One distinct early childhood memory stands out for me. As a young boy on a family canoeing expedition, I sat quietly one morning on a sandbank overlooking the Zambezi Valley. As the sun rose, I watched hippo returning to the Zambezi River from their nightly forage. I remember being completely awestruck in that moment, and knew from then on that I would pursue an adventurous life in the bush.
This endless quest for adventure and excitement has drawn me to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, seeking out mountain gorillas in Uganda and in Rwanda, exploring the rare sand forests off the east coast of Southern Africa, guiding guests on walking and vehicle safaris in the Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park and, currently, my bush expeditions have drawn me to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Here I have privately guided guests as well as recruited, selected and trained new guides since 2014. As a result I have managed to extensively explore and get to know the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and the Masai Mara. I have trained Tanzanian National Park field rangers in the art of safe and interpretative safari walks in the bush in Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania, as well as having had the opportunity to train naturalists in the jungles of India on how to deliver world class safari experiences. Sri Lanka has been a highlight in my career, as a guide and adventurer, and remains a very unique safari destination in my opinion. This on-the-ground experience coupled with being a qualified PADI Scuba Dive Master means private safaris have combined bush and beach in the past – which is always great fun!
Passionate about wildlife, birding, walking and tracking, I have been in the safari world since 2005 guiding guests on private safaris both in East Africa as well as Southern Africa. As a qualified trails guide I believe one of the best ways to experience the bush is on foot. I love the challenge of reading tracks, and following them to discover what the animals get up to when they move deep into the bush and away from the roads. The excitement of finding these animals on foot, moving around them safely, and then leaving them undisturbed, is what the bush is all about.
I am an avid photographer and have hosted many guests who have a special interest in photography and film. Ensuring my guests achieve the best position for the ultimate wildlife shot, I know how to optimise their experience and predict animal behavior in order to get us into the right place at the right time.
I love that I can share my passion for nature with guests from all over the world. I have built my life around guiding and I currently have the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystem on my doorstep. When I look back to that morning on the Zambezi River, I can honestly say I am now living my dream.