Wild at Heart Safaris is a young Namibian-owned and -based Safari Company, that specialises in Adventure Safaris for small groups.
Our dynamic team of former Game Rangers thrive in creating personal, unforgettable tours and safaris that will make visitors instantly fall in love with this land.
We understand the spirit of free thinking and would therefore welcome any requests regarding custom-made adventure holidays, luxury safaris, overland trekking and group incentives.
Kobus Alberts is 34 years of age and is married with 2 children. He was born in Usakos, Namibia, and is currently living in Swakopmund. He holds a diploma in Nature Conservation and has spent 11 Years of his life living in most of the National Parks and Game Reserves of Namibia. He has most recently been heading up the National Marine Aquarium of Namibia in Swakopmund, a position he held for 5 years.
Loving a good challenge has led him to attempt to cross the ice-cap of Greenland in April 2006. After an unfortunate incident on the ice-cap, Kobus was forced to return home after finishing just less than half of the anticipated journey. Kobus has been involved in leading several walking expeditions as well, so much so that he has walked more than 1 700 kilometres, on different trails, to date. He is a senior guide with Across the Divide Expeditions, a logistics manager on the Namibia Ultra Marathon and a specialist instructors on Expedition and Wilderness Medicine’s Desert Medicine training course aimed at medical professionals.
He loves the wind in his hair and the sun on his face. Nature is and always will be an integral part of his existence.
With Kobus, what you see is what you get. In the words of the man himself (borrowed briefly from Frankie Roosevelt),
“Fear nothing but fear itself.”
Andre van Niekerk is 30 years old and is a born Namibian. Having always been a nature lover, he decided to pursue a career in conservation and completed a diploma in Nature Conservation. He then worked in several national game parks all over Namibia where he was, amongst other duties, involved with anti-poaching, lion monitoring, problem-animal control and wildlife censuses.
He resigned as a game ranger from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in 2000 to further his career in the private sector. He managed a private game farm for a year … but then started to feel restless. He then packed up all his belongings and travelled Europe for a year. But the calling for his home country became too strong and he returned to Namibia at the end of 2001.
Starting in 2002, Andre worked as a Research Technician for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Lüderitz. In 2004, he was promoted to Senior Research Technician working in the National Marine Aquarium in Swakopmund. In contrast to his bush experiences, here he had a most splendid time scuba diving, fishing and clocking loads of sea-hours.
Andre is also a keen snake lover and part-time beekeeper.