Our Family

Fishing Guides


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.


Shadreck, also fondly known as “Shaddy,” began his boating career in 1995. He has been our longest serving coxswain and fishing guide 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.


Fobbs was born and grew up in the village of Makanya on the outskirt of the game management area. 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 fishing guide 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.

Luckson, born and raised in Mugurameno Village in the Chiawa area, joined Royal Zambezi Lodge in 2015 and has diversified experience, evolving from general work to waitering, to bartending, and now excels as a river guide, specializing in boating and angling. He relishes his time in the bush, perpetually learning about the local flora and fauna, finding no dull moments in his immersive environment. He appreciates interacting with guests, especially during fishing excursions. His passion extends to playing soccer and delving into books about local wildlife and plants, enriching his understanding and connection with his cherished surroundings.