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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 over 40 years. Previously a guide at the world-famous Londolozi Game Reserve, Lex is now a very popular freelance specialist 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. His photographs have been published all over the world on calendars and brochures and in advertising campaigns, books, and magazines. Lex was involved in the growth and development of a specialist safari guide training company which to this day plays an important role in supplying well-trained guides into the tourism industry in Africa. 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, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Botswana, and Namibia. He possesses the unique ability to combine his knowledge as a naturalist, his expert skills as a wildlife photographer, and his desire to express to others the importance of our role in managing the natural environment. He is passionate about the conservation of wild lions in Africa and especially the protection of the important natural cycles which keep our ecosystems vibrant, dynamic, and alive. 

Lex's Blog Posts

What Was Your Favorite Wildlife Experience of 2016?


Lex's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Wildebeest in Zambia

    Zambia's Great Migrations

    November 5November 19, 2021

    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.

  • Wild dogs

    Luxury Botswana Safari

    April 11April 26, 2022

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