Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Grant Nel

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Grant Nel travels the globe, continuously studying the Earth's most diverse wildlife. He received his ranger training at the world-renowned Mala Mala Game Reserve and has worked in the African wild for more than two decades. Grant has lived a few hundred meters from the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, making Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park virtually his back yard. A highly respected conservationist, he is a former CEO of the acclaimed Selinda Reserve, sits on the boards of two local environmental organizations, and holds a postgraduate honors degree in zoology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. 

What Our Travelers Say

Grant was an excellent leader. Very personable and his knowledge of the area was tremendous! 

- Rich B.

Grant "made" this trip for us. He is smart, engaging, personable, inclusive, and knowledgeable of the area and animals. GREAT!

- Previous Journeys Traveler, African Safari

Grant was outstanding. I cannot imagine a better expert - a very knowledgeable, down to earth, patient, charming, enthusiastic person. He imbued us with his love and respect for Africa.

- Previous Journeys Traveler, African Safari

Grant was top notch: personable, interested, and interesting as well as extremely knowledgeable.

- Previous Journeys Traveler, African Safari

By the Expert

Upcoming Tours

African Safari

14 days | Starting at: $7,954
Multiple Departures

Featuring South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Victoria Falls
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Tanzania Safari

15 days | Starting at: $8,041
Oct 25, 2017 - Nov 8, 2017

The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Zanzibar
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Tanzania's Great Migration

12 days | Starting at: $8,295
Feb 9, 2018 - Feb 20, 2018
Mar 13, 2018 - Mar 24, 2018
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Africa's Grand Safari by Private Plane

15 days | Starting at: $29,950
Jun 5, 2018 - Jun 19, 2018

Featuring South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe
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Around the World by Private Jet 2018

24 days | Starting at: $82,950
Sep 27, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018

Featuring the World’s Greatest Treasures & Legendary Places
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