After escaping the corporate world, my yearning for exploring the African wilderness had me exploring 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 the conservation of wildlife and sustainability, I was lucky enough to help preserve natural wilderness and ethnic culture during my time spent managing luxury safari camps in pristine destinations in Botswana and South Africa. My very last and final undertaking while residing in Africa was overseeing and managing the day to day operations of what is arguably one of Africa’s most sought after safari destinations; Mombo Camp.
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.
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.”
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.
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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