Named "Best Safari Guide on the Planet" in Outside
magazine’s 2014 Travel Awards, Thuto Moutloatse had the privilege of growing up in the superb wildlife areas of Botswana, where his father was involved in tourism and conservation work. This exposure fostered a childhood love of the wild. Thuto continued to hone his natural bush skills and passion for the wilderness through hiking and horseback riding while he attended Treverton College in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains in neighboring South Africa.
Following graduation, Thuto completed a Travel & Tourism course, undertook volunteer work at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, then returned to Botswana, beginning his career at Khama Rhino Sanctuary. He soon became a lodge-based guide in the private Linyanti Concession. With an insatiable interest in the differing ecosystems of Botswana, in 2006 Thuto began leading safaris for Natural Habitat that spanned the country's mosaic of prolific wildlife regions, enhancing his natural sense for guiding and furthering his personable rapport with guests over a full safari's duration. He quickly became an integral member of the team and is now frequently requested by repeat guests. Since becoming a safari guide, Thuto has also become an accomplished photographer, leading photography trips throughout southern Africa in addition to his regular safari guiding work. We're proud to have such an acclaimed Expedition Leader as part of our superb Africa staff!
Upcoming Adventures with Thuto:
Secluded Botswana Safari
Secluded Botswana Photo Safari
Botswana: Kalahari, the Delta & Beyond
Botswana's Green Season Photo
The Great African River Safari
Epic Botswana & Namibia Safari
Wild Namibia Photo Safari
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
S. & V. Crockenberg
"First and foremost, Thuto is a formidable tracker and extremely knowledgeable about the animals and birds of the bush. He is also a natural teacher, who speaks clearly and fluently on so many topics. We learned an enormous amount from him during the safari. He is also consistently good-natured (I already miss hearing his "Morning, morning" wake-up call). It was a pleasure to spend time with him. He was solicitous of everyone in the group, willing to go out of his way to be sure that each person had what they needed to be comfortable and to be fully engaged (or as engaged as they wanted to be) in the activities."
"Thuto is clearly one of the, if not the, best guide in Botswana. He could be teaching at a university. An exceptional human being, with encyclopedic knowledge of all things animal, vegetable and mineral, unmatched enthusiasm, and infinite patience with questions he must have heard many times before."
"Thuto made this expedition a trip of a lifetime for me with his winning personality, knowledge of the wildlife and fauna and professionalism as a guide. We were often around formidable wildlife - huge elephants, lions, leopards etc., however, I don't think anyone in our groups was seriously concerned about our safety because we had confidence that Thuto was in control."
"Thuto was amazing. Very knowledgeable, courteous, f riendly, light hearted, articulate, easy to understand, good humored, aware and most professional. He was most concerned for our well being, comfort and safety. He individually made our trip. If we return, which might be as soon as next year, we would request him and would probably think twice if he was not available."
"Thuto was first rate - truly informed, a great teacher, eager to share his enthusiasm with us. He was also very willing to accommodate the guests. He had an uncanny sense of where he would find animals and we were constantly amazed at his success. Thuto also had a great sense of humor, so our group had lots of laughs. I admired Thuto's flexibility and his ability to "read" the group's unspoken desires (e.g., for an occasional later start in the morning, for exercise etc) He successfully varied our activities (jeep ride, boat and mokoro rides, walks, tracking of animals etc)."
"We have taken many, many trips of a similar nature, but have never had an Expedition Leader as qualified, personable, knowledgeable, helpful, and all around enjoyable as Thuto. His knowledge of so many subjects, from wildlife, geography, geology, history, culture, astronomy and more, and his ability to effectively share it is remarkable. He was absolutely terrific."