Born in the Midlands of England James Kydd arrived in South Africa at the age of six, and soon afterwards was in love with the continent of Africa and determined to become a safari guide. “I felt like Max in Maurice Sendak’s ‘WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE’”.

James spent as much time as he could in the Kruger National Park, and after school completed his BSc in Zoology and Nature Conservation. He started guiding in 2002 in the Waterberg, and then spent 6 years guiding at Londolozi Private Game Reserve where he held the position of Assistant Head Ranger.

James has based himself in Cape Town “It’s a phenomenal city for a nature lover… you can be two kilometers from the city bowl and watching the sunrise from the top of a mountain, or kayaking with a pod of dolphins.”

James is a member of the Field Guides Association of South Africa and has obtained the highly esteemed level three qualification. James is the creator and editor for He is passionate about photography, tracking predators, storytelling, and re-connecting people to the natural frequencies of the wild.

James has guided tours in East and Southern Africa as well as India, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Galapagos Islands.

Recently James completed an epic expedition along the entire length of Okavango (from the Angolan highlands to the Kalahari Desert) which took 4 months. The major objective was to secure protection for the river system that feeds one of the world’s greatest remaining wildernesses.


As a keen photographer the highlight of Botswana was how much I learned from James about photographing wildlife!!! I definitely learnt more in the few days with James than I have on any photographic course. James is incredibly patient and absolutely willing to share his phenomenal photographic skills – he is the perfect photographic wildlife guide. I had an amazing time with Bellingham Safaris and James Kydd, everything was perfect!!!
Thais Racy
“James is simply the best. Great Guy and outstanding efforts to make our trip exceptional. James is far beyond any expectation.”
Octavia Oliva
“James was outstanding in every way! Straight away we had a very good relationship with James, he’s a excellent guide and a very nice person!”
“James was extremely knowledgeable and did everything to assist Anders and made his experience a memory to treasure forever.”
Yasmien Suliman
“James was such a good guide and we all love him. Thanks to James’ excellent guiding and knowledge about each animal we learnt a lot of interesting behavior of animals.”
“James (the guide) was first rate.  He was always attentive to our needs.”
William Pickering

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