Graham Johansson

South Africa
Graham was born in Zambia and grew up on a remote tobacco farm in the fertile Mkushi district. Mother nature, and an active outdoor lifestyle, was more than just a passion; it was a way of life that would determine Graham's future. Graham’s early education was in Zimbabwe and later he lived in the midst of a mysterious ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, which stimulated a fascination for exploration and African history. Graham finished high school in South Africa and had the privilege of living on the remote and unspoilt rural “Wild Coast” of the Eastern Cape, where his parents had entered the hotel industry. This lead to an inevitability to learn the trade, and with his amiable character, but determined inclination, Graham studied Hotel Management, later working for various top international hotel groups. After taking a 3 year work sabbatical to discover his roots, and explore Europe, Scandinavia and the U.S.A, Graham returned to join Orient Express Hotels in their newly acquired Botswana lodges as Regional Manager Chobe / Group Environmentalist. This included running the various top end lodges, guide training, and being based at Savuti in the Chobe National Park. Being back in the outdoors meant rediscovering moments lost and joining the bachelor herds of bull elephants that frequent the area. During this time Graham was influenced and mentored by several top wild life photographers on technique and with their useful instruction, soon made the financial commitment towards become a wildlife photographer, capturing the intimate intricacies of nature and animal behaviour, the spiritual scent of the land, and guide others in their pursuit of a unique life experience. Okavango Wilderness Safaris soon approached Graham to join their swelling organization and the opportunity for a career change became obvious. Graham soon became involved with managing, creating and renovating of camps and concession areas. With the demand for Specialist guides increasing, Graham was offered the new position of specialist guide and took the lead to use this opportunity to explore and rediscover areas of northern Botswana, leading guests on their detailed safari itineraries. Grahams work included overland safaris, lodge safaris and international specialised safaris into Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Graham left OWS to become an Independent Specialist or Private Guide based out of Cape Town where he is now married with two sons. He continues to lead international safaris throughout central, southern and eastern Africa, specialising in photography, striving for each adventure to be fun and educational with everyone achieving a greater awareness and sense of appreciation of the magnificence of the African continent, as well as taking home great memories and photographs.
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