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Alex Freire
Works at Unique-Safaris
Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa
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I am a professional guide based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I was born in Portugal, I always had a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. I remember being hooked to the TV on Sunday afternoons as a young boy, watching David Attenborough documentaries while all my friends where playing outside, or listen to countless stories from my parents’ time in Africa.

I also remember spending my pocket money on National Geographic magazines. I was speechless when looking at the incredible pictures and mesmerized by the stories. I dreamt, as a child, numerous times about Africa and its wild places full of life and drama, from its tribal people to the big predators.I knew that one day I would live in Africa and make it my home.

In 2008 I finally moved to South Africa where I went through all the legal qualifications to become a field guide, with the intention of guiding people through the African wilderness while sharing my passion for this amazing continent. Now, after five years, I'm fortunate enough to say that I’ve travelled extensively throughout Southern Africa, from the mighty Chobe river in Botswana with its massive population of Elephants, to the barren Namib Desert. As a field guide I get to see and share with my guests Africa’s most amazing spectacles and landscapes.

In the beginning I was very proud of capturing African wildlife and landscapes with my point-and-shoot camera. After a year I got my first DSLR as a gift and let me tell you, I was HOOKED after releasing the shutter button for the first time! It has been a hell of a ride and learning curve. South Africa is home of some of the best and inspiring wildlife photographers on the planet. A huge thank you goes to them for inspiring me and helping me learning more.

I cannot choose one location or subject as a favorite, they are so many! I love to photograph wildlife but the tribal people of Southern Africa hold a special place in my heart. But if I need to choose my top five destination/subjects to photograph in Southern Africa they would be: Chobe river for its Elephant populations, Okavango Delta and its waterways full of hippos and crocs, the Namib Desert for its barren landscape and contrasts, The Bushmen of Namibia & Botswana for their ancestral culture and finally the Kalahari for its open veld and striking skies.



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My guests had the time of their lives in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
 
Video of a close encounter with our favourite animal in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
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"Textures"
If you follow me on social media then you should know by now about my love affair with Elephants.
Elephants are for sure one of my favourite animals in the African bush.
Their size alone impresses anyone but their intelligent is even more amazing, When observing & photographing Elephants one can't stop but being amazed by this incredible creatures.
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©Alex Freire 2015

#photography   #blackandwhitephotography   #elephantlovers  
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Our guests having fun in the Moremi Game Reserve
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Where you heading this weekend?
 
So what are you plans for the weekend?
Quais sao os seus planos para o fin de semana?
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"Family Time"

Baboons are extremely social animals that spend loads of time grooming each other  & reinforcing family bonds

Os babuínos são animais extremamente sociais que passam muito tempo cuidando uns dos outros e re-enforcando os laços familiares.
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In its element

Elephants love water and here in Chobe where this photo was taken one can really see how much this gentle giants love water.
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"The Grumpy one"

Although Black Rhino's are famously known as the 'grumpy one's" this fellow was very gentle & relax in our presence.
The rhino numbers in Africa are falling dramatically and every year there is a new record on the number of Rhino's poached.

Follow the links below to learn how you can help.
www.breakingthebrand.org
www.savetherhino.org
www.stoprhinopoaching.com

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"Lazy Trio"

 I found these 3 young male Lions in Etosha National Park while travelling with my guests from Okaukuejo to Halali near the Rhino Drive while on a +Unique-Safaris Namibian Safari.
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#safaris #travelnamibia #unique_safaris  #lion #africa 
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"The Roller"

The Lilac-brested Roller is one of the most colourful birds in the african Bush with gorgeous blue colours underneath the wings.
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O Rolieiro de peito lilas é uma das aves mais coloridas do mato Africano com belíssimas cores azul debaixo das asas.
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The Lonely Tree

This lonely tree still survives in a desolate landscape on the edge of a salt pan in Etosha National Park, Namibia
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Ready for its close up: ‪#‎Mahoora‬ ‪#‎Safaris‬ are always exciting, and this experience at the ‪#‎Wilpattu‬ National Park could be as close as you will get to a wild ‪#‎leopard‬. With their natural fear of humans having disappeared due to many years of protection and a massive conservation effort, leopards will wander very close to parked Safari Jeeps, where all the guests are safe from any danger.

For more info visit: http://www.mahoora.com/sa…/mahoora-elite-camps-wilpattu.html
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Great White shark rescue in Plett, South Africa
Check out this amazing footage of an intense rescue effort to save a Great White Shark's life in Plettenberg Bay.
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