To describe Alex as a citizen of the world would be absolutely true: he speaks four languages fluently and he’s lived in Italy, Morocco, South Africa, Australia, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. To say that his heart belongs in the African bush would be an understatement.
His career reads like a typical 18th Century explorer’s path, complete with overland safaris into the remote and wild corners of Africa at the age of 17, obtaining FGASA Level 1 at the age of 19, working with world famous conservationists like Lawrence Anthony (the so-called “elephant whisperer”) and trekking 17 000 km from East to West in Australia, before moving back to Africa.
After obtaining his professional guide qualification in Zimbabwe in 2016, he and his wife, Marie, have found a way to pursue their passion and to capture and share the power and the beauty of the wild with others.
Painted wolves (Lycaon pictus), also known as African wild dogs, rely mainly on their sight to hunt, therefore they need a certain amount of light. They prefer hunting at dusk and at dawn, as midday temperatures are often too high. Very often, as seen here, the pack will find a cool spot not far from water, and spend the heat of the day resting nearby.
The first time we saw this female leopard she was with her mom on an impala kill in the tall grass. She was very small and when her mom left her alone at the carcass to go and drink at the nearby spring, the leopard cub didn’t mind us and carried on feeding, completely undisturbed by our presence.
As we got to the pan we saw ten elephant bulls drinking and splashing around in the mud, then we moved off to the side and disembarked the vehicle for sundowners. As the guests were enjoying their red wine a group of about a dozen buffalo dagga boys came past us and went to drink and wallow. As the sun was setting a white rhino cow and calf came to the water and drank alongside the elephants and buffalos, and in the distance we saw a black rhino that was waiting for us to leave.