Africa Trip Leader

Usko Hanghuwo

Guide Since: 2009

Usko grew up in Namibia's northern region of Ovamboland and developed a love for nature and wildlife at an early age. After completing his education in Windhoek and working as a graphic designer, he decided to pursue his passion for guiding and has been leading trips in Namibia since 2009. His training led him from the NamibRand Nature Reserve to Damaraland, where he mastered skills in geology, plants, birds, and other wildlife, including the behaviors of desert-adapted elephants. He also spent time in the Himba villages, learning about their unique culture firsthand. Usko loves sharing his country with safari guests, and says it bring us “closer to nature and unites people from around the world.”

Our Team

Upcoming Trips with Usko

Namibia Expedition

Mar 28 - Apr 10, 2024

Apr 29 - May 12, 2024

May 27 - Jun 9, 2024

Jul 23 - Aug 5, 2024

Aug 22 - Sep 4, 2024

View Trip

Client Testimonials

Usko was one of the best guides we have ever had, with a comprehensive knowledge of flora, fauna (especially birds), geology, geography, culture, history, with an answer for almost every question we asked him. We couldn't ask for more.

Dan F.

Beverly Hills, CA
Namibia Expedition

Usko could not have been better; he made this trip. Outstanding!

Ed T.

Laredo, TX
Namibia Expedition

Usko was one of the best leaders we have ever had. He was amazing in every respect! His knowledge, tracking skills, communication skills, humor, organization, etc. could not have been better!

Harvey and Ellen F.

Los Angeles, CA
Namibia Expedition

Usko is an outstanding leader. He was informative, clear, kind, and always considerate. He respects his clients, and in turn, they respect him. His extensive knowledge of all things natural led us all to have a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of living things. He also helped us understand the topography of Namibia with his knowledge of geology. I think we all gained an appreciation for birds because of his passion for them. WT leaders are always very professional but Usko was flawless!

Joni H.

Evergreen, CO
Namibia Expedition

Usko is extremely knowledgable and experienced, and was always attentive to our comfort and safety, while offering outstanding commentary during the trip. He was attuned to the interests and needs of all the participants—a great guide!

Lorna C.

Berkeley, CA
Namibia Expedition

Usko is extremely professional and knowledgable and when combined with his winning personality, it adds up to an excellent, resourceful trip leader. He was able to capably, efficiently handle all situations with a good sense of humor and perspective.

Lynne N.

San Francisco, CA
Namibia Expedition

Very much appreciated our guides getting us up early to experience Sossosvlei before tourists descended on the place. Both guides were truly outstanding—not only were they knowledgeable, but they were true gentlemen who made sure that everything went smoothly. I can't say enough good things about them!

Marcia T.

Santa Fe, NM
Namibia Expedition

Usko is an excellent guide with a great deal of knowledge about animals, geology, insects, birds—just everything. Loved him. Kind, courteous, respectful. And a great driver!

Marty T.

Castle Rock, CO
Namibia Expedition

Usko's sense of humor and his familiarity with the people of Namibia—particularly the Himba—really added a lot to the trip.

Nancy B.

Oakland, CA
Namibia Expedition

Usko was just wonderful, with a great wealth of knowledge generously shared. He made an excellent trip even better.

Pat O.

Buford, GA
Namibia Expedition

Usko is a tribute to Wilderness Travel and the profession of guiding in the bush! He's personable, flexible, smart, funny, inviting, and competent. He always extends a sense of confidence about what we're doing, where we're going, and what we should expect. Simply the best!

Steve A.

La Jolla, CA
Namibia Expedition

Esko is WONDERFUL! We were so lucky to have him as our guide. He knew his stuff...was always professional but also friendly/sociable and supportive...with a great sense of humor.

Sue S.

Melbourne, Australia
A Vision for Wildlife: Namibia Expedition

Book Your Trip Today

Our Area Specialists know every detail about our adventures around the world. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

{"Guide":[{"GuideID":851117,"First_Name":"Usko","Last_Name":"Hanghuwo","Guide_Profile":"Usko grew up in Namibia's northern region of Ovamboland and developed a love for nature and wildlife at an early age. After completing his education in Windhoek and working as a graphic designer, he decided to pursue his passion for guiding and has been leading trips in Namibia since 2009. His training led him from the NamibRand Nature Reserve to Damaraland, where he mastered skills in geology, plants, birds, and other wildlife, including the behaviors of desert-adapted elephants. He also spent time in the Himba villages, learning about their unique culture firsthand. Usko loves sharing his country with safari guests, and says it bring us \u201ccloser to nature and unites people from around the world.\u201d","Image_Name":"https:\/\/s3.us-west-1.wasabisys.com\/wildernesstravel\/guides\/usko-hanghuwo.jpg","DisplayOnWeb":true}],"CustomFields":{"Custom_Leader_Region":"Africa","Custom_Leader_Languages":"","Custom_Leader_Since":"2009","Custom_Leader_Slug":""},"activities":[{}],"destinations":[{}],"reviews":[{"GuestNames":"Dan F.","GuestLocation":"Beverly Hills, CA<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko was one of the best guides we have ever had, with a comprehensive knowledge of flora, fauna (especially birds), geology, geography, culture, history, with an answer for almost every question we asked him. We couldn't ask for more.","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Ed T.","GuestLocation":"Laredo, TX<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko could not have been better; he made this trip. Outstanding!","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Harvey and Ellen F.","GuestLocation":"Los Angeles, CA<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko was one of the best leaders we have ever had. He was amazing in every respect! His knowledge, tracking skills, communication skills, humor, organization, etc. could not have been better!","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Joni H.","GuestLocation":"Evergreen, CO<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko is an outstanding leader. He was informative, clear, kind, and always considerate. He respects his clients, and in turn, they respect him. His extensive knowledge of all things natural led us all to have a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of living things. He also helped us understand the topography of Namibia with his knowledge of geology. I think we all gained an appreciation for birds because of his passion for them. WT leaders are always very professional but Usko was flawless!","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Lorna C.","GuestLocation":"Berkeley, CA<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko is extremely knowledgable and experienced, and was always attentive to our comfort and safety, while offering outstanding commentary during the trip. He was attuned to the interests and needs of all the participants&#8212;a great guide!","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Lynne N.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko is extremely professional and knowledgable and when combined with his winning personality, it adds up to an excellent, resourceful trip leader. He was able to capably, efficiently handle all situations with a good sense of humor and perspective.","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Marcia T.","GuestLocation":"Santa Fe, NM<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Very much appreciated our guides getting us up early to experience Sossosvlei before tourists descended on the place. Both&#160;guides were truly outstanding&#8212;not only were they knowledgeable, but they were true gentlemen who made sure that everything went smoothly. I can't say enough good things about them!","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Marty T.","GuestLocation":"Castle Rock, CO<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko is an excellent guide with a great deal of knowledge about animals, geology, insects, birds&#8212;just everything. Loved him. Kind, courteous, respectful. And a great driver!","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Nancy B.","GuestLocation":"Oakland, CA<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko's sense of humor and his familiarity with the people of Namibia&#8212;particularly the Himba&#8212;really added a lot to the trip.","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Pat O.","GuestLocation":"Buford, GA<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko was just wonderful, with a great wealth of knowledge generously shared. He made an excellent trip even better.","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Steve A.","GuestLocation":"La Jolla, CA<br \/>Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Usko is a tribute to Wilderness Travel and the profession of guiding in the bush! He's personable, flexible, smart, funny, inviting, and competent. He always extends&#160;a sense of confidence about what we're doing, where we're going, and what we should expect. Simply the best!","TripName":""},{"GuestNames":"Sue S.","GuestLocation":"Melbourne, Australia<br \/>A Vision for Wildlife: Namibia Expedition","GuestReview":"Esko is WONDERFUL! We were so lucky to have him as our guide. He knew his stuff...was always professional but also friendly\/sociable and supportive...with a great sense of humor.","TripName":""}]}