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Our Guides

The paramount element of a successful nature photography tour is often the quality of the guide—and our Expedition Leaders are simply the best in the business! When it comes to guides, we don't compromise. Through years of vetting and continuously upgraded training, we have assembled a collection of guides who possess a deep understanding of the natural world and also care deeply about our guests. A select few of our renowned Expedition Leaders are also accomplished nature photographers, and it is this expert crew that leads our Natural Habitat Photo Tours. Each of these professional photographer-naturalists is on hand to assist and coach our guests in capturing superlative images while at the same time overseeing every detail of the itinerary, and every individual need, to ensure a gratifying experience of a lifetime!

Eric Rock

Eric is NHPE’s lead naturalist, and as such is well versed in a wide range of adventures and photo destinations worldwide. Eric's interest in photography started...

Brad Josephs

Brad is a naturalist interpreter specializing in bear biology and ecology of the North Country. He attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, graduating with...

Cassiano (Zapa) Zaparoli

Zapa grew up on his grandparents’ farm in the interior of Brazil, where he developed a deep love for nature and wildlife. As a teen he loved to camp and fished in...

Colby Brokvist

Colby hails originally from New England and has traveled and guided extensively throughout North America. Colby is an avid rock and ice climber and has backpacked some of the country’s...

Dave Luck

Growing up in Zambia, Dave developed a passion for the wilderness, learning how to survive in harsh environments, tracking animals and accompanying anti-poaching patrols to combat elephant and rhino poaching...

Harsha Jayaramaiah

Harsha is an enthusiastic naturalist with eight years of guiding experience. He worked as head naturalist in a top lodge in India where he was also in charge of...

Joe Charleson

Along with his wife, Gillian, Joe Charleson manages Natural Habitat Safaris from Kenya, where he divides his time between Nairobi, Leleshwa Camp, and the bush, when he's out on safari. Joe was born in 1975 in northern England...

Melissa Scott

Melissa is NHA’s esteemed Staff Naturalist, a title she earned through her extraordinary knowledge of the natural world and her magnetic personality. Melissa was raised in southern Indiana and grew to love nature at an early age...

Paul Brown

Paul, an avid birdwatcher since childhood, received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey. During his education Paul assisted with hawk migration census studies with New Jersey Audubon and coordinated the count on...

Rinie Van Meurs

Born in the Netherlands, Rinie has been a keen naturalist his entire life. He received his formal education in forestry and civil engineering and then set out to travel the world in search of wildlife, particularly in the polar regions...

Simon Stobbs

After completing a post-graduate degree in psychology, Simon was stuck behind a computer, working in human resources for two rather painful years. Thankfully, he decided it was time to follow his passion for nature and pursue a career working in the African bush...

Thuto Moutloatse

Now an award-winning photographer and naturalist, Thuto Moutloatse had the privilege of enjoying the superb wildlife areas of Botswana from a young age, as his father was involved in tourism and conservation. This exposure fostered a childhood love of the secrets of the wild...

Toby Sinclair

A London-born Scot, Toby first drove out to India in 1974 and by late 1975 he joined the Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Nepal’s Royal Chitwan National Park. In April 1977...

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