Andreas Fox was born and raised in Kenya and has been organizing and guiding safaris since he was a teenager. Somewhere along the line, he ended up qualifying as a lawyer in the United Kingdom, but it was the bush and desire to get in to formal conservation work that lured him back.
His career began on a research project in the greater Kruger conservation area, studying big cats. In the years of tracking, monitoring and collecting data on cheetah, leopard and lion, Andreas went onto managing a variety of research sites across South Africa. All the while, he was privately self-studying the Southern African guiding qualifications and would guide trips whenever he could.
In his time off, Andreas would join guiding mentors on wilderness trails in the famed Makuleke section of northern Kruger National Park. It was there and across the Limpopo River, in eastern Botswana, that he cut his teeth as a qualified walking ‘Trails’ guide, with a special affinity for elephants.
From initial invitations as a specialist guide and guest lecturer at field guiding schools, Andreas eventually moved into teaching full-time – specifically the Field Guide Association of South Africa curriculum and training prospective walking guides.
Eventually, the desire to return home to Kenya got the better of him. In the years since, Andreas has been active in the merging of Kenyan and Southern African guiding principles. When not training, he began guiding more regularly and exploring conservation stories for his environmental writing hobby.
In 2016, Andreas was invited to join Ker & Downey Safaris as an associate and became a partner two years later. Developing a reputation for conservation-themed safaris, he takes guests on adventures across sub-Saharan Africa. He will always try to get people out on foot too, be it to safely track and approach game, explore nuances of an ecosystem or immerse in the local culture.
When he is not guiding or planning safaris, Andreas still runs the occasional course for guides and nature enthusiasts and engages with numerous youth-focused conservation organizations, while also sitting on the board of the Kenya Wildlife Trust.