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Our History

Mark stuck his head in the hood of the truck, the sweat pouring down his neck and the African sun blistering above. The engine had over-heated, it was no wonder, climbing the hills after Tete on the way to Malawi and loaded with everything he could possibly pack into it. He turned his head and watched as the convoy left him behind. 

He had minutes, if that, to get the old army Ford Control he'd bought in South Africa back on the move.

Mark had met the convoy at the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique and was told to keep up, or get left behind. Mozambique was at war and the RENAMO millitant group and political party made it known that the roads were dangerous. Driving through the country was best done as a large group, and at speed. And for whatever reason, you did not stop.

Mark managed to shift the washing machine over and grab his tool kit. He was twenty five, had recently gotten married and had a baby and after hearing about an opportunity in Malawi, had made the decision to make the move from Johannesburg to Lilongwe...


Who we are today

Today, Land & Lake Safaris is an intimate team of 30 spread out between management, sales and reservations, marketing, accounts, mechanics, grounds staff, Dzalanyama management and grounds men and the Land & Lake Cafe.

Our team is a multi-talented group of individuals that band together when it's busy, our operations manager becomes a chef, our conservation manager becomes a waitress, our reservations team become guides and our accounts and marketing team become drivers. 

Our close-knit team have been working in the industry now for many years, and a number of our members of staff have been with us over 10 years, and Diana, our manageress of the Cafe has been with us now over 25. 

Our Team.


Mark & Angela Sprong

Mark & Angela have been leading Land & Lake Safaris since its start-up.

They are now heading up the company as the Managing and Financial Directors.

Mark Sprong

+265 885 312 968

Amelia Sprong, Memory Momba & Madalitso Mgunda


Our all female reservations team all come with over 10 years of experience designing itineraries from the first point of contact to waving their guests off to the airport at the end. 

Amelia for Sales & Marketing

+265 881 203 449

Madalisto for Reservations & Programs

+265 994 207 035

Memory for Safaris & Itineraries

+265 880 783 288


Tanith Meyer & Oliver Ballarano

After meeting Amelia during guide training in South Africa in 2015, Tanith & Oliver continued to grow their experience in construction and wildlife management in the UK, they've returned to Africa and joined our team in 2022!

Oliver for Operations

+265 882 482 531

Tanith for Conservation & Office

+265 880 716 530

Our Guides

Our experienced & local guides have travelled all corners of Central Africa. Trained and qualified in first aid, 4x4 driving, guest relations & guiding - each of our guides specialize in different aspects of their work like adventure, wildlife, birding, history & culture!

Chaunce Nyangulu


Jim Katengu


Vasco Munthali


Saidi Jilamu Saidi

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