This week we spoke to Kanga Banda who guides in the South Luangwa National Park with Robin Pope Safaris. He joined the company back in 2007 as a tea bearer, having already learnt lots about wildlife and conservation whilst at his school’s conservation club. Spending every day in the bush meant that Kanga was able to learn even more and passed his guiding exams first time with flying colours! He’s fast becoming a favourite amongst guests who are enjoying an African safari in Zambia.
How and why did you become a guide?
All started when I was 13, at school in a wildlife conservation club where I was very active and developed so much passion for conservation of wildlife, though later I decided it wasn’t what I enjoyed doing. It was then I started studying different books of wildlife while still working as a mechanic, two years later I was lucky to have joined a very experienced guide with Robin Pope Safaris and doing walking safaris every day for six months helped a lot, after that I did my guide exams and became a guide.
What are you most interested in?
I do like everything, conservation is paramount to me and birds are my favourite
What is your favourite country/national park/reserve to guide in?
Zambia and South Luangwa is my favourite National Park
What has been your favourite sighting to date?
I found a female leopard hunting in the morning, it killed an impala. Then, a hyena comes in and charges off the female leopard and started eating the dead impala immediately, a few minutes later a male leopard in from the other side and charge the hyena off and drags the kill up the tree!
What’s your favourite activity?
I always enjoy walking
If you could go to any other country to see its wildlife, where would you choose?
What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to become a guide?
One must love the bush and its nature and love being with different people for guiding is more about people than wildlife.