We are delighted to introduce Benson’s son, Honest Siyawareva, into our portfolio of Private Guides. When we started Ngoko Safaris in 2004, Honest was still at school. Roll forward the years and Honest is now a very mature and personable professional guide who has clearly inherited the family genes when it comes to guiding.
Growing up, Honest spent much of his life in close proximity to nature. Upon entering the guiding profession, he had the good fortune to be mentored by both Benson and his uncle Foster, who was one of the first black professional hunters in the country. In 2014, Honest qualified as a Professional Guide in Zimbabwe, the only person to pass the extremely onerous examinations that year.
Over the years we have followed Honest’s progression within the industry as he carved out a reputation in his own right. Working for Wilderness Safaris in Zimbabwe, Honest has split his time between the Makalolo camps in Hwange National Park and Ruckomechi Camp in Mana Pools National Park. It is a reflection of the high esteem in which he is held that he was appointed camp manager for the new Little Ruckomechi camp when it opened in 2016.
The similarities between Honest and his dad are striking. They each have a warm and engaging personality with a great sense of humour and a ready smile; behind which one instinctively senses a quiet confidence and authority. There are deeper parallels too. Both have a passion for wildlife and the bush, combined with a natural intuition for animal behaviour. Most importantly, both have the ability to communicate their enthusiasm and extensive knowledge to guests.
From time to time we hear from people who stumble across our name or website and get in touch to say that Benson was their guide at Makalolo many years ago (sorry Benson – showing your age!). They describe what a deep impression he made and that after repeated safaris over the years, he remains the best guide they have ever had. Whilst Honest is still at a relatively early stage in his guiding career, we have no doubt that he is already having a similar impact on his own guests as he continues his personal journey towards becoming a great guide.