2012 TO PRESENT: Northern Tanzania horse safari guide in areas like the Serengeti, Arusha and Kilimanjaro
2009 TO 2012: Equestrian guide in and around Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve, South Africa.
WHY AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A GUIDE?
I grew up on and off in Africa and spent a lot of time out in the bush, mainly on horseback and couldn’t think of a better way to live life. I see guiding as a lifestyle rather than a job.
Completed my guiding training in South Africa to obtain the FGASA level 1 qualification and then gained experience in being an equestrian guide for the next three years. After that I wanted to experience some new adventures off the beaten track and drove north into Africa for six months. When I reached Tanzania I knew it was where I wanted to be.
Managing a ranch allowed me to set up horseback trips and I trained each mount to equip them for this specialised task.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD SAFARI GUIDE?
Someone who is passionate about the bush but also enjoys educating clients and meeting new people. And someone that can crack a good joke!
MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
I couldn’t mention one...there’s too many of them.
would probably go for a honey badger, as there isn’t really anything else like
it and it always gives me a good laugh out in the bush.
MOST MEMORABLE SIGHTING?
herd of elephants coming across a dead matriarch in a river bed. The herd spent
about three hours saying farewell to the red elephant.
Greeting it by its trunk and almost like they spray dust onto
themselves, they sprayed the matriarch’s spirit over them…mind blowing and I
have never seen anything like it before.
FAVOURITE CAMPFIRE STORY?
Being attacked by a python…you'll have to join me on the trail to hear the full story!