PARTNERS > MICHAEL LORENTZ
Michael Lorentz is passionate about wildlife, the wilderness and elephants in particular. His bush career started in 1985 in the Timbavati Game Reserve, followed by 15 years guiding in the Okavango Delta, several of them as Managing Director of Elephant Back Safaris and Abu Camp. Michael now lives in Cape Town with his family.
Having guided for 30 years, this remains his first professional love and he personally leads safaris throughout Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia, Chad, Uganda, Rwanda and East Africa. Whilst Michael is a pan-African specialist, he works closely with expert guides in other wilderness areas worldwide and arranges trips beyond Africa’s shores that could be ticked-off on many a bucket-list, including Antarctica and the Galápagos.
Over the last five years, Michael has been actively involved in helping African Parks establish Camp Nomade in Chad’s Zakouma National Park. One of Africa’s least known yet finest photographic safari destinations, Zakouma has allowed Michael to indulge his other passion – photography. His work has been featured in several publications, as well as at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. His knowledge of photography combined with his deep understanding of animal behaviour, adds a further dimension to his safaris as he aids guests in the shot-and-capture of that elusive image.
Michael also co-founded Safarious, a global online platform for those both serious and curious about the world’s wild places, and was named to the Travel and Leisure A-List of Top Travel Agents since 2014.
An accomplished naturalist and committed conservationist, Michael provides his guests with a dazzling insight into the intricacies of Africa’s wilderness. In the words of one guest, “Michael does not take you for a walk in the African bush; rather he takes you for a walk with it. Until you have experienced the contrast, you won’t know what I am talking about. But believe me; it makes - quite literally the world of difference. I saw, heard, smelt, touched and even tasted an Africa that I, a son of the continent, never knew was there.”
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