African Wildlife Safaris & Nature Conservation, 1997-8

Following the marine conservation research project in Tanzania and Mozambique I headed off, away from the coast, on an adventurous solo trip inland through northern Mozambique, to Malawi and Zimbabwe.

It was there that I made contact with the owner of a new wildlife concession in neighbouring Zambia. A few days later, I was on the shores of Lake Kariba, helping set up a tented safari camp. As the operations manager, I was in charge of coordinating ground logistics and getting the place up and running in time for the first guests. It was an incredible experience in a land of elephants and hippos, canoe trips and wetland birds, park rangers and rural communities.

As a second work placement, I took up the offer to gain experience as a safari guide at Borana Lodge, a luxury ecotourism stay in the Samburu region of northern Kenya. Our activities took place on Borana Conservancy, an extensive wildlife reserve protecting iconic species such as black rhino, elephants and cheetahs. This was also another amazing experience for me, as I began my journey working with nature conservation, ecotourism and local community projects.

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