John Pearse has grown up in Southern Africa and has revelled in her outdoor opportunities.
One time hunter, Okavango camp owner, former pilot, John remains a passionate flyfisherman and a member of the infamous Woolly Worms a colourful group of South African flyfishermen, a birder with over 750 regional birds to his name, wildlife photographer, golfer, and safari planner, he is therefore suitably experienced to build you a dream safari. John is just as comfortable putting together a safari in luxury lodges throughout the principal safari destinations in Southern and East Africa as he is putting a ‘safari under canvas’ together into remote areas in search of rare birds.
- He owned a private camp in the Okavango Delta of Botswana for 18 years along with some partners. Interestingly, some of the major behind the scenes discussions leading to South Africa’s remarkable renaissance took place in the camp. He knows many of the top camps in the Okavango Delta and is very comfortable with navigating his way around this natural wonderland. He owned the only houseboat on the Okavango River at the time which was fully equipped to carry 6 passengers plus crew in comfort. His principal interests revolve around wildlife photography, game & bird watching, fly-fishing and golf and anything else related to these pursuits. He has an interest in property overlooking the Bazaruto archipelago where he practices his saltwater fly-fishing.
In his formative years, he was a keen hunter and wing shooter running field trial Golden Retrievers. However he prefers now to shoot with his camera. In bird watching terms, he has a personal count of close to 750 birds in Southern Africa which puts him in the top group of birders in the region. He has travelled extensively throughout Southern Africa and East Africa including the Maasai Mara in Kenya, the Luangwa valley in Zambia, most of the leading fly fishing camps and houseboats on the Zambezi between Zambia & Namibia, many of the principal camps in Botswana including Mombo his favourite, most of the top game viewing areas in Zimbabwe such as Mana Pools, Lake Kariba and their birding hotspots in the Eastern Highlands, as well as white water rafting trips down the mighty Zambezi and several camps and parks in Namibia. He has mountain biked in Big 5 territory He has completed the Otter trail, one of Southern Africa’s most prestigious 5 day trail adventures Apart from his interest in birds and wildlife, he has a keen interest in the grasses, bushes and trees and their interrelationship with the various bird and wildlife that frequent a particular area. He had his Pilot’s licence for many years used extensively to pursue his outdoor interests He enjoys fine food and fine wines and has a discerning palate for both. He is a regular golfer and has played most of the region’s top courses. He is a raconteur with many exciting and interesting tales of Africa to tell