Born in Bulawayo, Paul has lived all over Zimbabwe both in town and in the wild – which he much prefers. He holds a couple of degrees in archaeology from the University of Zimbabwe and University College London and has worked variously as an archaeologist, university lecturer, book and journal editor as well as being a white “new” farmer in Zimbabwe. In the words of his family, “Paul is erratically stumbling towards a PHD in archaeology” though UNISA, focusing on the archaeology of the Matabele State. Being too lazy to apply for grants and needing to make money to pay for his studies, Paul currently works around the country as a professional tour guide specialising in the culture and history of Zimbabwe, and spending most of his time in the majestic and marvellous Matobo Hills. People seem to like him as he has been recently nominated by the UK Telegraph in 2012 as “the best archaeological/historic/socio-political guide in the country”.
He is also the project manager for the Mother Africa Trust, an organisation dedicated to helping the people of Zimbabwe live better lives through improved educational and environmental conservation opportunities. At present Paul works with a children’s home in Matopos, a home for abused women and children in Bulawayo and an Old Age home in Hwange as well as several schools in these areas. Paul’s responsibilities also include creating and managing environmental research and community development projects and then shepherding volunteers through the intricacies of actually working on such purpose-driven safaris. So far, so good.
Newly promoted as an Associate Researcher at the Natural History Museum in Bulawayo, Paul continues with his archaeological and historical research as much as possible. He has published several papers, reviews and a few books on these subjects, including his latest books, both co-authored with Rob Burrett: “Madzimbahwe of the Southwest: A guide to Khami, Dhlo Dhlo and Naletale” and “The Matopos: a short history” as well as “Zimbabwe, A Simple history,” written with Mark Igoe. In his occasional spare time, Paul enjoys hunting down obscure archaeological sites in Zimbabwe and visiting them in the company of his long-suffering friends together with a GPS, camera, notebook and full cooler box. He plays golf and squash enthusiastically but not, it must be said, competently.