We at Amakhosi are very happy to have Phillip Khumalo back on the team , Phillip has a passion for wildlife and a special talent in sharing his knowledge and teaching people how to identify birds, Phillip has a unique way of calling the birds, he mimics their call so closely which have resulted in sightings of many wonderful birds coming out of hiding when hearing his call . Watch this space as Phillip will be hosting some introduction to birding weekends.
I am Phillip Mphini Khumalo, I was born and raised in the Ndumo, Kwa Zulu Natal. From an early age I was looking after my father’s cattle and goats that roam freely. I learned a great deal about tracking and general bush skills doing this. In 1996 I was employed by Wilderness Safaris in the Ndumo game reserve as a driver. Whilst working there a good friend gave me my first bird book. I immediately got excited and started studying all the bird names and calls, this soon became a passion. I later became knowledgeable enough to be employed as a professional bird guide at the Ndumo game reserve. For 10 years I enhanced my birding skills there, arguable the most special place in the country to do so. In 2007 I joined the team at Amakhosi where I worked until 2014. I left the team after that so that I could tend to my family farm for a few years. After finishing my commitments on the farm I joined a game lodge again further extending my wildlife knowledge. NOW I am very excited to be back with the Amakhosi Team! It feels like being back with my other family! My passion for conservation runs deep and I hope that we can all work together in order to conserve our wildlife for future generations to enjoy!
Philip Favourite bird: is the Greater Honey Guide Why: When you walk in the bush they will call very closely and make a noise with the intent that you follow them to a bees nest, so you can take out some honey and enjoy it BUT you must leave a little honey for the bird, otherwise bad luck will follow .
The birds he most wants to see : Angola Pitta very rare bird Why : found in Botswana and Zimbabwe and hopes to travel there one day
Favourite birding spot: Ndumo Why : He grew up there and it is a special birding area where he has seen so many special birds through the years.
I am looking forward to seeing you all at the lodge!!
HOPE TO SEE YOU ON MY BIRDING SAFARIS – PHILLIP KHUMALO