Co-Founder of The Wild Source Tanzania & Safari Guide
Most companies will claim their guides are great but a quick look at Deo’s history illustrates that he is a one of a kind for this region. In 2008 Deo was featured as the Safari Guide and Bush Lore expert for the South African television show Voetspore: Journey from Gansbaai (South Africa) to Gabon, a 3 month expedition through rarely visited terrain including the Congo and Angola. This was a follow up to his role on the same series when their expedition went from Cape Town to Cairo and Deo was selected to guide them in Tanzania’s hardest to drive locations.
Deo’s guiding skills are well known, making him the guide selected by many film crews and professional photographers. He was the head guide for a National Geographic film crew for 4 months making the film Real Serengeti, and he has guided for BBC filmmakers as well. Legendary wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen was guided by Deo for East Africa shoots, as were Boyd Norton and Joe McDonald who have contributed to the Audubon Field Guide for African Mammals as well as created their own books.
While it is clear that Deo is the experts’ choice he is also perfect for anyone who is simply excited to go on safari. When preparing such a resume of highlights it was Deo who said “it is hard to single anyone out because all my clients are VIP to me.” The skills to find animals and position a vehicle are only a small part of what makes Deo a special guide. His laid back but confident manner and vivid personality make him a joy to spend your time with. With more than 25 years of guiding Deo knows Tanzania like few others. Deo is also the Managing Director of our ground operation and trains and supervises our other guides.