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“Geoffrey kept hearing my name apparently when he was looking for a guide to conduct a VIP safari trip. I’m privileged that he wanted to work with me. I admire his creativity and bravery. I continue to learn a lot from him – and that enhances every tour I lead.”

Experience an African safari accompanied by Geoffrey Kent’s personal guide. For 25 years Garth Hovell has been one of the world’s top guides, in demand among the most discerning of clients. Allow him to lead you into the bush to spot the Big Five and walk through the wild landscape which inspired The Lion King.

Named ‘Top Safari Guide’ at the 2018 Wanderlust World Guide Awards, Garth is the real deal, with guests calling him “the best – hands down”. Born in Zimbabwe, he caught the wildlife bug at the tender age of five. When he passed his Guide’s Proficiency Exam in 1998, he was the youngest person ever to attain the elite credential.

Although lauded as a safari specialist, Garth is now something of a global expert – for which he credits National Geographic. “My parents bought hundreds dating back to the 1950s from another family. I’ve spent a lifetime learning about the natural world.”

Aided by the proliferation of private jets, Garth is now able to lead you on pan-African, pan-South American, and pan-Asian trips. Whereas years ago, a single country safari could take up to six weeks, it’s possible now to see six countries in two weeks – and that’s when you want to be sure you have the best guide.