WHY we do what we do
Sharing our love for wild Africa and the sense of purpose that the wilderness experience can bring us, constantly striving to inspire a deeper sense of awareness and conservation.
HOW we do it
Through a tapestry of sensitive and mindful connections and encounters with nature, wildlife and people on safari or trail.
WHAT we do
Operate top quality professionally guided safaris, focussing on a sound and consistent work ethic that has been developed in the field for three decades.
From your first enquiry to your big game encounters in the field, the dedication to detail you’ll receive comes standard. We recognise that your safari may be a once in a lifetime experience.
Our Africa is about remote campfires, unobtrusive tented camps and old-school bush hospitality. Our passionate guiding standard is about meaningful, memorable wildlife and wilderness encounters.
ITS ABOUT PEOPLE
Partnerships and long-standing working relationships, acquired over many years, with local guides, trackers, polers, pilots and camp mangers on the ground add to the moments, ensuring an easygoing, fluid and professional safari.
CONSERVATION vs COMMERCIALISATION (COMM-SERVATION)
Our commitment to a conservation-minded delivery of safari is non-negotiable. Alan’s vision of raising the eco-tourism bar, as well as the intrinsic value of nature in our world is our driving force.
ACROSS THE CULTURAL DIVIDE
An African wilderness experience cannot be complete without a meaningful blend of traditional knowledge and experiences. Alan has worked with Bayei tracker/guide Sam Matabele in the Okavango since 1992. Sam has spent a lifetime poling the Okavango, and knows the place well. In fact, watching Sam track lion is like watching a fish learn how to swim. But its not his knowledge of the Delta that is bewildering, it’s his gentle and dignified leadership that inspires.
An African safari stands alone due to many things, one of them being the thrill and adrenalin of big game encounters. Close up experiences come standard; a lion roaring at the red dawn, buffalo on the move, elephant bulls on foot, the scent of wild dog on the hunt ...
EMBRACING TRADITIONAL BELIEFS
The old-world wisdom of Bushmen guides offer amazing insights into a true art of survival and culture. It’s one thing knowing that the roots of a tree can be used to cure toothache for example, but how do you actually prepare the potion. Remember … the difference between a medicine and a toxin is the dosage. This is specialised knowledge!
Walking and stalking in big game country is surely one of the most exciting and meaningful wildlife encounters. The pulse of Africa comes alive, and although a game drive is like seeing the movie, a walking trail is like reading the book!
Tracking an animal foot is like holding a piece of string that is attached to it. Every movement, sign, sound, feeling and gust of wind is important and resonates the string and your connection with the environment becomes total. This is the art of listening.
A DEEPER AWARENESS OF NATURE
There is quality in nature that has a meaningful and lasting effect on our own self-discovery. This is the wilderness experience. Alan’s passion lies in wild African country, exploring this sense of mindfulness, simultaneously exploring our own wild natures, along our own trails, wherever they may lead.
NATURE & LEADERSHIP
Being an effective and inspiring leader at work or at home is one thing. But where does the confidence and stillness comes from? Meaningful and durable self-leadership comes from within, and the wilderness experience can inspire this understanding.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TRAILS
Few people return from a wilderness experience without a clearer sense of purpose and balance. Nature inspires a fundamental shift in understanding, awakening a natural capacity that is innovative, ecologically aware and restorative in behaviour. Discover more about our Okavango trail.
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