Since I could walk it's all I have ever wanted to do.
I left school and achieved my Advanced Diploma in Game Ranging and Game Ranch Management in Pretoria and moved straight back to the bush where I continued my studies through the FGASA curriculum achieving the SKS Level 3 Dangerous Game qualification at the age of 24.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFARI GUIDE?
Make it about Africa, as soon as guides allow their ego's to thrive the bush experience suffers. Everything you have learnt someone taught you, it's your responsibility to share what you have learnt with others, it's not your knowledge it's the collectives knowledge.
No matter how much you know the bush can teach you something everyday, stay the eternal student and you will never have a boring day in the bush.
YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING GUIDING MOMENT?
Accidentally splitting my shorts on a Klaserie morning walk only an hour into a four hour trail. Made for an interesting walk.
MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTINGS?
I was once witness to a double kill; following a female cheetah and two cubs, she went into stalk mode and started chasing a herd of impala. Suddenly coming in the opposite direction was two lioness chasing a zebra.
They were both so focused that the cheetah killed the impala and the lions killed the zebra about 75m from one another. The cheetah dragged the kill towards her cubs and the lions fed on greedily. A truly once in a lifetime sighting, we weren't sure which direction to look in.
Elephants, I can watch them all day they are such intelligent animals and I simply love their inter-actions with one another and other species.
GUIDING AREA OF SPECIALIZATION?
Walking and in particular encounters with game on foot. I like to take people out of their comfort zones in a safe manner but still try and allow them to really feel what it's like to become part of the wilderness scene.
THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR YOU'VE WITNESSED?
I personally think the most interesting animal behavior is often watching the change in guests from day one of a safari to their last day, when they truly start to immerse themselves in the true wilderness.
Animals are always interesting but even more so is seeing them through the eyes of guests.
YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?
Ahhhh, I only tell those around the fire, you'll just have to join me to hear them.