Special interest "Guide Training"safaris in Zambia


As part of Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro's commitment to excellence we provide recurrent training for all our team. For 2013 we are providing up-training for our already outstanding team of guides, during which they will receive specialist coaching provided by renowned experts in the fields of photography, ecology and mammal/bird behaviour/physiology/audiology.

We however think it would be a unique opportunity for any guests interested in these fields to join in with our guides on this training by simply visiting Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro at the same time as our visiting specialists, and they would be most welcome to participate, in the bush and in camp, as much or as little as they wish. There is, of course, no extra charge for participating and guests can enjoy our very attractive Green Season specials and discounted rates. And for those guests who are already booked to travel during these dates please rest assured that these training activities will not at all interfere with and, if anything, enhance any visit to our camps at this time.

In brief, the experts, fields of study and dates for 2013:

Derek Solomon, Mammals & Birds, Chiawa Camp ,IN Apr 24, OUT Apr 27; Old Mondoro IN Apr 27, OUT Apr 29

Derek is a published author, one of Africa's top wildlife experts and a guide for National Geographic. Focus on activities will be mammal and bird tracking and identification, habits and sounds (using special sound equipment and headsets for guests and guides). This will be a fun but educational experience where our guides will have updated, accurate information which can be shared with our guests.

Mike Bingham, Ecology, Chiawa Camp IN May 01, OUT May 05; Old Mondoro IN May 05, OUT May 08

Mike is Zambia's top ecologist, a renowned conservationist & birder, and the author of books, websites and many documents on Zambia's ecology. Focus on activities will include "circle of life" ecology (termites, soils, insects) and identification of plant species but will primarily focus on the impacts of wildlife populations and tourism activity on habitats, and how to minimise these impacts through our day to day activities. The goal will be to ensure all guests get interesting, quality information that will provoke thought about the conservation challenges facing the Lower Zambezi and indeed the planet.

Francois d'Elbee, Photography, Chiawa Camp IN May 09, OUT May 12; Old Mondoro IN May 12 , OUT May 14

Francois is arguably Zambia's top wildlife photographer and certainly most published. He knows the Lower Zambezi NP intimately having spent many years there photographing its wildlife and landscapes. Focus, no pun intended, will be on camera operation, positioning of photographer vs subject, framing, approaches, taking photos of guests for guests, and basically ensuring all guests get the very best photographic opportunities and memories out of their visit.

 Email : res@chiawa.comor info@chiawa.comif you would like to book or know more about this wonderful opportunity to go on safari not only with perhaps Africa's Best Guiding Team, but also in the company of some of Africa's top wildlife experts.