slide of expedition leader Jonathan Rossouw

Jonathan Rossouw

I’m a biodiversity junkie and nothing gives me greater joy than sharing my passion for wildlife with others.

slide of expedition leader Jonathan Rossouw with a Tasmanian wombat at cradle mountain national park

After almost an hour watching this peacefully grazing Common Wombat in Tasmania's picturesque Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, he suddenly sauntered over to inspect me.

India and Nepal wildlife safari slide shows a bengal tiger drinking water

An unforgettable day in Kanha National Park, the heartland of India’s Deccan Plateau, brought us face-to-face with Asia’s apex predator, the impossibly sexy Bengal Tiger.

slide of Kri island Indonesia splendid dottyback

Glamorous. Rare. Elusive. This Splendid Dottyback, seen whilst snorkeling at Kri Island in Raja Ampat, exemplifies the sheer exhilaration of exploring Earth’s marine biodiversity capital.

Uganda safari tour slide shows mountain gorilla

While sunning themselves on the edge of the forest, this baby Mountain Gorilla pretended to pick tea leaves in the plantation! Presumably, she had watched the tea pickers in action.

Ecuador adventure tours slide shows a Banded Ground Cuckoo

Epitomizing the hope of survival in the face of a precarious future, a female Banded Ground Cuckoo is watched by her still dependent fledgling.

slide of expedition leader Jonathan Rossouw showing a camera to a nomadic Himba girl

The immediacy of digital photography presents wonderful opportunities for sharing a connection, as this encounter with a statuesque Himba girl in Namibia reveals.

Expedition Leader Jonathan Rossouw

Jonathan Rossouw is one of the world’s most experienced expedition leaders, having spent the past 25 years guiding wildlife trips in over 150 countries on all seven continents. He combines a legendary energy and enthusiasm with a broad knowledge of natural history, gained from a lifetime spent in pursuit of the world’s mammals, birds, reptiles and coral reef fishes. Indeed, having seen over 9,000 species of birds, 1,000 mammals and 2,000 coral reef fishes, he has the dubious distinction of having experienced more species of vertebrate animals than anyone in history! A medical doctor by training, Jonathan was born and raised on South Africa’s east coast. After a “short break” from medicine to cycle across South America led to an epiphany about the conservation benefits of ecotourism, he returned to South Africa and started a birding travel company, before expanding into the world of global, conservation-focused expedition travel that now dominates his life.

"When it comes to expedition travel, in particular, one needs to be led by a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, entertaining and confidence-inspiring professional. We have yet to meet anyone quite like Jonathan who so completely ticks all these boxes!!"

-Pat G., Durban

Jonathan's Expeditions

Emperor Penguins of the Bellingshausen Sea (October 31 – November 19, 2021) green arrow linking to Emperor Penguins of the Bellingshausen Sea

Cross the Antarctic Circle aboard a hybrid electric icebreaker to the pristine west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, home to massive Emperor Penguin colonies.

Kenya (December 2-15, 2021) green arrow linking to Kenya

Seek Africa’s iconic wildlife at four distinct private conservancies where the savannah remains wild. A Kenyan journey evoking the flavor of old safari days.

Seychelles (April 15–27, 2022) green arrow linking to Seychelles

An immersive Indian Ocean voyage from historic Zanzibar to the sculpted granitic perfection of the Seychelles, via the marine mecca of Aldabra Atoll.

Amazonian Brazil (June 2 – 18, 2022) green arrow linking to Amazonian Brazil

Cruise deep into the heart of the Amazon from Manaus to Santarém at the peak of the annual flood, searching for rare and sought-after primates and birds.

Secret South Africa (July 3 – 18, 2022) green arrow linking to Secret South Africa

An insider’s guide to the best South Africa has to offer: dramatic scenery, outstanding wildlife, endemic flora, and fascinating cultural history.

Western Australia (August 19 – September 7, 2022) green arrow linking to Western Australia

A grand transect of Australia’s wild west coast—pristine reefs, historic archipelagos, seabird bonanzas, and Aboriginal art in the Kimberley’s red sandstone wilderness.

Western Mongolia (September 22 – October 8, 2022) green arrow linking to Western Mongolia

Attend the Golden Eagle Festival, stay in traditional ger camps, photograph wild horses, and search for Snow Leopards in the lower-altitude Altai Mountains.

Pape'ete to Valparaíso (October 20 – November 13, 2022) green arrow linking to Pape'ete to Valparaíso

An epic 25-day journey that includes the Austral, Pitcairn, Easter, and rarely-visited Alexander Selkirk and Robinson Crusoe Islands, before ending in Valparaíso, Chile.

Spice Islands, Raja Ampat & West Papua (March 18 – April 2, 2023) green arrow linking to Spice Islands, Raja Ampat & West Papua

Stroll colorful spice markets on historic, rarely-visited islands, swim with graceful Whale Sharks, snorkel over vibrant coral reefs and seek the Red Bird of Paradise.

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Biodiversity, 'tis the Spice of Life…

The term “biological diversity” was first coined in the 1960s to describe the degree of variation of life, with its contracted form “biodiversity” only coming into general parlance by the mid-1980s. Simply stated, biodiversity is the sum total of all life on Earth, or the wealth of species, ecosystems, and ecological processes that make up our living planet. It has been argued that biodiversity has a value in and of itself, and an ability to appreciate this value may be one of the traits that makes us human.