Michael Lorentz

South Africa
Michael Lorentz is passionate about wildlife, the wilderness and elephants in particular. He was born in South Africa, and knew from an early age that his true vision and happiness in life would lie in the playgrounds of the African wilderness. His bush career started in 1985 in the Timbavati Game Reserve in South Africa where he trained under the legendary tracker, Jack Matabula. Botswana called in 1986 and became his home for the next fifteen years, firstly as Assistant General Manager of the well-known safari company, Gametrackers; and then as Managing Director of the renowned Elephant Back Safaris and Abu Camp where he was instrumental in creating and managing the lodge, its resident elephant herd and half a million acres of pristine Okavango delta. In early 2000 Michael moved back to South Africa and joined forces with Mike Kirkinis to develop and expand Passage To Africa, one of the world’s leaders in arranging pan-African travel for both privately guided and independently travelling guests. He now lives in Cape Town with his family, and as CEO steers the Passage to Africa ship. He is heavily involved in ecotourism consulting and has project-managed numerous developments across the continent. A passionate and award-winning photographer, Michael’s work has been featured in several publications, as well as at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. However having guided for 26 years, this remains his first professional love and he personally conducts guided safaris throughout Southern, East and Central Africa. An accomplished naturalist and committed conservationist, Michael provides his safari guests with a dazzling insight into the intricacies of Africa’s wilderness. Whilst Michael is a pan-African specialist, he works closely with expert guides in other wilderness areas worldwide, and arranges trips beyond Africa’s shores that could be ticked-off on many a bucket-list, including Antarctica and the Galapagos where he works in conjunction with Royal African Safaris, a company he has been a partner in since 2006. Michael remains instrumental in developing the private guiding industry, perpetually striving to establish strong industry standards; whilst forging access into remote and un-spoilt areas. In this work, and along with his Safarious co-founders, Michael recognized the need for a forum that could provide cohesion and kindle a sense of community in the wildlife world at large; a platform that has the reach to connect researchers with funders, NGO’s with donors, guides with guests, employers with employees; or just like-minded individuals with a travel plan in common or an experience to share. Over time, Michael, Andy and Clay hope that Safarious will be the launch pad for many initiatives, projects, connections and friendships. He, Andy Hogg and Clay Knight, all curious by nature and close friends across the continents, have joined forces to develop this joint vision: Safarious – the wildest people and places online.

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  • Photographer / Videographer
  • Professional Guide
  • Tourism Operator
  • Outfitter


  • Guiding
  • Wildlife Photography
  • The Worlds Wild Places
  • Travel
  • Scuba Diving
  • Art
  • The People Of Africa
  • Adventure


  • Leading Safaris Across Africa
  • Professional Guide
  • Published Photographer
  • Safari Design
  • Eco Tourism Development And Consulting
  • Co Founder Of Passage To Africa
  • Co Founder Of Safarious
  • Co Founder Of Shackleton & Selous Society
  • Partner In Royal African Safaris
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