Meet the team

The Expert Team

We believe that to get the best from a trip to Africa, you need impartial advice from people who know Africa well, have actually been to the places where you are thinking of travelling and can advise you from first-hand experience – like our team!

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Richard Ball

Richard Ball - Botswana specialist

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Richard grew up in a family who loved wildlife, which led him to travel in search of some of the world’s best wildlife. He fell in love with Africa at an early age, as his family usually spent a month each year driving themselves around Southern Africa.

After a degree in zoology, and work as an ecologist in the UK, Richard left for Mozambique. There he had some amazing encounters with marine wildlife whilst completing courses to become a dive-master and, subsequently, a scuba-diving instructor. Meanwhile, Richard had always dreamed of spending more time in the bush as a guide. When the opportunity came to work at Jack’s Camp, in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, he jumped at it.

Jack’s Camp usually aims to employ zoologists as guides, and eighteen months guiding here gave him an intimate knowledge of these pans. He also spent his time off from work exploring the rest of Botswana and Southern Africa. Often travel with fellow guides, he’d use these trips to expanded his knowledge of the region, its people and its ecosystems. He shared some of this and documented his sightings and experiences through photography – another passion of his.

Returning to the UK in late 2013, Richard starting working for a well-known luxury travel company in London, where he created high-end trips to Africa and around the world. Moving to Expert Africa in 2016 has allowed Richard to focus more on the continent he most loves, Africa and on his favourite destination: Botswana.

Richard continues to travel to Africa for both work and pleasure – often visiting new areas, even if somehow he often ends up camping with friends and family the wilds of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.