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Fishing Guides

FISHING GUIDE

VINCENT CHAVUNGA

Vincent was born and raised in the Chiawa village, in the western outskirts of the Game Management area of the Lower Zambezi. Growing up alongside the mighty Zambezi River Vincent developed a deep love and respect for the river and a passion for fishing from a young age. His first opportunity in tourism was in 1995 as a porter, and in 2004 he went on to qualify as a professional boatman. Joining our team in 2008, he has been a valued member of the Royal family for over 10 years and was promoted to Head Boatman, a title he has held proudly for 6 years.

 

His love for the river not only stems from its title as a world-renowned Tiger fishing destination but also for the opportunity it affords to spot wildlife from the water. His hobbies include watching National Geographic and keeping updated with World news. Vincent dreams of travelling the world one day as a top fishing guide.

FISHING GUIDE

SHADRECK BUTAU

Shadreck, also fondly known as “Shaddy,” began his boating career in 1995. He has been our longest serving coxswain and fishing guide for 13 years and has been with Royal since 2006. Having always had a passion for being on the water and fishing, he especially loves working at Royal and says, “Working for Royal has added great value to my life because I feel loved and cared for. This is what keeps me motivated.” Shaddy’s fishing experience ensures he knows all the best fishing spots and his friendly, charming nature is what keeps our guests coming back to the river.

 

During his free time, he enjoys farming with his wife and family.

FISHING GUIDE

FOBBS ZWENGA

Fobbs was born and grew up in the village of Makanya on the outskirt of the game management. As a young boy, he dreamed of making a difference and striving to make his family proud. Identifying tourism as a rewarding industry to be part of, he secured his first job in the industry as a housekeeper at a local lodge. During his time here, he started learning from his friend who was a fisherman and is where his passion for fishing began. In 2014, he qualified as certified coxswain and shortly after was offered a position at Royal Zambezi Lodge in 2015.

 

Fobbs is also a keen welder and enjoys engaging in this work in his free time back home.

FISHING GUIDE

MORGAN PHIRI

Morgan began his career in 2013 and was inspired by his uncle who taught him the skill of fishing at a young age. He joined Royal Zambezi Lodge in 2015 and has thoroughly enjoyed his journey as part of the Royal family. Being a fishing enthusiast, he enjoys being on the river because it presents a challenge and no day is ever the same. The satisfaction he gets from landing a Tigerfish or helping a guest to catch their first one is beyond anything he has ever experienced. Morgan is a proud family man so during his free time he loves to share his knowledge with his children.

FISHING GUIDE

JONATHAN CHALIMBA

Jonathan was born and raised in Mugurameno Village in Chiawa and formed a love for nature from a young boy. He dreamed of following in the footsteps of his uncles and brother in becoming a guide and through sheer determination against all the odds, he qualified as a fishing guide in 2015. In 2016, he was proud to join the Royal family to put his dream into action and is grateful for the opportunity to do so. Apart from fishing, Jonathan has also developed some barber skills and enjoys the art practising this hobby in his free time.