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About Richard Avilino

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A lover of wild dogs, birdwatching and Kalahari summers, German-speaking private guide Richard Avilino was born and raised in Maun, the gateway to the wonders of the Okavango Delta. Captivated as child by the comings and goings of hippo, crocodile and birdlife along the banks of Thamalakane River where his grandfather farmed, Richard’s attraction to fauna and flora intensified while visiting his uncle, and later his brother, who both worked in the Delta.

With clear aspirations for the future, Richard obtained his professional guide’s license in 1998. And then a few years later to further himself – and satisfy his interests – Richard headed for Düsseldorf to add German to his portfolio of languages (English and Setswana) and later obtained an Advanced Birding certificate from South African Birdlife.

Richard’s knowledge of ecology and wildlife is encyclopaedic; at the same time he is affable, highly intelligent and, if you are so inclined, well-informed on current affairs in Africa. You can also add history, geology, botany, photography, orator, chef and multi-tasker to his collection of talents. One of his favourite activities is to walk on the wild side and track animals on foot, making his guest feel part of the African wilderness and the chase.

If you are looking for a guide to educate you in the synergy of the African wilderness, and to have great fun at the same time, then look no further. His fireside tales will keep you up all night, his passion for his “work” will enthral you and he is sure to elevate your safari from good to life-changing.

Guest feedback

"Richard is a leader and good company. He is a superb naturalist and woodsman, tracking and finding wild dogs, lions and leopards, putting us safely at close quarters with elephants, finding nocturnal creatures after dark and identifying a variety of birds as well as mammals. If we are fortunate enough to return we would want Richard to guide us again."

"Rich was absolutely amazing! His knowledge and instinct for tracking animals made the trip as special as it was. He is also very passionate about the area and the wildlife, which made the experience that much better. Rich's upbeat and generally happy personality meant everyone was smiling and laughing throughout the day."

"We thought that Richard was a consummate professional and a brilliant naturalist. He worked well with the variations of interests across group member, which must be a challenge. Our own experience was that we found that he communicated very effectively, but we were willing to ask for clarification when something was unclear. We always felt very safe. We would travel with Richard again in a heartbeat!"