We have a great team of guides at our lodge Elephant’s Eye, Hwange whose passion and expertise is evident in all that they do. A guide is such an important part of a guests’ safari experience and we are proud to say that we only get glowing reports for ours. Guests are constantly blown away by their knowledge and attention to detail, and especially their kindness and good nature. Julius is one of our guides who is known for his exceptional friendliness and willingness to go the extra mile. We had a chat with him to find out more about his passion for guiding and he shared an amazing story about a Painted Dog experience that he had with some lucky guests.
Where are you from?
From Masvingo, Zimbabwe
How long have you been a guide?
It’s been 9 years now.
How long have you been working at Elephant’s Eye?
For almost a year.
Why did you decide to be a guide?
I have always had passion for being a guide. Since I was a little kid I used to catch birds and keep them in different cages. I really loved birds.
What’s your favourite part about the job?
I love everything about nature, meeting people of different cultures and tribes and constantly learning more about nature and its wonders.
Do you have a funny or interesting story that happened while you were working?
I was on a game drive one time and my guests really wanted to see Painted Dogs but there were nowhere to be found, we did 3 drives in the park but couldn’t spot them. On the last night I told the guest to just sit and relax by the camp and watch animals when they come to drink by the waterhole. It was around 5 when we saw some impalas running through the swimming pool and behind them were some painted dogs, we quickly got in the vehicle and followed them. We watched them at the waterhole killing an impala which was incredible and in a few minutes they had eaten everything. We followed them to their den but little did we know that they had some puppies. It was very interesting to watch them regurgitate food for their pups.
What’s your favourite animal?
Baboons. I can watch baboons the whole day, they are just so funny.