Private safari guide & CEO of African Bush Camp
Beks was born in a rural village called Lupane, which is between Victoria Falls and the historic city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Growing up in a village and spending time with old African folk for eight years of his life gave him insight into his cultural background along with a knowledge and passion of the surrounding areas and wilderness.
During his high school years, Beks attended a typical old, military-type boarding school; Plumtree, which is based within a small village near the borders of Botswana/Zimbabwe. His love for the bush grew by spending much time bird hunting, camping and exploring the surrounding areas whilst taking up falconry amongst other sports. After completing his Cambridge advanced level studies, Beks went straight into the safari industry and started working as a trainee safari guide in the Gwayi Valley on the outer perimetres of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. As well as working in Gwayi, Beks also spent time canoeing the Zambezi River, where he was soon awarded the Prestigious award of River Guide of the year in 1997.
Beks went on to join Wilderness Safaris that year and worked as a guide and camp manager in various National Parks including Hwange, Gonarezhou, Matusadona and Mana Pools. He also hunted extensively for National Parks and other safari companies particularly controlling problem animals causing havoc in the local communities. In 1998 he was awarded his full Professional Guides Licence.
Beks has travelled extensively in the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and is a very keen photographer and writer, having some of his pictures and articles published in well known travel and outdoor magazines such as Getaway and the British magazine, Country Life. His specialty is in tailor made safaris, and guiding small select groups and families through Africa’s most remote places. Whether it be through Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Namibia’s desert sand dunes, or down the mighty Zambezi on a walking and canoeing safari, Beks’ passions and excitement for the bush and its wild life is contagious and rubs off on all his guests that travel with him in search of an authentic African experience.