Today we’re taking the opportunity to introduce you to Banda from Camp Xakanaxa. Banda is one of our long-standing guides having worked with Desert & Delta Safaris for over 10 years. His passion for Botswana and the countries wilderness areas is evident in the way he enthusiastically shares his knowledge with each and every one of the guest who joins him on safari from Camp Xakanaxa.
We asked Banda a few questions about himself and his career as a guide;
I come from a small village called khwai, which is found on the edge of the famous Moremi Game Reserve. With its close proximity to the Moremi Game Reserve, my village receives a lot of visitors as they enter and exit the park, which exposed me to the industry from a very young age. My father also worked as a guide in one of the nearby safari lodges. His stories from working as a guide is what inspired me to become a guide and follow in his footsteps.
For me, being a guide is like doing a cultural exchange program. Meeting people from all over the world with different cultures and interests gives you an idea of what’s going on around the world. I work in a remote part of Botswana but am fortunate to have the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world every single day.
What I also love about being a guide is that I am constantly learning. As a guide, our job is to share our knowledge with our guests but the natural wilderness is ever changing and I learn something new every time I head out on a game drive.
I have been a guide in Botswana for over 10 years now. I started my career with Desert & Delta Safaris in 2005 when I was placed at Camp Okavango for my internship. The company employed me as a full-time guide in January 2006 where I continued at Camp Okavango. In 2009 I moved to Camp Moremi in the Moremi Game Reserve where I guided for approximately five years before moving across to Camp Xakanaxa in January 2015 where I am currently based.
The most memorable experience as a guide with Desert & Delta Safaris was watching a leopard jumping from the tree, from a height of about 6 meters to kill an impala that was grazing under the tree. It was my first time to witness a kill which is why it remains so firm in my memory as a favourite sighting.
Thanks to Banda for taking the time to share his passion for guiding with us. Here is a collection of Banda’s favourite photo memories from his time as a guide with us: