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A Return to the Zambezi
Jun 26 2013 Written by: Richard Field
My first job in the safari industry was building and managing a small safari camp in Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park. It was 1996 and I was a very green 22 year old who had just finished university and really didn't know very much about anything at all! I lasted 6 months before the daily challenges of living and working in such an isolated and remote place eventually became too much. The job required someone more experienced and I needed to somewhere that I could be trained and mentored. In May this year, I returned to the Lower Zambezi for the ... [Read More]
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