For those of you who have previously traveled with ElderTreks, you may know one or even several of our tour leaders listed below. Their expertise, commitment and sensitivity to our travelers as well as the people and environments we visit are the reasons we get such great feedback on our guides from our past travelers.

The following is a tentative schedule of our tour leaders upcoming adventures. Please bear in mind that this is only a provisional schedule and while these leaders are scheduled to be on these trips, circumstances beyond our control may change these schedules.

We are proud of all of our first rate tour leaders, but if you have traveled with one and really want to travel on another trip they are leading, we extend to you a formal invitation to "Follow your Leader".


Roger Burrows

Roger has led innumerable ElderTreks trips, and as a veteran tour leader, he brings a wealth of experience to his job as all-round trip facilitator. Roger's travels have taken him all over the world, including Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. His keen interest in local people and cultures often offers travelers the unique opportunity to visit local homes, orphanages and schools. An avid animal lover, Roger has even been known to bring treats for local cats and dogs. 

Jul 01  -Jul 17,2023  Mongolia
Aug 15  -Sep 04,2023  Papua New Guinea
Sep 06  -Oct 02,2023  The Stans of Central Asia
Oct 04  -Oct 30,2023  The Stans of Central Asia
Jan 03  -Feb 03,2024  The Grand South-East Asia Adventure
Feb 08  -Feb 28,2024  Laos
May 01  -May 27,2024  The Stans of Central Asia
Jul 01  -Jul 17,2024  Mongolia
Aug 15  -Sep 04,2024  Papua New Guinea
Sep 10  -Sep 30,2024  Papua New Guinea

"He is the best!! Roger gives his all to the tour and no-one can compare with his competence."

Gloria Mossburg - Madagascar

Guilherme (Gafa) Stamato

Guilherme is a native Brazilian (nicknamed "Gafa") and graduated from Sao Paulo University with a degree in Physical Education along with a Black-belt in Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. He lives in Sao Paulo and has two children, Raphael and Sophia. Gafa is an excellent photographer and wildlife expert who will add great local knowledge to the explorations on your tour. 

Mar 07  -Mar 26,2024  The Guianas
Sep 15  -Sep 30,2024  Brazil

"Gafa made our travels flow smoothly and is just a pleasant person to be with."

Jade Lovell - Brazil

Lajos Nemeth

Lajos (pronounced Lay-osh) is a proud native Hungarian and, as a biologist, has a formidable knowledge of natural history and the underwater world. Lajos brings a wealth of experience and character to his job and will be outstanding as all-round facilitator on your trip. In addition to travelling extensively in Eastern Europe, he also feels at home around the Mediterranean, as well as having a serious travel passion for many countries in Africa. Lajos loves the great outdoors and sometimes spends several weeks in bush-camps in search of birds, butterflies and wildlife. His other passions include history, politics, photography, rare natural history books, fly-fishing, scuba diving, deep desert exploration and... oh yes, Hungarian wines. 

Sep 09  -Sep 30,2023  Albania Macedonia Bulgaria
Oct 03  -Oct 23,2023  Adriatic Adventure
May 13  -Jun 01,2024  Transylvania
Sep 07  -Sep 28,2024  Albania Macedonia Bulgaria

"Lajos does a fine job of ushering around his group. He is extremely knowledgeable about a myriad of topics and informed about what we are touring. Entertaining and organized."

Patricia Bunyard - Transylvania

Manuel Velazco

Manuel originally from the Andes of Peru (Cusco), began in the travel business at the tender age of 14. He has a degree as a Professional Tour Guide, specializing in Inca Culture and is one of Peru's most experienced and respected tour leaders. Manuel has been sharing his wonderful sense of humor and love of the mountains with ElderTrekkers for many years and has hiked the Inca Trail over 250 times. He also speaks three different languages, English, Spanish and Qechua (the language of the Incas) and brings plenty of fun and learning to every adventure he guides. 

Oct 18  -Nov 11,2023  Peru
Sep 10  -Sep 29,2024  Colombia
Oct 16  -Nov 09,2024  Peru
Nov 12  -Nov 27,2024  Chile

"Manuel was very much in charge of everything – he worked hard and all the details were well covered."

Heidi Andre - Peru

Eric Fengler

Eric was born in the Netherlands where he studied Environmental Engineering at Wageningen University. During his studies he trained in Tucumán, Argentina, 1,300 km northwest of Buenos Aires moving there in 1992. He has traveled extensively throughout South America and has been guiding tours in Argentina and Chile since 1996 specializing in the Patagonia region. Since 2012 Eric has also been leading trips for ElderTreks in Asia, Oceania and Europe. He speaks English, German, and Spanish as well as his native Dutch. Eric has worked with ElderTreks for many years and we welcome his local knowledge and international flair. You are in very capable hands with Eric. 

Jun 08  -Jun 26,2023  The Baltics
Sep 12  -Oct 02,2023  Papua New Guinea
Oct 03  -Oct 22,2023  Sumatra
Oct 22  -Nov 10,2023  Java and Bali
Jan 08  -Jan 24,2024  Argentina & Chile
Jan 27  -Feb 11,2024  Patagonia Trekking
Mar 01  -Mar 22,2024  Hidden Treasures of South America
Jun 09  -Jun 27,2024  The Baltics
Sep 04  -Sep 30,2024  The Stans of Central Asia
Oct 02  -Oct 21,2024  Sumatra
Oct 21  -Nov 09,2024  Java and Bali

"Eric was a class act. Well organized, always offered alternatives when possible. He was very generous with his time. He is an excellent guide and well informed."

Angela Alvisi - Patagonia Trekking

David Roth

Born in Canada and having resided in 8 countries, David has spent over 40 years travelling the world - the last 25 working in the travel industry. He has designed and led numerous tours for Eldertreks. With an attention to maximizing the group’s travel experience, David’s personable and often humorous style of tour leading offers his fellow travelers many opportunities to interact with the local people and cultures. David has an MA in International Relations, and also speaks German, a bit of Russian, French and Arabic. In his spare time he writes children’s books.  

Sep 12  -Oct 01,2023  The Caucasus
Nov 02  -Nov 21,2023  Oman
Jan 12  -Feb 03,2024  Ethiopia
Apr 24  -May 07,2024  Malta & Sicily
May 14  -Jun 02,2024  The Caucasus
Sep 10  -Sep 29,2024  The Caucasus
Nov 07  -Nov 26,2024  Oman

"Exceptional experienced trip leader. One of the best"

Edward and Elena Long - The Caucasus

Abdul Sebak

Abdul Moez is a graduate of the Faculty of Archaeology and is the Director of Egyptology at the Giza Pyramids. He has worked on several important archaeological digs including Abu Rawash, Worker's Village in Giza, (pre-dynastic period at Saqqara) and currently serves as an advisor for archaelogical digs in and around the Giza area. He also holds a diploma in Tourism/Guiding from the Faculty of Tourism in Egypt and brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as Tour Leader for ElderTreks. In addition to leading our ElderTreks' groups since 2005, Abdul also had the pleasure of showing the Giza pyramids to former US President Jimmy Carter. 

Oct 14  -Nov 04,2023  Egypt
Feb 10  -Mar 02,2024  Egypt
Oct 12  -Nov 02,2024  Egypt

"Abdul was extremely patient - always willing to explain one more time whatever information we needed to know - very kind, thoughtful and always up beat. His passion for archeology, pyramids, pharaohs, and tombs was contagious and inspiring. Very knowledgeable - wonderful sense of humor."

M Twitchell - Egypt

Douglas Brisebois

Douglas Brisebois has worked as a tour leader for almost 20 years. His travels have taken him to all parts of the world from Asia to Africa to Antarctica and much more. His knowledge and experience help to make each and every tour he leads an unforgettable memory.

Douglas grew up in Northern Ontario surrounded by beautiful lakes, green forests and breathtaking scenery where he acquired a healthy respect and admiration for his natural surroundings. He spent time working for his parents at the family run resort which was his first introduction to tourism. Although home is in Ontario, Canada, Douglas enjoys escaping to his house in Costa Rica overlooking the Pacific, or visiting his small finca (ranch) in the mountains close to Arenal volcano.

If you have the pleasure of being on a trip lead by Douglas, his charm, energy, knowledge and caring attitude will ensure your trip is truly a unique experience.

Sep 27  -Oct 10,2023  Malta & Sicily
Sep 26  -Oct 09,2024  Malta & Sicily

"Douglas is a scholar and a gentleman. He knows just how to read people and make them happy."

Steve Sirls - Malta & Sicily

Tomas Havlicek

Tomas, a native Czech, received his University degree in English and American studies as well as philosophy. He has worked as a guide since 2000, specializing in Central Europe. Tomas has a keen interest in history, architecture, and post-communist development of the region. Since he has lived half of his life under the communist rule and the other under democracy, Tomas has a truly unique perspective which he loves to share with those he is travelling with. Tomas will do all that he can to make your travel experience with him most memorable! 

May 23  -Jun 06,2024  Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe

"Excellent guide! Broad interests, intelligent, caring, fantastic language skills, great people person!"

J. Schmidlapp and J. Lancaster - Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe

Turin Tun Maw

Thuyein "Turin" Tunmaw Turin was born, raised and educated in Yangon (Rangoon), Burma (Myanmar) Despite earning a Physics Degree and a Computer diploma, his passion lead him towards history, geography, languages, traveling and meeting people. His Mom was working in Tourism and it seemed like a natural decision to follow in her footsteps. He recieved his guides license in 1994 and has been working as a guide and tour leader ever since. Turin speaks English, Spanish and of course his native Burmese. We know that Turin's knowledge, passion and caring attitude will make any trip to Burma a very special one. He loves to share his knowledge and experience with anyone he travels with. We are sure you will agree. 

Feb 05  -Feb 24,2024  Myanmar (Burma)

"Turin was excellent in his knowledge of the country, in looking after us, and in providing "surprises.""

Bill Abell - Myanmar (Burma)

Olman Quiros

Olman (Ollie) Quiros is a certified tour guide with more than 20 years' experience leading diverse groups in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. General and natural history are two of his interests. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to do white water rafting, surfing, horseback riding, and hiking among other activities. Ollie was a cultural exchange student in Finland and Sweden and has traveled extensively throughout Europe learning about different cultures.

His volunteer work includes working with the Costa Rican National Parks Foundation to preserve the Green Turtle and with the Mesoamerican Rescue Center to promote animal welfare, habitat protection and reforestation in Costa Rica. He speaks Spanish and English and understands Finnish and Swedish.

Dec 01  -Dec 15,2023  Costa Rica
Jan 09  -Jan 23,2024  Costa Rica
Jan 30  -Feb 13,2024  Costa Rica
Feb 15  -Feb 29,2024  Costa Rica
Dec 03  -Dec 17,2024  Costa Rica

"The tour was fantastic, in large measure because of the exceptional professional competence and friendliness of Ollie along with the excellent service of Stefan, our driver.  We will surely use ElderTreks for some future trips.  We hope tour director/guides on other trips are as great as Ollie."

J. Hirschhorn - Costa Rica

Lucas Mhina

Lucas was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania. Has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the UK, attended a wildlife college in Kenya where he obtained Diploma in Tourism and Tour Guiding, receiving further training in tour leading and guiding, as well as first aid in South Africa.

He has been guiding and leading tourists’ groups in Kenya and Tanzania for 20+ yrs. He has a keen interest in ecology and truly enjoys being with people, so that he can share his knowledge of the flora and fauna of East Africa as well as the vibrant culture.

Lucas is married and has three children (Sylvia, John, and Jovin) and while not leading trips, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Oct 28  -Nov 16,2023  Kenya and Tanzania
Oct 27  -Nov 15,2024  Kenya and Tanzania

"I want to thank you so much for making my trip to Kenya/Tanzania the best of my life. It was absolutely amazing!!!"

J. Wilson - Kenya and Tanzania

Thuy Nghiem Hong

Thuy is a graduate of English at the National University of Hanoi. She has been a national tour guide in Vietnam since 1991 and is well versed in the countries rich history, culture and culinary reputation. Thuy is always eager to share her life experiences, growing up in a rapidly changing Vietnam. Her style of tour leading is a direct reflection of her Buddhist and Confucian beliefs which place an emphasis on responsible tourism and a general respect for all sentient beings. 

Feb 16  -Mar 07,2024  Vietnam

"Thuy was excellent - very informative about her country. She gave me a real insight into Vietnam."

D. Webb - Vietnam

Ham Juuko

Ham was born in Western Uganda and grew up on his family's cattle farm. He graduated school with a diploma in Accounting and Customer Care. Ham has put his passionate interest in wildlife and his experience caring for clients together to become a senior tour guide in his homeland. He is also an accredited guide for birdwatching. His hobbies and interests include watching football, reading and spending time with his family when not on the road. 

Jan 12  -Jan 29,2024  Uganda & Rwanda

"Ham is surely one of the very best guides I have ever had (I have traveled internationally on at least 15 trips catering to wildlife observation). He was knowledgeable (knows and names and even tells the sex) of hundreds of Ugandan birds, an expert sighter (could see a lion about a mile away!!), was always polite, had a great sense of humor, put up with 4 woman old enough to be his mother, ... I could go on and on. He was absolutely wonderful and made the trip one of the most memorable experiences of my life. "

D. Schultz - Uganda

Damla Arslan

Damla Arslan was born in Istanbul and graduated in history from Bogazici University. She also attended the program of Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management at Koç University. Her specialty is the ancient history of Anatolia and she has also been working as an archaeologist in various excavations around the country since 2005. Her latest excavation is in Batman, southeastern Anatolia, and she is working on an upper Mesopotamian mound by the Tigris called Gre Amer. She has her tourist guide license from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and has been leading tours all around Turkey with a special interest in Eastern Turkey. Damla's extensive education and desire to share her knowledge of Turkey's history and culture, will be a delight for anyone lucky enough to travel with her. 

Sep 11  -Oct 01,2023  Classic Turkey
Sep 09  -Sep 29,2024  Classic Turkey

"Damla is a world class guide with a superior knowledge of the ancient history of Asia Minor and modern day turkey. She should have a show on the History Channel."

Vance Boelts - Classic Turkey

Guiper Rosales

Guillermo or 'Guiper' has been leading for twelve years and has a passion for the Mayan world - its history, its culture and of course the incredible legacy of Mayan sites. You will be impressed by Guiper's knowledge of the Mayan world as well as contemporary knowledge of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. Guiper is well certified in the art of guiding, safety and first aid but it just might be his sense of humour and energy that will leave the greatest impression on you. We hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy ElderTreks' Lost World of the Mayans with someone as capable and passionate as Guiper. 

Jan 09  -Jan 28,2024  Lost World of the Mayans

"What made this trip unusual, even for experienced travelers, was the extraordinary personal charm, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness of Guiper and the kindness and knowledge of the local guide, Antonio, in Guatemala. We have traveled for many years and cannot remember any guide who had Guiper's ability to enliven each day with his wit and good humor and with an almost preternatural ability to see what each member of the group needed to make the day pleasurable and interesting."

A & G Schwartz - Lost World of the Mayans

Kamel Boukari

As a professional guide, Kamel graduated from the Tunisian College of Tourism with a focus on history, both modern and ancient including the second world war. He is well educated and his extensive expertise at historic sites and museums is almost taken for granted but very impressive. He is fluent in English, French and German and has enjoyed showing people from all over the world the treasures that one can find in Tunisia. However, what makes Kamel special as a tour leader is that he is immensely helpful, caring, respectful, flexible and really wants to look after his guests. Despite his wealth of knowledge, Kamel feels he learns just as much from the guest he is looking after. With his endearing sense of humility, knowledge and caring attitude, Kamel will show you a Tunisian experience you will not soon forget! 

Mar 12  -Mar 27,2024  Tunisia

"Kamel was a great tour leader. His knowledge of Tunisia's history was impessive, he has a great sense of humour, and he added special visits to his family which we all appreciated."

Barbara Tresidder - Tunisia

Suzanne Ivan (Manka)

We are thrilled to welcome back Susanne, (or 'Manka' as she is known) to the ElderTreks family of expert leaders. For many years Manka led our Transylvania and Adriatric Adventures, along with her husband Lajos, and after a hiatus of several years devoting time to their two children, Manka is returning to the job she loves - as a tour leader.

Manka brings not only her great smile and wonderful communication style, but also degrees in biology, marketing and tourism, and most recently, a doctorate in the Evolutionary Psychology of the Roma (gypsy) people. As if this background and expertise weren't impressive enough, did we mention she speaks word-perfect English and German as well as her native tongue? All that's left to mention is her adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors, and you'll see why Susanne is everything you could hope for as your guide. In fact, to use the words of one of her clients, “you will be in the best of hands”.

Oct 01  -Oct 20,2024  Adriatic Adventure

"This was a very active itinerary and Manka helped me through a couple challenging parts. I might still be trying to struggle my way down the Paklenica Gorge Trail were it not for her. She knows her history, and her English is very good. She is VERY personable and has a knack for knowing different personalities and how to communicate with them and get the best out of them while making sure they are getting the best experience she can provide. She was on top of every detail at all times and has an amazing memory. I absolutely love her."

Alice Luella (Lue) Paddack - Adriatic Adventure

Sammy Tilahun

Sammy graduated from Hawassa University as well as the Institute of Tourism in Addis Ababa, specializing in Ethiopian History & Cultures, Agriculture and Tourism. He speaks English, Amharic and Oromifa (the national and local language of Ethiopia). He has lead tours for numerous passengers including journalists, photographers, and film crews from all over the world. Sammy has recently been acknowledged in a published novel by Manola Lizy titled "Ethiopian Highlands" and in an article by Anna Murphy titled "Holy days and Highland Rock Churches of Ethiopia". With Sammy's passion for history, archaeology, photography, anthropology and birdwatching combined with his incredible guiding experience, you will have an unforgettable adventure! 

Sep 15  -Oct 07,2023  Ethiopia
Jan 16  -Feb 07,2024  Ethiopia
Sep 16  -Oct 08,2024  Ethiopia

"No doubt Sammy has the fluency skills and organizational skills along with knowledge of Ethiopian history to be athe skillful tour leader he is. His organizational skills were flawless!!! His ability to be mindful of safety and watchful of all his clients at ALL times was impressive. His interactions with his drivers was one of respect and commraderie. Sammy can be hard to follow when sharing details as he uses lots of words to convey his message. I was lucky to have Sammy as my guide and would not have wished for another."

Rhonda Weilet - Ethiopia

Christos Lepouras

Christos has been guiding tours in Greece for 10+ years. He has excellent communication skills and is very enthusiastic to show people his country. He holds an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics from University College London (UCL) and has recently published two hiking books about Crete and Mount Parnitha. You are in great hands with Christos who always receives rave reviews from clients who have toured with him. 

Sep 07  -Sep 23,2023  Ancient Greece
May 01  -May 17,2024  Ancient Greece
Sep 08  -Sep 24,2024  Ancient Greece

"Christos was a joy, a warm personality, encouraging, did every thing in his power to make sure we each had a great experience, a culinary expert when ordering meals. You are fortunate to have him!"

Carol Hoyt - Ancient Greece

Jeff Zephyrin

Jeff was born in Madagascar and has worked in the tourism industry for over 30 years. Jeff fluently speaks English, French; various dialects found in Southern Madagascar, and currently learning Japanese. Jeff's holistic leading approach combined with his caring personality, extensive knowledge and passion for the local culture and wildlife will be sure to make your experience as wonderfully diverse and unique as Madagascar itself. 

Oct 03  -Oct 20,2023  Madagascar
Oct 01  -Oct 18,2024  Madagascar

"Jeff demonstrated a deep affection for his country. He was knowledgeable of the flora, fauna, history, culture and politics and gave us a wonderful overview of everything. He made sure we saw everything we were promised, but was flexible in giving us spontaneous experiences. He was kind, thoughtful and concerned about everyone's well-being. He also had a good perspective and sense of humor."

Kris Otis - Madagascar

Daniel Merino

Daniel was born in (San Luis) “Pinar del Rio” a region known for producing the best tobacco in Cuba. Daniel grew up on a farm helping his family with their crops and livestock. He obtained his degree in foreign languages from the Pedagogical University and speaks Spanish, English, French and German fluently. Daniel was an English professor for junior and senior high schools students as well as in a tourism school for many years before deciding to follow his dream. Daniel's passion for nature and the great outdoors brought him to the Biosphere reserve “Las Terrazas” where he has been a nature expert guide for over 12 years. His favourite activities include bird watching, trekking, and swimming. Daniel enjoys sharing anecdotes of his personal life as well as his experiences as a Cuban. Daniel will keep you laughing and learning during your adventure. 

Jan 02  -Jan 14,2024  Classic Cuba
Jan 16  -Jan 28,2024  Classic Cuba
Jan 28  -Feb 11,2024  Eastern Cuba
Feb 06  -Feb 18,2024  Classic Cuba
Feb 18  -Mar 03,2024  Eastern Cuba
Mar 05  -Mar 17,2024  Classic Cuba
Mar 17  -Mar 31,2024  Eastern Cuba
May 07  -May 19,2024  Classic Cuba

"Danny was an excellent trip leader. He generously shared his knowledge and personal experiences. He was always calm and upbeat even when things didn’t go quite as planned. A true professional but also a very kind sweet person."

Sandy Sverdloff - Classic Cuba

Sumit Pruthi

Sumit Pruthi graduated from University with a Tourism and Hospitality degree. He has also completed his formal training with the Ministry of Tourism of Oman. Sumit speaks an impressive 5 languages fluently - English, German, Arabic, Urdu and Hindi. In 2007, his guide and medical training along with his passion for Arab cultures started Sumit on a path that lead him to lead trips in the Sultanate of Oman. Trekking in the stunning landscapes including rugged mountains and wadis, the smell of frankincense, the taste of fresh lemon mint juice, fascinating markets or souqs, forts dotting the countryside, camel herds in the Empty Quarter and the relaxed and welcoming culture of Oman have acted as a stong magnet. After a decade of leading trips in Oman, his passion and enthusiasm have never wained. Patience, politeness, punctuality as well as a great attitude and a wealth of information makes Sumit nothing short of a superb tour leader! 

Sep 14  -Oct 04,2023  Bhutan
Oct 04  -Oct 22,2023  Nepal
Nov 08  -Nov 28,2023  Classic India
Mar 07  -Mar 27,2024  Bhutan
Apr 10  -May 01,2024  Iran Highlights
Oct 03  -Oct 21,2024  Nepal
Oct 31  -Nov 20,2024  Classic India

"I have again enjoyed another Eldertreks trip and have more planned upcoming. I just wanted to let you know that in all my years of traveling--and with several different tour companies--I've never had such a good guide as Sumit Pruthi! My friend and I experienced a wonderful tour thanks to his excellent skills. Just wanted to let you know what a jewel you have!!!"

Kay Ward - Oman

Samir Harit el Mir

Samir Harit el Mir has been leading ElderTreks Morocco tours for the past 10+ years. He studied in Casablanca before attending university and studying tourism in Tangier City. He has been guiding English speaking groups since 1987 and has covered every corner of his country. He specializes in the history of Morocco as well as of Islam and the Arab world. He speaks English, Arabic, French and Japanese. His Moroccan colleagues look to Samir for his knowledge and guiding expertise. 

Oct 05  -Oct 21,2023  Morocco
Feb 24  -Mar 11,2024  Morocco
Oct 06  -Oct 22,2024  Morocco

"Samir was the best: knowledgeable, organized, pleasant, non-flappable. "

Elizabeth Bradner - Morocco

Ruwan Balasuriya

Ruwan Balasuriya has been leading tours in his native Sri Lanka for more than 7 years highlighting its history, culture, wildlife and of course, the people. After having toured the country with Ruwan, you will leave with the lasting impression of having visited the real Sri Lanka. 

Oct 23  -Nov 10,2023  Sri Lanka
Oct 22  -Nov 09,2024  Sri Lanka

"Knowledgeable, good sense of humor, good at working with people, just a few, mostly minor organizational glitches. We strongly recommend him!!"

Ruth Dawson - Sri Lanka

Joel Verimuje

Joël is born and bred in Namibia. He has an outgoing personality and has been in the tourism industry for the past 9 years. He grew up in the northern part of Namibia that is also where he completed primary and secondary school and then moved to capital city. While in Windhoek he completed a diploma in tourism management from The Association of Business Executives (ABE) UK via distance study. After Joel obtained his diploma, he started tour guiding courses with NATH while working as a camp assistant for a tour operator. Joel was later promoted to senior tour guide, thereafter he started taking on various tours as a freelance guide. His interests include hiking, wildlife, birds, flora, geology, astronomy, and Namibian culture. He speaks Nama-Damara, Oshiwambo, English and Afrikaans. 

Jun 07  -Jun 29,2023  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Nov 01  -Nov 23,2023  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Jun 06  -Jun 28,2024  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

"Joel was excellent...all the information he has, organized skills with people and the information book we got at the start...wished more companies would do that"

Bette-Jean McElroy - Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

Karl Johannsson

Karl has a degree in Marketing and a background in diverse activity apart from being an Iceland guide. He also takes Icelanders on guided tours all over the world during winter. Among his interests are the Icelandic Sagas and the geology of Iceland. 

Jun 13  -Jun 25,2023  Iceland
Jun 11  -Jun 23,2024  Iceland

"Karl continuously went above and beyond everyone's expectations! He was informative, witty, never boring, helpful, kind and full of surprises! I would gladly travel with him again!!!"

Debbie Serra - Iceland

Dylan Lees

Born in Johannesburg, Dylan spent his childhood years traveling with family all around Southern Africa. Moving to the Wild Coast he developed a love of nature, which led to a career in tourism. Early trips included overland camping tours through Southern and East Africa which evenatually expanded to 11 countries in Africa. Dylan enjoys showing the amazing sights of Southern Africa to his clients while at the same time focusing on ways to increase the environmental and sustainability of tourism for the future of the region. 

Sep 08  -Oct 02,2023  Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Sep 06  -Sep 30,2024  Kingdoms of Southern Africa

"Dylan rose to the challenge. He treated us to local treats and knew how to get us to be first up Table Mountain once the weather cleared. He was a remarkable young man and we were very lucky to have him. He was very patient with the eldest people who couldnt seem to manage the walks and took them back to the bus and made sure they were comfortable. He knew his stuff."

Cathy Nash - Kingdoms of Southern Africa

Taichi Imamura

Though Taichi was born and brought up in Nagoya, he had always a close relationship with his grandparents in Kyoto who taught him about Japanese tradition. After visiting over 80 countries as a tour leader, he realized the beauty of Japan, which gives him a strong passion to be a professional guide so he can share his knowledge in both traditional and urban culture with international travellers. 

Sep 20  -Oct 09,2023  Japan
Oct 11  -Oct 30,2023  Japan
Oct 16  -Nov 04,2024  Japan

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Feb 14  -Mar 04,2024  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
May 05  -May 27,2024  Chinese Silk Road
Nov 13  -Dec 02,2024  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
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