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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, jammed into a Volkswagen camper van for weeks at a time exploring the wonders of South Africa and its national parks.
Devon’s first taste of the wilderness was at age 3 with during his first family trip to the Kruger National Park.
Devon 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, he attended to university to study law.
After a short while, Devon realised that he had an insatiable passion for the wilderness and the natural ability to excite people about the natural world. This drove him to start a career in the bush.
His Guiding career started 15 years ago at Mala Mala game reserve in the Kruger National Park and after only a short time there; he knew that guiding people was becoming a lifetime passion.
Devon joined &Beyond in 2008 as a guide at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia, exploring the wonders of the world’s oldest Desert.
The following year he moved to Phinda Forest Lodge in Zululand, South Africa to pursue a yearning passion for Walking Safaris and to train other safari guides, becoming an assessor and specialist Safari Guide for the company.
In 2012 Devon was selected for the final round of the (FGASA) Safari Guide of the Year competition which was held in the Kruger National Park, where he spent valuable time, knowledge and skill sharing with some of the industries finest Guides.
Devon 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 Devon and his wife Tarry decided to go birding. They packed their car and drove through Africa for a year, exploring many phenomenal wilderness areas, amercing themselves in different cultures and managing to see over 900 different species of birds.
In 2018 Devon and his Tarry moved back to South Africa, after having run a very remote Luxury Tented Camp in the Tarangire National Park, a region Devon believes to be the Jewel of Tanzania. He 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.
Devon, Tarry and their two dogs currently live in Hoedspruit, a small town on the outskirts of the world famous Kruger National Park. Devon is a private guide and Safari specialist for African-Born Safaris and continues to follow his passion for people and the wild spaces.