Growing up in Africa, I developed a passion for nature at a young age. With my father, whose hobby was ornithology and photography, and my mother who is a professional wildlife artist, I grew up in an environment that nurtured a love for wildlife.
As far back as I can remember I wanted to be involved in wildlife and it was only when I joined the South African Air Force for 2 years that I realized I had another passion, and that was flying. I have amassed over 6500 hours of flying, 50% of which have been into bush airstrips in remote areas. I have an ATP (Airline Transport Pilot licence) that is the highest licence obtainable in aviation. I also received my Flying Instructor licence in 1992 and spent a year teaching and instructing new pilots, after which I obtained a Grade 2 Instructor Rating. I still enjoy instructing in between safaris.
I have been very fortunate to be able to combine these two passions for over 25 years by working as a professional pilot / wildlife guide. I began flying in 1990 and my first job as a game ranger and pilot was in the Timbavati/Umbabat Game Reserve bordering the Northern part of the Kruger National Park. I moved up to Botswana in 1993 to manage a camp called Nxamaseri, which is positioned on the panhandle at the top of the Okavango Delta. At the end of 1994 I went to Zambia for a year and lived in the South Luangwa valley in a town called Mfuwe, which is next to the South Luangwa Game Reserve. From 2006 to 2010 we lived in Tanzania in a town called Arusha, bordering the Serengeti, made famous for its Wildebeest and Zebra migration.
Flying has enabled me to visit and live in many African countries, and it is my safaris to these areas that have given me an overview of the wildlife of Africa. It has also enabled me to observe and note the differences in behaviour of animals due to their different environments. I have flown and guided through every month and season in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda.
Guiding safaris in these areas has allowed me to continue my observations of animal behaviour as well as enabled me to teach what I have learned to many an enthusiastic guest.
To understand more about wildlife I have spent the last 25 years researching, studying, observing and listening to other wildlife authorities, naturalists, authors and guides whenever possible. I know that you can only become an expert on a few aspects of nature and wildlife and I needed to know more, so I became a wildlife naturalist trying to find out as much as I could about how the whole eco-system works. I have particular wildlife favourites that I spend more of his time researching - Elephants, Lions, Cheetah, Climatology, Wildlife Ethology.
I like to view the safaris I lead, first and foremost to be memorable, fun, enjoyable, at times exciting but also as scientific educational opportunities to learn about mammal/bird/plant/insect identification, animal behaviour and interaction, physiology and anatomy adaptations, geography and even animal diseases and their effect on the environment. I believe that it is only when we, as guardians of this planet, are able to understand the natural environment as best we can, that we are able to fulfil our role as part of an integrated and interdependent natural design. I have been very fortunate to have travelled throughout Africa on safaris and the camps that I recommend you visit I have been to during every season, every month and I am able to give you a very good idea of what each camp can offer you at various times of the year.
The preservation of Africa’s wildlife can only be accomplished through education of it's children and instilling a passion for conservation in every guest I take on safari.