Festus Mbinga

Festus grew up in Otjinene, a small village in the Kalahari Desert in eastern Namibia. His family was of Herero decent and they were economically pastoralist. As a child, Festus would tend the family’s free-ranging cattle. His school was also a few kilometres from home and these two factors ensured that he spent a great deal of his youth out in the bush.

His rural lifestyle changed when his father moved to Windhoek to take a job as a taxi driver in the Katatura District. Although he was now based in the city, Festus retained his passion for all things wild. After completing his schooling, Festus’ first job was as a cross-country driver. He would also act as a translator on these trips translating between guests and the local people. He was subsequently promoted to a lodge-based guiding position in the Ongava Reserve. The four years that he spent guiding in this big-game country was the platform from which Festus launched his career as a specialist guide.

When Wilderness Safaris opened the Skeleton Coast Camp in 2000 Festus was the natural choice to lead safaris in this living desert. After spending three-and-a-half years there, Festus joined the Explorations team where he started to lead cross-country safaris.

Festus has a profound knowledge and passion for Namibia and its people. He is an avid birdwatcher. Today, he remains as enthusiastic about sharing the diversity of Namibia as he did when he started out in the industry some two decades ago. He is an incredibly humble individual who ensures that all guests get the very most out of their stay in Namibia.

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    8/27/2021

    My wife and I used Intrepid Expeditions for our honeymoon and we can't say enough good things about Simon and the team! What immediately struck us was how knowledgeable and helpful they were. This was our first time going to Africa, and they helped us put together the right safari that worked with our budget. Even when COVID hit, the team gave us constant updates for our trip, and allowed... read more

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    7/26/2021

    Simon at Intrepid Expeditions was absolutely a gem to work with - he took care of all the arrangements and every schedule change that came along. Clear communication before, during and even after the trip. The trip was everything I hoped for because Simon took the time to find out who I was and what I wanted. I can't speak more highly of his efforts and the trip... read more

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    7/20/2021

    We had the most incredible time! South Africa was such a great choice. We fell in love with the country and can’t wait to return.

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    4/06/2020
  • I loved my experience in Africa arranged by intrepid expeditions. I had very specific requirements for my trip to Africa and this company was able to meet all my demands. Specifically, I wanted an interactive trip rather than a tourist experience and they made it as personal as possible while catering to my specific needs. I definitely would take another trip through them.

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    2/26/2020

    I loved my experience in Africa arranged by intrepid expeditions. I had very specific requirements for my trip to Africa and this company was able to meet all my demands. Specifically, I wanted an interactive trip rather than a tourist experience and they made it as personal as possible while catering to my specific needs. I definitely would take another trip through them.

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    Top notch. Simon and his team are phenomenal at their jobs, and put together an epic safari for my wife and I to celebrate our honeymoon. They worked with our agenda, made great recommendations, and helped us coordinate travel throughout the whole trip. Fantastic service and team.

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    2/04/2020

    Top notch. Simon and his team are phenomenal at their jobs, and put together an epic safari for my wife and I to celebrate our honeymoon. They worked with our agenda, made great recommendations, and helped us coordinate travel throughout the whole trip. Fantastic service and team.

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