Meet the Crew
Who We Are
Archaeologist, Safari Guide, Presenter
Alex is an archaeologist and safari guide specializing in leading safaris that help guests reconnect with their human origins. Though he’s from California, his love of Africa began as a small child in the many books and movies that both captivated his imagination and sense of adventure. The son of two teachers, Alex first found a love of guiding at the California State Parks before journeying to Africa and pursuing a life in the safari industry. Driven by a desire for a deeper understanding of humanity, Alex’s passion is chasing the question “Are humans wild animals?” His work seeks to better understand the roots of what makes us human. There's no "off switch" on Alex— his life, profession, and personal passions are all deeply intertwined. Alex is a total sucker for elephants.
Safari Guide, Cameraman
I have spent more than a decade working hands on with animals and wildlife. Educating people about the amazing biodiversity our planet has to offer is my life's passion. After first visiting the country of South Africa I have found myself deeply enthralled in an ever growing passion for all things Africa. Now I am looking forward to helping you experience this amazing place and see the world as it should be seen!
Host, Safari Planner
Having the good fortune to see our planet has inspired me to share adventure with others. My favorite spots include Africa, New Zealand, Patagonia and the Inca trail. Let’s have a video chat and see what we can do to make your adventure vision become real. Reach out. Let’s GO!
MARCEL VAN MOLENDORFF
Safari Guide, Mechanic
As a born South African with an intense passion for the bushveld, it came as no surprise that I would follow an education into the diverse opportunities of our beautiful wildlife and reserves. An encounter with any form of wildlife enforces respect, humbleness, love and the reality of their own vulnerability against mankind. It is my objective to continue to observe, learn, and protect our natural resources for generations to come, and I am looking forward to doing this along with this great team at Mopani Expeditions.
Safari Planner, Children's Safari Specalist
Rachel has spent her career working with children at various educational levels in a wide array of settings. She has been hands on in developing curriculum and activities to both engage and inspire our next generations of explorers to discover the world around them. She brings an enthusiasm for learning and adventure to Mopani Expeditions, and specializes in crafting safaris for families with younger travelers. Her love and passion of African wildlife is infectious, and the safaris she plans are the perfect tailored balance of luxury and learning.