JURGEN VOGT

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER AND PRIVATE GUIDE

I have always known that my purpose in life was to inspire people to see the bigger picture of the natural world and to understand their infinitely important role as observers and protectors.

After finishing my schooling I left these shores to study at a Hotel School in Switzerland, courtesy of a Swiss passport.

When I returned to South Africa the call of wild beckoned, so I enrolled in Nature Conservation studies. It was during this period that I knew that I had found what I wanted to do for the rest of life. I began my game ranging career in 1993 and was incredibly fortunate to be selected for a position at the world famous Londolozi game reserve. At the time Londolozi ran the only in-depth and practical game ranging course in South Africa, and most of the legendary rangers from the 1980’s and 90’s passed through that famous course.

I worked with and met a plethora of exceptional guides and ex-guides at Londolozi. But it was the presentation given to us “newbie” rangers in early 1994 by Lex the ex- Londolozi ranger turned photographer, which had a significant impact on me. Lex had just published a book called “The leopards of Londolozi”; a fantastic piece of work describing his observations and relationship with leopards, and was accompanied by incredible images. The embers of a photographer and specialist private guide were born.
I continued to work as a nature guide and then lodge manager until 2005 at some of Southern Africa’s most beautiful reserves and lodges including; Mombo and Xigera in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Paperbark Lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve and Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve.

From 2005 until present I have used Johannesburg as a base to continue my specialist wildlife guiding and photographic safaris. I have had the privilege of leading trips to some of the most beautiful game and nature reserves in East, West, Central and Southern Africa including: the Masai Mara (Kenya), Mt Kenya National Park (Kenya); Serengeti (Tanzania), Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania); Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda); South Luangwa National Park (Zambia), Lower Zambezi National Park (Zambia), Victoria Falls (Both Zimbabwe and Zambian sides), Hwange National Park; Chobe, Linyanti and Savute, (Botswana), The Okavango Delta (Botswana), The Kgalagadi trans-frontier park and the greater Kruger National Park Region (South Africa).

My images and articles have been featured in several wildlife magazines (Africa Geographic; Go; Out There; Do It Now), and my wildlife video footage and opinions have been featured on Animal Planet and Nat Geo Wild on a programme called “Caught in the Act”.