Born in Antananarivo, Patrick loved traveling from a young age. He developed his passion for nature and wildlife on his multiple family holidays as a teenager. It was then no surprise that he began studying at the National Tourism and Hotel Management Institute in 1991 after finishing high school. Patrick then trained to be a tour leader in Kenya in 2010. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to lead tours with a huge range of people, with varying nationalities and interests. Over the course of his twelve years as a tour leader, Patrick has received amazing feedback from many of his clients.
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: After studying at the National Tourism and Hotel Management Institute I decided to tour lead to allow me to discover remote locations and do what I am passionate about.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: I love meeting new people, sharing knowledge with others and above all, making their holidays a once in a lifetime experience. Every tour is a new challenge.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: Without a doubt Marojejy National Park (North East of Madagascar) as it combines breath-taking landscape, lush and green vegetation and is home to the rare, beautiful and endangered primate, the ‘Silky Sifaka’.
Q: What was your biggest travel highlight?
A: Being a tour guide for the CEO of the National Geographic in Madagascar in 2015, an incredible and unforgettable experience.
Q: What’s the craziest request you’ve ever had from a client?
A: A client has offered me money to help find a Parsonii chameleon so they could take it home with them. Not only is this illegal but it’s totally irresponsible!
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?
A: It might be weird but I have to have my laptop on any trip as it is my Wikipedia, full of useful information, crucial when running tours.