One of my most incredible memories, which ultimately steered me down the path I’m on today: myself and a colleague were dropped by helicopter on a desolate, unmanned island in the middle of the Seychelles and told to “explore and make notes on what’s there.” We discovered an anchor from a 1700s shipwreck, a cemetery, the coral reef off the west coast and many other treasures. This was a scouting exercise before the ‘rat eradication’ and lodge building of what would become the Indian Ocean’s most exclusive island hideaway, and it was a true-scaled ‘Robinson Crusoe’ boy’s dream-come-true. It was the first of many Seychelles islands’ explorations and now I’ve visited 25 of the Seychelles Islands, including Cosmoledo and the incredible, world-in-its-own-right, Aldabra. The Seychelles remains one of the idyllic island chains in the world.
I’d always had a passion for the outdoors and all things biological, then my family moved from Johannesburg to the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields and I soon realized that there was much to learn from the natural history of the Biggars- and Drakensberg mountain ranges. After matriculation, I studied a post-graduate degree in Zoology on marine intertidal invertebrate ecology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. However, scientific methodology was not to tie me down, and I joined one of Southern Africa’s largest safari camp operators in 1994. I traveled all over Southern Africa starting lodges, and running operations and safaris. I spent seven years guiding in Botswana, and still spend at least a month annually in that great country. All these experiences, including that early ‘Robinson Crusoe’ adventure, led me to start my own tour company focused on exploring the world’s true wilderness areas – the polar regions, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Botswana and more. Now I share my experiences, knowledge and insight with my clients to plan their transformative safaris.Based in: South Africa
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