ABOUT US

We take your dream; add our passion and share our knowledge to create your unique safari itinerary.



Deon De Villiers

Guru's Founding Safari Planner, Tour Leader / Private Guide and Wildlife Photographer


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.
2013
Awarded Best Hotel in the World

Under my leadership, and together with my 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. 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.

2012
"Strawberry" Leopard Discovered — A First

After sending a photograph of a highly unusual feline, which I spotted and photographed to expert Dr. Luke Hunter at Panthera, (a U.S. based wild cat conservation group), to ask them about the leopard's odd colouration, I had my image and story published around the globe on a variety of TV, radio, web and magazine outlets, including National Geographic and Discover Channel.

2011
Documentary Dedicated to my Wildlife Photography

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

Why Deon De Villiers?


EXPERIENCE

I have nearly fifteen years of operational experience in managing high-end luxury safari camps in remote locations, and I apply my learnings and knowledge to all itineraries to ensure all logistics and travels are operationally sound!

ETHICS

I have a strong conservation background, and each safari itinerary is pieced together bit by bit based upon real-life experience and first-hand knowledge of operators who actively adopt sustainable practices to protect community, land and the natural world!

PASSION

I am an energetic and driven individual with an abundant passion for the African wilds; including all her creatures, cultures and beauty. My passion is evident in the quality of work I produce and forms the blueprint from which I drive my success.

Think you have what it takes to be a SAFARI-GURU?


We are continually looking for destination specialists and well-travelled inspiring minds that can put their potential to use in our company. If you feel you have intimate African safari knowledge to share with the world, perhaps we should talk.

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