*Featured in Condé Nast Traveler as a Top Travel Specialist*
My parents and grandparents, who loved the bush, set the tone for my early childhood and, indeed, my entire career. Many trips to the Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe instilled a deep love and understanding in me for the natural environment. Being schooled in the suburbs of Johannesburg and attaining a BSc Honours in Environmental Science degree from the University of Cape Town merely made me long for the bush even more.
I qualified as a safari guide from the renowned &Beyond Inkwazi Ranger Training based in Phinda Private Game Reserve in early 2008. I worked at all six lodges within the reserve and spent three years based at an exclusive sole-use villa; as well as progressing to head ranger and mentor for trainee guides. I also worked for a short while in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with Kruger.
I left &Beyond after 7 years, and enjoyed some time guiding in different parts of South Africa. By the end of 2016 I had guided in 13 lodges across this varied country of ours. Having settled in Cape Town and looking for a new challenge whereby I could combine my passion and knowledge for travel within Africa, and then share this with potential visitors, made joining Go2Africa an easy fit.
Sundowner of Choice
A Khaki Fever - Cape Whiskey, dry vermouth, lemongrass and apple with soda water and ice.
Most Memorable Sighting
Two of the most memorable encounters were my first encounter with a white rhino on foot in Matopos National Park in Zimbabwe, and ushering newly hatched green turtles to the ocean at Mnemba Island Lodge.
Safaris can be exhausting! Add on a couple of days at the beach after the safari to truly relax and reflect on the experience.
Favourite Client Story
After flying into Kenya from Tanzania, a client realised she had misplaced her passport. Working closely with our trusted Kenya-based partner, we were able to contact the pilot of the aircraft, find the passport and return it to the client the following day at her lodge in the Masai Mara.