Drawn to wilderness, far flung locations and the wildlife that inhabits them, Alex caught the travel bug from his family early on with annual long distance trips in a camper van finding the hidden treasures of Europe. He has now visited around 40 countries on five continents for both work and travel.
Alex graduated with a degree in zoology from the University of Birmingham and has since led groups and expeditions, most notably in the Himalayas, Amazon and the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. He has lived in the African Bush whilst researching cheetah and is a Mountain Leader and qualified Safari Guide. In his travels, particularly in Central Asia and Africa, he has become fascinated by local culture and history. In his spare time he enjoys trekking, running or planning his next adventure.
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: It’s a dream job, working with people in amazing locations and sharing experiences. I’ve also been a client of Wild Frontiers in the past.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: Sharing experiences of the remote and wild with others and constantly learning new things from clients and the location that day.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador – it’s hard to describe! You have to go to know! Or anywhere in Southern Africa – the culture, people, environment and wildlife are pretty special.
Q: What has been your biggest travel highlight?
A: Getting chased by an elephant in South Africa on my Safari Guide assessment is a hard one to forget.
Q: What’s the craziest request you’ve ever had from a client?
A: It wasn’t really a request, but I once stayed up all night until dawn, keeping an eye on a bear that was sniffing around our camp.
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?
A: My binoculars… I have been known to be a bit of a bird nerd! Second would be a buff - so useful!
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: The Dalai Lama or Michael Palin.
Q: Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?
A: I turned down my share of shark’s fin soup at a posh restaurant in Hong Kong once - it’s a speciality in the Far East and I was made fully aware by waiters and customers alike!