safari guide, naturalist, botanist and archaeologist
Ralph comes from a long line of African pioneers and adventurers. His family have guided safaris for four generations. Ralph’s father, Jack, grew up hunting crocodiles in Tanganyika and was one of the first Great White Hunters to turn his back on hunting to become a conservationist. Ralph studied Nature Conservation and did his thesis on the 'Wattled Crane as an Indicator Species of Wetland Destruction' before furthering his studies in Wisconsin under the famous George Archibald. From his early childhood he was surrounded by Zu/’hoasi Bushmen, speaking their complicated click-based language, exploring the Kalahari and learning from them how to hunt. So it was no surprise that he would go on to establish four luxury safari camps in the place he calls home: San Camp, Planet Baobab, Camp Kalahari and the original Jack's Camp, built in memory of his father (on the site of Jack’s original, and considerably more rustic, camp from the 60’s). A master tracker and wonderful storyteller today Ralph draws on both his own lifetime of experience and his family’s deep-rooted history to provide in-depth and utterly authentic African experiences as a private guide throughout Africa. He knows the Pans better than almost anyone else in Botswana, has an affinity with the Delta, and a very special relationship with the Zu/'hoasi people of the Western Kalahari. He is one of the best (and most charming) guides in Africa, and a real Botswana expert - he's been there all his life, and has dedicated himself to knowing all there is to know about it's people, it's fauna, it's flora and it's ancient past.