I’m a naturalist at heart, love wildlife, climbing mountains and teaching people about the bush. I was attracted to the Elephant Coast/ Northern Zululand because of its diversity in fauna and flora. Accepted onto the three year advanced nature guiding and conservation course I was set to explore a new area, learn about things I’ve only read about and seen on television. During my time at Bhejane Nature Training Academy my interest in animal behaviour, bird watching, plants/trees, local culture and photography started growing. After my two years of theoretical and practical training at Bhejane Nature Training Academy, I had completed qualifications and was a level 1 FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) Nature Guide, Regional Specialist Bird Guide for the savanna and forest biomes, Backup Trails Guide, Level 1 Marine Guide and PADI Rescue Diver.
Deciding on what I was to do for my practical placement year out in the field, I opted to apply for the Inkwazi Ranger Training course at Phinda Private Game Reserve. Accepted onto the course I started my training on the beautiful Munyawana Game Reserve, Phinda. The training at Phinda was thorough doing game drive techniques, hospitality, rifle training and lodge training. After nearly seven months of training at Phinda things didn’t work out for me so I started looking for a guiding position elsewhere.
Luckily for me I found a job next door on Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve. Zulu Nyala was a great learning opportunity because I started guiding guests within the first week of working there. Great working on a reserve with a fair amount of game including rhinos, elephants, buffalo, leopards, cheetah as well as being able to do guided trips into surrounding parks. After 6 months of working there Tailor Made Safaris was looking for a specialist guide to fill a position.
Fascinated by the fact that Tailor Made Safaris is offering top-quality guided safaris for guest along the Elephant Coast, Drakensberg and the Kruger National Park, I was delighted to make the move. Working for Tailor Made Safaris means I will be able to broaden my knowledge of other areas, have the opportunity of interacting with guest for a longer period and using my skills and knowledge to give guests a better guided experience.