Neil is the founder of SafariWise. He started as a freelance guide in (click to view map info.) Namibia, before taking the plunge on his own, offering tours to friends of friends. The business took off! Little did he know that his name would become synonymous with adventurers, wildlife lovers and more specialized interests like bird watching. Neil has expanded his phenomenal birding knowledge to include wildlife, plants and almost everything to do with nature. Working with people is second nature to him. His clients can’t speak highly enough of him and they all leave as friends. He sets the standard for personalized eco holidays and creates memories that are never to be forgotten.
Berdene is the financial and brand manager for SafariWise. She ensures that all operations and affairs run smoothly when Neil is not in the office. Berdene often joins the camping tours with Neil, and together they ensure that the guests are well looked after. She is also involved with the SafariWise Charity and Environmental friendly projects. SafariWise, in conjunction with the Hellenic Society in Greece are working on numerous projects in Namibia. This is a big ommitment, but worth it when you see the impact it has on the children that benefit from the time and effort.
Caroll joined the SafariWise family in June 2013. You can find her at the office doing bookings, correspondence and the stunning itineraries that are included in enquiries.
Donald Nareseb, born, raised and educated in the coastal town of Swakopmund. After school Donald joined Grinaker and worked on his boiler making skills at Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine on the outskirts of Swakopmund. However, Donald soon realized that his future would lie in something he loves doing in his spare time and it happened to be IT!
Donald worked and held a position as IT technician for a well-known company at the coast for 3 years and has since decided to widen his horizons by joining the SafariWise team. Donald is assisting with all sorts of IT, the SafariWise website and will soon be assisting with reservations and putting itineraries together.
Mark Hays first started in the tourism industry as a city tour guide in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa in 1990, expanding his tours to the Cape Peninsula, West coast shores and the wine-land region of the Cape. In 1992 he started guiding in Namibia. He specialised in camping and lodge tours exploring the central, southern and northern parts of Namibia, as well as Botswana and Zimbabwe. A proud Namibian with a love for nature and marine life, Mark strives to provide professional service to visitors. He has been freelance guiding since the early 90`s and speaks, reads and writes Afrikaans, English and German fluently.
Mark has committed his excellent guiding services to SafariWise since August 2011. Mark is in the process of completing his Level 3 Guiding Certificate with NATH (Namibian Academy of Tourism and Hospitality) which include subjects Fauna & Flora, Ecology & Ecotourism to name a few. In his “Desert Guiding Course“ in 2011, he finished Top of the class and achieved a distinction mark.
Malakia is our indispensable and industrious camp assistant in Namibia. He and his back up team go in front of the safari and sets up camp in the most beautiful and remote places. His traditional cooking, easy smile and helpful nature have earned him much respect and admiration.
Samuel reigns from Northern Namibia where he trained as a chef. He is now our own BUSH CHEF! He shares his family recipies with all and is a camp favourite around the fire.
Simson is our driver and back-up guy. He grew up and was educated in central Namibia. Simson has been involved in tourism for over ten years. He is well-known throughout the beaten tracks of Namibia. He often joins the back-up team to ensure that all runs smoothly.
Mike has worked as an independent photographer and filmmaker for over 20 years. His work has taken him through much of Europe, to Africa, South America, and to 47 American states and all 10 Canadian provinces. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, watched a sunset from the Acropolis, dodged howler monkeys in Brazil, explored the Ngorongoro Crater, and marched with soldiers in American Civil War re-enactments.
When he is not making images of nature and wildlife, Mike is busy photographing a variety of sports. He is the official photographer for several sports teams and for a series of international triathlons. In 2010 he was selected to work at the Olympic games — he was based in Whistler, Canada and was assigned to work at the cross-country skiing venue. In 2012 he continued his Olympic commitment at several venues in London.
Mike is frequently asked for advice about cameras, lenses, and photography techniques. He will always try to answer these questions (time and work schedule permitting) and finds that he really enjoys helping people obtain their best possible images. He is a huge believer in hands-on learning and if you take one of his courses you will find the majority of time is spent making photographs, fine-tuning techniques, and critiquing images.
Member, North American Nature Photography Association
Andrew du Preez grew up in Etosha game reserve where his father was a resident biologist. After school and university Andrew moved to the Caprivi strip where he worked as a conservation official for a short time on Namibia’s independence and branched out into setting up a small tourism venture guiding groups by canoe down the Okavango.
After working with small groups as a camping guide he became interested in flying microlights and in 1996 completed a east, west circuit of Southern Africa for a year unassisted with a rudimentary microlight ,assisting in various conservation projects in Zimbabwe and Malawi utilizing the microlight. After this the bug for flying bit and he obtained his commercial pilots licence and now conducts air safaris for SafariWise all over Southern Africa.