Head Guide

George David Tolchard

George Tolchard was born in the small town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

His great passion for the natural world and his affiliation with the African outdoors has always been strong from childhood. “When my mother and father took myself and two brothers to Hluhluwe/Ufolozi Reserve at the age of 12, I knew right there and then exactly where I wanted to be.”

George has a Diploma in Zoology and is a registered FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) Walking Trails Guide.

He has been living and working in Tanzania now for over 10 years and speaks the language of Kiswahili fluently. He has been involved in many aspects of conservation during his time in the safari industry and he prides himself on bringing others closer to nature.

His career began in South Africa at the age of 21 where he worked extensively throughout the region in both guiding and conservation management. George is well travelled throughout the continent of Africa but Tanzania will always be his home. His intimate knowledge of both flora and fauna as well as the regions vast habitats, is cast from many years out on foot watching and listening to the wildlife he shares these incredible wilderness areas with.

“To head out on foot into the wilderness of Africa’s pristine natural habitat is so much more than just a walk. You are embarking upon an adventure, sharing an unforgettable experience with the person walking next to you and even more so, with nature itself. Becoming a part of the natural kingdom, we open our senses, we absorb our surrounds and we walk amongst the wildlife, seeing the world in a new light. A walking safari is a fabulous contrast to wildlife viewing from the vehicle. Whether it is the great outdoors that you love, being close to nature or simply appreciating the little things as well as the large… A walking trail is for you!”

Before arriving at Singita Grumeti, George had spent considerable time walking in the Selous Game Reserve, Southern Tanzania and the Okavango Delta, Botswana. His passion for walking in the bush is nothing short of infectious!

Stories by George David Tolchard