The Namibian Experience:Soulful
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About / Our Tribe

As a leader in Conservation Travel that pioneers new approaches to travel in Namibia, Ultimate Safaris is committed to providing world-class experiences for discerning travelers in some of the most spectacular natural locations on earth. A journey with us is an adventure that promises not only to capture imaginations, but is also one that leaves guests awe-struck by the pristine nature of the destinations visited. This is all facilitated by dealing with a highly motivated and enthusiastic tribe.

Our guests are taken care of by some extraordinary people whose only desire is to ensure that each moment spent with us is as perfect as possible. From responding to initial enquiries, to providing days filled with thrilling encounters, and to arranging nights entranced with exclusivity beyond most people’s wildest dreams, our tribe offers a seamless service - and it goes without saying that they know exactly what is expected of them to create perfect the Namibian safari.

Naturalist Guides

Our Naturalist Guides are of the highest order and are considered to be the most important ingredient for providing these life enriching journeys.  We hear the same praise from departing guests time and again: “Ultimate guides are out of this world!”

From Day One we have made it our priority to recruit and develop the best full time guiding team in Namibia, striving to match the ‘perfect guide’ to any given safari and thus ensuring ‘out of this world’ experiences. Our guides are all Namibian, and well known throughout the country; some of them are published writers and photographers, some are lecturers, but all are recognized Namibian personalities.

Knowledge, experience and character can be taken for granted, whilst charisma, passion and motivation combine with these traits to create the perfect guides - Ultimate guides. These are personable, engaging, caring and have a passion for travel and the world around them, thus enriching the lives of our guests as well as the people we take them to visit. Such unique individuals are a rare find indeed, and these particular individuals are dedicated to the values that make us Ultimate Safaris.

Meet our Naturalist Guides

Alpha Tjai-Tjai-Mau (Naturalist Guide)
Arnold Tsaneb (Naturalist Guide)
Franco Morao (Naturalist Guide)
Francois Gowaseb (Naturalist Guide)
Jan Mohrdieck (Naturalist Guide)
Jason Nott (Naturalist Guide)
Jeremia Stephanus (Naturalist Guide)
Jimmy Gariseb (Naturalist Guide)
Johann Cloete (Naturalist Guide)
Perez Kamukuenjandje (Naturalist Guide)
Peter Nuugonya (Naturalist Guide)
Ronnie Tsowaseb (Naturalist Guide)
Stewart Matsopo (Naturalist Guide)
Tarry Butcher (Naturalist Guide)
Usko Hanghuwo (Naturalist Guide)
Vernon Swanepoel (Naturalist Guide & Guide Trainer)
Vincent Kahiha (Naturalist Guide)
Will Novell (Naturalist Guide)

Why travel with an Ultimate naturalist guide?

An Ultimate Safaris naturalist guide will quickly turn a normal safari into a life enriching journey, creating a deeper understanding and appreciation for the incredible places and people that we visit. The guides are the link between our guests and the intricacies of the natural world, sharing their knowledge with enthusiasm and humour. Guests are taken on a journey through some of the world’s most beautiful wild places, encountering wildlife spectacles and engaging with age-old authentic cultures while receiving detailed interpretation as offered by our highly trained naturalist guides. Throughout this experience, they are wrapped in the warm and caring hospitality that makes us Ultimate Safaris.

A guided safari offers our guests constant access to one or more of these exceptional guides who have an intimate knowledge of each camp/lodge and area we visit. This allows them to be able to expose the relevant highlights, adding continuity and depth to your safari, and effectively tailor-making your experience. It also means that they are able to take guests to stay at less sophisticated rural venues which might not otherwise be suitable for discerning visitors. The presence of our guide adds another level to the hospitality and service that can be offered there and thus ensures that we have the widest reach of options available to us while still maintaining the standards to which we aspire. 

Our guides share in a philosophy that ensures they never cease adding to their encyclopedic knowledge and this makes them lifelong scholars in the fields of their expertise. Their infectious enthusiasm, dedication, character, and in-depth knowledge of the country ensure that guests are at the forefront of real, unique and authentic experiences throughout their journey. Being native to Namibia, our guides are welcomed as friends or family everywhere they go, thus ensuring authentic and life enriching journeys. These often result in guests becoming personal friends of both our guides and the people that they visit.

Journeysmiths

Our Journeysmiths are considered to be amongst the leading authorities on travel to Namibia. They also all live and work in Namibia, and between them have over 100 years of experience in the local travel industry. Great importance is attached to identifying specific expectations and requirements from the onset as this allows us to provide seamless and memorable safari experiences. Great efforts are made to foster and maintain excellent relationships with all our local suppliers of accommodation and other services so that we can be sure that we have their full support when making arrangements that are out of the ordinary and ensuring all aspects of any given safari are properly tied together. Keeping on the cutting edge of what is new and exciting is a high priority at Ultimate Safaris and, as a result, you are assured of a safari that makes use of original thought and inspiration to put together the best possible options available.

Meet our Journeysmiths

Alfons Kaura (&Beyond Journeysmith)
Birgit Bekker (Sales Director)
Colleen Bleach (North America Journeysmith)
Sharon Kandukira (Scheduled Safari Journeysmith)
Swenja de Vos (UK Journeysmith)

Journey Magicians

Our Journey Magicians are the engine room at Ultimate Safaris, quietly working behind the scenes to ensure all aspects of the operation run smoothly and cohesively. This includes checking that all the necessary arrangements are properly in place, helping guides to prepare for guest arrivals, ensuring the correct vehicles and information packages are ready for specific safaris, and preparing and running our own fully-serviced mobile camps. They also assist with marketing, looking after tribe and company welfare, ensuring accounts are sent out and paid, and running our very own Tou Trust to the benefit of the local communities with whom we work. 

Meet our Journey Magicians

Martin Webb Bowen (Director & Co-founder)
Tristan Cowley (Director and Co-founder)

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