Ultimate Safaris Namibia
A published scientist, conservationist and specialist guide, Tristan is the co-founder of Ultimate Safaris Namibia. His career began guiding river safaris in South Africa before managing a renowned safari camp in Namibia, whilst studying Natural Resource Management and qualifying as both a safari and hunting (never practiced as such) guide in Namibia. Tristan spent a number of years researching sandgrouse species as well as doing the first ever research on the Black mongoose, Namibia’s only endemic carnivore, before becoming a specialist guide leading safaris throughout southern and East Africa after founding Tou Safaris in 2003. In 2008 he co-founded Ultimate Safaris, which has grown into Namibia’s premier Conservation Travel company, employing more than 100 quality full time staff.
A passionate Namibian and son of veteran Namibian anti-apartheid political journalist, Tristan’s enthusiasm for Namibia, its people and the protection of the environment is at the forefront of everything he does. He is the founder of the Conservation Travel Foundation, which now raises in excess of ZAR 2 million for conservation and rural development projects annually, and also co-founded the NATH Education Trust, which since its inception 8 years ago, has raised ZAR 5.5 million for the training of Namibian guides as well as the establishment of a blended learning platform (e-learning) for Namibian guides.
Tristan has served on the boards of the Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations, Namibian Academy for Tourism and Hospitality, Advisory Board to the Namibian University of Science and Technology Natural Resource Management department and in 2007, at age 25, served as the youngest chairperson of the Tour and Safari Association of Namibia, a position he held for two years.