Tristan’s burning passion for conservation, and his love of nature and the wilderness led him to peruse a career in Southern Africa as a walking big game trails guide. He bought a one-way ticket to South Africa straight after school and saved up enough money to enrol in a nature field guide training course. He lived deep in the African bush for over 6 months training and finally qualifying as a registered walking safari guide.
He then spent the next four years living and working all over Southern Africa leading clients on foot deep into the African wilderness for up to 5 days at a time. Camping under the stars, collecting water from the rivers for bathing and drinking, and getting up close and personal with Africa’s biggest and hairiest animals was all in a day’s work for Tristan.
During this time Tristan’s passion for photography and presenting became a huge part of his life. He wanted to capture and share the beauty of the natural world with as many people as possible in the hopes of educating them to make change.
During his time as a guide, Tristan would also travel the continent extensively, organising overlanding expeditions into remote Africa. His trips culminated in a 5-month expedition covering over 5000km from Cape Town, up to Angola through Namibia, across into the Caprivi strip and back down via Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Tristan moved back to the UK in 2019 in the hopes of transitioning into a career in television and sharing his love of the wilderness and nature through presenting. He joined the TV show ‘Made in Chelsea’ in the hopes of building his profile. Whilst on the show he has hosted his own photography exhibitions and spoken out about the importance of conservation. He has built up a strong online community of followers based on his passions for nature, travel and health and fitness. He is now an ambassador and works very closely with some of the world’s leading conservation charities, including TUSK and The Born Free Foundation of which he is the ambassador for challenges. He has used his love of fitness to raise money for these charities by undertaking extreme challenges including cycling the length of the UK on a static bike in one sitting during lockdown.
Tristan Phipps’s agent is Tatty Black, who can be contacted at [email protected]