as the nocturnal creatures start to hunt.

Cultural Village 

The Goba community’s rich heritage and experience has been shaped by the changing fortunes of the Lower Zambezi region.  While staying at the lodge you will have the opportunity to visit Chiawa Cultural village where you will be able to experience the Goba culture and learn all about how they live in the Lower Zambezi.

Visitors to the Chiawa Cultural Village will have the opportunity to experience:
-  Performance Art – Experience traditional dances, poetry, ceremonies, and drama based on Goba folklore in the village center. Watch and participate in daily performances.
-  Living on the Zambezi – Learn Goba fishing, farming and preparation techniques from village guides. Climb an elephant lookout, and see important village structures – a fortified storehouse for grains and crops, a goat enclosure, and an elevated chicken run.
-  Building a Goba home – Walk through dwellings built by construction methods that use natural materials from the forests and the Zambezi riverbed, and techniques passed down for generations. Village guides will talk through the techniques and show visitors a special Goba hut as it is being built.
-  Zambian Cuisine – Travelers who desire a taste of local cuisine are welcome and encouraged to dine at the cultural village and learn about local cooking techniques.
-  Village museum – Learn about Goba history, artistic culture, and the importance of sustainable ecological management for cultures in Africa.
-  Local craftmanship – Beautifully crafted works by local artists and craftsmen are on display and available for purchase in the curio shop.

You will also get the opportunity to visit the school and meet some of the enchanting children that are students there. The lodge has had a long term association with the school in Chiawa and in the past with support of guests have provided furniture, building materials and sporting equipment.

DNA (Do nothing at all)  
The DNA option often turns out to be a total misnomer as the goings-on in a quiet camp often leave you breathless. The concept of DNA is essentially to stay in camp, spend time relaxing by the main pool or bar, chatting to folk on the deck, browsing through the many reference books in the lounge or staying in your suite simply D’g NA. However it’s only when you find yourself nose to trunk with a bull elephant while lying on your day-bed or a mum and her calf munching close by your plunge pool that you realise what “relaxation” can actually entail! These visitors can’t read a “Do not Disturb” sign and they don’t know what “shoo” means! It’s their place too and always has been so remember to look right and left before leaving your suite!

D’you call that DNA? – you might rightly ask!

Unique photo opportunities in the camp are therefore numerous and you will also fail to miss the ongoing distractions on and around the river and the chorus of calls from a multitude of birds, monkeys and baboons which pervade the camp particularly when it’s quiet. The Lodge area is a bird watcher’s delight due to the variety of habitats and cover available particularly the large shade trees under which the Lodge complex is built. Never a dull moment! If you really want to relax then all is not lost – the Bush Spa is of course another form of DNA as is the exercise machine by the pool, the pool itself or simply catching up with the news at home with our wireless internet service, maintained with boosters throughout the camp. Of course our waiters are always on hand to keep you well supplied with refreshments at all times and there are service telephones in the suites.

DNA – well you may actually have to work at achieving it!

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Meet the team










General Manager  -  Natalie Clark 

Natalie’s love of Africa, the bush and animals started from a young age having been born in Zambia, lived in Kenya and then Zimbabwe. When she was younger she spent many holidays with her parents in the Lower Zambezi camping and also just across from the lodge in Mana Pools. Natalie was educated in the UK and finished gaining a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Surrey. After a couple of years working in London doing recruitment (where she developed her amazing people skills) she then decided to return to her roots and joined Royal Zambezi lodge in March 2010.  When asked about her decision to return she says, “Africa is where my heart is. The way of life, the freedom, the people and the way it helps you understand and remain focused on what’s important in life.” For Natalie the best part of her job is being there when people experience Africa for the first time and giving them the best opportunities to see it, “I get to re-live the beauty and the wonder of it all through them again and again.”










Maintenance and Operations Manager  -  Ewan Black 

Ewan grew up on a cattle ranch in Zimbabwe which is where his great love for the outdoors began.
His enthusiasm for nature and animals is infectious and after completing an Adventure Tourism degree in the UK he decided to join his parents in Tanzania and help them build and set up a new lodge of their own.  When he had completed the building and the lodge was ready for operation he managed the business and was also their deep sea fishing guide for 3 years – his biggest catch was a 120kg black marlin! Once the lodge was in full swing he decided to gain some other experience in Africa and having spent many holidays fishing for tiger fish on the Zambezi he was more than happy to join the Royal team in Feb 2013 to head up all maintenance and activities.










Food & Beverage Manager  -  Keegan Corken

Keegan is originally from Zimbabwe, where he completed his schooling before heading to South Africa to train as a chef.He completed a professional cookery and patisserie diploma at South Africa’s Chef Academy. Since then Keegan has traveled the world including working in kitchens in England and Australia.  You may have heard of a few of the restaurants he has worked in – Petite Mort in Sydney and Le Caprice in London. While traveling he enjoyed learning about all the different cuisines and has since joined us at Royal and spoils us with many exceptional dishes, not to mention a fabulous herb garden, and some very professional staff training.












Spa therapist and head of housekeeping  -  Jillian Mulenga 
Jill is born and bred in Zambia and having grown up seeing her mother being a nurse decided that she would train as a therapist so she could help people as well.
Having trained in Livingstone she took a role in Lusaka so she could also study administration and business management at the University of Zambia. She then headed down to the Lower Zambezi and in 2010 joined Royal Zambezi Lodge having worked at numerous reputable spas. Jill has become renowned for her magic hands and recently became a global winner for the best luxury safari spa. If you are in need of some pampering then head to the spa to see Jill










Safari Guide  -  Bbakasa Matapa

Bbakasa has always had a love for the bush and from a young age has wanted to work with untamed nature and to conserve the environment.

Bbakasa Matapa -  Guide from 2010 – 2013 in the Lower Zambezi National Park at Royal Zambezi Lodge

1. How and why did you become a guide?
I have always wanted to work in the bush and interact with untamed nature. Conserving nature is what I loved most and that is what made me want to become a guide.

2. Do you have a specialism? What are you most interested in?

Not really as I am an all round guide – I always find it interesting identifying new birds, discovering new plants and insects.

3. What is your favourite country and national park to guide in?
Zambia has always been my favourite country to guide in and more especially in the Lower Zambezi National Park.  There are a lot of different activities you can do which includes canoeing,
 boat cruise, fishing, game walks, game drives and even mountain hiking.  I like this variety.

4. What has been your favourite sighting to date?
I have so many great memorable moments.  The first one was when I was following a lion hunting for a baby impala and on the other side of the impala was a leopard hunting for the same impala. Neither of these predators knew that there was a leopard and lioness respectively.  Unfortunately the impala ran and what followed was the leopard facing the lioness.  It was a run for your life situation and the leopard quickly turned around and the lioness chased her.   The second best sighting was when I saw four leopards fighting for territory.

5. What’s your favourite activity?  
Canoeing is my favourite activity. Canoeing is so relaxing; it’s nice for bird watching because you can go quietly and close to the birds and other big game.

6. If you could go to any other country to see its wildlife, where would you choose?  
I would choose to go to Tanzania, to the Serengeti national park.  I like the open grasslands of the Serengeti National Park and I have always wanted to see the cheetahs hunting and making a kill.

7. What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to become a guide?  
Guiding is a practical job and you enjoy every moment you are out in the bush because you get to meet a lot of different people and
 of course interact with untamed nature.










Safari Guide  -  Lawrence Mazele

Lawrence grew up in Chiawa village not far from the lodge and while at school belonged to the Chongololo Club where he gained his passion for wildlife.

Lawrence started working at the lodge in 2000 as a general worker and was soon picked as a full time member of staff. While working as a waiter his passion and enthusiasm was spotted and he was given the opportunity to train as a guide. Lawrence has now been a guide at the lodge since 2002. 

Lawrence Mazele  – Guide from 2002 – 2013 in the Lower Zambezi National Park at Royal Zambezi Lodge

1. How and why did you become a guide? 
I was employed as a general worker in the year 2000 and luckily was picked out of 6 casuals and became a kitchen porter.  I moved up within the company and became a waiter and during that period being the front of the house, I became interested with interacting with guests, answering questions on birds, trees and wildlife in general. The senior guide at the time saw the interest I had and asked why I was reading wildlife books and if I wanted to be a guide of which I said yes and immediately started the training. I trained for 6 months and then took the exam in 2001 and topped the class and did all my practical exams a year later. It was easy for me because when in school I belonged to Chongololo Club which teaches you about wildlife and I also grew up in the same area in a nearby village.

2. Do you have a specialism? What are you most interested in? 
My interests are conservation and I specialize in birding and astronomy. Conservation because it is the base of all tourism and I feel if people conserve it will not only benefit them now but in the future. Countries which have conserved like Zambia, Botwana etc have made revenue through tourism by protecting the wildlife and I personally feel I should be part of the team. Birding is just interesting to me because there are enigmatic features on birds which need to be observed carefully to identify some of the birds that are closely related and it is one of the biggest societies in the world.  They are just beautiful to watch therefore it’s easy to become a specialist. I love astronomy as the sky is just fascinating to look at with so many stories to tell.

3. What has been your favourite sighting to date? 
The best sighting I have had was in 2006 during a night drive when we found a leopard stalking an Impala.  The leopard pounced on it and while the impala still struggling, we saw a shadow approaching slowly luckily the Leopard saw this shadow and leaped off the prey and went up the tree, this shadow was a big male Lion who also jumped on the impala before it could escape, killed it and dragged it under the tree where the leopard was and enjoyed the meal.

4. What’s your favourite activity?   
My favourite activity is walking because on a walk you can see and study little things which when on drives or canoes you tend to ignore and miss. Detailed information is passed on during the expedition and you also use all your senses: sight, smell, touch and hearing.

5. If you could go to any other country to see its wildlife, where would you choose?  
If I could go to another county for wildlife I would have to choose Botswana as there are a lot of animal species and also the habitat is amazing.

6. What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to become a guide? 
Develop an interest in wildlife and conservation; be passionate with nature and mostly ethics in dealing with guest.

Safari Guide  -  Simeon Josia

Simeon Josia - Guide from 1999– 2013.  Has been in the Lower Zambezi National Park at Royal Zambezi Lodge since 2010

1. How and why did you become a guide? 
My love for the wildlife and outdoors started during the days when I was a boy scout, living in a little resort town of Kariba.  There was lots of game that used to walk around the streets and we used to go camping as boy scouts, sleeping in little dome tents as school kids and being taught all about the wildlife.

2. Do you have a specialism? What are you most interested in? Birds, plants, conservation etc.  
Plants are my specialist subject.  I do love birds, insects, animals as well but plants is an area that I love the most.

3. What has been your favourite sighting to date? 
Sitting at a waterhole and there were about 200 elephants all around us and the sun was setting.   Everywhere I looked there were more elephants… it was so beautiful.

4. What’s your favourite activity?
My favourite activity is walking.  When you are driving you tend to miss out on the little things such as plants and insects.  I also like being able to share my local knowledge on the area and the vegetation around us.

5. If you could go to any other country to see its wildlife, where would you choose?  
I would love to go to Uganda and see the Gorillas.  This is so different from what we are used to here.

6. What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to become a guide?  
Guiding is not just about animals.  It’s an incredible journey where you must have the passion and the love of animals and people.  If you are not a people’s person then guiding is not for you.

Safari Guide – Chris Musonda

Chris grew up on the outskirts of Lusaka and always dreamt of working with wildlife and the wilderness, but living in the city had little opportunity to do this.

Chris completed school and started working in retail at the same time as studying accountancy. It was here that Chris met a friend who went to work in the bush and gave him the opportunity to see what the job was like. During his time visiting the bush he decided that this was the job he wanted to do so took a job as a storeman in the Lower Zambezi. Chris then used his friends books to study so he could take his first guiding exam which he funded himself. Having passed this with flying colours Chris was then able to train alongside an experienced guide. Chris became a qualified guide in 2007 and joined Royal in 2013.



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