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From an early age, Markus' passion for the outdoors and traveling was fueled by his father stories who was a globetrotter and guide for many years. While growing up in South Africa many holidays were spent in the bush. His career started in 2003 when we worked as a volunteer in Botswana at a horse safari and fishing lodge. Back then they were called "slaves" and work consisted of anything from digging holes to folding dinner napkins. He quickly rose up the ranks shadowing reputable safari guides and learning the tricks of the trade.
Thirteen years later Markus is a fully qualified safari guide who focuses mainly on walking and horse safaris. His drive to explore new and remote areas has led him to live in some of the most pristine areas and work for a handful of the top safari operators. Whether it be the chimpanzees of Mahale, the orchids of Nyika Plateau or the meerkats of the Makgadikgadi, Markus has had the privilege to live with them all. He has worked and guided in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya soaking up the rich diversity of the various flora and fauna. He has also managed luxury safari camps, run conservation and research projects as well as setting up horse safaris and tourist activities and has been heavily involved in guide training.
He is a qualified South African and Zambian safari guide, grew up bilingual (German and English) and holds a degree in Nature Conservation as well as in emergency medical care. His other passions in life are working with horses, photography, fly fishing, surfing and scuba diving.
"My favourite aspect about walking safaris is how it changes your perception of the environment. With no glass or metal in the way, one is able to feel one's surroundings more on a personal level and the small things that are often overlooked can be suddenly appreciated. Yes it is always fun to bump into an elephant on foot but there is so much more going on and makes us realize that we are still a part of this environment."
Follow Markus on Safarious, and Instagram @markuscoerlin.