About John Mittan
Born in South Africa in 1979, John immigrated to Perth in Western Australia with his family at the age of 5. He had already been introduced to the wonders of the bush however and memories of family camping trips in South Africa’s coastal and wildlife reserves, combined with expeditions to Australia’s wild areas and return trips to Africa, drove him to register for a Biological Science degree in Sydney, taking subjects such as biology, microbiology, ecology and geology.
On finishing university, John decided on the spur of the moment to join a game ranging course run by EcoTraining in the South Africa lowveld and within three weeks he had packed up and returned to South Africa. A month of intensive training in guest relations, birds, plants, animals, insects, geology, ecology, weapons handling and walking followed, with John’s performance earning him a position as an instructor on the course after completion.
Having gained experience in this position John went on to work as a guide and then head guide at a lodge in the lowveld, where he also worked with a research organization called K.E.R.I. on a study of leopard and cheetah
The dedication of Wilderness Safaris towards the environment, communities and people struck a chord with John and in April 2003 he was offered a position as a senior guide/guide trainer with the company inNamibia. The move to Namibia was a fulfilling one for John and became an experienced specialist guide and guide trainer, working in both fields all over Namibia and at all of the company’s 13 camps in the country and other camps in the countries the company worked in. In addition he works in cooperation with NGOs and donor bodies, and believes that since the future of the environment lies in the hands of the youth, this is where training is most needed. In 2006, John took over the Guide Training Department for Wilderness Safaris Namibia and was responsible for training and developing 80 full time guides in all the camps of Namibia as well as doing Guide Training for approximately 200 potential guides for the government department of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture under the Directorate of Youth Development. John also aided in training in other countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.
Having gained a name for himself, John has now guided in Southern Africa, East Africa, Central Africa and North Africa and has now expanded himself to guide in places like Madagascar and Antarctica. He leads either specialist or private Safaris as Guide and Expedition leader
John specialises in many areas of flora and fauna but has gained a reputation in birding, photography, geology and primates, which led him to lead many trips to the Chimpanzee’s and famous Gorilla’s of Uganda and Rwanda. He has been leading trips for the past 8 years to see Antarctica, Borneo and Ethiopia.
He now currently resides in the Limpopo province running a family owned lodge where it is the base to lead his Safaris around Africa and the world and also helps with Guide Training in the area.