Johan Van Zyl

Nature and the outdoors is something that was instilled in me from a very young age, having grown up close to the Kruger National Park. Most weekends were spent either visiting this iconic park looking for certain bird and mammal species, or fishing at any given opportunity.

It was however only during the time I spent living in Uganda that the thought of making a career out of guiding became a real possibility, and I haven’t looked back since, coming up on two decades in the industry.

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Johan Van Zyl


18 September 1987

Been with WE since

October 2015

Time in the industry

Since 2006

I prefer to shoot with

Canon and Sony

Areas of expertise

Lightroom, Canon, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India

Favourite destination

Lower Zambezi

Memorable encounter

Witnessing a giraffe give birth

An interesting fact about me

I love fishing, consider myself easy going and always up for a laugh

Go to music choice

Mood dependant but generally love Coldplay, Pink, Linkin Park, Jeremy Loops, Mumford & Sons and Xavier Rudd.

My Areas of Expertise

The Canon system

Adobe Lightroom

Guest Experience

Animal Behavior

Extensive experience in East & Southern Africa

Extensive industry knowledge & experience

My favourite moments

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