Growing up a stone’s throw away from the Kruger National Park in White River has taught me from a very young age how important wildlife is to the world. Spending quality time with family and friends in places like the KNP, the beaches of Mozambique, tiger fishing the Okavango Delta, watching elephants on the banks of the mighty Zambezi and exploring deserts has shaped my interests for the rest of my life.
After completing studies in Tourism at NWU I enrolled at Eco-training for FGASA qualifications to kickstart my guiding career. I got to spend most of 2014 walking in the northern Kruger. Being mentored by some of the best guides South Africa has to offer helped me better my understanding of why nature is important and why we need to conserve as much of it as we possibly can.
After this, I had the privilege of working in the Marataba section of the Marakele National park for close to three years learning the intricacies of conservation in fenced-off parks and how to manage them in a sustainable manner.
I am currently exploring parts of North America trying to avoid food and getting fit for the cycle from Kosi Bay down towards Cape Town.
I spent most of my childhood and adolescence exploring and hiking Europe and North America’s finest landscapes and national parks. Growing up in Dublin, Ireland, I really got to appreciate the contrasts between nature and city-life but had only had brief encounters with the former on holidays. After several trips to Southern Africa, a growing passion for the African bush was realized when I completed my first Eco-training FGASA course in 2010. Returning to Ireland to complete my BA only prolonged the inevitable and I moved out to South Africa in 2013, completing the professional field guide course and subsequently working in the northern Kruger.
Exploring nature on foot is my absolute passion, it evokes far more of our senses and allows us to see details otherwise overlooked, whilst lessening the impact and footprint we leave behind. Walking and guiding guests through the Kruger and the Marakele National Park has helped me build up a small understanding, large curiosity and definite realization that conserving the remaining wild habitats we have left is of the utmost importance to the survival of our planet. I have spent most of the last year working in Namibia but have had the opportunity to explore parts of Zambia and Botswana as well, and more than ever am acutely aware that we must nurture what we still have.
Having done quite a bit of land-based conservation work I would like to branch out a bit and look at doing something for marine environments. Kosi to Cape will allow me to explore some new regions, whilst doing something for a good cause that I care about.