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Born in Bulawayo in 1983, Paul has lived all over Zimbabwe both in town and in the wild - which he much prefers. He holds a couple of degrees in archaeology from the University of Zimbabwe and University College London and has worked variously as an archaeologist, university lecturer, book and journal editor and "new" farmer in Zimbabwe. In the words of his family, "Paul is erratically stumbling towards a PHD in archaeology" though UNISA, focusing on the archaeology of the Matabele State. Being too lazy to apply for grants and needing to make money to pay for his studies, Paul currently works around the country as a specialist tour guide.
His primary focus being in the culture and history of Zimbabwe for The Amalinda Collection, and spending most of his time in the mystical and marvellous Matobo Hills at Camp Amalinda. He is also the Project Manager for the Mother Africa Trust, an organisation dedicated to helping the people of Zimbabwe live better lives through improved educational and environmental conservation opportunities. Paul's responsibilities include creating and managing environmental research and community development projects and then shepherding volunteers through the intricacies of actually working on such purpose-driven safaris.
He continues with his archaeological and historical research as much as possible and has published several papers, reviews and a few books on these subjects, including his latest books, both co-authored with Rob Burrett: "Madzimbahwe of the Southwest: A guide to Khami, Dhlo Dhlo and Naletale" and "The Matopos: a short history." In his limited spare time, Paul enjoys hunting down obscure archaeological sites in Zimbabwe and visiting them in the company of his long-suffering friends together with a GPS, camera, notebook and full cooler box. He plays golf and squash enthusiastically but not, it must be said, competently.
…We found Amalinda architecturally interesting and our guide, Paul, was AWESOME. We did in fact see rhino, completing the Big Five, and we found the cave paintings and rocks interesting. Also visiting the natural history museum in Bulawayo was a nice change from game drives. We visited the orphanage also—the flexibility with Paul was fantastic. It felt very much like a family atmosphere and was a good way to round out our trip.Read More
- Teri Thomas