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The Journey to Umdingi Safaris

The Journey to Umdingi Safaris

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Kelly’s arrival into Zimbabwe and her experience of Africa so far!

Staring out of the plane window, the sky was blue and the land was reddish brown with assorted colour leaves on trees and bushes. In a distance, a mist almost like rain was showing in a small section of what I expected to be the Zambezi River. The pilot got on the speaker and announced preparations for landing with saying, “Welcome to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe! I hope you enjoy your stay and travel again with us soon!” Walking off the plane there is an earthy, dusty smell everywhere… the smell of Africa.

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Exiting the airport, I was welcomed by a crew of Zimbabweans with large smiles that were dancing and singing! Even now this crew of individuals still bring so much joy to our visitors and to us! Every time. These incredible people share such positive energy for guest arriving and leaving Victoria Falls. I am not Zimbabwean, but I am married to a Zimbabwean.

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Since April 2016, these enthusiastic entertainers have brought joy and smiles that get me excited for the continuous upcoming adventures that we get to share with our guest. Today, I begin with introducing ourselves and our business. Meet the Robertsons! Clint and Kelly Robertson to be exact! We are the owners of Umdingi Safaris. It is small two man show. That two man show includes us and our lovely team members.

Umdingi Safaris is a tour operation with a small African travel agency business on the side. Our clients arrive as strangers and leave as family. Furthermore, we love having the privilege of being part of our guests’ unforgettable African wilderness adventures. We hope you enjoy getting to know us and enjoy our adventures throughout our blogging.

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How we Began?

Umdingi Safaris story began in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, back in 2016. I was visiting for a student internship with Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, where I met Clint. Clint was doing some freelancing work with the wildlife trust as a guide while starting his own business, Umdingi Safaris. He was walking out of Roger Parry’s office and I was awe struck. Quietly I mentioned, “Gosh that is a good looking guy” to my now best friend. At that time, little did I know that we would run into each other a year later.

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Clint left the company he was working for to start his own business. He was roughing it like a bachelor and living in storage closet with camping furniture as his office and home. A year later, I ran back into Clint while out with friends for an eventful evening. Some flirtatious banter was exchanged back and forth over coffee. During that flirtatious banter Clint mentioned that he was going to own his own business one day. Making a fool out of myself, I never thought that I would never see this handsome, young lad again.

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Little did I know that our boss & mentor, Roger Parry had Clint set up as the guide to work with me in the bush doing some pangolin rehabilitation. After the pangolin rehabilitation, elephant collaring, and lion collaring adventures. This includes Roger Parry, acting like dad and almost feeding Clint to a pride of lions. Clint asked me out for an official date. Roger Parry’s matching making scheme took action, the rest is history!

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7 years of memories later, we got married and became business partners where we have worked hard creating our business that shares both of our passions. We have been fortunate enough to have backpacked through Uganda to see Gorillas, camped, and travelled other different parts of the World. Bushing adventures were started and still continue.

Stay tuned to the story of our first game drive vehicle…

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