RODDY TO LEAD MANDELA TOUR

Mandela [2012 © greatguides.org]

Roddy Bray has designed a tour of South Africa to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. In association with Rainbow Tours this 5* two-week trip has departures in June and October and will be led by Roddy, with guest speakers including Gordon Oliver.



INTERPRETIVE WALKING SAFARIS

Lewis Mangaba [1970 © Lewis Mangaba]

Lewis Mangaba is a walking guide and a conservationist, who grew up in a remote corner of Zimbabwe and believes in the 'spiritual' power of African wilderness.



JOHN STEVENS' SIGNATURE TOUR OF ZIMBABWE

John Stevens [2012 © John Stevens]

John Stevens has designed this tour of northern Zimbabwe to share the lodges, the experiences and the wildlife he most enjoys in Africa. Join him on this unique 10 night fully-inclusive safari, space is very limited!



VICKY NTOZINI AND SOUTH AFRICA'S SMALLEST HOTEL

Vicky Ntozini [2012 © greatguides.org]

Vicky Ntozini created 'South Africa's smallest hotel' in the middle of a shackland with a violent reputation. It became a celebrated, award-winning venture that helped transform her neighbourhood.



MAMMAL JOURNEYS

something... [2010 © Simon Bellingham]

Simon leads adventurous trips to observe mammals in their natural environment around the world, from blue whales to giant pandas. His career as a conservationist and expert guide began when Sir Richard Branson spotted his talent and love of wildlife.



RIM OF AFRICA MULTIMEDIA TRAIL JOURNAL

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This October-December I will walk 650 kilometers in the mountains of South Africa to create the Rim of Africa Multimedia Trail Journal: a locally informed, interactive resource designed to educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa's first Mega Trail.




THE RIM OF AFRICA TRAIL

Rim of Africa|Ivan Groenhof [2004 © Ivan Groenhof]

Initiator & co-founder of the Rim of Africa trail, the first mega-trail in Africa which begins north of Cape Town in South Africa. His knowledge of the environment, commitment to conservation, and passion for encouraging a cultural and personal reconnection to nature makes him an inspiring leader.




CONSERVATION STORYTELLING

Gary Albyn [2012 © Craig Bone]

Gary Albyn's debut as a published poet came from his award-winning poem ‘Manzovo: Place of the Elephants’, which is beautifully illustrated by Craig Bone. As a public speaker, Gary recounts from memory the powerful poems he has written about the wild places of Africa.




THE BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA

Isandlwana|Robert Gerrard [2004 © www.greatguides.org]

The battle of Isandlwana in 1879 was a famous victory for the Zulu over the British, but it proved a pyrrhic triumph, leading to the end of the Zulu empire. For many years, Rob Gerrard has been one of the foremost battlefield guides at Islandlwana, the remote setting of one of the most dramatic battles in British history.




THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALING OF MEMORIES

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Where there is hatred and anger, how can they be replaced by tolerance and respect? Ft Michael Lapsley, a survivor of a bomb attack, is pioneering group workshops around the world to break cycles of violence.



JAGUARS IN THE PANTANAL: LEARNING FROM AFRICA

Jaguar | Pantanal [2011 © Laurence Weitz]

In the vast Panatanal wetland of Brazil jaguars are hunted as vermin. How can these illusive, wary cats be habituated to safari vehicles, creating Africa-style eco-tourism initiatives that can protect them? Simon Bellingham is trying just that..



WHY LISTEN TO CHILDREN? MY JOURNEY THROUGH NEPAL, SCOTLAND AND SOUTH AFRICA

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Moments of unexpected connection with children across the globe have inspired me to spend time, listen harder and learn more…



HAVE TEENAGER WILL TRAVEL

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Sarah Tucker is a travel journalist, author and broadcaster. Her books have included 'have baby will travel' and 'have toddler will travel' and the latest 'have teenager will travel'.



DR IAN MCCALLUM: WHY WILDERNESS MATTERS

Ian McCallum [2012 © Ian McCallum]

What is our relationship with wild animals and wild places? Are we also wild, deep down? Why are profound experiences associated with wilderness? Dr Ian McCallum has spent decades exploring the wildest parts of Africa and the psychology of Wilderness.



THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS

Mike Whalley | London Olympics [2012 © greatguides.org]

Mike Whalley is a one of London’s leading tourist guides. When London won the nomination to host the Olympics in 2012, Mike caught the vision for what the Olympic legacy would mean for the city, and in particular the East End.



HISTORIAN, AUTHOR AND AFRICAN FIELD GUIDE

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African Field and Mountain Guide, Author and Amateur African Historian



LEARNING FROM CHILDREN

Rachel Bray|Kids and Audio Recorder [2010 © Rachel Bray]

Rachel Bray is an anthropologist who builds bridges between the worlds of children and adults. Pursuing her passion for listening to, and learning from, young people, she has worked in South Asia and southern Africa for universities, NGOs, development donors and corporate initiatives.




CHARLES MAISEL – INNOVATOR

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How can a wiry-haired surfer, who works 4 hours a day, have started more than 70 businesses and social initiatives in South Africa? Charles Maisel is making a huge impact, especially in very poor communities where, typically, other projects falter and fail.



THE INTREPID VIDEOGRAPHER

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This October-December I will walk 650 kilometers in the mountains of South Africa to create the Rim of Africa Multimedia Trail Journal: a locally informed, interactive resource designed to educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa's first Mega Trail.




ART AND CONSERVATION: SAVING THE RHINO

Clive Walker [2010 © greatguides.org]

Clive Walker is one of the best known conservationists in southern Africa.



EXPERIENCING CULTURE

Gibb's Farm [2010 © greatguides.org]

Gibb's Farm uniquely combines culture, safari, a working organic farm and luxury, in northern Tanzania.



THE RIBOLLA ARTS ROUTE: CULTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Shiluvari Lodge [2010 © greatguides.org]

The Venda area, in the far north of South Africa, south of Zimbabwe, is perhaps the most culturally distinct region of the country, with strong traditions of creative art and astonishing legends and beliefs.



LEARNING FROM WILDERNESS

Alan McSmith  [2007 © Roddy ]
Through wilderness, we achieve deeper self awareness




HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Beks Ndlovu [2008 © Roddy ]
Beks grew up knowing the elephants of the Hwange Park in Zimbabwe




THE MAGALIESBERG MOUNTAINS

Vincent Carruthers [2010 © Roddy ]

The Magaliesberg Mountains, are a favourite getaway from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Vincent Carruthers has been at the forefront of efforts to protect its environment and publish on the history of this ancient and remarkable region.



BUTTERFLIES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

Gary Douglas | Butterfly [2007 © greatguides.org]
Butterflies are an indicator of the health of an ecosystem 

 



RECONCILIATION AND CULTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Shiluvari Lodge [2010 © greatguides.org]
Shiluvari has been built on strong values including racial reconciliation

Shilvuvari Lakeside Lodge was one of the first four businesses in South Africa to be awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism trademark, reflecting their commitment to their staff, the local economy, culture and the environment.




THE CAPE WINELANDS

Philip Costandius [2009 © greatguides.org]

Phillip Costandius is a leading winemaker in the Cape Winelands.



RESTORING STONE TOWN

236 Hurumzi [2010 © greatguides.org]

Editor's Note: 236 Hurumzi changed hands in 2013 and became 'Emerson on Hurumzi' under new management.



MEETING OKALA:TOURISM AND CONSERVATION IN ZANZIBAR

Okala [2010 © greatguides.org]

Mohammed Okala lives in the village of Jambiani in South-East Zanzibar.



MARINE CULTURES:CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Roddy Bray | Zanzibar [2010 © Roddy Bray ]
A scene that appears romantic belies a harsh reality

Arriving in Jambiani on the South-West coast of Zanzibar, we were greeted by a romantic scene, a classic image of an exotic island.



LIONS OF BOTSWANA

Grant Atkinson [2008 © greatguides.org]
Lions are becoming an endangered species across Africa




FRESHWATER FISHING IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Greg Thompson | flyfishing [2010 © greatguides.org]
Greg Thompson is in his element on the Okavango River




THE MATOBO HILLS

Paul Hubbard [2012 © greatguides.org]
The Matobo Hills outside Bulawayo is a World Heritage Site




GREAT ZIMBABWE

Rob Burrett [2010 © greatguides.org]
The dramatic Enclosure at Great Zimbabwe where ceremonies were held




GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK MOZAMBIQUE

Mike McNamara [2008 © greatguides.org]

Anyone who has seen the award-winning documentary ‘Africa’s Lost Eden’ will know about the tragic history of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, and how the Carr Foundation is working to re-establish it.



WALKING WITH BIG ANIMALS

Dave Christensen | elephant [2006 © greatguides.org]
Dave is an exceptional walking guide and wildlife photographer




THE ZAMBEZI VALLEY

John Stevens [2008 © greatguides.org]

John has designed a signature tour to celebrate the very best of Zimbabwe. The tour departs in late October 2013 for eight people. Experience tracking and observing wildlife with one of Africa’s Great Guides; unique camps and lodges and the highest standards of service. Roddy Bray will host the tour with John. Read more...




MEETING CHRIS BADGER IN MALAWI

Chris Badger [2010 © greatguides.org]

Mention Malawi, and most people in tourism will reply ‘ah, try asking Badge’.



BIRD CONSERVATION IN EAST AFRICA

Marc Baker [2012 © greatguides.org]
The Baker family's research has taken them on adventurous journeys across Tanzania




BIG CATS OF THE MARA

Jackson Looseyia [2010 © greatguides.org]
Jackson ascribes his remarkable success to the influence of his mentors




WILDLIFE CENSUS

Howard Frederick [2009 © greatguides.org]
Aerial surveys provide data for wildlife conservation 




THE MASAI MARA

Paul Kirui [2008 © greatguides.org]
Paul grew up  a herdsboy, but dreamed of becoming a top safari guide




DIVING IN ZANZIBAR

Paul Shepherd [2008 © Paul Shepherd]
Paul's passion is to share the world hidden beneath the waves

 



A WOMAN ARTIST TELLS HER STORY

Riziki A Woman Artist [2010 © greatguides.org]

In Tanzania we met a young woman artist whose vision, determination and skill has made her a role model for women artists in Africa.



MAASAI HEALING

Ole Labiki Menyengera [2010 © greatguides.org]
Ole Labiki Menyengera is a traditional healer, sharing his knowledge with Western medicine




BIRDS AND MAN

James Wolstencroft [2010 © greatguides.org]
James left  Cambridge to travel the world observing birdlife




HUMAN / WILDLIFE CONFLICT

Zeke Davidson [2007 © greatguides.org]
Zeke gave up a successful career in advertising to work in conservation




THE VICTORIA FALLS & DAVID LIVINGSTONE

Russell Gammon [2010 © greatguides.org]

Russell Gammon is a wonderful storyteller. He is best known for recounting the life of missionary/ explorer David Livingstone, typically to small groups cruising down the Zambezi river toward the Victoria Falls. He is also a fine safari guide. Russell has recorded a seven part account of Livingstone's life, which is available here on GreatGuides and part 1 free on soundcloud.




BOTSWANA

Peter Comley [2010 © greatguides.org]