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Francois was born in Windhoek, where he spent the majority of his childhood. Francois developed a passion for nature during his holidays on the farm near Otjimbingwe and he went on to study Travel and Tourism at Illiongwe College. After graduation he decided to specialize in guiding in order to share his love for the country and its inhabitants with guests coming to experience the splendor of Namibia for themselves. He therefore went on to attend guide training courses at NATH (Namibian Association of Travel and Hospitality) where he received the top level guiding certificate, which then qualified him to act as a National guide within Namibia.
His father originally moved to Windhoek to become a well-respected businessman and the president of the National Small Miners Association before he passed away. His mother, originally from the small town of Otjimbingwe, where she studied to become a pastor.
Francois has worked for a variety of tourism companies which has given him extensive experience of various parts of the country, including the Kalahari,
Damaraland and Etosha. He has also worked as a national guide specializing in camping safaris operated in the more remote areas of the country which
allowed him to get to know areas outside those in which he had already worked as a resident lodge guide.
Having developed the experience required to guide on specialist naturalist safaris, he approached Ultimate Safaris in 2015 as he believed becoming a guide there would offer him the best possible opportunity to interact with the sort of guests who would most appreciate the insights he could provide on the experiences they would have when on safari. This has worked out extremely well for all concerned and he has shown the confidence and enthusiasm required to provide excellent safaris with extremely positive feedback from the guests he has taken out.
Francois is a professional, personable, and caring guide who has fitted in extremely well with the existing team of guides, and he has proved to be an absolute delight to travel with.