Mission and Team

The Savannah Southern Safaris Team

MISSION

Providing professional personalized services combining Leisure, Environmental and Social Awareness; Encouraging Responsibility.

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Chiinga – Guide and Director, Head of Operations, Artist

TEAM

We are very happy to introduce our Team to you.

Savannah Southern Safaris is a family-owned business, founded by Chiinga Siavwapa who has been a professional nature guide since the year 2004. Since his early childhood, he explored the bush and the Falls on his own and to him, that was the genesis of his relationship with the wild. Since he left us in 2019 his nephews and wife continue running the business.

Anyone who met Chiinga immediately felt his passion for nature around and all other matters concerning our environment and society. As a family, we will continue developing your Livingstone experience in his memory. We continue sharing our love for nature and the cultural heritage and creative side of this town with you.

Chiinga believed, we all have a strong responsibility to ensure the youth in this country get a fair chance to participate in development.

In the past years, he had trained youth in guiding, activity booking and general knowledge in the hospitality industry. Some have stayed with Savannah Southern Safaris and become part of the ‘Savannah family’ others found job opportunities elsewhere in the industry. We continue giving opportunities to the young generation and together with our partners we work on education and training programs to ensure future sustainable development of our town. Our main partner here is Munga Eco Lodge. With the forming Sikaneta Trust, we are planning an Education Centre in Chiinga’s memory.

Savannah Southern Safaris Team

When he met his spouse Nina, they decided to run the business together. Now she supports the team on keeping u the work. She still advises the young generation which takes over the active leadership role on business matters. Her main project is the development of the education centre and the work for the younger generation.

The Savannah Team runs like a family, so everybody helps, where he or she is needed.

The  Savannah family consist of:

Chiwele is a very skilled and passionate nature guide who will help you get a deeper insight into the bush, from the small flower to the big rhino. He is also a birding guide and continuously deepens his knowledge. He is also supporting the areas of office and guiding management. Since September 2019 he is one of the Directors of Savannah Southern Safaris.

Njekwa is the other director of Savannah Southern Safaris, he is managing all administrative and marketing tasks. He also leads the Munga Eco Lodge – Savannah Southern Safaris cooperation together with our consultant Ina.

Njekwa has been working with the family business since he left school, he started as an intern and quickly became the backbone of all organisational matters concerning the business. He still continues his studies to broaden the opportunities and possibilities for Savannah.

Cynthia is our culture and art tour coordinator, who since the Corona Pandecic hit the world, also tries to establish new interesting packages for our domestic market and engages with our partner Munga Eco Lodge and the National Art Gallery in order to see how synergies help us to get strengthened out of this pandemic.

For many years Joyce has been part of the team, who makes sure there is sanity, she brings order and structure into chaotic situations.

Rachel is the current Savannah intern, who has taken a leading role in working with the National Art Gallery and manning the activity desk and the craft sales at the Gallery. She has more plans for the future and uses the experiences she gains with Savannah to establish a base for her future professional plans.

Another new face in the team is Teddy, who currently checks out the different areas and established in which direction he will integrate himself in the future.

Charity is probably Livingstone’s best Victoria Falls Guide. She currently develops new cultural products like Cook like a Zambian, Cultural Dance and Ceremony tours and many more to come. She will be on everybody’s side if you want her to be. She started her own business, but still works with Savannah as a freelancer.

Our connections to Germany stay strong. In order to help the team to get through the pandemic and keep up with the ever changes regulations and cooperation we work with Ina, who is there to advise the team and to develop standards and help to implement the environmental, health and social protocols we are committed to.

Charity waiting for you at the office

GUIDE HIRING

The whole team will always be happy to make your experience here in Southern Zambia something very special. Just ask and we will be happy to tailor our products and packages to what you need here and also in other regions of Zambia and Southern Africa!

All guides can also be hired for personal guiding tours.

You have enjoyed your tour with our team? Share your experience and review us on Facebook or Tripadvisor!

Nina at the Bridge
Nina – Advising Director