About Shenton Safaris
Derek Shenton represents the third generation of his family to work in the fields of safari guiding and wildlife conservation. A natural guide, he has a particular interest in tracking and observing the big cats.
Passionate about providing his clients with the ultimate safari experience, Derek’s camps are continually evolving. Mwamba Bush Camp was the first addition, after which he developed the now famous hippo, elephant, carmine and last water hole hides. These photographic hides, sited and designed by Derek, have been used by the BBC, Discovery Channel and the National Geographic in their filming.
The high standards of the camps, calm and friendly atmosphere, and unusually high number of repeat clients are a further reflection of this unassuming man.
Derek is on the board of the Conservation South Luangwa (CSL) .
Jules Shenton: Jules, a trained zoologist and wildlife photographer, has been an integral part of the operations since 2004, looking after the camps decoration and renown cuisine. Jules is also on the Board of Trustees of Project Luangwa.
The Shentons are now remaining at their residence in Lusaka, allowing for their daughters, Saphire and Jayabella, age 9 and 6, to attend school. Derek commutes regularly to the camps, and enjoys the school holidays when the whole family can spend some time in the bush too.
Patrick Njobvu – GuidePat has been with Shenton Safaris since Kaingo was built and was originally trained by Derek in 1992. He is a fabulous guide, fantastic story teller and a firm favourite amongst new and repeat clients like. Pat is superb at bringing the bush alive with his encyclopedic knowledge of its inhabitants and a passion for all things wild, particularly the birdlife.
Sylvester Mbaama – Guide
After guiding for numerous years for other camps in the park, Sylvester joined us in 2012, and quickly found his marks at Kaingo and Mwamba, to the great satisfaction of our guests. “Sly” is qualified for game drives and bush walks, he is always ready to help and is a great host. He is also very involved in the local community having created his own foundation to assist local projects.
Yoram Ndhlovu – GuideYoram trained as a guide in the South Luangwa National Park and obtained his guiding license (game drives) in 2011. After guiding for two years in the Kafue National Park, Yoram was longing to come back to his native South Luangwa, and he joined us in 2013 to complete our experienced guiding team at Kaingo and Mwamba.
Andrew Mweetwa – Guide
Andrew passed his guiding exam in 2006, followed by his walking license the following year. For the past three years, he was guiding at the Norman Carr Safaris camps. He joined us in the 2013 season, and is delighted to keep busy with our third daily game viewing activity! He loves learning new languages, and looks forward to practice his skills. He is looking forward to developing his writing skills as he assists us by posting exciting tales of his sightings.
James Zulu – Meet & Greet
The first person from Shenton Safaris you are most likely to meet if arriving by plane in Mfuwe is James! He has been working for Derek Shenton for over 20 years and is our dedicated transfer driver, but fills in a multitude of other roles such as spotter, plumber, electrician, barman. He can wear a lot of caps indeed!
James is known for his wonderful luck on his transfer drives, so make sure to pull out your camera when you leave the airport.
Craig & Lyndie Reiche – Mwamba ManagersCraig, originally from Cape Town, was exposed to the bush from a young age due to his father’s adventurous spirit, taking his sons on many trips exploring Southern Africa. Lyndie, originally from Zimbabwe, moved to Cape Town in 2005 with her family. They met while in college and due to Craig’s passion for wildlife, soon realised that their future would lead them to the bush. After completing his Guiding qualifications, he worked in the Sabi Sands where he became a Senior Ranger with Trails Guide experience and later moved into lodge management for smaller, intimately run camp. While working in Cape Town as a Product Trainer, Lyndie studied Game Lodge Management and joined Craig 6 months later in the Sabi Sands. She worked her way from Receptionist to Assistant Lodge Manager and then to Front Office Manager for that company’s four Lodges. After completing close on to 4 years in the Sabi Sands, Craig and Lyndie decided to venture further into Africa and gain more experience in different environments. Zambia has always interested them and particularly working in an intimate lodge environment, where they can offer a more personalised level of service.
Agata Passoni – Reservations, Sales & Marketing ManagerAgata was born in Mombasa, and grew up in Lilongwe. Her family spent most of her childhood crossing the border to visit the South Luangwa National Park during their holidays. Agata grew up a guest of Kaingo Camp, and this home away from home has always called back to her. She studied languages in Europe whilst honing her hospitality skills in the luxury sector, and then put them into practice at Liwonde National Park in Malawi. Before arriving back to her home away from home with Shenton. She arrived on our team as a hostess but her passion and love for Shenton Safaris have let her grow into her marketing and managing roles.
Gerard Fagan – Kaingo Maintenance Manager
Catherine Garden – Exec ChefAfter qualifying as a chef in 2000 Catherine Garden started work in the Timbavati, beginning her career in the bush!
Enjoying the challenges and adventures that the bush offered she took the leap in 2008 and left for Tanzania to work in the Serengeti. Spending 4 and half amazing years at Grumeti Reserves, working in different properties in the most remote locations, Catherine relished been involved in the set up and food styling of the mobile camps , chef development and creating unique menus.
At the end of 2012 she decided on a change and headed back to South Africa. Starting her own company focusing on the sophisticated yet fresh and simple flavours that have become her signature Catherine was fortunate to have a diverse portfolio -private chef, weddings, celebrations, training and events!
However when an opportunity in Zambia presented itself she found it hard to resist and now the next journey begins…….
Loraine Weitsz – ReservationsLoraine Weitsz grew up in South Africa, her desire to learn more of the world led her to enter the safari world in 2015. Starting her experience in the South Luangwa, she fell in love with the environment and the people. Loraine joined us in the 2017 season, coming into camp with her extremely positive nature and incredible organizational skills. She lead the front of house throughout the season, and has grown into the full time reservations role.
Eve Wood-Hillescaped a career in London’s corporate world of marketing seven years ago, Eve followed her dream. She packed her bags and headed for her childhood playground of Africa to continue her earlier days of exploration. She studied to be a safari guide in the Kruger National Park and has since spent her days walking and driving through some of the most untouched wilderness areas left on this planet.
She found South Luangwa during a five month journey across Southern Africa and immediately made plans to return. She is thrilled to be a part of the Kaingo team this year and looks forward to seeing you all there.
The Shenton Safaris FamilyOur large team of friendly local staff can include up to 40 members when we are busy with camp construction, and in full swing of the season. From our waiters, chefs, and housekeepers to our boiler men and mechanics, they will take great care of you whilst you’re in the camps. With incredible smiles and passion for their roles, many have been with Shenton Safaris for several years!
Our plot team at the vegetable garden outside the park supplies the camps with fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs.