Professor James Currie, Safari Guide

Professor James Currie
  • National Geographic
My goal is to inspire your next adventure and answer your questions about what to do, where, and when to do it. I want to ignite a sense of passion and love for wild and wonderful places that are like no other in the world.

James Currie is a safari guide with the world-renowned company Wilderness Safaris. As a lifelong wildlife enthusiast and native of South Africa, he has led professional wildlife and birding tours for many years, and his passion for adventure and remote cultures has taken him to nearly every corner of the globe.

Mr. Currie is an expert in the fields of sustainable development and environmental management, holding a bachelor’s degree in African Languages from the University of Cape Town and a master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management from Middlesex University London. His dissertation, which he presented to the Icelandic government in 2001, received a distinction and has been used as a model for assessing the relationships between wildlife areas and local communities. One of Mr. Currie’s passions is forging links between local communities, wildlife, and international travelers. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as the managing director of Africa Foundation, a nonprofit organization that directs its efforts toward uplifting communities surrounding wildlife areas in Africa.

Mr. Currie is a highly sought-after public speaker who has spoken to sold-out audiences at various venues, including the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City, The G2 Gallery in Los Angeles, the National Audubon Society headquarters in New York City, Zoo Miami, the Educational Travel Consortium’s Annual Conference, and the Travel & Adventure Show. He has appeared as a special guest on various television shows and radio programs, including Martha Stewart Living Radio and WGN-TV, and has been the subject of several newspaper articles in periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, The Palm Beach Post, and the Orlando Sentinel.

Mr. Currie was the host of Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV, a popular birding show that aired for 10 seasons on Discovery Communications’ Destination America and the NBC Sports Network. He also hosted the action-birding show Aerial Assassins on Nat Geo WILD. Additionally, Mr. Currie provided footage and consulted for the 2011 Hollywood birding movie The Big Year, starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson.

Mr. Currie has contributed to several publications, including the Southern African Birdfinder, and he was a contributing author of the acclaimed book The Last Elephants. His book, When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer, details his life as a wildlife guide in Africa.

In 2007, Mr. Currie immigrated to the United States with his American wife and three children, and he currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Mr. Currie’s other Great Course is The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America.

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15 Courses and Sets

  1. The Great Tours: African Safari Sale

    The Great Tours: African Safari

    James Currie
    5 out of 5
    100% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (4)
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $59.95 $269.95 $59.95$269.95
    Discover the safari adventure for you in The Great Tours: African Safari. Taught by the highly experienced safari guide James Currie, these 24 exciting lectures take you onto the plains and into the jungles of Africa. From UNESCO World Heritage sites to stunning bird sanctuaries, and from national parks to hidden-gem wilderness areas, experienced travelers and armchair enthusiasts alike will enjoy this exhilarating...
  2. The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America Sale

    The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America

    James Currie
    4.4 out of 5
    82% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (92)
    Save up to $200.00 Starting at $49.95 $269.95 $49.95$269.95
    Birding offers direct contact with one of our primary treasures of wildlife. In this course, you’ll learn core elements of birding and methods for observing birds in the field. You’ll also take a panoramic look at the bird species of North America, and visit 23 of the top North American birding sites. These lectures are your doorway to an endlessly rewarding pursuit, and a lifetime of enjoyment and discovery.
  3. (SET) The Great Tours & Wonders of the National Parks Set

    (SET) The Great Tours & Wonders of the National Parks

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Discover the unforgettable wonders of Africa and North America with this richly-illustrated two-course set. First, in The Great Tours: African Safari, take an exhilarating voyage alongside an experienced safari guide who will show you the amazing natural beauty of the African continent. Then, in Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America, learn how majestic parks provide visitors with powerful...
  4. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover parts of our world that you've probably never seen up close. Start by discovering North America's spectacular bird life with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, embark on an educational adventure led by five noted authorities in National Geographic Polar Explorations.
  5. (SET) The Wonders of America's State Parks & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America Set on sale

    (SET) The Wonders of America's State Parks & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $406.00 Starting at $97.90 $539.90 $97.90$539.90
    Tap into your inner birder and uncover new ways to appreciate America’s state parks with this pair of courses. First, in The Wonders of America’s State Parks, enjoy a riveting adventure through more than 100 state wilderness areas stretching from New England to the Pacific Northwest to the Hawaiian Islands—and learn how to maximize your next visit. Then, in The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North...
  6. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    This two-set course allows you to both learn about and capture the natural wonders around you. Start with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America and discover birding in a thrilling course presented by a world class birding expert. Then, learn how to capture wildlife on film, led by two renowned photographers with The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography.
  7. (SET) The Great Tours & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders Set

    (SET) The Great Tours & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Travel the world and experience the beauty and spectacle of nature right from your own living room. This two-course set pairs The Great Tours: African Safari with The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites. In the first course, take an exhilarating voyage alongside an experienced safari guide who will show you the amazing natural beauty of the African continent. And in the second, visit some of...
  8. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & How to Draw Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & How to Draw

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Bring science and art together with this two-course set. Join a world class birding expert and discover the joys of birding with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, tap into your creativity with dynamic and comprehensive training in art with How to Draw.
  9. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Wonders of the National Parks Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Wonders of the National Parks

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Discover North America’s spectacular sites with this two-course set focusing on the wonders of our world. Explore North America’s spectacular bird life with a world class birding expert in The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, embark on a fascinating introduction to the geology that forged North America's national parks with Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America.
  10. (SET) The Great Tours & Lost Worlds of South America Set on sale

    (SET) The Great Tours & Lost Worlds of South America

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $400.00 Starting at $88.90 $524.90 $88.90$524.90
    Experience the continents of Africa and South America like never before with these two courses that have the feel of immersive expeditions. Take an exhilarating voyage alongside an experienced safari guide who will show you the amazing natural beauty of the African continent in The Great Tours: African Safari. Then, in Lost Worlds of South America, enjoy an in-depth look at the emerging finds and archaeological...
  11. (Set) The Scientific Wonder of Birds & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America Set on sale

    (Set) The Scientific Wonder of Birds & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America

    James Currie
    Save up to $372.00 Starting at $66.90 $469.90 $66.90$469.90
    Discover the marvels of the avian world with this two-course set. The Scientific Wonder of Birds provides a thrilling journey into the amazing physiology, biology, behavior, and intelligence of birds, while The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America provides you with the core elements of birding and methods for observing birds in the field.
  12. (SET) The Great Tours & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (SET) The Great Tours & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Explore the diversity of our planet’s wildlife from the comfort of home—or wherever else you happen to be—in this visually breathtaking two-course set. In The Great Tours: African Safari, take an exhilarating voyage alongside an experienced safari guide who will show you the amazing natural beauty of the African continent. Then, join master photographers as they lay bare the art of seeing that’s essential to...
  13. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    The world is full of natural wonders and this two-course set, developed in partnership with National Geographic, introduces you to aspects you've never considered and how to capture them. Uncover North America's spectacular bird life with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional...
  14. (SET) The Great Tours & African Experience Set

    (SET) The Great Tours & African Experience

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $644.90 $569.90$644.90
    Embark on an unforgettable two-course voyage to Africa that will deepen your appreciation for the continent’s natural wonders and cultural history. Start with The Great Tours: African Safari, in which you’ll take an exhilarating voyage alongside an experienced safari guide who will show you the amazing natural beauty of the African continent. Then, trace the story of the sub-Saharan region of Africa from the...
  15. (SET) Outdoor Fundamentals & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America Set on sale

    (SET) Outdoor Fundamentals & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America

    James Currie
    Save up to $406.00 Starting at $97.90 $539.90 $97.90$539.90
    Get out there and see the wonders of the natural world around you—but before you do, take time to get practical tips and insights from this two-course set. In Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe, a highly experienced and accredited wilderness guide gives you the practical skills and knowledge you need to set off for the water or the woods. And in The National Geographic Guide to Birding...