Guide Stories: Tendai from Wilderness Safaris, Zimbabwe
Safari guide Tendai of Wilderness Safaris in Zimbabwe tells us his story.
Wilderness guide Tendai’s story of guiding in Zimbabwe and his passion for introducing people to his country’s great national parks.
“I was born in the eastern part of Zimbabwe in a town called Mutare, then my family relocated to the northwest and settled in a place called Lusulu. What started off as just fun and playing among young boys in the bush, then grew to become a lifetime passion for me.”
“What started off as just fun and playing among young boys in the bush, then grew to become a lifetime passion for me.”
“I joined Wilderness Safaris in ‘97 and later obtained my guide licence. While working as a camp manager and guide, I was privileged to be a part of the Rhino Introduction into Hwange National Park and I’ve now managed several Wilderness camps in Hwange, and visited America and parts of Europe as an Ambassador for my own country.”
“The people of Zimbabwe are very hospitable and hardworking. If you were to go into the countryside as a stranger and you were lost, the first thing we’d do is offer you some water, before even finding out who you are.”
“I love the diversity of our National Parks too. Victoria Falls is one of the seven wonders of the world, and Mana Pools National Park is an iconic destination, but we also have the Chinhoyi Caves and Gonarezhou National Park. Plus, the city ruins of Great Zimbabwe are situated in the southeast of the country, with a history that explains where Zimbabwe comes from.”
“My interests are birding, nature walks and fishing, and I like sharing bush experiences and my country with people from all over the world, putting smiles of appreciation on their faces.”
“I’ve mainly guided in Hwange National Park and led trips into Mana Pools. Hwange National Park is where my heart lies, as the diversity of mammal species and the harshness this park has during the dry season separates it from most national parks as a true wilderness area.”
“Hwange National Park is where my heart lies, as the diversity of mammal species separates it from most national parks as a true wilderness area.”
“One afternoon, I took some guests to one of our favourite spots, the log-pile at Little Makalolo. It was my guests’ first time in Africa, and being so close to elephants drinking and wallowing was something they had never dreamt of. Involuntarily, one of the guests sneezed and this sent the elephants into a panic, so in order to ascertain where the sound had come from they had to empty their trunks. It so happened, their trunks were pointing in our direction, so we got a nice smelly shower.”
“We aim to give all our guests an experience of a lifetime, and with where our camps are situated in Hwange National Park, we are just an hour from the local village, so the majority of our guests get to experience the culture.”
“Enjoy the sounds, the smells and the quietness, and really cherish what nature has to provide.”
“The most rewarding moment for me is when guests leave a camp feeling a part of the family, their faces covered in smiles or tears as they say they will be back.”
“I want people who come here to take everything in and not just rush for the big things. Enjoy the sounds, the smells and the quietness, and really cherish what nature has to provide.”