Wilderness Safaris’ resident birding specialist, travel writer, photographer and naturalist Martin Benadie has arrived in Odzala where over the next six weeks he plans to do some proper exploring through this unique area. His aims for this trip will be to mentor the guiding team in Odzala, providing them with valuable knowledge and skills on forest birding and photography. Martin has spent the last couple of months compiling a detailed species checklist for the area and will no doubt add many more secretive and possibly unknown species to the list. Apart from this, Martin will be providing us with regular updates from the field… we look forward to sharing his experiences from this unknown land.
Martin was born in Zimbabwe and currently resides in South Africa. Growing up, he has always been fascinated by the natural world; today he works for Wilderness Safaris in myriad roles from guide (qualified southern African nature guide and birding specialist), environmental writer and photographer to digital post production. Being a fanatical birder, he guides birding trips each year to varied destinations ranging from India to Malawi but finds Africa’s blessed mammal fauna just as intriguing. In a southern African context he is a qualified DEAT/FGASA Level 3 and SKS (birding) guide.
Martin ably hosts photographic safaris as an avid bird photographer himself, and is knowledgeable in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and on both Canon and Nikon. Martin is also a published photo-journalist, getting into writing when he realised that he had spent the last 15 years travelling through some of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas and that there were many stories to tell. He thought that powerful prose and revealing imagery could play a part in environmental awareness around Africa, its prized natural history and conservation plights.
He is happiest spending his time wandering through off-the-beaten track places in Africa, the world’s last remaining ‘mega-wilderness’ in his opinion.