Private Journey through Botswana with Guide Alex Mazunga

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Alex has been a part of the Wilderness family for 19 years, and in his role as Private Guide since 2016. His positions have included Guide, Camp Manager, General Manager, and most recently, Private Guide. His dedication to learning, and delivering the ultimate guest experience while doing his part to protect the wild, make him a true Wilderness ambassador.



Alex was born in the Chobe region of northern Botswana, in the small village of Satau. When he was three years old, his family moved west along the Linyanti River towards Lake Liambezi, in search of improved grazing for their cattle, and fertile land for crops. Here he was exposed to the wilderness and his love for nature fostered.


From an early age, Alex enjoyed spending time outdoors. His father, who was a hunter and farmer, taught him valuable skills and life lessons, including tracking, the medicinal use of trees, and bush survival.



Alex graduated from high school and found employment as a shop assistant in Kasane. His goal was to be in the bush, and in 1998 he was hired as a tracker. He successfully achieved his guiding licence in 1999, and began working in Chobe National Park. After four years of guiding in Chobe, in 2003 Alex was offered a position by Wilderness, guiding at Wilderness Mombo. His Wilderness journey had begun.


Proving his exceptional leadership skills, Alex was offered the opportunity to attend the Wilderness Management Training Programme in 2007, which he completed in the same year. He then moved to Wilderness King’s Pool in 2008, to take up the position of Camp Manager. After a few years in the Linyanti, Alex relocated to Little Vumbura in 2010, as Camp Manager and Guide. 2011 saw him taking a short break from Wilderness to work for Great Plains Conservation’s Zarafa Camp as Camp Manager, and Guide on request. In 2012 Wilderness King’s Pool called him back as Camp Manager, where he remained until being promoted to General Manager for Vumbura Plains in 2013. In 2016, Alex decided to move back into guiding and joined Wilderness Private Guides, where he still is.



During the course of his career Alex has achieved his Wilderness Level 3 Management Qualification, Wilderness Walking Guide and Wilderness Level 1 Guide. He is a skilled and passionate wildlife photographer, and presented at Wild Shots, a popular photographic symposium in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. He also took first prize in a photographic competition, winning a week in Kenya.


Alex is a talented all-rounder, who, throughout his years as camp manager, retained his passion for the wilderness, continuing to guide when requested by guests. He diligently leads all Wilderness activities, from game drives and bush walks to boating and mokoro trips. Alex is also fantastic with children, making him an outstanding and knowledgeable family guide.



Alex enjoys nothing more than making sure his guests have the safari experience of a lifetime. He is so proud to be a part of the Wilderness team. “Through training, I have been given the opportunity to grow within Wilderness. The company genuinely cares for staff and the communities surrounding the wilderness areas, and has taught me to make a difference”, says Alex.

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