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Rob Barber Safari Guide
Born in Tanzania’s southern highlands, Rob Barber has early recollections of family camping trips into the bush in the Ruaha National Park and attributes his love of the wilderness and African wildlife to these childhood memories. In the bush at an early age, he was always fascinated by signs of the wild, tracking and watching animal behaviour. All of this was, and still remains a huge jigsaw puzzle of never-ending information which Rob uses to communicate his love of the bush to his guests on safari.
After completing his education Rob spent a season working at a lodge owned by family friends in Ruaha National Park. It was here that he first started guiding guests, and learned the ropes of the safari industry…
By day he would lead game drives with his tracker Bahati or be in camp making sure that everything was running smoothly. By night, he would entertain guests or have his nose deep in a books to improve his knowledge of the wildlife, wilderness and languages of Africa. In Ruaha as a young man, he was at his happiest and soon realised he was hooked – he wanted a life working and guiding in the African bush.
Africa was his passion and Rob wanted to study a degree which would allow him to turn this love into a career. He left Africa for university in Bristol in the UK where he studied for and obtained a Bachelors with Honours in Business.
Within three months of graduating from university Rob was on a roller-coaster… he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), had received an offer to take up a position running safaris in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and made the move back home to the African bush, albeit to a different destination.
Rob Barber, guide extraordinaire, Botswana
Rob immediately fell in love with Botswana – the country, the wildlife and the wilderness… He spent the first year running five star mobile safaris for one of the leading safari companies in the country. This gave him a solid grounding, not only in the Botswana safari industry but also in the country as a whole. After his first year in Botswana, Rob went on to write his professional guiding qualifications and obtained his licence to guide.
Rob’s says his favourite pursuits out in the field are tracking leopard and following wild dogs on a hunt.
During his first year Rob started working with the Ju!hoasi Khoi San Bushmen of the Western Kalahari, with whom he retains an excellent relationship. One of Rob’s specialties is leading anthropological safaris out to the Ju!hoasi where guests gain an insight into their incredible hunter/gatherer culture – an amazing experience.
Today Rob has more than ten years guiding experience under his belt. He’s guided clients from all over the world through Botswana’s magical areas: the Okavango, Chobe, Kalahari and Linyanti. He’s also taken many repeat clients to other countries such as Namibia, Zambia, Kenya and Gabon, exploring further and deeper. Rob works as director of Golden Africa, the company which he started up over a decade ago, running exclusive mobile safaris in the best game-viewing areas of Botswana.