Botswana & Victoria Falls Expedition:
Meet Our Experts
Brent Leo-Smith appears regularly as a host and guide for NatGeo WILD’s SafariLive, leading walking safaris and game drives as they’re broadcast live from the field. After growing up in the KwaZulu-Natal hinterland in South Africa, Brent knew that a career in the bush was inevitable. He was home schooled at Phinda Resource Reserve in South Africa, where he learned new things daily from the rangers who worked there. Brent’s family moved to Botswana when he was in his early teens, and he explored the far-flung reaches of northern Botswana’s wilderness by boat, car, light aircraft, and foot. He has spent time in Zambia capturing crocodiles and managing game farms. While there, he worked on establishing a species inventory for the birds, mammals, reptiles and fish of the Sianzongwe area on Lake Kariba and the Mumbwa area of the northern Kafue. He returned to Botswana and worked for his father at Kwando Safaris before making the move to South Africa’s Kruger National Park to take up a position as a guide at the Lebombo Concession. He later went to work at Londolozi Game Reserve in the park as a guide and camp manager. Brent will join the June 26 departure of the Botswana and Victoria Falls Expedition in the Okavango Delta.
South African photographer Brent Stirton spends most of his time working on long-term investigative projects for National Geographic magazine, and is committed to issues related to wildlife and conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability, and the environment. He has shot 20 stories for National Geographic magazine, including recent stories on human-lion conflict, elephant poaching, and the rhino horn trade. Brent appeared in National Geographic’s documentary Virunga National Park in Conflict, which won the Emmy for Best Documentary Feature. In Botswana, Brent has covered bush pilots in the Okavango Delta, and indigenous bushmen communities. Brent has been recognized by the United Nations for his work on the environment and in the field of HIV/AIDS. His work has received 9 World Press Photo awards, and has been published in many respected international titles including Vanity Fair, Time, The New York Times Magazine, GEO, and Le Monde. Brent will join the July 17 departure of the Botswana Expedition in the Okavango Delta.