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 guided wildlife trips in over 150 countries on all seven continents. He combines a legendary energy and enthusiasm with a broad knowledge of all aspects of natural history, gained from three decades spent in the pursuit of the world’s mammals, birds, reptiles and coral reef fishes. Indeed, having seen over 8,900 species of birds, 1,000 mammals and 2,000 coral reef fishes, he will likely experience 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 and spent his family vacations in the games reserves of Zululand. It was here that the foundation was laid for a lifelong passion for wildlife and wild places and, in 1996, a “short break” to cycle across South America from Buenos Aires to Cusco led to two years spent guiding at eco-lodges in the Amazon and doing bird surveys in the Andes. He returned to Africa to start a birding travel company, before joining Peter Harrison and Shirley Metz, to assist in expanding their global portfolio of natural history destinations. An accomplished photographer, Jonathan’s images have appeared in many books and magazines, and he has co-authored birding site guides to Uganda, Southern Africa and Madagascar.

“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

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands (January 3–22, 2019) green arrow linking to Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

Travel to the best wildlife spots with our expert expedition team on this small-ship cruise.

Raja Ampat (February 19 – March 6, 2019) green arrow linking to Raja Ampat

Snorkel, dive and explore the waters, beaches and karst formations of the acclaimed Raja Ampat archipelago, the global center of marine diversity.

Raja Ampat (March 13–28, 2019) green arrow linking to Raja Ampat

Snorkel, dive and explore the waters, beaches and karst formations of the acclaimed Raja Ampat archipelago, the global center of marine diversity.

Tanzania's Serengeti (May 6–18, 2019) green arrow linking to Tanzania's Serengeti

The great migration is a spectacle to behold, but to witness it first-hand from the finest tented camps, set in the heart of the action, is unbeatable!

Uganda (May 21 – June 1, 2019) green arrow linking to Uganda

Combine Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park with Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’s endangered Mountain Gorillas on this comprehensive exploration.

Congo & Rwanda (July 10–23, 2019) green arrow linking to Congo & Rwanda

Congo’s Western Lowland Gorillas and Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas alongside an incredible variety of other primates, Forest Elephant and Giant Forest Hog.

Russian Arctic with Wrangel Island (August 10–23, 2019) green arrow linking to Russian Arctic with Wrangel Island

See Polar Bears and Pacific Walrus on Wrangel Island, visit Chukotka’s indigenous villages, and look for Gray Whales in the Chukchi and Bering Seas.

China: Sichuan & Tibetan Plateau (October 14–27, 2019) green arrow linking to China: Sichuan & Tibetan Plateau

Search the bamboo forests and alpine grasslands of China’s Sichuan province for Red Panda, Pallas’s Cat and fabulous pheasants.

Chile to Tahiti (March 17 – April 10, 2020) green arrow linking to Chile to Tahiti

A South Pacific odyssey with awe-inspiring scenery, world-class snorkeling, huge concentrations of seabirds, and fascinating history at both Easter and Pitcairn Islands.

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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.