Safari Guru Deon Bio Image of Lion at Mombo Camp Botswana by Deon De Villiers

Deon De Villiers

Safari Guru Deon - Founding Safari Planner

Safari Guru Deon

Safari Guru Deon, “After escaping the corporate world, my yearning to explore the African wilderness had me roaming the savannah for close on 15 years. With camera in hand, I treasured being able to capture the magic and surreal beauty of this ancient continent and its extraordinary inhabitants.

With my luxury travel knowledge and passion for conserving wildlife and remote ethnic culture, I was lucky enough to help preserve the natural wilderness while managing safari camps in pristine destinations within Botswana and South Africa. While residing in Africa, my last and final undertaking was overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of what is arguably one of Africa’s most sought-after safari destinations: Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp.”

Safari Guru Deon Bio Image in Tanzania

Today, as a conservation activist, African bush adventurer and luxury travel specialist I personally weave safari itineraries together piece by piece for my esteemed clientele based upon real-life experience and first-hand knowledge of the African continent – bespoke journeys for those looking for “travel with purpose” and family safaris that offer peace of mind, body and soul in remarkable destinations.

Safari Guru Hospitality


Under Deon’s leadership, and together with his devoted team, Mombo Camp (including Little Mombo) was nominated and ranked No. 1 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards list of Top 100 Hotels. In his own words, “This was very rewarding for me as an individual, and also exceptionally inspiring news for Wilderness Safaris, and the recognition of the responsible ecotourism industry in Botswana and the Okavango Delta.”

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Safari Guru Discovery


After sending a photograph of a highly unusual feline, the ‘Strawberry Leopard’ to expert Dr. Luke Hunter at Panthera, (U.S. based wild cat conservation group), the discovery was shared far and wide, including TV, radio, web and magazine outlets, including National Geographic and Discover Channel around the world.

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Safari Guru Television


Passela, a very highly regarded and maximum audience rated television program on main-stream South African TV dedicated an entire slot to Wildlife photography, and they called upon Deon De Villiers. It was a fun segment, which challenged his ability to orchestrate and demonstrate his passion through education and on-the-go instruction. The entire slot was shot on location, and to his surprise had to be facilitated in Afrikaans; which is not his first language!

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