We set off to our first stop, Krantzkloof, where we stayed the night at the Eagle’s View B&B. Arrived a bit late in the evening but managed to find a suitable restaurant called the Station where we ordered food and drinks quickly. Everyone was keen to get back to the B&B to get a good night’s rest. The next morning we enjoyed a hearty breakfast with a beautiful view of Krantzkloof which the B&B overlooks. We departed and headed to a close by view point to take some photographs of the magnificent kloof and surroundings before making our way to the Drakensberg.
Thinking I had missed my guests and waiting for them to walk through the arrivals, I was happily greeted by Jacques, Marino and Sofieke. They were very happy to have landed after a delay on their flight and were very excited to be exploring South Africa with me for the next three weeks.
After driving for a long time and the guest appreciating the landscape as we approached the Drakensberg we were at the foothills of the Amphitheater and ascending to Thendele camp. We were all in absolute awe at the size of the mountains, the position of the camp and what we would see on our exploration in the mountains. We were fortunate to have good weather, which made our hike to Thukela Gorge a super photographic opportunity. The Rodrigo’s really enjoyed walking through the afromontane forest, they had never seen anything like it before! We were lucky to see many different animal species including the Gurney’s Sugarbird, Chorister Robin Chat, Small Grey Mongoose, baboons and bushbuck. Cascades was another highlight, short walk to get there where the guest had an opportunity to take photographs of the waterfall, selfies, bushbuck and very attractive Gaudy Commodore butterfly.
My name is Quinton Paul Josop I’m from Cape Town but have been studying and working in KwaZulu-Natal for the past four years. Before I moved to KwaZulu-Natal I studied BSc Sports Science for a year at Stellenbosch University. Whilst at university I had a friend studying nature guiding and conservation at Bhejane Nature Training, based in the Hluhluwe area. It was through him that I pursued my dream of coming to the bush and learning all about it.
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.
Hi there! My name is Paul and I am the new specialist guide for Tailor Made Safaris! On this blog I will keep you all updated with trip reports and interesting stories about the African Bush!
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