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Albie Venter 

Based in South Africa, Albie Venter has been involved in professional wildlife guiding, wildlife management and eco-tourism since 1996.

Albie started his career in the South African Lowveld adjacent to the Kruger National Park, firstly as a guide and then together with his wife managed safari camps in East Africa before a stint in wildlife management. Guiding, his main passion, has taken him to many Southern and East African countries and regions.

Albie and his wife Freda started Africa Unlocked in 2009, specializing in privately guided safari and wildlife photography. He also leads specialist wildlife safaris for selected agents worldwide and regularly visits countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda.

He regularly contributes images and articles on a variety of subjects to several nature-based publications both printed and digital, such as Africa Geographic, Wild Planet, Africa Birds and Birding, African Birdlife, WILD, Getaway, Southern African Country Life and East African Travel News.

He has also presented talks and lectures to audiences within Africa and abroad.

Memberships and Qualifications:

  • Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASALevel 3 and SKS-DA)
  • Kenyan Professional Safari Guides Association Bronze Level GuidingCertificate
  • National Diploma in Nature Conservation
  • Registered Field Guide Assessor for FGASA
  • ETDP Assessor

Freda Venter

Freda is co-founder and director of Africa Unlocked. A trained teacher by profession, Freda joined husband Albie in the tourism industry in 1998 where she has been involved in everything from administration to catering in the lodge industry. Together they game lodges in South Africa after which they moved to Kenya in 2004 where she were responsible for setting up a tented safari camp in the Masai Mara. Being a teacher by heart Freda started a Maasai school under an Acacia at the back of camps where she assisted rural Maasai to read and write. During her time in East Africa, she used the time to explore the region extensively. After teaching spells she joined the company full-time in 2015 and is responsible for office administration and making sure everything runs effortlessly. Freda specializes in tailoring South African itineraries and being a mother of two daughters she is well qualified to arrange family holidays.

Charles Delport

Charles Delport is the founder and owner of Nightjar Training, one of Africa’s newest and dynamic guide training and consulting companies based in the lowveld.

Charles has well over a decade of industry experience, ranging from bustling 5 star and Relais & Châteaux Lodges through to long-term FGASA Field Guide training courses, assessments and facilitation. With a background in Guiding & Lodge Management, and extensive experience in every level of a guiding Charles consistently maintains the highest standard of guiding.

Charles is a qualified (and passionate) birding specialist and an avid wildlife photographer. He is a fully qualified lead trails guide and always enjoys conducting interactive and informative bush walks in Big 5 areas. His career has also afforded him the ability to be extremely well-versed across a broad spectrum of topics within the Southern African natural environment – from Birding and Dangerous Game through to Astronomy, botany and history. Charles has guided and conducted guide training within Southern & Eastern Africa.

Charles holds the following industry qualifications:

  • FGASA Level 3
  • FGASA Lead Trails Guide
  • FGASA SKS Birding
  • ETDP Assessor
  • FGASA Assessor (Local Guide, Levels 1 – 3, Trails Guide, ARH, SKS Birding).
  • Diploma in Game Lodge Management
  • PFTC Range Officer & Shooting Supervisor certification

Mike Dexter

Mike Dexter is a professional wildlife photographer and specialist photographic safari guide. A fourth generation South African, he’s been exploring and photographing the most wild and remote corners of Africa for almost a decade. With a degree in photojournalism and a FGASA level II guiding qualification he’s able to tell compelling stories of the natural world through his images.

Mike has been widely published in a number of travel and wildlife magazines locally and internationally including cover articles in the Africa Geographic, Travel Africa, Practical Photography, Discovr Botswana and Discover Zambia. His work has also featured in newspapers in the USA and the UK and on various online platforms (social media aside).

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Plot 14 Kampersrus,
Hoedspruit,
Limpopo Province,
Republic of South Africa
(+27) 082 745 0522

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