2011 TO PRESENT: Guide/owner at a horse safari company in Namibia.
1998 TO 2011: Guiding in the Fish River, Caprivi, Damaraland and Sossusvlei areas.
1996 TO 1998: Etosha.
1992 TO 1996: Songimvelo, Waterberg, Texas, Alaska and Timbavati.
WHY AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A GUIDE?
I have always loved nature and adventure & becoming a safari guide was the best way to combine these two passions of mine.
To enable this, for nature conservation I had to do a year's practical training and my enduring love of horses allowed me to combine this with my love of guiding.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFARI GUIDE?
Someone who has great knowledge of their field, good experience, is passionate and enjoys people and who can share all of this in a fun, interesting and engaging way.
MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
In my early days working in the Songimvelo living conditions were quite primitive and we had to wash in the river.
With the advent of an electrical storm, I decided to check on the horses. Having showered, I didn't want to put on dirty clothes nor risk dirtying clean clothes by venturing out in the mud.
So on with my Drizabone raincoat and boots, all was fine until I saw a baboon spider on my left shoulder, waving its front legs about. Leaping out of my raincoat without thinking, I was left standing just in my boots!
Leopards - they personify independence, strength and competence.
MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTING?
Seeing desert adapted black rhino in the harsh, rugged beauty of Damaraland - allowing us to be in close proximity on horseback. Just to be in their presence was incredible.
INTERESTING ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR?
A herd of buffalo bulls chasing one large male lion and killing it.
FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?
I love the excited chatter of guests as they retell their adventures around the fire, hearing stories as told through guests' eyes and how they have experienced the adventure. The impact of what they see, experience & feel is the most satisfying of all.