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"I really can't say enough positive things about Joe Grosel as our guide. He knows the birds profoundly well and has an exceptional understanding of South African history, wildlife, and culture, which he willingly shared to enrich our experience. He was very personable, with a great sense of humor and a genuine interest in pleasing us. No question that Joe ranks right up there with your best guides, speaking from my experience on 11 different Field Guides trips."
D.B., SOUTH AFRICA

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Narina Trogon, photographed on our South Africa tour by participant Becky Hansen
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JOE GROSEL: Field Guides Leader

Joe Grosel grew up in the northern Limpopo region of South Africa and showed a great passion for the natural world around him, developing extraordinary observation and bush skills from a young age. Joe's post-graduate qualifications lie in the field of wildlife management, ecology, and ornithology.

Joe has experience in a range of wildlife-related disciplines including ecological research in Kruger National Park; big-game capture and translocation; safari-guide training; management of large, private game reserves; and environmental management for local government.

Because of his love for the Limpopo Province and its great avian diversity, he has been instrumental in establishing birding routes, bird clubs, and birdwatching sites throughout the province.

Joe and his wife, Lisa, live on a farm near the city of Polokwane, from which base they run an ecological consulting company and conduct birding and other eco-tours. Joe has designed and led birding tours and safaris across southern and east Africa for more than twenty years and still enjoys every excursion as much as his clients do.

We are delighted to be working with Joe on some select tours in our Africa schedule, and post-tour evaluations we've received from participants who have traveled with him on Field Guides trips make it clear that our groups are delighted as well.

"Joe Grosel was amazing. His ability to identify birds by ear is incredible. He was good at giving directions on how to find the bird, and he really worked at making sure we all saw the bird. And he has a great sense of humor and is fun to travel with. He was terrific!" S.S., Namibia & Botswana 2018

VIDEO CONVERSATION
Click here to enjoy a video of Rose Ann Rowlett talking with Joe Grosel and Terry Stevenson on the last morning of our 2018 South Africa tour.

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Joe's Upcoming Tours

SOUTH AFRICA
Oct 3-25, 2019 with Joe Grosel & Jesse Fagan
Endemic-rich birding, spectacular landscapes, and a unique flora are the highlights of our energetic survey tour of this beautiful country.
NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA
Mar 31 - Apr 19, 2020 with Joe Grosel
Southwestern Africa's bird specialties, striking scenery, wilderness, and the famed game of Etosha and the Okavango Delta.
SOUTHERN AFRICA SPECTACULAR: KRUGER, VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBEZI RIVER, AND CHOBE
Jul 25 - Aug 9, 2020 with Joe Grosel & local guide
A new tour featuring fantastic birding, game viewing, and wildlife photographic opportunities in three classic destinations in South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana.
SOUTH AFRICA: BIRDS, WINES & WILDFLOWERS
Aug 29 - Sep 9, 2020 with Joe Grosel & Marcelo Padua
The tour name for this new itinerary pretty much says it all -- it should be a fabulous combo of great birding with fine wines and a spectacular wildflower display.
SOUTH AFRICA
Oct 1-23, 2020 with Joe Grosel & Megan Edwards Crewe
Endemic-rich birding, spectacular landscapes, and a unique flora are the highlights of our energetic survey tour of this beautiful country.
NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA
Nov 3-22, 2020 with Joe Grosel
Southwestern Africa's bird specialties, striking scenery, wilderness, and the famed game of Etosha and the Okavango Delta.


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