Fascinating Wildlife Encounters

by Ecology.Africa

Public experiences are in English unless specified as otherwise

  • Location
    Kruger National Park , South Africa
  • Duration
    1h (Public) / 1h (Private)
  • Group Size
    Up to 12 guests (Public) / 20 guests (Private)
  • Language(s)
    • English


Join me for a tour of my most interesting experiences in the African bush over the last 20 years working as a conservationist. Moments that had a dramatic effect on me, moments I almost died and moments that just make you appreciate our incredible world. 

Public Experience Private/Custom Experience
Who You will be one of several joining the experience from across the globe. Exclusive experience for you and/or your party
Interaction You will get a chance to ask questions, however, the guide will be attending to all participants. You will get more one on one time with your guide throughout the experience.
Experience Standard, curated for the public. You can make custom requests to your interests.
When Choose from an available time. Choose from an available time slot or request a specific date and time.
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Preparing for your Experience

There is no preparation needed for this experience. If you have any questions about Southern African nature, I will gladly answer them during the tour. For any specific topic discussion please select the private tour option and we discuss a custom tour. 

Meet Your Guide

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Stephan Van Straaten

Stephan has been a conservationist all his life, even though he only got the qualification 8 years ago. Stephan completed his Honours in ecology from Witwatersrand University and Field guide qualification from FGASA. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Ecology.Africa, a conservation NPO focused on experiential education and conservation investment. 


  • John I - Voyager

    Stephan was such an amazing and engaging tour guide! His tour definitely makes you wish that you were actually there in SA but this is still a wicked cool alternative. I also don't know how these guys are cool with getting that up close and personal with lions because I got freaked just hearing them growl and I'm on the other side of the country haha!!

    Of course this isn't the same as actually being there but the tour guides are amazing at making you feel like you actually are. Thanks again, Stephan!

  • Susan L - Voyager

    Stephan was an amazing tour guide. He gave us a great experience with beautiful photos and unique stories about his close encounters with wildlife. 

  • Michael G - Adventurer

    Fascinating stories of wildlife encounters with the big five.  Great pics and videos.  Highly recommend this tour.  Mike G 

  • Norman L - Wanderer

    My expectations of this virtual experience were low going into it. I thought I was spending $20 on something I could see on one of the Wild Kingdom TV channels like National Geographic

    I was wrong this was much more. Stephan our guide took us a trip through his own pictures and videos from the thousands of hours he has explored these area as part of his job as an ecologist. His personnel experience, some of them very harrowing, just added so much more to the experience and the closeness he gets to these wild  animals is astounding.

    I highly recommend this tour.

  • Herb C - Wanderer

    Stephan Van Straaten our guide was great!  I would have loved to have seen more!!

  • Tina T - Voyager


    the event was greaaaaaaat! Stephan is an absolutely super guide! Please tell him, that all of the participants were grateful to hear his stories! He was absolutely well prepared, had a lot of humour and shared a lot of knowledge with us. Absolutely great! Words fail me – we were all very very happy to have this tour with him. I can recommend this tour to evryone who is interested in nature, animals and life in Southafrika! A MUST TO HAVE PARTICIPATED…

    Best regards,