Orlando Haraseb

“Orlando” Petrus Haraseb is a Damara with easygoing charm along with a wide-ranging knowledge of Namibia’s natural and cultural history. A former soccer star (and one-time captain of Namibia’s national soccer team), Orlando has been a professional safari guide for over 15 years, starting as a guide at Hobatere Lodge under the mentorship of Steve Braine, one of Namibia’s top naturalists. Orlando has been featured in several publications including Conservation in Namibia, and in 2007, he was nominated for the International Wanderlust Guide of the Year Award. He is the vice chairman of the Namibian Academy for Tourism & Hospitality, the institution responsible for training safari guides.

Upcoming Trips:

Namibia Expedition, May 11-25, 2015
Namibia Expedition, June 8-22, 2015
Namibia Expedition, July 6-20, 2015
Namibia Expedition, July 25-August 8, 2015
Namibia Expedition, September 7-21, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Orlando was a fabulous leader. Very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Donna P., Montville, NJ
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Orlando is a great guide and was particularly helpful to use with bird identification and spotting. Alla Sobel, Hoboken NJ Orlando is a kind, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful guide. He is unflappable and is always happy. I would gladly travel with him again! Carolyn McAlear, Bend OR Orlando has a heart or gold and the patience of a saint. He is one of your best, on par with some of my favorites—Hashmat, and Stanley! Abbe Eaton, Ann Arbor MI Orlando was amazing patience dealing with the group and myriad of questions. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the bird and wildlife and serious about protecting the unique Namibian environment including observing the park and reserve rules. He also worked hard to ensure we saw as many animals as we could during game drives and simply along the many roads. Jean Aaro, Hotchkiss CO A very caring trip leader who is tuned in to making it the best experience possible. Knows everything about animals we saw. Richard Feferman, Albuquerque NM Very professional, caring, knowledgeable leader. One of the best in my experience. Yola Gibas, Washington Crossing PA
Orlando was not just a terrific guide he was also a very caring person. On multiple occasions he went beyond the call of duty to provide assistance to individual travelers. Sandra Colony, New York NY Orlando is without question the best guide we've ever had on a WT trip (or any other trip). His knowledge and experience of Namibia's wildlife are first-rate, and his primary concern was always the guests' welfare and happiness. Because of him, we were able to appreciate this gorgeous country as much as he loves it. Jeannee Sacken, Milwaukee WI Orldando was a wonderful guide and was very committed. He really looked after all of us very well. Elaine C., Zurich, Switzerland
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Orlando is the best local guide I have encountered in more than 45 years of travel to more than 100 countries. His knowledge is extensive, his organizational skills are superb. Martha F., New York, NY
Namibia Expedition
Orlando is an outstanding guide. His knowledge, energy, enthusiasm, humor, and great kindness contributed so much to the quality and enjoyment of our trip. Johanna S., Sunnyvale, CA
Namibia Expedition