A Local Dream Imagined
Born and raised in the same tribal community, meet Nicolas and Thomas Njobvu. "We are coming from poor families that produced the first black man to become safari guide in South Luangwa trained by Norman Carr." When he drove through the village in the open safari cars, Carr said to the children, "If you want to drive this type of a vehicle you must become a guide."
Thomas and Nicolas both said yes to this challenge. "We never wanted to fail the guiding exams, which were very tough. We worked hard together." Nicolas started a business in game driving and wanted to build accommodations for his guests. After discussions with the chief and inquiries into some land, on March 15th, 2019, Nicolas and Thomas began hosting guests in tents with the hopes of one day building chalets using only natural materials on the land.
Running the game drives and building one chalet at a time was a huge undertaking. "To put up the structures and thatching grass, Thomas and I needed some help. Our dreams became true after hosting Jeff Baker and his family. Jeff and Jennifer covered all the pressure we had about the grass and the finishing of our lodge Njobvu Safari."
Meet The Bakers
Jeff and Jennifer Baker began a love affair with Africa over 20 years ago. Multiple medical mission trips, honeymooning, and month long driving tours, expanded their hearts towards the people and nature of this country. In July 2019, Jeff and Jennifer along with their pre-teen son and daughter, traveled to Malawi and Zambia on a medical mission trip. "We wanted to go on a safari before returning back home to the United States. All of our mission contacts recommended South Luangwa."
Everything was booked except a small tent safari named Njobvu Safari. Fireside and moonlit chats ensued with guides Nicolas and Thomas about their dreams, about their culture, about the ecology, and about the history.
Nicolas and Thomas' desire to be the first locally born and bred guides to start a safari lodge was honorable and a poetic story. "We were attracted to their zeal and zest for life, especially their knowledge of the flora and fauna in South Luangwa Park.
When the idea of partnering came up, we knew we wanted to be part of something that would help local hard working people living on the edges of this Park with the river running through it.
Adventure With Hospitality
At Njobvu Safari we are committed to friendliness, customer service, and attention to detail. An above excellent customer experience is what we strive for.
Sharing educated knowledge of the park and all its residents, lions, leopards, impalas, zebra, hyenas, hippos, crocs, antelope, giraffes, elephants, birds and trees is what our guides do best.
Creating life long memorable stories for your time in Zambia is our number one priority. Come join us along the river banks, the life line for this region. A wealth of new adventures and memories await.