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  • In November, 2013, I organized a private, invitation only safari to Botswana for friends and family of friends. Our guide on this adventure was Lee Gutteridge. Lee made our adventure an delightful experience from start to end. His knowledge of the wildlife is profound, moreover is a charming companion with unflagging good humour. Our local guide and crew were incredible, providing us with first class service and unbelievable food in very primitive circumstances.

    I am leaving very shortly for South Africa for another adventure with Lee that I have no doubt will be as rewarding as the previous. I cannot praise him enough.

    • Van Harris
  • “We were privileged to have a day walk with Lee in the Lowveld bush last year. We hardly noticed the time passing and his observations and knowledge kept us riveted. He sees things in the bush which completely escaped us.
     
    Our questions were answered with patience and fascinating detail which made the walk extremely interesting and educational.  We all came away inspired to further our own knowledge of our environment
     
    It is an experience never to be missed”

    • Clifford Green
  • We had the greatest pleasure of meeting Lee in May 2013 when our family went to South Africa for a 14 day safari, where Lee was one of our main guides. On first meeting him we knew that our safari was going to be a very special one, and indeed, it turned out to be the most incredible experience of our lifetimes, mainly due to Lee’s efforts/talents/skills/knowledge. He is a very experienced guide who knows SO much about animals and their behaviour, the local environment, plant life, culture and history, and about conservation (among many other things). He has immense passion, enthusiasm and respect for the bush and for wildlife, and everything in between, which makes any experience with Lee a truly memorable one. He works well with other guides/staff, respectful of their unique talents, skills and knowledge, utilizing them effectively to enhance the group’s experiences.

    Lee went out of his way to provide us with many unique opportunities such as target shooting with rifles, setting up photo cameras in the bush to observe the behaviour of some animals, looking at the stars/planets in the southern hemisphere through a powerful telescope, visiting the white lion project, to name just a few. Every day was filled with new adventures, learning, socializing, and sheer fun! Each day we felt we’d had the best day ever and couldn’t imagine it getting any better, but then the next day would present itself with new experiences that rivaled the day before, and so it went. 14 days of incredible, unique experiences. 14 days is a lot of time to make each and every day special, but Lee managed to do it! What is so wonderful about Lee is that he makes you feel as though he is seeing and experiencing everything for the first time, that he is on an adventure with you. He has such enthusiasm for the environment he works in that it is infectious. He really wants you to have the best experience possible, making the most of each and every moment of each and every day, generously sharing his knowledge, skills and enthusiasm with you. He worked very hard to make our experience such an incredible one. He is also very flexible, and will take advantage of any opportunities that come along, able to re-adjust plans as needed. He also accommodated the interests of the group – for example, 2 in our group were doctors and so he took us on a walking tour to describe the medicinal uses of some of the local plants/trees. There were many such examples of Lee molding our experience to suit our interests.

    On this safari there were 9 participants from different parts of the world, ranging in age from 22 to 68 years, and each of us felt the same way – that this was the most amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience, in large part due to Lee. Some participants had been on previous safaris, and their comment was – “this one blows them right out of the water!” Our experience was SO fabulous that we subsequently asked Lee to be our guide on a tiger safari in India this Oct 2014– the only person we would want to have as our guide. If anyone can track a tiger, it is Lee! But we know if we don’t see any tigers, we will certainly see many other things, learn SO much about that environment, and have another amazing adventure. Our African safari was an experience beyond even our wildest dreams. We plan on many more adventures with Lee. We highly recommend him as a guide extraordinaire!

    • Gilda Mahabir, David Briggs, William Briggs, Julia Briggs
  • Lee was my guide for a private Rockjumper Birding tour of eastern South Africa, including Kruger National Park, the Zulu battlefields, and the Drakensberg Mountains. His expertise in fields beyond birds and nature, especially in cave art and South African history, made this trip very special. Moreover, his patience in helping me deal with my eyesight limitations was amazing. He’s also an expert nature photographer who is more than willing to help you improve your technique. Lee is by far the best all-around guide I have ever had. Because of him, I hope to someday return to Africa. His depth of feeling for Africa and all its inhabitants is infectious.

    • Anonymous
  • This is a few words to thank Lee for being our tour guide on the eastern part of our recent Rockjumper birding tour of South Africa, he was just something else. He made our trip the success that it was. Not only were his birding skills brilliant, which was essential for this trip, but also his mammal knowledge was outstanding, especially tracks and poo. If you want to know anything about animal poo Lee is your man, what he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing.

    In fact his enthusiasm for poo reminded me somewhat of the enthusiasm of David Bellamy (a British TV naturalist) for plants and insects. Seriously though, a great guy to be leading a tour for us in Africa, whether it be birding or the animals, or the actual history and geological features of areas we visited, of which he kept us informed. When an emergency came up he rose to the occasion with the calmness and confidence one would expect of an experienced tour leader.

    He is a friendly, easy going guy with a great sense of humour, and his culinary skills on the braai (bbq) are second to none, especially when faced with the dilemma of the only places to eat being closed for refurbishment. I would certainly travel with Lee again and I thoroughly recommend him as a tour guide.

    Thanks Lee.

    • John Sutherby, Essex, England
  • Lee was my guide for a private Rockjumper Birding tour of eastern South Africa, including Kruger National Park, the Zulu battlefields, and the Drakensberg Mountains. His expertise in fields beyond birds and nature, especially in cave art and South African history, made this trip very special. Moreover, his patience in helping me deal with my eyesight limitations was amazing. He’s also an expert nature photographer who is more than willing to help you improve your technique. Lee is by far the best all-around guide I have ever had. Because of him, I hope to someday return to Africa. His depth of feeling for Africa and all its inhabitants is infectious.

    • Catherine Dippo, from the USA
  • Our trip to Botswana in the fall of 2013 was greatly enhanced by our two guides (a local from Botswana and his partner, Lee Gutterridge) – they worked together as a team and between them, we were able to see and learn about far more than members of our small tour group could have managed on our own. Lee was patient and pleasant and extremely knowledgeable. His tracking abilities were amazing. We were a group of amateur zoologists from the Memphis Zoo, so we arrived with high expectations that were far exceeded. We would ask for Lee again as a guide if we get the opportunity to travel where he is working.

    • Kay & George Owen, Beaufort, SC