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Private Guiding & Planning

Join Painteddog.tv in Africa for the experience of a lifetime, all for the love of wildlife!

In the pursuit of an exceptional safari experience, the presence of an excellent itinerary and extraordinary guide become invaluable. With unwavering pride, we can say that Painteddog.tv’s Private Guides & Planner are some of the best that the safari world has to offer. These individuals can not only enhance your safari beyond your wildest imagination, but their profound expertise and passion ensure that even in their absence, they artfully curate an itinerary that unveils Africa’s wonders, leaving you awe-struck in the face of nature’s grandeur.

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your guides & Planner

the cream of the crop

Brent Leo-smith, Private Safari Guide

Brent has spent his entire life in the safari world in one form or another, and took it upon himself to embark on as many grand adventures through Africa as possible. A life, so far, about which an exciting book could and should be written.Born  in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, where his father Kevin was one of the founders of the now famed Phinda Private Game Reserve, Brent’s earliest memory is of being on foot with elephants. He spent the rest of his formative years in Botswana’s mesmerising Okavango Delta, navigating the crystal clear water ways amongst the hippos and crocodiles while lions and elephants watched from the banks.Brent has worked in crocodile capture in Zambia, anti-poaching and concession management in Tanzania, chimpanzee habituation in Gabon, guided at luxury safaris lodges throughout South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and was a wildlife television presenter for National Geographic before co-founding Painteddog.tv.Brent wears his passion for the African wilderness on his sleave and his guests cannot help but be swept up by his gregarious and enthusiastic nature.

Brent has spent his entire life in the safari world in one form or another, and took it upon himself to embark on as many grand adventures through Africa as possible. A life so far about which an exciting book could and should be written.

Born  in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, where his father Kevin was one of the founders of the now famed Phinda Private Game Reserve, Brent’s earliest memory is of being on foot with elephants. He spent the rest of his formative years in Botswana’s mesmerising Okavango Delta, navigating the crystal clear water ways amongst the hippos and crocodiles while lions and elephants watched from the banks.

Brent has worked in crocodile capture in Zambia, anti-poaching and concession management in Tanzania, chimpanzee habituation in Gabon, guided at luxury safaris lodges throughout South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and was a wildlife television presenter for National Geographic before co-founding Painteddog.tv.

Brent wears his passion for the African wilderness on his sleave and his guests cannot help but be swept up by his gregarious and enthusiastic nature.

gareth poole, Private Safari Guide

Gareth began his guiding career at &Beyond’s outstanding guide training programme in Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa, and then went on to work at Singita in the Kruger Park, before becoming a private safari guide which saw him lead tours in some of Africa’s most inspiring wilderness areas in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, and Tanzania.Gareth credits his passion for the African wilderness to his parents, who worked at safari lodges in South Africa, and with his love for wildlife photography also coming from his father – himself a safari guide who was always in pursuit of the perfect shot.While Gareth enjoys photographing all of Africa’s wild animals and landscapes, leopards hold a special place in his heart. The process from tracking these beautiful yet elusive big cats to finding them and capturing that dream photograph is what excites him the most, and he is especially thrilled to be able to share this experience and everything that comes with it with his guests.Gareth’s calm and collected nature invites those being guided by him to be in the moment and absorb the awe-inspiring majesty that is the African wilderness.

Gareth began his guiding career at &Beyond’s outstanding guide training programme in Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa, and then went on to work at Singita in the Kruger Park, before becoming a private safari guide which saw him lead tours in some of Africa’s most inspiring wilderness areas in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Gareth credits his passion for the African wilderness to his parents, who worked at safari lodges in South Africa, and with his love for wildlife photography also coming from his father – himself a safari guide who was always in pursuit of the perfect shot.

While Gareth enjoys photographing all of Africa’s wild animals and landscapes, leopards hold a special place in his heart. The process from tracking these beautiful yet elusive big cats to finding them and capturing that dream photograph is what excites him the most, and he is especially thrilled to be able to share this experience and everything that comes with it with his guests.

Gareth’s calm and collected nature invites those being guided by him to be in the moment and absorb the awe-inspiring majesty that is the African wilderness.

Ronnie Harris, Planner & Exec. Director

Ronnie is a passionate travel enthusiast with a deep love for exploring the world and immersing herself in nature.

“Through Painteddog.tv’s Safaris I aim to share my knowledge, expertise, and personal experiences to inspire and assist you in planning your dream vacation.

With years of travel experience under my belt, I have had the privilege of visiting remarkable destinations throughout the African Continent and across the globe.

From bustling cityscapes to serene natural wonders, I’ve traversed through breathtaking landscapes, tasted exotic cuisines, and connected with fascinating people along the way.

I look forward to curating exceptional travel experiences tailored to your preferences and interests. Whether you seek an adventure-packed journey, a romantic getaway, or a relaxing beach retreat, I am here to guide you in crafting a personalized itinerary that fulfils your travel aspirations.”

Ronnie is a passionate travel enthusiast with a deep love for exploring the world and immersing herself in nature.

“Through Painteddog.tv’s Safaris I aim to share my knowledge, expertise, and personal experiences to inspire and assist you in planning your dream vacation.

With years of travel experience under my belt, I have had the privilege of visiting remarkable destinations throughout the African Continent and across the globe.

From bustling cityscapes to serene natural wonders, I’ve traversed through breathtaking landscapes, tasted exotic cuisines, and connected with fascinating people along the way.

I look forward to curating exceptional travel experiences tailored to your preferences and interests. Whether you seek an adventure-packed journey, a romantic getaway, or a relaxing beach retreat, I am here to guide you in crafting a personalized itinerary that fulfils your travel aspirations.”

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Safari types

Just a few of our safari OfFerings

Privately Guided

Having the best guide possible is an essential part of the greatest life changing safari experiences! With a Painteddog.tv Private Guide, you can be certain that the special attention you receive from such an experienced adventurer, naturalist, and host, means that you get out of your safari more than you ever thought possible. From the Guides’ intricate knowledge of the wildlife and ecosystems, to the stories of great adventure to be told around the fire, all while making sure your every need is seamlessly looked after, we have no doubt you will never want to safari without a Painteddog.tv Private Guide ever again.
Having the best guide possible is an essential part of the greatest life changing safari experiences! With a Painteddog.tv Private Guide, you can be certain that the special attention you receive from such an experienced adventurer, naturalist, and host, means that you get out of your safari more than you ever thought possible. From the Guides’ intricate knowledge of the wildlife and ecosystems, to the stories of great adventure to be told around the fire, all while making sure your every need is seamlessly looked after, we have no doubt you will never want to safari without a Painteddog.tv Private Guide ever again.
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Conservation

If you are looking for an experience that adds a tangible value to the environment, with conservation lying at the core of Painteddog.tv’s values we are perfectly placed to assist with your desire to give back. Should you choose to add a conservation element to your safari, not only will you partake in the extremely important conservation work being done on the ground, but we also be making material financial contribution to a leading African conservation organisations, and get hands on experience in the area that your money is going to!
If you are looking for an experience that adds a tangible value to the environment, with conservation lying at the core of Painteddog.tv’s values we are perfectly placed to assist with your desire to give back. Should you choose to add a conservation element to your safari, not only will you partake in the extremely important conservation work being done on the ground, but we also be making material financial contribution to a leading African conservation organisations, and get hands on experience in the area that your money is going to!
Safariss Luxury

Luxury

The African wild can be rough at times, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to taste gourmet foods and fine wines on your pallet, feel the highest quality linen on your skin, or enjoy the ultimate luxury of being cared for by staff with empathy and diligence. Painteddog.tv’s associated safari lodges offer all this while immersed in the most desirable safari destinations Africa has to offer!

The African wild can be rough at times, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to taste gourmet foods and fine wines on your pallet, feel the highest quality linen on your skin, or enjoy the ultimate luxury of being cared for by staff with empathy and diligence. Painteddog.tv’s associated safari lodges offer all this while immersed in the most desirable safari destinations Africa has to offer!

Safaris Groups

Groups & Families

Whether going on safari as family or with friends, Painteddog.tv has discovered hidden gems throughout the continent which allow groups going on safari to not only experience the best Africa has to offer, but to do so while enjoying exclusivity through separate luxury accommodation, a private safari guide, safari vehicle, chef, and butler. All of which allows your group to enjoy the safari on your terms.

Whether going on safari as family or with friends, Painteddog.tv has discovered hidden gems throughout the continent which allow groups going on safari to not only experience the best Africa has to offer, but to do so while enjoying exclusivity through separate luxury accommodation, a private safari guide, safari vehicle, chef, and butler. All of which allows your group to enjoy the safari on your terms.

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Some of our favourite destination Countries

"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy." - Ernest HemingwaY
Safaris South Africa

South Africa

With the real possibility seeing all the Big 5 within just 48 hours of stepping off your plane, and in settings that melt away all ambitions, South Africa is arguably the most underrated safari destination in Africa.

Safaris Botswana

Botswana

From the crystal-clear streams of the Okavango Delta to the baobab islands along the Makgadikgadi Pans to name but a few, Botswana’s wildlife is observed in some of the most breath-taking scenery the world has to offer.

Safaris Kenya

Kenya

Kenya is the safari destination that first captured the world’s imagination, and for good reason. We will keep you away from the tourist crowds to experience the Great Migration in all its majesty, with a Kenyan safari unrivalled by any other.

Safaris Zambia

Zambia

Not many places in the world offer the sense of wilderness you get when visiting the awe inspiring safari destinations of Zambia, and you certainly do not experience it anywhere else while amongst the highest leopard population density in Africa.

Safaris Namibia

Namibia

The unsuppressed desert landscapes of Namibia that are home to specially adapted desert lions and elephants will make you realise that nothing is impossible, and there is beauty in every challenge that may come your way.

Safaris Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

The dramatic Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi River, and the mystical Mana Pools are just a few of the many reasons to visit Zimbabwe, with its iconic wildlife, landmarks, and scenery.

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