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Richard Ball


Richard Ball - Botswana specialist

Destination manager:
Botswana

Specialist countries:

Botswana

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.

Richard's most recent Africa trips

May-2017
7 nights
“This trip was a long research trip updating the 5th edition of the Bradt Botswana Safari Guide. We mainly focused on the Central Kalahari and Pan handle regions and covered a lot of ground. Many of these camps are usually reached by plane. However, due to the nature of the trip we drove to each camp, this in turn gave us a great understanding of how remote these were along with a great knowledge of the surrounding environments and wildlife.”
May-2017
15 nights
“May is one of my favourite times to visit Botswana. The rains have stopped and everything is lush and green. Cool mornings and evenings present the predators with extended period of hunting and the game viewing can be fantastic if you visit the right camps. Botswana combines very well with Victoria Falls so it seemed right to finish the trip off at Toka Leya on the Zambian side and seeing the falls in full flow.”
Nov-2016
16 nights
“Having just been camping in Moremi I used this opportunity to extend my trip and visit a number of camps in the Okavango Delta and and Savute. In November there is always a chance the rains could begin. However, this is a popular time to visit as it falls outside of the peak season. The game viewing throughout was fantastic and for the 2nd year running the rains fell later than usual.”

Latest reviews from Richard's travellers

“Absolutely fantastic and has got me addicted to safaris”

Excellent

Botswana

6 Jun to 17 Jun 2018

“Wonderful.”

Excellent

Botswana

7 Jun to 19 Jun 2018

“We were very happy with all the arrangements that Expert Africa made for us.”

Excellent

Botswana

24 May to 4 Jun 2018

“the trip was wonderful as always”

Excellent

Botswana

10 Apr to 20 Apr 2018