Sam Wallace

Safari Specialist

Sam’s knowledge of Africa cannot be taught – it’s the kind that can only be gained through years of hard work and experience on the ground.

A SNAPSHOT

Originally from Devon, Sam moved to South Africa to study Zoology & Ichthyology with the firm aspiration of becoming a professional guide. After passing with flying colours, he became a head guide in northern Tanzania, specialising in walking safaris, before moving to Botswana to manage several luxury lodges in the Okavango Delta.

RECENT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Sam has recently moved back to the UK from Botswana. His last trip was one he guided into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, in Botswana’s central region.

EXPERT DESTINATIONS

Tanzania

African Countries Visited

Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia

Sam's Biography

At the age of 5, Sam (with a little help from his parents) painted his bedroom orange with a Serengeti sunset scene, which pretty much sums up how much he wanted to go to Africa at that time. Growing up in the rural countryside of England certainly encouraged Sam’s love and knowledge of wildlife. However, it was a chance meeting with his now other half that opened his eyes to the possibility of moving to Africa and fulfilling his long-held wish to explore the continent’s natural history and fauna. In 2010 Sam jumped at the chance to move to South Africa and study Zoology & Ichthyology. It was here that he concentrated on courses specifically about safari guiding, and after graduation he started gaining experience as a guide in a small reserve along South Africa’s East Coast.

Moving from that small reserve to Tanzania’s enormous Serengeti in 2014, Sam found his career developed accordingly, as he was promoted from trainee enthusiast all the way to head guide. It was in Tanzania that Sam spent most of his time in Africa. While taking clients out on thrilling game drives, he also focused on becoming a walking guide, which included relying on the skills he had gained as a youngster in the English countryside.

Specialist walking guides were a rarity in the area, and Sam ended up taking large numbers of guests on various safe safari experiences in the Serengeti ecosystem. Moving again, this time from Tanzania to Botswana in 2017 Sam shifted from being a top guide to being a camp manager in the famed Okavango Delta, where he gained first-hand and on-the-ground knowledge of the luxury safari industry. Having moved back to his native England this year (2018), Sam is now able to utilise his in-depth knowledge of wildlife and Tanzania to help tailor safaris to fulfil their potential for YZ clients.

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE

“While guiding some clients in a private area of the southern Serengeti ecosystem, we were treated to nine different cheetah in the same sighting! We were watching four young brothers who had spotted a small herd of Grant’s gazelle. All of a sudden, the herd of gazelle exploded and scattered in all directions. The reason became clear as, out of the dust, we saw a female cheetah – she had obviously stalked the herd from the opposite side, unseen by us until it dispersed. Once she had made her kill, her four cubs proceeded to appear out of the grass and the five of them started feeding. The four young brothers watched on from a short distance away, unsure as to what they were capable of as they could have easily scared her off her kill if they had tried!

Another memorable experience was being lucky enough to spend some time on foot with Safari Africa’s most sought-after animal, the pangolin! I was with a group of friends at the time in Central Botswana, having a very quiet morning game drive when this bizarrely beautiful creature was spotted moving around. The pangolin is notorious for being a shy, rare, nocturnal animal, so we could hardly believe what we were experiencing. It soon unfurled and gave us all some fantastic photographic opportunities.”

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