Our Team

SoulBuffalo is the passion project of three men with a love for adventure. It is built around their shared commitment to the health and sanctity of this planet and those who call it home.

Dave Ford
President & Founder

Dave was hit by a metaphorical bolt of lightning in South America while on a two-year trip traveling the world in 2007 to 2008. He came back different. His global perspective widened, his connection to the natural world deepened, his outlook on life brightened. Among some of the highlights of that journey were his first polar expedition to Antarctica, climbing his first mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, and his first truly spiritual wildlife encounter swimming with the pink dolphins of the Bolivian pampas. During those same travels, Dave also met Akos Hivekovics in Antarctica, now SoulBuffalo’s Chief Expeditions Officer, then the founder of Worldwide Expeditions.

Dave’s mission in life is to provide others with the opportunity to connect with other cultures, the natural world, and the vast wildlife of the Earth. His vision is that SoulBuffalo will continue to provide a platform for travelers to deepen their connection to the planet and expand their horizons for years to come, just as he has since he started traveling the world in 2007.

Akos Hivekovics
Chief Expedition Officer & Founder

With over 20 years experience in adventure tourism, Akos has visited over 200 countries (and every country in the world minus just five), been a member of dozens of conservation biological field studies, managed wildlife lodges, and has worked on 93 cruises to Antarctica as an expedition leader and onboard lecturer. He founded Worldwide Expeditions (acquired by SoulBuffalo in 2015) and built it into a truly global operation offering over 60 expeditions in 120 countries.

His philosophy is that the expedition style travel SoulBuffalo offers is an important tool in the preservation of natural and cultural diversity around the world.

Rob Griffitts
Founder

Rob has traveled extensively from a young age, driven by a deep curiosity about different cultures and their spiritual traditions. These interests have brought him to the jungles of the Peruvian Amazon, the glaciers and fjords of New Zealand, the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and many more fascinating places.

Rob believes that journeying into unknown territory provides opportunities for profound learning, personal transformation, and the preservation of our planet. He has two fundamental goals with SoulBuffalo: to help people push beyond perceived limits and expand their horizons, and to protect the richness and diversity of our beautiful world.