I am sad to report that our guide (August 2009) in the delta was killed by a water buffalo in July of 2011.
Thaba Kananakao was 63 years old and an extraordinary source of information. He was active politically and was clearly respected by fellow guides and villagers in the Xaxaba region.
The fact that a man who grew up in the delta, had such extraordinary knowledge of the area, and was so aware of his surroundings, could be killed is an indication of how cautious travelers should be.
My family will miss him.