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Albie Venter studied Nature Conservation in Cape Town, and has been involved in professional wildlife guiding, wildlife management and eco-tourism for the past twelve years. He has been a member of the Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA) throughout his career, and holds both Level 3 and SKS-DA (special knowledge and skills – Dangerous Animals) qualifications in addition to Bronze Level Guiding Certificate of the Kenyan Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). Albie is a registered Field Guide Assessor for FGASA and Birdlife South Africa, and conducts regular guide assessments for these two organisations.

An avid Conservationist, he earned his stripes as a wildlife guide in the pristine Lowveld region of South Africa’s Limpopo province adjacent to the internationally renowned Kruger National Park, later moving on to manage Game Lodges and Safari Camps in both South and East Africa with his wife Freda. Guiding has taken him to many Southern and East African countries and regions - from the rugged Cederberg Mountains of South Africa’s Cape floral kingdom interpreting the ancient rock-art of the legendary Bushman, to leading walking safaris amongst the wildlife herds of East Africa in pursuit of big game.

Albie is a keen photographer with photographs published in several nature based magazines including Africa Geographic, Getaway, Southern African Country Life and East African Travel News, while several of his articles have appeared in Africa Birds and Birding. In addition he received a highly commended certificate in the 2008 Fuji Wildlife Photographer of the year competition - South Africa’s premium wildlife photographic competition. He was also the winner of both the 2008 Africa Geographic “Caught in the Act” photographic competition and East African Travel News’ "Expressions of Africa" competition.

As a photographer he is keenly aware of the effort required to create a great image, and with this in mind is able to anticipate the best possible photo-taking positions for his guests. He also hosts Africa Unlocked photo-safaris, demystifying the complexities of sophisticated digital cameras for their owners.

Albie nurtures an interest in all aspects of wildlife, from invertebrates to the big and hairies - but birds hold a special place in his heart.