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Richard de Gouveia

Richard started out his career as an environmental consultant, conducting environmental impact assessments for various companies. He had always been drawn to the bush and eventually, in 2009, decided to change direction and pursue a career in guiding.

He completed a 6-month live-in safari course with Bushwise and went to work at a lodge in the Kruger National Park for a year before moving on to Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. At Sabi Sabi he excelled as a guide and photographer and finished off his 5-year tenure at Sabi Sabi as the Assistant Head Ranger.

His passion for the bush extends way past just viewing the animals and is cemented in exploring the connection between the living and non-living elements of the bush. His favourite bushveld creature is without doubt the leopard, followed closely by the termite - which can only be understood after listening to Richards's in-depth explanation of both species.

His love of the bush is matched by his interest in photography and as a Nikon Ambassador; Richard really wants his guests to enjoy taking photos and tries to help them make the most of their camera equipment. It is his goal to have his guests leave with a deeper appreciation of all aspects of the bushveld, as well as with memorable photos of their time on safari.

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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