Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by nature in all its facets of beauty. I used to roam the neighborhood with our dog, looking for hares, rabbits, deer and birds in the fields or frogs in the ditches. During summertime, I was always busy with shoots and sprigs, sowing as many plants as I could and watching them grow. I read every book about animals and plants I could get my hands on and absorbed everything in there.
The desire to explore the wonders of nature must have started then. Africa, in particular, fired my imagination. I wanted to experience myself what it’s like to be in all that dry dust myself. My dreams came true during the nineties when I regularly visited the continent of Africa. I had already visited several parts of the North, East and West, when I finally arrived in Southern Africa. From the first time I set foot in the Delta in Botswana, I knew this was the place that had it all for me. Ten years later I followed the Safari Guide Course and, after that, the Trail Guide Training. To me it’s the ideal combination of enjoying nature and sharing its secrets with others.
I’m convinced that the sharing of knowledge is the key to preserve this unique area of nature. That’s the main reason I started to take groups of avid nature lovers and guide training students into the bush in 2009. The way we explore the bush is very intense: on foot, in a mokoro – a dug out half trunk of a tree – while staying in an unfenced camp surrounded by animals that roam freely, in an area of unspoiled nature. Students and participants can either follow the entire Safari Guide Course, including an exam, or follow a certain part of that guide training program. Either way, the training is very demanding, it takes dedication and commitment. There’s no room for slacking. Talented local students and guide trainees are part of the group. We offer these sponsored participants a better career perspective while enhancing the learning process of both local and international participants.