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Richard de Gouveia

Following a lifelong attraction to wildlife and the natural environment, Richard initially began his career as an environmental consultant, conducting environmental impact assessments for various companies. However, he found that such a role did not adequately meet his yearning for creativity and exploration, and he sought a more direct encounter with nature by becoming a safari guide. Complemented by his passion for photography, such a role equipped him perfectly for employment within the Greater Kruger National Park in his native South Africa, where he launched his guiding career. He then spent five years working at one of the world’s premier safari destinations, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, where he became Assistant Head Ranger.

Eager to expand his guiding terrain, Richard left lodge life in 2014 to become a professional private guide across Africa. Since then, he has explored some of the most incredible wilderness on the continent with his guests, from the mountain jungles of Uganda and Rwanda to the savannas of Southern and Eastern Africa and the island of Madagascar. He specializes in teaching wildlife photography and finds reward in helping people learn how to make beautiful images through a greater understanding of both their equipment and the environment.

A Nikon Ambassador, Richard loves sharing his images of nature and wildlife with the world, and he specifically enjoys portraying animals in their natural environment. He utilizes photography as a means of preserving nature through arresting imagery, hoping to touch people with the beauty of wild places and creatures, and in the process, helping them understand the plight of these animals and their habitats. His favorite bushveld creature is without doubt the leopard, followed closely by the termite—and you’ll only understand why once you listen to Richards's in-depth explanation of both species.

View Richard's latest photography portfolio additions on Instagram at @richard.degouveia.

Enjoy this selection of Richard's nature photography:

What’s in Richard's Camera Bag:

Camera Bag
F-Stop Gear Tilopa

Camera Equipment
Sony Alpha a1
Sony Alpha a9ii
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Peak Design Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod
Sony 400mm f2.8 G-Master
Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G-Master
Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G-Master
Sony 135mm f1.8 G-Master
Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G-Master
Sony 1.4x Teleconvertor
(Lenses are used in combination for the best purposes of the trip in order to meet the locational and weight requirements.)

Post-Processing Software Expertise
Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Premiere Pro
LRTimelapse

Upcoming Adventures with Richard:

Hidden South Africa & Botswana Safari
Great Uganda Gorilla Safari
Ultimate Gorilla Photo Safari
Madagascar Wildlife Adventure

Praise from Nat Hab Travelers:

L. Shames
"Richard gets an A++. He is incredibly knowledgeable, good-natured, enthusiastic and tireless."

L. Tse
"Richard is an Expedition Leader extraordinaire! He was the best by far that we've had on any of our many worldwide adventures! The breadth and depth of his knowledge, not just directly related to our Madagascar Adventure, was incredible and really added to our appreciation of the trip. He was able to put Madagascar phenomena into a more global perspective, which was very valuable. His photography skills and willingness and patience to teach was an added bonus. He managed a very diverse group with ease, such that our group became very cohesive within the first few days. He was excellent with both the young (including our 22 year-old son) and older guests. His sense of humor was fabulous and had us in stitches frequently. His passion for his work, and for our world, was inspiring. But, above all, he is a superb human being, thoughtful, caring and wise. We would love to go on other trips with him! We can't begin to say enough good things about Richard!"

P. Marron
"From the moment we first met Richard, I liked him. He is enthusiastic, has a good sense of humor and is totally knowledgeable about our destinations. Every detail about the trip was handled seamlessly and the group truly had to think about nothing but watching and photographing wildlife. He was very helpful with photography questions, and I learned quite a few new things along the way."

J. Montgomery
"Richard was the best Expedition Leader we have had. He was extremely knowledgeable about wildlife at all three nature reserves and had good relationships with the rangers and trackers. He addressed everyone's questions in an informative and cheerful way and made each of us feel special. He gave an excellent presentation about World Wildlife Fund with his own photos. We will certainly become donors in the future. Richard is a keeper and we hope to have another Nat Hab trip with him soon."

R. Loiselle
"Richard is an exception guide and teacher. He makes each traveler feel special. His knowledge of birds, photography, astronomy, geology, mammals and reptiles is incredible. His ability to spot tiny birds and mouse lemurs at night is unbelievable. His star talk has made us look at the sky totally differently. Richard gave a one-hour presentation on photography that taught me more than I had learned in several trips. Richard is a patient, kind, intelligent guide. I am so thankful that I was able to experience this incredible trip with such an awesome person, guide and teacher."

J. Forsyth
"Richard was amazing and one of the main reasons we loved the trip. He knew a lot about many topics such as geology and nature—we all learned a lot on the trip. He was also patient and worked hard to make sure everyone felt part of the group and was getting what they needed. Richard was awesome. In the middle of a rain forest where you could not see five feet off the trail, he managed to see everything."

S. Ramming
"Superb leader; superb individual. He made the trip successful."

R. Aiken
"It was a wonderful trip, made more wonderful by Richard's constant care, knowledge of nature and professionalism. We felt that we were getting the best out of every moment thanks to Richard's attention to every detail. But most of all, it was his friendship that carried every day."

S. Marquette
"I was so impressed with Richard's knowledge, professional attitude and kindness to each of us, that we booked another trip with Nat Hab as soon as we returned home."
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