We are a team of passionate and experienced guides, personal growth experts and operations managers with decades of experience in (re)establishing our fundamental connection with nature.
We work with a global network of partner coaches, educational institutions and organisations that help us facilitate programmes that foster powerful change. Through partnerships with leading conservation organisations, we are fortunate to have access to some of the most pristine wild places in Africa. We contribute directly to both the wilderness areas in which we operate and the communities that live on the periphery of these areas.
About the Founders
Peter Raimondo (Co-founder)
Peter was born in Pretoria, South Africa and has spent most of his life learning and teaching about the wild. Over the past 20 years Peter has garnered a wealth of experience in the field of nature education, working in both the non-profit and commercial sectors. He has worked extensively for the Wilderness Leadership School as a master guide, trained for the Wilderness Foundation, and currently coaches private and corporate clients. In 2010 Peter founded the Purely Wild Foundation to help share the benefits of wilderness education across diverse sectors of society and to contribute positively to the increasing challenges of conservation in Africa.
Peter is a registered executive coach and holds a Social Science degree with majors in Philosophy, Anthropology and Environmental and Geographical Sciences from the University of Cape Town. Peter lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Bas Hochstenbach (Co-founder)
Originally from the Netherlands, Bas left his corporate career at McKinsey & Company for a life in Tanzania, where he co-founded eco-tourism company Asilia Africa in 2004. In 2016, at a time when Asilia was well established as a thought leader in eco-tourism, Bas moved on from executive service to co-found Purely Wild, and to incubate and mentor a number of other businesses in the areas of conservation, education and the support of entrepreneurship in Africa.
Bas holds master’s degrees in Law and Public Administration from Leiden University and now lives with his wife and children in Cape Town, South Africa.
“PURELY WILD is the realisation of a dream that started when I was twelve, during my first true wilderness encounter. This created the connection to something of enormous beauty, and forged a deep feeling of belonging and a powerful re-orientation of myself. As a teen, driven by the need to comprehend what I had experienced, I spent much of my spare time on solo journeys into mountains, deserts and the unknown parts of my own psyche. I continued my studies, sought out mentors and mounted far-flung wilderness journeys across the globe. As an adult I successfully built a business but found the call of the wild too strong to resist. Thus, with time spent contemplating the integration of wilderness philosophy, spiritual disciplines and business practice I turned to leading trails in our ancestral home, Africa. Hence, PURELY WILD was born and continues to pursue and explore an understanding of pure wilderness, a deep nature connection and its significance on a global scale.” – Peter Raimondo