Ian Batchelor

Ian was born in Nakuru, Kenya in 1965, Ian spent his early childhood in one of the more beautiful parts of Africa. His parents moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he was five years old and this is where Ian developed his love and passion for everything that Africa embraces.

After completing his A levels at Prince Edward High School in Harare, Zimbabwe, Ian went on to study at the Universities of Cape Town and Witwatersrand, in South Africa, where he received both a B.A. Degree and an Honors Degree in International Relations, Strategic Studies, Industrial Psychology and Languages.
After University, Ian had the opportunity to begin his studies and training for his Zimbabwe Professional Guides License, writing and passing his initial exams in 1992.  In 1994, Ian left Zimbabwe and went on to guide vehicle and walking safaris at Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in South Africa, where he completed their well reputed Ranger Training program before joining Central African Wilderness Safaris in Malawi and Eastern Zambia. Before leaving the operation, Ian held the Senior Guide position and was also responsible for guide training and lodge management.

In 1995 Ian moved to Tanzania to join one of the most prestigious Photographic Company’s on the continent, Ker & Downey, Tanzania.  Ian started off as a camp manager/safari guide and two years later he was promoted to Senior Guide in the Private Luxury Safari Program.  Work included the guiding of mobile tented, walking, adventure and photographic safaris. During the first couple of years in Tanzania, Ian learned the skills of providing top standards of service to a discerning International clientele.  In the course of his guiding with KDT, Ian has been involved in a number of special guiding projects and he has led safaris for both the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institute. Ian maintains a great relationship with KDT and still guides a number of safaris with them each year and Tanzania is very close to his heart.

In 2008 Ian made the decision to move back and to set up home again in Zimbabwe. He is now a partner in a safari camp in Mana Pools National Park which opened in 2009, playing a very active role in the initial establishment, building and the development Kanga Bush Camp. Having always had a special love for the Zambezi River, the Valley and Lake Kariba too, this was a natural migration home. Southern Africa offers so much diversity and amazing wilderness that Ian and his wife Nonnie decided to set up their own business focusing on the private guided safaris to special destinations in the region that they carefully selected, including the highlights of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe itself.

Ian is fluent in English, Afrikaans, Swahili and German and is having to learn Shona and siNdebele again.  He has extensive knowledge of the animals, reptiles, birds, insects, trees and especially the people of Tanzania and southern Africa.  Ian has traveled extensively throughout the African continent and specializes in Eastern, Central and Southern African destinations.  In his free time, Ian works on and exhibits his wildlife photography and is busy working on a few long term projects compiling data for a reference book on trees and flora that will combine with his photographic work. Ian is also very passionate about conservation and is still an executive committee member of APHA and a member of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association.  Ian is married and lives with his wife and son in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.