“I look forward to seeing an innovative design that not only blends into the amazing granite outcrops of the Matobo Hills, but follows environmentally sound practises and leads guests down the path of true appreciation of nature through all the senses!”

Derek Solomon’s passion for wildlife developed during his early school years. Now an avid birder and animal behaviour specialist, he has been leading tailor-made safaris for over 30 years in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge and has been actively involved with training safari guides in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Derek’s main interests are wildlife sound recording, photography and animal behaviour. He has published several books on birds and mammals and he is now using his extensive collection of sound recordings and photographs to publish a series of digital books and apps.

Sound plays a very important part of his safari activities. Whilst the ability to hear and interpret what one hears is second nature to people such as the San or Bushmen of the Kalahari or the pygmy’s in the Congo, our sense of hearing has taken a back seat as we rely more and more on our sense of sight to discover and interpret our world. Now with the use of individual headphones each linked to sophisticated microphones, Derek introduces everyone to the sounds of the bush, amplifying the rumbles of elephants, whoops of hyenas and roars of lions to the multitude of birds, frogs and insects, providing guests with a safari experience like no other. Listening to the voices of the natural world makes you realise that sound is more evocative than any other sense.

Derek is one of the three specialist guides on next years the Super Sensory Safaris in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools.