A list of the wildlife you may spot on this brand-new adventure through the Congo: chimpanzees, pygmy hippos, gray-cheeked mangabeys, putty-nosed monkeys, forest buffalo, bongos—and that's not to mention the western lowland gorillas!
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.
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Lex's Upcoming Expeditions
Gorillas of the CongoAugust 2 — August 14, 2019
Time of Your Life South AfricaAugust 24 — September 8, 2019
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, its own floral kingdom, mystical Table Mountain, and the highest concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa.
Southern Africa's Diversity: Namibia, Botswana & ZambiaFebruary 8 — February 26, 2020
Visit some of Africa’s most remote and diverse camps with expert naturalist Lex Hes, from the leopards of South Luangwa National Park to the lush Okavango Delta.
Luxury Botswana SafariApril 14 — April 29, 2020
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.
Iconic Africa: Kenya & Zimbabwe with Victoria FallsJune 1 — June 13, 2020
If it's wildlife you seek, look no further than this adventure to Kenya and Zimbabwe. You'll spend two full days in Hwange National Park, home to 100 mammal and 400 bird species; watch hundreds of elephants and buffalo just outside your elegant safari tent; and search for hippos and crocodiles during a sunset Zambezi River cruise.
MadagascarSeptember 11 — September 28, 2020
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.
Zambia's Great MigrationsNovember 9 — November 23, 2020
Join this brand-new itinerary, designed and led by renowned wildlife photographer and guide, Lex Hes, to witness some of the largest animal migrations in the world.