Samuel Chihana secures #19 ranking on tourHQ’s list of top 100 guides in the world

Tuesday 20th March 2017 Malawi: CAWS guide Samuel Lenard Chihana who is based at Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park recently secured the number 19 spot in tourHQ’s Global Guide Awards 2018 programme. This is the third consecutive year that Samuel has received a place on the list, which recognizes the world’s top 100 guides each year.

From securing the 90th place in 2016, to the 20th place in 2017, Samuel has climbed up the rankings to secure the 19th place on the list this year.  The top 100 guides selected for the awards are chosen from 25,000 guiding professionals that are ranked, from over 41,000 locations and 208 countries around the world. Samuel is also the only representative from Malawi to have been included in the list.

As part of the selection process, tourHQ takes a number of factors into consideration including reviews received, number and frequency of reviews, seniority of the reviewer, quality of the guide’s profile, level of engagement of the guide and how they have interacted with travellers. The entire ranking methodology is based on a proprietary algorithm which allows only the most competent guides to be listed.

Samuel is a well-experienced guide who has worked at CAWS for nearly a decade. He has spent much of his life surrounded by wildlife, is a Wildlife Society member and volunteers in conducting wildlife and bird counts on a regular basis. Samuel has a thorough knowledge of Malawi’s wildlife and he is also an expert on Liwonde’s bird population. Samuel is renowned for being a truly passionate guide who engages and interacts well with all of his guests. His warm and outgoing personality and ability to cater to the specific interests of different travellers have received positive reviews time and time again.

A total of 25 guides from Africa were featured in tourHQ’s Global Guide Awards 2018 programme from countries such as Malawi, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco and Tanzania. Central African Wilderness Safaris recognizes that the passion, genuine enthusiasm and knowledge of our guides play a pivotal role in ensuring that our guests enjoy high quality safari experiences.  CAWS strives to offer personalized and authentic travel experiences that have a minimal impact on the planet and a lasting impact on people. To find out more about the ultimate holiday in Malawi, tailor-made luxury safaris, general travel in Malawi or affordable budget safari options, e-mail


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