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Leon Marais

Leon was born and raised in South Africa and is a THETA/FGASA (Level 3) and SKS Birding Specialist Guide. He studied for a Postgraduate B Soc Sc Degree at the University of Natal and then began his guiding career in the safari industry, spending around 6 years guiding at various game reserves in South Africa, where he developed a special fondness for African mammals and the predators in particular. He was introduced to the pleasures of bird-watching by his grandfather and has been looking at birds through binoculars since he was but knee-high to a Marabou Stork.

After leaving the safari industry he joined Lawson's Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris as a freelance guide in September 2005 and then joined up full-time as the third partner in the business in March 2007. He is well-travelled, and has spent time in both the UK and the USA. He is also a widely-published freelance photo-journalist, with a special interest in travel writing. He enjoys hiking, running, tennis, art, DIY projects and gym.

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  • Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa