South African Guides

Please feel free to browse through our selection of Freelance Guides capable of Guiding in South Africa.

I followed my passion and commenced a second career as a guide after 25 years in the corporate world.

I am a registered National Guide,  Fgasa qualified level 2 trails guide, and savanna and montane grassland birding specialist. My preference is birding and general wilderness experiences on foot. I have my own heavy calibre rifle and PDP.

As a freelance guide, I have instructed on EcoTraining’s Birding, Ecoquest, Game Ranging, and Educational Walking Trails courses in the Makuleke area of the northern Kruger National Park and Karongwe and Selati Game Reserves. I lead birding and general wilderness trails from The Outpost in the Makuleke area of northern KNP.

I have guided a birding tour for Lawsons Tours and (as a host) taken clients on mokoro/walking safaris in the Okavango Delta. I have done numerous smaller tours, and spent time in wildernesses in northern Australia, Alaska, Tanzania, Zambia and all of Southern Africa.

Visit my website www.accipitertours.co.za or contact me on 0824922880 or accipitertours@wbs.co.za

 


 

  • Ann du Toit - SATOUR National / International, German and English speaking Tour Guide.

Born near Cambridge in the UK, Ann has made South Africa her home of choice over the past 28 years, brought here from her previous home in Germany by a vocational challenge in the 80’s, where she was involved in social welfare work and development projects in the turbulent pre-transition times during the then apartheid regime.  She trained as a professional tourist guide for South Africa with Satour in 1996 and looks back over nearly 15 years of cultural, country and wildlife guiding and tour operating, with intermittent spells in lodge management.
 
Although she is primarily known as a German-speaking guide in South Africa, Ann travels Europe in the summer months, interpreting the various countries and cultures to the English-speaking market sector.  Ann du Toit is a full-time, all year round, National and International Tourist Guide and Tour Director, operating as On Track Touring since 2005. She is located primarily in White River, near the famous Kruger National Park, but also operates from Johannesburg and Cape Town. See Ann's website at www.ontracktouring.co.za or give her a call on 082 35 88 123 for more information.


 


 

  • Stefan Winterboer - FGASA Level 3, Trails Guide with 14 years of Guiding Experience. Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana (Host Only).

 

I am available throughout the year with minimal notice needed. My career has been very successful, with most of my guiding being conducted in South Africa. Recently I worked on the Lebombo concession for Singita for 2 years and before that for Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve for 7 years as a Field Guide and Manager of Safari Teams. A short 9 month contract saw me working in the Waterberg where my love for the bush was re-kindled with this places immense beauty and diversity.

I have toured Botswana and Namibia intensively and have an in-depth knowledge of these two awesome countries fauna and flora, people and places. While with Singita I helped to pioneer their Pro-Guide service and was able through this, to guide in Tanzania along the Grumeti River and surrounding bush land. My contact details are stefan@guidesandtrackers.co.za or alternatively please call me at 082 326 6292.

 

 


 

 

  • Claudia Schnell - Freelance guide: conducting game drives as well as walking safaris in Big 5 area …or join me on unique & special designed safaris for people with different interests!

My fascination to this continent made me, originally born and raised in Germany, move to South Africa and working in the African bush the last 6 years. I gathered my experience amongst others while working in Big 5 area with international guests for a ‘Big 5-Horse Safari’ as well as a coordinating manager in a research camp. I have qualified as a FGASA Level 2 guide & trails guide.


My main focus goes to special designed safaris in a Big 5 game reserve for adventurous people with different interests. Find all information on our different programs here: www.claudiaschnell.com.


In cooperation with “Wamvenga-Training” I offer a unique designed program on teambuilding & leadership training for individuals & corporate teams in the magnificent African bush since the element of surprise and adventure makes itself the best and most interesting classroom ever.


You can join me and our qualified staff on one of our unique safaris organized in a Big 5 game reserve or take advantage of my German language skills, my knowledge and experience, and hire me as free-lance safari guide and make your own safari an unforgettable “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. Contact: +27(0)76-8020480 or email to africa@claudiaschnell.com

 


 

  • Brett Horley - SKS Birding Guide, FGASA Level 3 Trails Guide, with 9 Years of Expereience, First Aid Level 2, PrDP and a Tracker Level 2 Qualification 

 

Born and schooled in Johannesburg I first visited the Kruger National Park when I was 2 weeks old. Raised on a game farm in the North West province I have been an active birder my entire life and this has become my main focus and specialty in recent years. Having guided for the past 9 years I am a passionate all round naturalist, with an interest in each and every aspect of the natural world. Starting off as an apprentice Trails Guide in the Klaserie and Timbavati Private Game Reserves, walking trails gave me a foundation as a Safari Guide of which I am extremely grateful. I then spent 6 years in the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve at Lion Sands and Singita Private Game Reserves. My career then took me to Botswana and Tanzania where I trained guides and participated in many specialist photographic, birding and natural history safaris.

I am an extremely keen photographer using Nikon equipment and have been privileged to participate in photographic safaris in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. I have also travelled on 3 other continents, always visiting wild places and looking for birds. I am a FGASA Level 3 Trails Guide SKS Birding qualified guide, with PrDP, registered with DEAT, First Aid Level 2 , Tracker Level 2 and have attended numerous courses on birding, reptiles, photography etc. 

I would love to spend time with you out in the “bush”! Contact/follow me at info@bretthorley.com, or follow me on Twitter @BrettHorley or have a look through my website at www.bretthorley.com
 

 


 

  •  Adrian Bantich - Level 3 Trails Guide, CyberTracker Level 1 and 7 years experience

Adrian began his guiding career in Pilanesberg National Park under the old-school guiding mentorship of Andre Kruger. A year later he found himself conducting walks and game drives in the Manyelethi Game Reserve – situated in the Greater Kruger Biosphere. Within two years Adrian was asked to manage Tintswalo Manor House Lodge in early 2008, whereupon his passion for story-telling and harmonica playing fuelled the evening fireside chat.


The opportunity to work as a specialist safari guide at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve came about in mid-2009. This was to become his most memorable and most epic four year stint to date. As part of the Tswalu Field Guide Team, Adrian and his colleagues were passed and assessed as FGASA Level 3 Trails Guides in 2010. This also included a new mentor role to up-and-coming Field Guides. A year later Adrian wrote a mini-dissertation on sexual selection in Lions for his BSc in Zoology and Environmental Management. This led up to a yearlong behavioural research paper on the introduction of 4 male lions into the reserve – which was completed in 2012. His passion for writing and story-telling has never ceased. To date he “dabbles” (his words) in anecdotal writings and blogs for safari publications such as Ranger Diaries.com and Safarious.com.


In January 2013, Adrian’s individuality and creativity prompted him to head out on his own. By initiating Adrian Bantich: Freelance – Safari – Expedition , He now serves as specialist freelance /private guide for private game reserves across Southern Africa and is affiliated with various high-end tailor-made Safari Operators. His unique approach, scientific and yet authentic appreciation for the natural environment certainly puts him into a very unique guiding category.

Beginning with sincerity and ending off with a sneaky grin, Adrian states;
“The last seven years have been a journey that only few can have – A privilege. I am not ready to give up this lifestyle...playtime isn’t over”.

Adrian can be contacted for his trip programs and rates via his email address adrianbantich@gmail.com or on his mobile 084 674 9682. Adrian can be followed on these social media platforms.

  

 


 

  • Olivier Houe - French Speaking Tour Guide with a huge interest in Entomology, Photography and Africa.

 

 

 

I am originally from France where I studied environment management with the objective to work in Africa. I did my practical for my degree with WWF in Madagascar Island. After a few months in France, I found a position in Gabon, in the Lope Reserve, with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS-USA). I have been working in the rain forest in Central Africa as a research assistant to study plain gorillas, chimpanzees and mandrills as well as forest elephants and forest buffaloes. During this time I also had the great opportunity to work as an entomologist for the “Radeau des Cimes”(the raft of the canopy).

 After I left Gabon, I worked in South Africa in a private game reserve near the Kruger National Park where I was the manager and field guide for three years. I was touring in the Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon and some private game reserves in Hoedspruit area.

 I then left to Botswana to work for Bushways Safari in mobile safari. All my tours started and finished in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. On a two week trip we were going through the Caprivi Strip in Namibia and in Botswana Tsodilo Hills, the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park including Savuti as well as Central Kalahari.

 I came back to South Africa and worked for Shongololo Express, a train tour company. The first 3 years as a guide and thereafter as a manager. Shongololo Express operates tours in Southern Africa so I have been guiding in South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Maputo.

I am a national tour guide, FGASA level 2 (written exam) with a main interest in nature guiding and wildlife photography. To be a field guide is not only to show animals, it is to share our knowledge and explain the ecology of the different areas we cross as well as conservation and environment management in Southern Africa.
I am also an entomologist amateur, collecting and breeding insect from Africa as well as supplying equipment.

You can contact me on 0824553356 or olivier.houe@gmail.com

  


 

Robin was born in Johannesburg but lived over 28 years overseas which parts were spend in France, Mauritius and the Netherlands where he took his first wildlife and guiding steps on weekends off at their coastal regions, river delta’s and dune forests. Over the last 8,5 years he has made South Africa his home and specifically the Lowveld region where he was trained as a professional nature guide begin 2007. Since then Robin has worked as a Safari Guide, Trail Guide, Head Ranger, Safari Lodge Manager, FGASA Assessor and Field Guide Instructor predominately in the Private Game Reserves around Kruger Park, with intermittent spells of tour operating in South Africa.
 
Robin is known for his excellent knowledge of the African bush and his ability to link this to the vibrant Culture and History of the South African subcontinent. He speaks fluently German, French and Dutch and he loves to interpret, travel and discover the various countries and cultures of the African continent. Currently he find most of his guiding inspiration by observing and interpreting the excellent leadership and teamwork qualities of African wildlife. To transfer this passion he offers life-changing leadership and coaching courses inspired by the African wildlife in the Lowveld. You can find more information about this new approach to wildlife connectivity on www.wamvengatraining.com. Robin is FGASA fieldguide assessor, holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics and is an accredited ECA Integral Coach.

Visit my website www.wamvengatraining.com, Contact me directly for rates and availability on 0727969577 or send me an email on robin@wamvengatraining.com. Robin can be followed on these social media platforms - Facebook

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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