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Growing up in a family with a love for the natural world is where it all started. A close family of four, all of us jammed into a Volkswagen camper van for weeks at a time exploring the wonders of South Africa and its national parks.
My first taste of the wilderness started at age 3 with my first family trip to the Kruger National Park. I was educated at Maritzburg College in Kwazulu Natal and living in the boarding establishment, spent most of my weekends out on friends’ game reserves learning about the wonders of the natural world. After school I went to university to study law. Realising after a short while that my passion for wilderness and the ability to excite people about the natural world is what drove me to start a career in the bush.
My Guiding career started 13 years ago at Mala Mala game reserve in the Kruger National Park and after only a short time there; I knew that guiding people was becoming a lifetime passion. I joined &Beyond in 2008 as a guide at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia, exploring the world’s oldest Desert. The following year I moved to Phinda Forest Lodge in Zululand, South Africa to follow my passion for Walking Safaris and to train other guides, becoming an assessor and Specialist Safari Guide for the company.
In 2012 I had the privilege of being selected for the final round of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) Safari Guide of the Year competition which was held in the Kruger National Park, where I learnt many new things, Knowledge and skill sharing with some of the industries finest Guides.
I was fortunate enough to spend time in Botswana’s Okavango delta training guides to conduct Walking safaris and helping them to deliver a world class guided experience. In 2014 my wife Tarry and I decided to go birding. We packed or car and travelled Africa for a year, exploring many phenomenal wilderness areas, amercing ourselves in different cultures and managing to see over 900 different species of birds.
We have recently moved back to South Africa, after having run a very remote Luxury Tented Camp in the Tarangire National Park, a region I believe to be the Jewel of Tanzania. I was given the opportunity to guide Walking Trails and had the privilege of spending over 1600 hours tracking and stalking Big Game in the Tarangire, whilst taking time to observe the intricacies nature has to offer in the National Park region.
We currently live in Hoedspruit, very near to Sean and Callum, a small town on the outskirts of the world famous Kruger National Park, still following my passion for people and nature.