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Jeremia Mwapopi, Wilderness Safaris Guide
“Guiding in Namibia – my homeland”
Safari Guide Jeremia Mwapopi was born in northern Owamboland, Namibia. He recalls lending a hand as a young boy, working on the cultivation of millet crops and herding cattle. His father was based in Etosha National Park where he worked for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Jeremia spent many a happy school holiday there.
With his education behind him, Jeremia met the well-known rhino veterinarian, Dr Peter Morkel, who employed him as his veterinary assistant. This introduction was key in reaffirming Jeremia’s passion for nature and gave him a foot on the ladder. The two men met again a few years later when Jeremia helped Dr. Morkel with capturing game in Botswana and South Africa.
On his return to Namibia in 1998, Jeremia worked as a game capture supervisor and veterinary assistant . He went on to study hotel management in 2000 with Namib Sun Hotels and became a guide with CC Africa. Jeremia joined the Wilderness Safaris team in 2008 where he still works today. Studying in his spare time to become a specialised guide at the Namibian Academy for Tourism and Hospitality.
Jeremia is regarded as one of the best “explorations guides” in the Wilderness Safaris – Namibia fold by colleagues in the industry. He carries a deep knowledge of the geology of Namibia, the country’s endemic species from bugs, to birds to botanicals. He’s very seasoned in the behaviour of big game especially the rare desert adapted species (rhino, lion, giraffe and elephant).
Jeremia is regularly called on by professional photographers to lead their groups and is used by the Zambezi team for our specialist trips in Namibia….here’s an example of our Namib Desert exploration.
A staunch supporter of the notion that the experiences we encounter in Namibia are as diverse and rare as the landscapes and wildlife. From the vast seas of sand that sprawl along the iconic Atlantic coastline; the rare desert-adapted elephants to the evolution of cultural influences of South Africa, Germany and Britain resulting in the multi-cultural character of the Namibia of today.
To quote Jeremia…
“To explore Namibia is to discover one of the world’s most remote areas, a real journey of discovery.” “Nature is my home… conservation my pillow, wildlife is my media and my office? Well it has to be the trees of course”.
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