Victoria Falls Heritage Guiding
Russell Gammon’s family have lived in Zimbabwe since 1892 and as one of Africa’s leading Professional Guides, he has been conducting photographic safaris throughout Southern and East Africa for over 25 years. He currently works with National Geographic and Smithsonian Institute, as well as many of the top Universities’ alumni travel programs and his services are highly sought after, as a Private Guide, by discerning traveler’s seeking to get the most out of their time in Africa. In addition to his encyclopedic knowledge of Africa’s wildlife, he is also an authority on the life of the Scottish Missionary and Explorer David Livingstone. A gifted communicator, Russell has lectured extensively on Africa’s past as well the challenge that face us in preserving it’s dwindling wilderness to audiences as far afield as Singapore, Hong Kong and the USA. He currently lives in Victoria Falls with his wife Leanne and their two children Tana and Ross.
As the son of a British South Africa Police Officer, Chris grew up in some of the most remote parts of rural Zimbabwe, and it's little surprise he became fascinated with the wildlife on his doorstep. He joined the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management in 1980 and worked his way up to Senior Ranger, in charge of Zambezi National Park near Victoria Falls. In search of a fresh challenge he left National Parks in 1987 and spent time in Zambia guiding photographic safaris before returning to Zimbabwe to set up his own company operating private walking safaris, in Matusidona National Park. As a Private Guide, he has built up an enviable reputation conducting trips as far a field as the the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Gabon, and still makes regular trips to Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Malawi. He is an accomplished wildlife photographer, a keen Ornithologist and has always had a passionate interest in Africa’s history, in particular the adventures and journeys of the early explorers. Chris’s rendition of Livingstone’s story is greatly enhanced by having met some of the direct descendants of Livingstone’s original traveling companions, and this personal connection adds an element of drama that never fails to draw his audience in. He is based in Victoria Falls and in-between planning specialist journeys and guiding interested parties he, still finds time to share the story of David Livingstone with audiences passing through that part of the world. He is an engaging and polished raconteur with a rye sense of humor and we are privileged to have him as a member of our team.
Chinga comes from the We’ tribe – a tiny tribe that according to legend, were the first iron age settlers along the Zambezi River who have now been absorbed into the larger Tonga tribe. The son of a lecturer, he was born on the Copper Belt but grew up on the outskirts of Livingstone Town, where he developed a love of the outdoors and a fascination with the natural world. He trained as an artist, working in the Livingstone Museum where he was responsible for creating the backdrops for the displays, but his love of the outdoors would soon see him accompanying field trips to collect specimens. A full time guide since 2005, Chinga has been conducting Rhino and Birding walks in the Mosi-o-Tunya Natonal Park and is also a talented storyteller with a passion for sharing Africa’s history with visitors from all over the world. He lives in Livingstone with his wife, Nina and their two sons who are both keen birdwatchers like their dad.
Clive was born and raised in Matepatepa, a remote farming district in the North East of Zimbabwe. With an unexplored wilderness on his doorstep, and a endless fascination for the wildlife that shared his world, its understandable that he opted for career as a game farmer and for over 25 years he successfully owned and operated his own private game reserve and safari operation. A fluent Shona speaker, he has always been passionate about education, establishing 5 schools in the rural communities adjacent to his farming district before moving to Victoria Falls in 2014. He has quickly established himself as a gifted raconteur and his rendition of the life of David Livingstone's is both moving and heartfelt as is his obvious passion for the future of the African continent.
Libby’s family first came to Zimbabwe in 1952 when her Grandfather brought a sprawling cattle ranch in the wilderness of Southern Matabeleland. It was here, amongst hills steeped in the history of the Matabele people, that Libby grew up so it’s little wonder that her love of the outdoors is matched only by her deep fascination with the history of the continent. Having completing her University in South Africa she was drawn to Zimbabwe’s budding tourism industry starting out at the Victoria Falls Hotel and later joining her soon-to-be husband Shane, one of Zimbabwe's leading Professional Guides, running safaris and camps in the Hwange and Vic Falls areas. Between 2002 and 2012 Libby took a sabbatical from the tourism during which she completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Education and joined the teaching staff at Victoria Falls Primary School. Four years ago she was certified as a Tour Guide which she saw as a way of combining her love of teaching with her passion for the outdoors. She is a natural storyteller with a genuine passion the history of Africa in general, and in particular, the remarkable story of David Livingstone. With a warm, outgoing personality and a wealth of knowledge Libby’s services are highly sort after by groups passing through Victoria Falls and she is a valued member of our team.
Grant's early ancestors were French Huguenot's who arrived at the Cape in the late 17th century, so Africa is truly in his blood. Growing up in remote parts of Zimbabwe and Namibia he developed an early passion for the wilderness and after completing a degree in Zoology, trained as a Guide, at the world renowned Mala Mala Game Reserve. Later Grant moved to the remote Linyanti Reserve, in Northern Botswana, a place first put on the map thanks to the journeys of David Livingstone, and here he cemented his already considerable reputation, as one of the continent’s leading Naturalist Guides. Grant has an obvious passion for Africa’s people and wildlife, and strongly believes that without an appreciation of the past, you cannot hope to understand the future. Between leading safaris for the Smithsonian Institute and his work as an environmental consultant, he still finds time to share the story of David Livingstone’s life with groups visiting the Chobe area. Thanks to the years he spent in the bush, Grant brings a gritty appreciation of the hardships Livingstone endured which make this story come to life for his audiences, ensuring they remain spellbound from the first word to the very last. Grant currently lives near the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, in Northern Botswana, with his wife Sharon and their two dogs Taz and Panda.