Meyam Njobvu has been guiding in South Luangwa for 17 years. We were pleased to welcome him to the Lion Camp team in 2016. He is not only a great guide but a keen photographer and all round great addition to the team. Meyam is from Chikuzu Village in Chief Kakumbi's Chiefdom. He has 5 children ranging from 9 to 19.
Meyam has been an avid photographer since 2009, an interest piqued by guiding keen photographers willing to share photographic tips with him. These days Meyam shoots with a Canon 40D and a 75-300 zoom lens. True to his namesake (Njobvu translates to elephant in Chinyanja), Meyam's favourite wildlife subject is the elephant. He says they are interesting to photograph because they are always doing something and are easy to follow, in contrast to difficult to photograph animals like the wild dog who are always on the move through bushes and scrub.
Meyam's most exciting photographic experience was when he found a 4-5m crocodile hanging on the trunk of a young elephant attempting to cross the Luangwa River. The elephant was 7-9 years old and part of a herd of 13 elephants. When the young elephant made a loud noise and raised her head above the water with the crocodile attached to its trunk, the whole herd turned around to help and rushed at the young elephant, pushing her and the crocodile attached to her trunk down into the water. The crocodile then released the elephant's trunk and swam away. The young elephant stood up and the whole herd charged out of the river. The elephant was bleeding but she was waving her trunk around. She had survived the attack thanks to her family's quick rescue.
As well as taking exciting photos, Meyam enjoys sharing his passion, "I enjoy teaching others about photography because I feel it's a talent that guides need to have to help our guests go back with good memories (in photographs)".
If you are a keen photographer and would like a guide who understands the importance of waiting for the moment and positioning you and your camera just right and who shares your photographic passion, you can request to be guided by Meyam on your next Lion Camp safari (subject to availability).