Zimbabwe is a very special country, and one that has been going through a tough time. My mum is Zimbabwean, I have Zimbabwean friends, and, here at Yellow Zebra, I have Zimbabwean friends and colleagues. This means that, since I was a young lad, I’ve been kept up to speed with the goings-on.
Firstly, here’s a little background on my safari experience. I grew up on a small farm in England and my mother took me out to Africa every year to see her old backyard. She took me out into the wilder areas of Zim, and that’s where I experienced my first safaris. Normally we’d explore reserves that were off the beaten track, before heading to some of the more prestigious Southern African safari areas as I grew older.
I ended up moving to South Africa when I was 18. I worked on our farm in KwaZulu-Natal (near Durban, South Africa) and worked at safari camps as a camp manager. I then gained my commercial pilot’s licence and headed to the Okavango Delta, where I worked as a pilot/guide flying staff, freight, and guests into the Wilderness Safaris camps – an amazing job that allowed me to interact with guests and experience this wonderful wilderness area 24/7.