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Franco Morao

Franco Morao was born in 1983 on a remote farm on the outskirts of the Namibian town of Gobabis. When he was two years old he entered a children’s home in Windhoek, where he stayed for most of his school-age life. When he completed secondary school in 2002, in a stroke of incredible timing, Wilderness Safaris' "Children In The Wilderness" program approached the SOS Children's Home, where he had been living, to bring some of the kids out into the wilderness to experience their country's natural wonders. Among this group was a young, ambitious and eager Franco. His passion for Namibia's fauna and flora shone from his eyes as the bus arrived in Sossusvlei National Park filled with exuberant kids. Receiving some encouraging mentorship, Franco was enlisted as a tent leader. After seeing the safari guides at work, he knew that was what he wanted to do. 

In 2004, after an extensive initial training program, Franco was appointed a trainee guide at the same lodge where his life-changing experience took place. After eight months of working through all the departments at the lodge, he passed his assessment as a full-fledged guide. He went on to pass his intermediate level in 2006 and achieved his advanced status while guiding on the Ongava private game reserve in 2010. Franco continued with national guiding courses and graduated with a Level 3 National Guiding Certificate in 2012—the highest possible level in Namibia. He has worked extensively at safari camps throughout the country and also occasionally leads overland tours with a guide colleague.

Over the past decade Franco has gained extensive knowledge of Namibia, its ecosystems and its wildilfe. He is still actively involved in the Children in the Wilderness programs as a camp director, participating every year since 2002. He is very passionate about his work, loves meeting and socializing with all kinds of people, and enjoys exercise and outdoor activities. He is currently learning Italian, Spanish and German to be able to better communicate with guests and hopefully lead tours for these nationalities as well. Franco has a special interest in birding and is a keen and aspiring photographer, and hopes to become a specialist guide in these areas. 

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