YOUR PRIVATE SAFARI GUIDE
"To depart on safari is not only a physical act, it is also a gesture. You leave behind the worries, the strains, the irritations of life among people under pressure and enter a world of creatures who are pressed into no moulds, but have only to be themselves; bonds loosen, anxiety fades, the mind closes against the world you left behind like a folding sea anemone.“
Elspeth Huxley, The Mottled Lizard
Wildlife safaris are in our blood.
At East Africa Safari Ventures we understand that no matter how old you are when you see, hear and smell the wildlife, you too will be captivated. Our inspiring journeys take you through environments that will forever change the way you perceive the world.
Whether you’re a first time visitor to Africa or returning time and time again, I know that planning a safari can be a daunting task and it can be hard to know where to begin. As your private guide I will get to know you and your group and what excites your travelling passions. I will then work tirelessly to turn that dream travel experience into a reality. When you arrive in Africa I will be there to welcome you as your host and guide while we discover wilderness experiences that will last you a lifetime.
My passion for conservation began at an early age and was sealed when I undertook a degree in Biological Sciences. Since then my philosophy has been environmentally responsible travel which supports wildlife conservation and local communities. I believe that travel has the power to protect wildlife, support people and preserve cultural heritage. Developing a safari with conservation in mind can lead to some truly memorable experiences; trekking with gorillas in Uganda, walking with the Maasai in private conservancies in Kenya, joining researchers as they track cheetah through the Serengeti or following orphaned elephants as they gather the tools they need for their return to the wild.
From the age of 10, my passion for nature and wilderness was nurtured on family camping trips exploring unfamiliar and remote corners of East Africa with a four by four and a tent. I love to fuel a travellers desire to experience new ways of life and off-the-beaten-track exploration to take in vast scenery, unspoilt eco- systems, wildlife and the heritage of local cultures. I am always looking for new destinations that will take you away from the crowds and off the beaten track where you can enjoy some of the remotest, most serene and beautiful corners of Africa.
Some of my most remote adventures have included living and guiding at camp in the inhospitable Makgadigadi Salt Pans on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, leading walking safaris through the pristine Naimenenkio forest on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, exploring Kenya's Northern Frontier District on buggies, meeting local tribes along the way and flying to otherwise inaccessible peaks of ancient mountain ranges.
Family and larger group safaris have always been one of my great passions. In 2009 my wife Gillian and myself welcomed our son, Kian, which immediately added a new dimension to my safari experiences, bringing a deeper appreciation for the joy of learning, and sharing knowledge about Africa’s, remarkable wildlife and fascinating inhabitants, with people of all ages. There is nothing quite like a family or shared adventure to excite your travelling passions. Whatever the size of your group I will look for experiences and properties that are perfectly matched.
What makes a safari memorable for me, are those experiences that are once in a lifetime. I am always keen to try something new and have had some amazing experiences with clients who have wanted to quad bike through dry river beds; helicopter across the lakes, lava flows, deserts and valleys of the Great Rift Valley, scuba dive off the coast of Zanzibar and trek through unexplored hills and mountains in Kenya.
I know that as a photographer you need more time in the field to work on your photography while observing nature, rather than dashing from place to place. My photography safari itineraries revolve around creating such opportunities and spending more time in each location, using my experience and knowledge of animal behaviour to ensure that you capture images of spectular wildlife events in the best light.
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