Daniel Dugmore

Born into a safari-loving family in Botswana, Destination Specialist Daniel worked as both a guide and a lodge manager in his home country before lending his expertise to the Africa Team at NWS.

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A Bit About Me

Exploring wild places and the inhabitants that live there has always been a motivating factor in my life. The ability to share that passion gives me a similar amount of joy. Growing up in Botswana surrounded by family who had all carved a path in the safari industry certainly left an impression on me. Some of my earliest memories are of holidays tagging along on mobile safaris and exploring the wildlife that Botswana is now so famous for.

After finishing school in the UK, I immediately moved back to Botswana to pursue my passion for safaris and Africa’s diverse natural history. I was initially managing a high-end lodge and went on to guide mobile safaris, canoe expeditions and photographic safaris through Botswana.

As an Africa specialist at NWS I continue to share my passion for Africa's wildlife and landscapes, and I take a great amount of joy in providing my clients with wildlife experiences that go beyond the imagination.

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Q & A with Daniel

Where have you travelled to in the last 12 months?

Kenya, Botswana and Namibia.

Where are you planning to travel in the next 12 months?

Botswana.

What is your first travel-related memory?

At age 6 or 7 I remember going on one of my Dad’s mobile safaris in Botswana. My twin sister and I became great friends with the clients’ children. It was an action-packed 3-week safari through the Okavango and up to Shakawe. There were mud fights in the drying-up waterholes, deep river crossings in our Land Rovers, learning how to pole a mokoro (dug-out canoe) and I witnessed my first lion hunt. A trip I will never forget!

Aisle or window seat?

Always window seat if I can. I am quite tall but I do like to see the views and landscape below.

Do you have any travel habits or rituals?

Photography used to be my profession, so I generally don’t go anywhere without a camera. I will usually come back with a local map and a bird book!

What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?

Exclusivity and independence. I’d much rather spend on hiring a good 4x4 and go camping in a remote place than hotels and good food.

What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?

Everyone who works at NWS is a wildlife expert for their particular region. It’s great to be surrounded by people who are all so knowledgeable and passionate about the world's wildlife.

What do you like doing outside of NWS?

I do a lot of photography; the Brighton area has some stunning sea and landscapes to photograph and I enjoy making large-format prints.

If you could do just one NWS safari, which one would it be?

Definitely one of the polar experiences. The Arctic and its wildlife are so far removed from anything that I have ever experienced. To see a wild polar bear would be fascinating.

Is there a standout destination in your mind?

I will always have a particular bias towards Botswana, however, every time I go to Namibia I am completely blown away by the country’s sheer enormity and the strangeness of the landscape and wildlife.

What is your best travel souvenir?

My Stanley coffee press.

What is the best travel advice you have received?

Don’t rush, take it slowly and spend quality time in the place you are visiting.

What is your spirit animal?

Elephant.

What is your favourite thing about working/living in Brighton?

There’s a lot to love about Brighton so it’s a tough question. I particularly enjoy the amazing sea and landscape that we have access to here.

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