Kevin T Fitzgerald, PhD, DVM
Staff Veterinarian, VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Denver, Colorado USA
I recently completed a most wonderful trip in Namibia with Dr Nick Buys and Namibia Vet Safaris. I don’t even know where to begin. As a veterinarian, the insight Dr Buys gave to the animals we saw, their behavior, their conservation, and their relationship to this magnificent countryside was priceless. The behind the scenes time we spent up close and personal with cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, and several other endangered species was magical. The accommodations were first rate, the food was delicious, and the opportunities to learn about conservation efforts in Namibia, ( radio collars for tracking, darting animals for sedation, and the research going on for the various species), was incomparable. In addition, the effort Dr Buys put in to make sure that we would both be able to get enough time for photography of the creatures, and also the time and skill he put in to tracking the various species for us was remarkable and appreciated.
Make no mistake. This is a once in a lifetime adventure. The trip is slanted toward veterinarians and upon the biology of the animals and upon the science of the conservation efforts protecting them, but it was also heavily slanted toward the photographing these same animals in the wild. You need not be a veterinarian to totally enjoy and appreciate this experience. I took thousands of breath-taking photographs and hours of fabulous video footage documenting our time in Namibia with Nick.
I can only highly recommend this experience to you. I think any trip with Dr Nick Buys and Namibia Vet Safaris or Nature Travel Namibia Safaris will provide you with a lifetime of unmatchable memories. I cannot wait to return to Namibia for my next adventure with Dr Nick. Do not hesitate for one second to sign on for this trip. You will not be sorry and you will thank me for commending it to you. Book it today!”
‘It’s personal and filled with learning experiences. You get to meet so many amazing people, kind and generous and moreover do unforgettable vet stuff you could only do in Namibia. Working alongside a true rural vet gives you opportunities that will stick with you after you go home. People are trust worthy, the nature is breathtaking and its animals amazing. You get your hands on both wildlife as well as cattle work or cats, dogs. It’s a vet practice like no other as you can experience more than your mind could imagine. The right people are already there, you just have to join them.’
I absolutly loved my time in Namibia and wish I could just have stayed there!
I learned a lot from lyndsay, not only vet related but life lessons and mentality as well. I also like the conservation part and the honesty of you both about the reality of beïng a wildlife vet.
I realised that wildlife work is indeed not always the big and glamorous animals but more about the ones who are endangered or misunderstood, and of course conservation work. You can not predict which kinds of animals you are going to come in contact with and will be trying to help. To me now that is what makes it even more special. I really enjoyed my stay and the reality about it. Also being one on one with a vet gives you more chances to learn, and it made me feel like I was just a student from africa who was interning. Being surrounded by the incredible people I met on this journey made me happy and positive as well!
Finally after this trip I can say that: I as well have fallen in love with the pangolin!