Learn about where we operate,
what we offer, the philosophy behind our company,
and who we are.
Nice and simple.
Where we operate
Frantic Naturalist Tours and Safaris is based in Windhoek, Namibia.
is the capital city of
and, with the main international airport nearby, the logical start-point for a
We conduct our tours throughout the country.
Swakopmund, Etosha, Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, Twyfelfontein, up to the Caprivi Strip … all over.
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Wildlife gather at a water point on Etosha's vast salt pan
We've put together a page about Namibia so that you can learn more about
what there is to experience in this fascinating African country.
What we do .
Our main focus is guided safaris through Namibia.
We're launching with a small selection of regular tours, but we sometimes organize special
once off safaris.
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We aim for a tour group size of anywhere between two and ten, but we're not limited to that.
We also prepare tailor made tours and self-drive
safaris around Namibia.
For more information, see our tours page.
Our Philosophy .
Our mission at Frantic Naturalist is to create
fascinating nature experiences.
We've been involved in tourism for a long time.
During most of our time in tourism, we've been guiding.
In many industries it's rather tricky or expensive to get
feedback from ones clients, but not in ours - guides spend
many, many hours in very close contact with clients.
Despite this fact, very few companies develop their products
by listening to their guides.
For us, using our knowledge base is the key to developing our tours.
Our knowledge of the country, Namibia, spans many years.
A big key is learning from the guests that we've interacted with.
We love hearing people's safari stories, and learn from every one.
Going forward this will remain important to how we adapt and develop our products.
The second component to our philosophy is focus.
Our interest is in really nature focused safaris and
on adventure tours.
So we focus our tours very specifically on those types of experiences.
We love sharing our knowledge and passion.
We do so on our tours and also on our
We'd love it if you'd check out the blog (and
if you're interested).
We run from special interest trips like desert ecology and birding through
to adventure experiences like hiking rugged trails.
Our focus is always on the experience!
Third, we want to run tours that are professional in every aspect.
This means good preparation, good vehicles, good equipment, great guides and a
solid back-up team.
Professional Namibia trips, focused on nature and developed according to what
we believe our guests love - that's us in a nutshell.
Aside from those core ideas, there is another aspect that we feel
We believe nature conservation and education is important for Namibia
and that we have a responsibility to give back.
As we grow, this aspect will grow as well.
But from the get-go we'd like to support one organization
that we feel is working in both conservation and education,
Who we are .
There's a little history in here, so that you can understand where we come from.
Frantic Naturalist Tours and Safaris is owned by Vernon
and Esmerelda Swanepoel.
We have many years experience in a range of different tourist activities in Namibia.
Vernon grew up in the dry northern parts of Kenya (in the middle of nowhere).
After studying Nature Conservation in South Africa he moved to Namibia in the
late nineties to start working as a tour guide.
From there he guided camping and accommodated tours through the country, did day
tours in Swakopmund, worked as the operations assistant for tours, assisted with
guided experiences with incentive groups.
Then he worked as a lodge guide, managed the guiding team and doing guide recruitment
and training, worked as an operation manager for a tour operation, a lodge assistant manager,
and managed an office in Windhoek for a large tour operator.
Vernon is passionate about nature.
He’s into birding and developing a keen interest in
Esmerelda has done reservations and tour consulting, lodge management, worked with incentive
groups and many admin responsibilities.
Esmerelda also has many years experience in small business management.
We work with various freelance
quality tour guides.
For specialist tours we also work with various specialists in
If you've got any questions, please contact us.
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