Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Lex Hes

Expedition Leader
Lex Hes

Lex Hes, a naturalist and wildlife photographer, was born and educated in Johannesburg and has been involved in the world of wildlife for the past 30 years. Previously a guide at the world-famous Londolozi Game Reserve, Lex is now a popular freelance nature guide who imparts his wealth of knowledge of Africa's ecosystems in an easygoing and friendly manner. He is an author and nature photographer with five books to his credit - the highly acclaimed Leopards of Londolozi; a children's book called Bushschool; Attracting Birds to Your Garden in Southern Africa; The Complete Book of Southern African Mammals; and Wild South Africa, about the biomes of his native country. In addition to time spent in the Mpumalanga Lowveld and guiding visitors around South Africa, Lex has been involved with biological work on the sub-Antarctic islands of Amsterdam and Marion and has led tours to Kenya, Botswana, and Namibia.

Lex's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Classic Botswana

    September 12September 28, 2015

    Virtually untouched Botswana is the “true” Africa, where you’ll meet all the major wildlife, from elephant and lions to hippos and cheetahs, by land and in traditional mokoros on the Okavango delta. 

  • Zambia

    Zambia: Africa's Best-Kept Secret

    September 27October 11, 2015

    Join renowned Africa safari guide Lex Hes as we venture into Zambia and Kafue, Lower Zambezi, and South Luangwa national parks, home to 60 animal species and 400 bird species, from hippos and crocs to palearctic migrant birds.

  • Madagascar


    October 19November 6, 2015

    Nature enthusiasts hold Madagascar in high esteem for its botanicals, birds, and famous lemurs. Come for the striking biodiversity; stay for the 1,000 varieties of orchid, pygmy stump-tailed chameleons, and lovely Malagasy people.

  • Southern Africa's Diversity: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia

    February 12March 3, 2016

    Visit some of Africa’s most remote and diverse camps with expert naturalist Lex Hes, from the elephants of Damaraland and the Himba people of Namibia to the leopards of South Luangwa National Park and the lush Okavango Delta.

  • Ultimate Botswana

    March 21April 6, 2016

    The epitome of wild Africa, Botswana is home to lions, cheetahs and elephants—explore the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta by day, relaxing in classic tented camps in a diversity of landscapes by night.

  • Remote Tanzania

    Remote Tanzania

    August 3August 19, 2016

    With one of the Earth’s largest concentrations of wildlife, from lions and elephants to thousands of birds, Tanzania is sublime—roam the country’s lesser-known parks in the company of renowned wildlife photographer Lex Hes. 

  • Meerkat

    Wild South Africa

    August 26September 11, 2016

    The Rainbow Nation summons with its rich cultural diversity—where one can go on a game-viewing safari and wine tasting in the same day—dramatic Kalahari, otherworldly Stone Age rock art, mystical Table Mountain, and the highest concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa.

  • Wildlife Along the Zambezi: Zambia & Zimbabwe

    September 23October 9, 2016

    In the company of famed expedition leader Lex Hes, we’ll journey along the mighty Zambezi River and its huge populations of African wildlife—marvel at Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall; search for leopards in South Luangwa National Park; and view elephants in Mana Pools National Park.