Neil Ratcliffe

As our fearless CEO, Neil’s “never give up” attitude is an inspirational driving force as he steers our team along the often bumpy roads of tourism in Africa. A regular day for him includes dealing with IT, finances, legal issues, operations, strategic planning, SEO, doing yoga and dashing up the mountain on his bike! He insists on only travelling within his beloved Africa and has checked off bucket list experiences like gorilla trekking in Rwanda, climbing Kilimanjaro, a walking safari in Zambia, Tiger fishing in Botswana, getting engaged in the Sabi Sands and taking his kids on safari to Phinda. When not on his bike or barefoot waterskiing he is an active dad to two boys and a baby girl.

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Bee Eaters at Carmine Bee Eater Hide

Photographic Hides: Our Best Picks

With the advent of digital photography and the incredible photographic abilities of the average smartphone, everyone is suddenly a professional photographer – or is at least capable of capturing a great shot – whilst not having to worry about lugging heavy photography equipment around with them. Of course, getting up-close to or amongst African animals […]

On Safari at Mombo Camp

Africa’s Finest: Botswana’s Top 4 Eco-Retreats

We’re so inspired by Colin Bell’s commendable book Africa’s Finest, which has given the safari industry a close audit on sustainability, that we’ve decided to profile four eco-friendly resorts in Botswana that are championing environmental sustainability and ecotourism. Along with David Bristow, with whom he founded Wilderness Safaris, Bell assembled a team of conservation judges […]

Rhino family

Saving The Rhino Before It’s Too Late

Our rhino are disappearing, and their best hope of survival, perhaps, is tourism, more specifically Eco-tourism. More and more of our guests are seeing the merit in supporting safari tours that actively get involved with saving their one true resource – the animals. Camps can be built, and private reserves demarcated, but the rate of […]