Your Guides

The key to the success of a Safari in the knowledge and personality of your guide.

We at Classic Africa employ some of the most experienced licensed professional guides in Africa, who will astound you with their knowledge of the animals large and small and more than likely will have you laughing along the way.

Craig Van Zyl

A 4th generation Zimbabwean armed with and Animal Science degree: Craig has been guiding for 25 years and is passionate about guiding and in particular elephants. He has been involved in several documentaries on Animal Planet and other channels where he as acted as the guide and co presenter. He is a specialist on animal behavior and loves nothing more than tracking animals on foot, preferably with his shoes on. He is a father of three children who seem destined to follow in foot steps.

Doug Lawrence

A 4th generation Zimbabwean armed with and Animal Science degree: Craig has been guiding for 25 years and is passionate about guiding and in particular elephants. He has been involved in several documentaries on Animal Planet and other channels where he as acted as the guide and co presenter. He is a specialist on animal behavior and loves nothing more than tracking animals on foot, preferably with his shoes on. He is a father of three children who seem destined to follow in foot steps.

Humphrey Gumpo

Humphrey grew up in the Kariba area and passed the Zimbabwe guiding exams (the toughest in the world) with flying colors. With over 15 years of professional guiding experience, he is one of the few qualified safari guides to guide in several African countries. He is a master at sharing his interest and indisputable passion for wild and remote Africa with discerning travelers, who are looking for unique adventures. Listening more carefully to the bush, he says, has made him a better guide.

Doug MacDonald

A professional Zimbabwean walking guide with 30 years of safari experience, Doug has endless enthusiasm for Africa. An adventurer at heart, he always keeps a sharp eye out for new and exciting things to introduce to his guests. His passion for the bush shapes his safaris, always listening to guests’ interests and lending his knowledge on many subjects. He has a deep desire to help people connect with Africa in their own special way.

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