Today we were lucky enough to chat to Shaun Davy who set up two of the Lower Zambezi’s best safari camps – Amanzi and Anabezi, both unique, luxurious and set in a remote part of the park with no people and tonnes of game.
1 Earliest memory of being in the bush?
I grew up on a farm outside Victoria Falls and my earliest memory is seeing a large herd of Buffalo with my father. They were drinking at a waterhole and I remember the smell and the golden colour as the evening sun caught the dust.
2 Most magical / exciting wildlife experience you have ever had?
Stopping under a winter thorn tree in the Lower Zambezi National Park to watch a heard of elephants with some guests, suddenly I felt some small bits of bark dropping on me from above. I looked above to see a female leopard, about one metre above us, staring down at us pretty unsure what to do. The guide reversed the car out from under the tree and the leopard settled back down – we sat and watched her for 20 minutes, it was 4 o’clock in the afternoon and there were elephants all around the vehicle and the most beautiful light falling on the entire scene. I was completely lost in the moment.
3 Most enchanting experience you have had with the African people?
I am African, I love the perspective I get from the people on this continent everyday.
4 Why you love your camp(s), and why to visit?
The LZNP is a real gem, there are few places in the world where you can have that sort of beauty, with amazing game experiences and have it all to yourself. The remoteness of the camp, the simple luxury, the constant sounds. There are few other places you can start your day with a walking safari, throw in a canoeing safari, go fly-fishing for tiger-fish and have a game drive through an incredible part of Africa, all without seeing another tourist.
5 Favourite member of staff/guide at your camp and why? I like them all!!!
6 Favourite place in Africa outside of your camp and why? Victoria Falls, because I was born there and it still feels like home!
7 In one line, what do you feel is the best way forward for community and wildlife conservation in Africa? More practical use of Wildlife areas.
8 Who is your own safari hero and why?
David Attenborough – I know he is not a safari guide but I would want him to be on the vehicle and to commentate on the entire outing (kind of kidding) – it would be amazing to spend some time with him I think his childlike fascination with nature would be completely infectious.