Hugh Morris is well known by MORE Family Collection’s social media followers for his incredible images and footage seen on the Marataba Instagram. Hugh recently joined the team at MORE Field Guide College as Guide Instructor at the NJ More Waterberg campus in Marataba.

Hugh was originally a student at the college graduating in 2017 and did his placement at Madikwe Safari Lodge. He started working at Marataba Luxury Lodges in 2020. After gaining his trails guide qualification this year he began his current position. Hugh originally hails from Cape Town but has found home in the Waterberg mountains.

We asked Hugh a few questions to get to know him…

  • What is your best moment in the field?

Even though I’ve shared many magical moments with the big five there is one thing that beats them all. Pangolins are quite prevalent in Marataba and a privilege to be around. Nothing comes close to having them walk around you.

  • As a photographer, what is your favourite animal subject, and what do you feel is the best image you have in your portfolio?

Under the right conditions a pride of lions can be one of the most entertaining things to watch. After I witnessed my first lion kill from start to finish, I managed to grab a shot of one the females. Her stare stands out to me amongst many others. (as seen in main image)

  • What excites you about your new role working with the students?

I love seeing people from different backgrounds coming together because they all share the same curiosity. Learning is contagious and nature’s language is universal.

  • What conservation project are you most passionate about and why?

Rhino monitoring in Marataba has been a huge success and it’s a pleasure to witness it in person. Endangered Wildlife Trust have also been doing an amazing job with cheetah as well as wild dog.

You can see more of Hugh’s images on his Instagram.

Reminder to follow the College for campus updates and Marataba profiles for all the latest sightings.

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