Our Safari Guides

Our safari guides are at the heart of African Bush Camps. With storytelling and teaching, they enlighten the guests by sharing their wonder, wisdom, and love of the African bush.

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Meet our team

We believe that there is much more to an African safari than being driven around in a vehicle while passively viewing animals. In combining the ultimate safari with an expert guide, we create the complete journey, where experiences, knowledge and passions are shared and where a standard safari is transformed into an extraordinary one. The quality of your guide, quite simply, makes or breaks your safari. All our guides are naturalists with exceptional experience and who know the African bush intimately and have an amazing knowledge of the African wilderness and its people. Their appreciation of the diverse cultures of the world and the needs of their guests allows them to deliver the ultimate safari.

The benefit of an African Bush Camps guided safari is that you are not confined to a set schedule. Instead, you are offered the flexibility to make the most out of your adventure; walking, talking and learning, game driving, bird watching and even indulge in doing nothing at all. Our team of top safari guides present Africa to you in a unique manner, sharing their passion and knowledge with you and leaving you with an unforgettable experience that will last you a lifetime.

Botswana Guides

Dutch Bihelang Kasale

Dutch began his guiding career as a community specialist and joined African Bush Camps in September 2014 as head guide. His passions are photography, stars, game walking, insects, botany and animal behaviour.

James ‘007’ Tsietsi

With over 10 years experience as a fully qualified guide, James has worked his way around different regions of Botswana such as the delta, desert and salt pans garnering an outstanding wealth of knowledge.

Esefa Mokopi

Esefa grew up in the Linyanti, so his impressive wealth of knowledge around the wildlife in this region of Botswana is second to none. With 6 years guiding experience, he has spent 5 of these being a part of our African Bush Camps team.

Kutlwano Banda

Following in his father's footsteps, Kutlwano's passions are photography and star gazing. With over 14 years of experience guiding across different regions of Botswana, he is immensely knowledgeable about the region.

Zimbabwe Guides

Albert Paradzai

Growing up in the wilds of Zimbabwe instilled a passion for the bush in Albert. This passion has resulted in his desire to share the magic of a safari with his guests. Albert received his professional guiding qualification in less time than normal due to his previous work experience as a Senior Wildlife Officer and Pilot with the Zimbabwe Wildlife Management Authority. Albert has amassed over 22 years of guiding experience and has shared his knowledge, passion and enthusiasm with guests from all over the world.

Lewis Mangaba

Lewis, a natural poet and a master of bush lore, is one of the best and most loved guides on the continent.  Lewis is a master tracker and speaks the language of the bush. His comprehensive knowledge, gentle manner and people skills have seen him become the recipient of many awards.

Calvet Nkomo

Calvet started guiding in 1995 and brings a wealth of knowledge to African Bush Camps, having worked for National Parks, Touch the Wild Safaris, CC Africa (now &Beyond), Matetse Game Lodge and Wilderness Safaris. He is also fantastic with children and enjoys teaching them whilst in his care.

Mike Padiwa

Growing up so close to Hwange National Park, Mike’s love for the bush and curiosity in animal behaviour comes naturally. His goal as a guide is to blend into his surround to the point where animals ignore his presence and continue with their daily activities.

Zambia Guides

Tawanda Chibwe

Tawanda started out as an auto-mechanic turned bush-mechanic, but then “ saw light” in 2005 after falling in love with the wilderness while on a game drive. He switched the spanners for the Binos and qualified as a professional guide for the Mosi-O-tunya park leading walking safaris and game drives, before joining African Bush Camps. His favourite activities include tracking Rhinos on foot, birding and animal behaviour.

Phillip Masule

Phillip grew up in the South Province of Zambia and knows the ecosystem, flora and fauna intimately from training in O-tunya National Park in Livingstone.

Quentino Mbinji

Quentino decided to become a guide when he saw the thrilling adventure involved in whitewater rafting. After qualifying as a guide, Quintino has spent over 20 happy years on the river and in the bush, sharing the joy of an African safari with guests from all over the world.

Ezekiel Musiyalela

Inspired by the fishing and canoeing tourism near his village, Ezekiel began his guide training at Ilombe Island. With years of experience as a fishing and canoeing guide at Zambezi Expeditions, Ezekiel loves nothing more than the feeling of freedom when taking his guests on water safaris.

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