Gavin Ford is a well-known and respected professional guide who has been leading safaris across
and through Africa for the last 28 years. He has been awarded international awards for consistent
guiding excellence, including Conde Nast 2002 Best Guide in Africa and
‘HIGHLY COMMENDED' from Paul Morrison Guiding Awards 2005. In addition, he is
regularly recommended as one of the Top Five Guides in several international
Gavin has been actively involved in all aspects of safaris for over twenty six years. He has
personally lead in excess of 2000 trips which include extended hiking trails, walking safaris,
customised camping and lodge combinations, fly-in safaris as well as boat trips.
Gavin grew up as a native Zimbabwean, in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, and spent his early
years in the quiet rural town of Mutare, surrounded by mountains and bush country. His family
resided there for many years and it remains his home "where the heart is," as Gavin says.
After Independence in 1980, he was directly associated with the development of the guiding and
hunting fraternity in the ‘new' country and was instrumental in creating the standards
and examining processes for young professional hunters and guides in Zimbabwe. This standard is
still a benchmark in southern and east Africa to this day. An interesting legacy.
By Lisa Anderson
This video shows our gorilla tracking experience in Rwanda. The gorillas had finished naptime and were moving around. A couple gorillas went right by me (Lisa Anderson) and others in our small group as our cameras rolled. Notice the guide says "Sit down. Don't move." Quite a heart-beating moment for us and an amazing once-in-a-lifetime memory.