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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    The safari experience at Sabi Sands was definitely a highlight. It was so surreal to be so close to these animals in the wild. We also didn’t realize we would be offroading to find the animals. We learned that Sabi sands allows that and...
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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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    2/26/2020

    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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    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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    My husband and I recently returned from a thrilling trip to Africa. This trip fulfilled a life long desire to see wild animals in their natural habitat. It truly exceeded my expectations. Simon Gluckman of Intrepid Expeditions listened to our requests and planned a fabulous 13 day adventure. We traveled to four different camps. Not only did we see many animals we also visited a village, ... read more

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    Mary Clement
    10/17/2019

    My husband and I recently returned from a thrilling trip to Africa. This trip fulfilled a life long desire to see wild animals in their natural habitat. It truly exceeded my expectations. Simon Gluckman of Intrepid Expeditions listened to our requests and planned a fabulous 13 day adventure. We traveled to four different camps. Not only did we see many animals we also visited a village, ... read more

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    Hey Simon,

    So sorry it's been so long to get in touch.

    We're still beaming from the trip! We can't say thank you enough for the incredible tour you organized. It was 5 star from the moment we opened the conversation with you. You and your team took so much care to get the details right and it was felt every exhilarating bump of the 4X4 track through the desert! The accommodations...
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