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©2019 Created by Richard de Gouveia

Passionate about wildlife, the environment and photography. I have been fortunate enough to follow my passion for the last 10 years and get to explore the wonders of Africa while teaching guests about the natural world and how to photograph it.

I started out my career as an environmental consultant, conducting environmental impact assessments for various companies. I had always been drawn to the bush and eventually, in 2009, decided to change direction and pursue a career in guiding.

I completed a 6 month live-in safari course with Bushwise and went to work at a lodge in the Kruger National Park for a year before moving on to Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve for the next 5 years.

My passion for the bush extends way past just viewing the animals and is cemented in exploring the connection between the living and non-living elements of the bush. My favourite bushveld creature is without doubt the leopard, followed closely by the termite – which can only be understood after listening to my in-depth explanation of both species.

My love of the bush is matched by my interest in photography and as a former Nikon Ambassador and now a Sony Alpha man, I really want my guests to enjoy taking photos and help them make the most of their camera equipment. It is my goal to have guests leave with a deeper appreciation of all aspects of the bushveld, as well as with memorable photos of their time on safari.

I have spent the last 5 years guiding privately around Africa, seeing some of the most incredible places and experiencing some of the best wildlife activities on the continent. From the gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, to the lemurs of Madagascar, each place brings with it its own majesty. Freelancing for Natural Habitat Adventures has allowed me to grow as a guide and photographer and doing privately guided trips with Safari Architects has been a privilege.