Charles Tshabangu first set foot at Masuwe Lodge, back in 1990. The building had reached knee high and Sally and Stewart Cranswick were excited by the development of their first bush lodge, on the periphery of the little town of Victoria Falls.
At the time, Charles was running the District Conservation Office and visited Masuwe to check on its environmental impact and discuss the operations of the lodge with Stewart. Who would have guessed that this encounter would mark the start of a long friendship that evolved into a business partnership from 1995.
In the early 2000’s Charles assumed the leadership of the Landela Group which is looking to a bright future of development across Zimbabwe. The company has excellent working relationships with the local authorities in the areas that it operates and in particular with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, right across this beautiful country.
Charles was born in Bulawayo, “The City of Kings and Queens” and raised by his loving mother and his father – a prominent watch maker. They were wonderful parents who provided Charles with a good education that culminated in a BSc Degree in Agriculture Management from the University of Zimbabwe.
Before joining Landela Safaris, Charles spent almost 13 years with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism as a District Environmental Officer where he gained vast knowledge and experience in environmental management and natural resource conservation. Charles has a true passion for nature and wildlife and in addition to running the affairs of Landela he works with Zimbabwe’s National Parks on a sable antelope breeding program at Tshabalala Game Sanctuary, near Bulawayo. The family also has farming lands which Charles oversees and they produce a variety of crops and have a sizable herd of cattle and goats.
Charles is a loving father who takes good care of his family. His son Sicelo has an LLB (Bachelor of Law) from the University of Cape Town and is working with an international organization. When Charles has down-time he enjoys watching soccer, listening to music of the ‘old school’ variety and holidaying both locally and internationally.