Tented Expeditions

The Team

Meet the Tented ExpeditionsTeam

Ian Batchelor

Owner, Photographer, Private Guide

Ian BatchelorIan was born with a passion for Africa, adventure and safaris. After completing his schooling and University education he chose to follow his heart and has guided and managed safari camps throughout East and Southern Africa. During his fourteen years in Tanzania and East Africa, Ian worked with and ran private mobile tented safaris, both as a manager and guide.

Returning to Zimbabwe in 2009, Ian became a partner and shareholder in three safari camps, one in Botswana and two in Zimbabwe. After selling his interest in the business in 2014 he continued with his guiding and photography throughout East and Southern Africa. Ian’s love of the great expanse and wilderness of Zimbabwe, especially the diversity of the Savé Valley Conservancy in the south eastern lowveld, drove the decision with his wife Nonnie to develop a private seasonal tented experience based on the original East African concept of the  mobile classic safari., something special and intimate under canvas with a unique flair.

Ian is a qualified and very experienced Professional Guide and an avid wildlife photographer.



Confidence Gumangei

Tracker and Camp Assistant

Confidence was born near Bikita in a remote and rural part of Zimbabwe, very close to the Save Valley. His Father is a Farmer and his Mother raised the family.

At a young age Confidence spent many hours growing up around and near wild animals, he finished school at Tekunda Secondary School before starting work in the safari business, initially as a game scout, and later as a Tracker.

Confidence recently attained his Class 2 Drivers Licence and he is an enthusiastic student of the bush and a great safari companion.



Final Maseko

Driver / Supervisor

Final MasekoFinal was born  in Bulawayo in 1967, his home was the Njube area. Final has been involved in many different aspects of the safari industry, he is an excellent Driver and a very competent mechanic. He has worked with Ian for the past several years on safaris. Final is married with two children.

In his spare time he works on motor mechanics and rebuilding cars, he  has a keen interest in poultry farming too.

Final speaks excellent English, he loves to read and is a real student of African history and politics!