Franco Morao was born on 7th August 1983 on a remote farm on the outskirts of a Namibian town called Gobabis. At the age of two he entered a children’s home (the SOS Children’s Village) in Windhoek, where he stayed for most of his school life.
On completion of secondary school in 2002, and by a stroke of incredible timing, Wilderness Safaris' Children In The Wilderness programme approached the SOS Children's Home to bring some of the kids out into the wilderness to experience their country's natural wonders. In this group was a young, ambitious and eager Franco. His passion for the natural fauna and flora shone from his eyes as the bus arrived in Sossusvlei with the joyful kids. After receiving mentorship skills from a Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang camp mentor, Franco was enlisted as a tent leader. After seeing the guides at work, he was sure that this was what he wanted to be.
In 2004 his dedication and passion to complete all the internal training that Wilderness Safaris offered led to him being appointed as a trainee guide at the same lodge that his life-changing experience took place. After eight months of working through all the departments at the lodge, the Training Department assessed him as a guide and he passed. He went on to pass his intermediate level in 2006 and gained his advanced level while guiding on the Ongava Private Game Reserve in 2010.
He continued with his national guiding courses and graduated with a Level 3 National Guiding Certificate in 2012 (the highest possible level in Namibia). He has worked in all the areas in which Wilderness Safaris operates in Namibia and also occasionally leads overland tours with a guide colleague.
• (2004-2007) Sossusvlei area
• (2008-2010) Serra Cafema
• (8months) Skeleton Coast Camp
• (2010-2013) Ongava Game Reserve
• (CITW 2005-2009) Palmwag, Hoanib Camp, Rhino Camp and Damaraland Camp
Overall Franco has been a guide with Wilderness Safaris for more than nine years, gaining extensive knowledge of Namibia. Franco is still actively involved in the Children in the Wilderness programme where he is currently a camp director. He has attended these camps every year since 2002. He is very keen and passionate about his work, loves meeting and socialising with people and enjoys exercising and outdoor activities. He is currently learning Italian, Spanish and German to be able to better communicate with guests and hopefully lead these nationalities on tours as well. He is also working on becoming a specialist guide.