Get to Know Your Guide: Isaac Kalio - Zambia Explorations

Oct 24, 2013 People of Wilderness
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Born in 1978, Isaac spent 10 years of his childhood in a village in the Lower Zambezi, later moving to the Copperbelt to get on with his education. At the age of seven he had already been introduced to the wildlife which invaded the farmlands day and night: Isaac and his mother would spend their nights in a tree-house in the fields, waking up to chase elephants and hippos in the dark!

As he says, “As yet no bell was ringing that in the not too distant future this very wildlife would change my life and be able to pay for kids’ school fees.”

Inspired by his brother, a very successful guide in the Zambezi Valley, immediately after high school Isaac started work as a porter for a canoe safari operation. He later trained as a canoe guide so that by 2000 he was leading his own trips on the Zambezi River.

Isaac took the guides’ exams with the Lower Zambezi Conservation Trust and acquired his guides’ driver’s license in 2004.

Wanting to explore more of Zambia, in 2007 Isaac met up with Wilderness Safaris who took him on as a guide for their Busanga Plains operation.

Having guided many photographers on safari in Zambia, it’s unsurprising that Isaac’s passion for photography has grown to match his passion for wildlife!

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