Meet The Team

Profile photo for Team member Malemia Banda Malemia Banda General Manager

Malemia started as a Store Clerk at CPL in 2001, and then moved into guiding/Assistant Manager 2004. He also helped with the operations of Zebra Plains in 2011. He is a learner photographer, Country head guide for Zambia and Manager. He has worked at all of our Sanctuary Zambian properties and has now been promoted as General Manager of South Luangwa.

Profile photo for Team member Killian Syalabonga Killian Syalabonga Assistant Lodge Manager

Killian joined Sanctuary retreats at Zambezi Kulefu Camp as a front of House Supervisor/Stores man, and he became very helpful in administration work till he was moved to Luangwa with the help of opening Zebra Plains Walking safari camp as a stores/Administration Clerk. After the closure of Zebra plains he moved to Chichele Presidential Lodge and has just been promoted to Assistant Lodge Manager

Profile photo for Team member Roy Kaputo Roy Kaputo Head Chef

Roy loves the creative process of cooking, saying “It makes me happy when people tell me they like my food”. Before he moved into the kitchen almost two decades ago, he was a porter and then a housekeeper. Now he’s been with Sanctuary for five years and he’s not only responsible for all meals, but also for training up new chefs. The kitchen staff knows when Roy is happy because he breaks out into song while he works. In the future Roy would like to attend a cooking school in Lusaka to learn more skills.

Profile photo for Team member Misili Phiri Misili Phiri Head Waiter

Misili joined Sanctuary five years ago. He loves singing – in particular the praises of his colleagues, who he says helps him to be the best he can be. When Misili was young he would see game vehicles going into the South Luangwa. Soon, he saw an opportunity to work at one of the lodges. He studied in South Africa while working as a dish washer and now with loads of hands-on experience he is the head waiter at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge with a passion for training new team members.

Profile photo for Team member John Kamwendo John Kamwendo Senior Guide

John Kamwendo was born in the Mfuwe area just outside the entrance of the South Luangwa National Park. During his senior education at Chipata, he was a member of Wildlife Conservation and actively took part in conservation. He started his career as a handyman in a workshop at another lodge in Mfuwe but started studying Conservation and Guiding during his spare time. After passing all of his exams John joined Sanctuary Retreats as a Class 1 guide for South Luangwa and in 2009 was sent to Lower Zambezi for more training. He is now a full time walking guide for Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Park and is also qualified as a canoe and fishing guide. He has big ambitions to qualify to guide in Livingstone Park and the Kafue meaning he would be qualified for all parks in Zambia.