For the past 15 years, Stanley Dube has been guiding trips for WT throughout Botswana. Originally from Zimbabwe, Stanley grew up on the edge of Hwange National Park, where his natural affinity for wildlife began at an early age. In 1996, he obtained his Zimbabwe Guides License and by 1999, his Botswana Guides License. He has a contagious passion for wildlife viewing and eagle-like vision (spotting wildlife well past sunset). "I like birding a lot," he says, "but my favorite task on a safari is to track and find the elusive wild dogs." Stanley speaks seven languages, including English, Ndebele, and Tswana—and recently started learning Mandarin Chinese! When not leading trips, Stanley enjoys playing guitar, reading, and spending time with his family and friends at his rural home south of Hwange in "E Tjolotjo," a San word for "the trunk of the elephant."
Stanley is a fantastic trip leader. He is extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and has an uncanny ability to find/spot animals and birds. He shared tips on how he did this as well, watching animal behavior and listening to bird calls. But most importantly, he devoted time to other topics—geology, astronomy, culture, politics—that brought out his skill and experience as a natural teacher and that rounded out the adventure for us.
Stanley knew all about the area and the animals where we stayed. His small talks were very informative and we certainly learned about Botswana and its animals.
Stanley did a great job—knowledgeable, friendly, and very energetic. He never gave up on seeing whatever was in the area. His informative talks were very much appreciated.
Stanley was an outstanding guide in absolutely every way. His knowledge of all aspects of natural history was incredible.
Stanley was the BEST guide!
Couldn't be better! He was also flexible and very organized. We always felt we were in good hands.
Stanley is a terrific guide, knows birds, and can spot them through their song and a bit of movement. A lovely and knowledgeable leader with a kind heart, whose sweetness belies a good sense of humor.
Stanley was excellent and we are pleased with his leadership. Very thoughtful, knowledgeable, educated.
Stanley is a gem. His knowledge, patience, and professionalism make him an outstanding guide.
Stanley was fantastic. He knew all the birds and the plants as well as the large mammals, and answered our gazillion questions with incredible patience. Then there was the night when we were sitting around the fire and he HEARD a leopard enter the camp. Awesome!
Stanley is knowledgable, calm, professional, and personable. We so enjoyed his insights. Everything seemed to run so smoothly...which, of course, means that he was on top of everything at all times!
I can't say enough good things about Stanley. He imparted broad insight about animals, plants, ecology, and Botswana history and culture, and exhibited great care for the environment and for our safety.
Stanley's interest in and love of the wildlife came through at all times and helped make the trip special. He was also excellent at spotting wildlife.
What Stanley does NOT know about Botswana, its history and peoples, its flora and fauna could probably be written on the head of a pin.
Stanley was terrific! His tracking ability astounded us; his informative talks at tea time were always interesting; his delight in his surroundings and his guide role were wonderful.
We felt so lucky to have Stanley as our trip leader. Can't thank him enough for all he did for us to make the adventure very special.
Stanley is a wonderful ambassador for Africa and Wilderness Travel. His patience, management of the camp, of staff, guests, and safety concerns gave us an assurance that we welcomed. His engaging conversations were a delight in the evenings and around the bush TV. He will not be forgotten!
Stanley's deep knowledge and love of the country, as well as his desire to show travelers everything possible, was clear in everything he planned and did. He had wonderful relationships with all the staff and it was clear that they are a cohesive team.
Stanley was the best! His incredible knowledge of the natural world of Botswana and his incredible patience with all of us was beyond amazing!
Stanley has patience, quiet confidence, knowledge of area, and ability to share information with humor and organization.
Stanley was awesome! He had a way of relating to each of us in a way that made us feel that we were his 'favorite' group. Very patient, kind, and generous.
We travel extensively—and Stanley was the best guide/trip leader we have had the pleasure to be with. In addition to his extraordinary knowledge and quiet and open manner, his continual attention to our comfort and safety were exceptional.
Stanley was an amazing guide. His combination of knowledge, disposition, and general passion for the animals and parks made it a trip of a lifetime.
Stanley is an amazing individual and we felt honored to be part of his trip. We would go anywhere with him!
Among all the very, very impressive guides we have had on our Wilderness Travel trips, Stanley tops the list. He was knowledgeable, professional, friendly, skilled, had a great way with people and a great sense of humor, and was a great storyteller. Really very impressive.
Stanley is so knowledgable, a lovely individual who guided us every step of the way and was as excited as we were each day.
Stanley was an amazing guide. His expansive knowledge of the areas visited and wildlife was a fantastic plus for all of us and we enjoyed his enthusiasm for guiding and teaching.
Stanley was terrific, helpful, cheerful, and attentive to all our needs and questions. His preparation of background history and other details was wonderful.
Very knowledgeable, professional, patient, sociable, and a good communicator.
Stanley is a terrific guide: calm, helpful, caring, and an expert in the region, the mammals, and the birds. One of the best guides ever.
Stanley is an incredibly competent and knowledgeable leader and well versed not only in wildlife but also history, ecology, hydrology, geology, politics—he is the total package! And, a great sense of humor!
Wonderful guide! He taught us so much, and he was extremely thoughtful, patient, and fun to travel with. He made it an outstanding experience. Thank you!
Not only was Stanley experienced and professional, he was also fun. He and the rest of the crew were absolutely wonderful. They each deserve a box of gold stars!
Stanley was the best in every way. We enjoyed his company always. He told great stories and I felt totally safe with Stanley in charge.
Stanley is the “heart and soul” of an Africa safari. I was forever changed and touched by his knowledge, love, and enthusiasm for the African wilderness.
Stanley was adept at locating the animals and also a pleasure to be with.
Stanley is a great leader! He is very accommodating, and he always went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy.
Stanley has outstanding leadership skills and experience but, most importantly, he is a fine human being.
Stanley was an excellent travel guide—good at tracking, always concerned about our welfare, and a good storyteller at campfire!
We were both very pleased with his knowledge of the areas visited. He was extremely concerned about the environment.
A great guide and a great teacher. Stanley’s knowledge of animal behavior and of Botswana is exceptional.
Stanley was great. He handled the group very well and knew everything about the area.