An introduction to some of the unforgettable people we met in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
(Winthrop, Massachusetts, October 22, 2013) Everyone loves the idea of a safari. For many of us, it’s a lifelong dream come true. This post is a salute to the people who made it so infinitely enjoyable, either through their hard work guiding us along the way, or by simply inviting us into their lives for a brief moment.
Lisa’s knowledge of the land, its wildlife, and people – particularly children – is impressive. So is her ability to share it. We often didn’t know until later how skilled she is at managing on the fly, finding last-minute opportunities for adventure and making them happen.
Peter is not only a senior guide, he’s also Headman at nearby Mambwe Village. He’s a great host, taking visitors by jeep and on foot to discover wildlife and clues about their daily lives. When you meet Peter, don’t forget to ask him about dung beetles, or how elephants wear down trails to water.
Video: The people of South Luangwa are as curious about us as we are about them.
Patson Phiri is another senior guide based at Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa. He can offer compelling lessons from what seem like ordinary aspects of a walk in the bush. Animal tracks, fruits from nearby trees, insects, and birds as they fly by never cease to surprise him. And he never ceases to regale us with great stories.
Watching the workers at Tribal Textiles, we not only witness time-honored creativity and technique. We’re also seeing the growth of a new business, and maybe the early stages of a developing economy – one that’s committed to progress while preserving the best of established traditions.
Maybe the best thing about our African hosts is their sense of humor. One of the SEKA Group’s many productions includes a humorous look at travelers trying to get that perfect wildlife photo – like this well-framed shot of a kudu.