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Son David on a canoe safari age six
Son David on a canoe safari age six

My family have been in Africa since 1688, spending eight generations as wine farmers in the Western Cape before moving up from South Africa to present day Zimbabwe by wagon. It is here that our last five generations have thrived on an outdoor life as hunters, transport riders, farmers, ranchers and now, my life as a wildlife guide. Zimbabwe is where all three of our children were born and raised and are currently educated.

I am sure it is thanks to my family’s long resident history that a deep passion for Africa and its wildlife made me realise at a young age that I wanted to work with wild animals and share these interactions with my fellow man.

Over the past 25 years I have been fortunate to work as a guide in most National Parks within Zimbabwe. Plus the Okavango Delta, the Linyanti and Chobe waterways of Botswana, the Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei and Etosha National Parks in Namibia. The Luangwa Valley and Zambezi National Parks in Zambia. The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Selous National Parks and the Mahale Mountain Chimpanzee’s in Tanzania as well as diving the underwater gardens of Zanzibar, this fabled island, reeking of spices and a cultural history of slave traders, Sultans and intrepid explorers. I have shared the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro with like-minded friends sourced from two decades of safari holidays together. Safaris have taken me as far a field as Rwanda and Uganda to spend time with Africa’s most endangered mammal, the Mountain Gorilla. On many occasions I have enjoyed the game rich Parks of Kenya, the climax to be a part of Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacle ‘The Wildebeest Migration’ astride a horse for up to ten days at a time.

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However my greatest love is canoeing the Lower Zambezi River along the shores of Mana Pools and Zambezi National Parks, combined with walking through the magnificent Acacia and Mahogany forests beneath whose shade a multitude of animals mingle as we share windows of their lives in their daily quest for survival. This relationship stems from 20 years of continuous guiding from my floating office, an 18 foot Canadian canoe. Click here for information on Canoeing Safaris.

My floating office

While enjoying all things wild and scenic my specialities are safaris concentrating on photography, elephant, walking, canoeing and riding horses among wildlife while blending in appropriate occasion to be serious, quiet, in awe and appreciative as well as time to celebrate the days incredible sights and experiences with laughter and comradrie around the warmth of the campfire, savouring the rich smell of wood smoke while friendships are formed and forged.

My hobbies and interests are photography, canoeing, scuba diving, mountain biking, horse riding, mountain trekking and holidaying with my family into the various Wilderness areas of Africa.

Over the past 18 years my wife Mel and I have been creating itineraries around Africa for guests from North America, Europe, the UK and Australasia. It is with this experience that we are able to liase with you to create a suitable itinerary and co-ordinate the necessary bookings using our extensive contacts over the continent.

Wearing both hats as a Guide and Tour Operator I have been afforded the opportunity to present wildlife lectures and photographic presentations to many groups of people in North America, Europe, the Far East, Australasia and Africa. These gatherings vary in size from small groups of alumni and their friends gathered at a private home to an audience of 2700 in the Calgary Jubilee Auditorium. The audiences contrast from four year olds in Nursery Schools to Prince Phillip in Buckingham Palace.

Africa is our home and where our children are raised and educated. I travel throughout the continent each year on safari, camp inspections and guide training. Most of our holidays are enjoyed in various parts of the continent that we love. Africa offers a way of life that we believe in. We like to share this belief and its host of experiences with you, family and friends. Hopefully our trails will meet someday.

Read about the different types of Adventure Safaris
>Canoeing Safaris
>Horseback Safaris
>Walking Safaris
>Other Adventure Safaris: Makoro & Walking Trail, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting