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This ignited my passion for travel and the wilderness, and led me to do a degree in wildlife conservation, which in turn drew me into working in Zambia as a safari guide and wildlife researcher. Realising this was to be my lifelong passion, I took the opportunity to backpack around the world with my partner before we dedicated our lives to travel and conservation. Our trip took us from Bali to China, Australia and New Zealand before sailing the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. With the globetrotting itch partially scratched, we both dived back into the books and the Land Rover seat and became full-time safari guides, working in some of South Africa’s world-famous lodges.
The beauty of guiding is the working cycle: every six weeks we had two weeks leave, and we would explore a new destination each time. Like this, we soon fell in love with Botswana, doing multiple trips there, including our honeymoon. On Okavango boat trips, in luxury fly-in camps and at remote sleep-outs miles from the nearest person, surrounded by the annual zebra migration, we slowly uncovered Botswana’s secrets.
I moved to the UK in 2014 and have been working in the Africa safari industry since then. This has given me multiple opportunities to explore the continent more deeply, from Tanzania’s great migration, to trekking with the Samburu in northern Kenya, canoeing the Zambezi, sleeping under the vast skies of the Kalahari and touring the remote islands of the Seychelles, Mozambique and Madagascar.
My passion for Southern Africa always brings me back, in 2023 I saw the perfect opportunity to join Expert Africa. I have been incredibly lucky with my travels across Africa: let me use my personal expertise to help create the perfect adventure for you.
Anton's most recent Africa trips
I was fortunate to visit Zambia at the end of the dry season, when the wildlife concentrations are at their best along the rivers, South Luangwa predators did not disappoint with daily sightings and I particularly enjoyed the walks from some of the camps. But the highlight was certainly Lower Zambezi where we managed to see so much wildlife and yet it was the canoe trip down the "Discovery Chanel" and while at a different camp fishing, where I managed to catch my life time best 18lb tiger fish!
An incredible adventure, seeing the best of Zimbabwean national parks, in May the weather was mild and game starts to gather in greater numbers, Canoeing down the Zambezi and tracking lion on foot in Mana pools were some highlights. The breath taking landscapes of the views over the Chilojo cliffs in Gonarezhou national park and the remote nature of the region left us spellbound.
A bucket list trip seeing the Ngorongoro Crater, its amazing views from the crater rim and huge numbers of wildlife. The Serengeti and its vast landscapes and wildlife. But my personal highlight Ruaha, a landscape dominated by Baobab trees, low tourist numbers and huge lion populations. We were fortunate to witness lions hunting buffalo on the other side of the river while having breakfast out in the bush, a case of right time and place! But a species that I have always wanted to see and was treated to was the Lesser Kudu.
Anton's previous Africa research
|Country||Arrived||Length of stay||Areas visited|
|Kenya||July 2016||13 nights||Samburu National Reserve, Laikipia, Rift Valley, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Maasai Mara Conservancies|
|Seychelles||April 2016||5 nights||Mahe Island, Denis Island, Praslin Island, La Digue Island|
|Tanzania, Zanzibar||December 2015||3 nights||Stone Town, Pemba Island|
|Botswana, Zimbabwe||May 2015||12 nights||Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Chobe National Park, Kwando-Linyanti area, Victoria Falls|
|Kenya||April 2015||3 nights||Maasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya Coast|
|Botswana||May 2013||1 nights||Maun, Moremi Game Reserve|
|Botswana||February 2013||9 nights||Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Maun, Kalahari's Salt Pans|
|Zimbabwe||May 2012||4 nights||Victoria Falls|
|Zambia||November 2004||6 nights||South Luangwa National Park, Northern Zambia|
|Zimbabwe||August 1995||7 nights||Mana Pools National Park|