Ranger Profiles

We look forward to introducing you to our rangers and trackers who will be responsible for all your game viewing activities:

Meet the Team

Darryn Gates

Ranger

Darryn Gates

I grew up on the South Coast of South Africa.
I have been working as a Ranger for the past 5 years, all of which were spent in Zulu Land.
It has been my main aim to work in the Lowveld since I started guiding.
I love the bush and greatly enjoy all the spectacular sightings that Thornybush has to offer.
I mostly enjoy birding and reptiles, and look forward to teaching my guest more about these as they are often overlooked when looking for larger game.
I am very privileged to live out my passion here at Shumbalala Game Lodge and I look forward to spending time with our guests in the bush and sharing my knowledge with them.

Colbert Khoza

Tracker

Colbert Khoza

I was born and raised in Acornhoek in the Mpumalanga Province. As a young boy I was a cattle minder and decided I wanted to do more with my life.
I went to a field school at Londolozi Game Reserve where I was trained as a tracker.
From there I worked at several well known game reserves before coming to work at Shumbalala.
My job is my passion, I really love it and look forward to a great future here!

Edward Reynolds

Ranger

Edward Reynolds

I was born & raised in Johannesburg, but spent a large part of my childhood visiting the Kruger National Park with my family.
In the last three years of guiding in Thornybush, I've come to specifically enjoy birding, plants and the other smaller things that nature has to offer.
Bush walks are a highlight for me as it gives me an opportunity to experience the bush on a much more personal level and to share Nature with our guests, leaving them enriched.

I developed a love and passion for the bush at a very young age and I am very excited to share this with all our guests.

I look forward to meeting you!

Sam Mathebula

Tracker

Sam Mathebula

I was born in the Klaserie Nature Reserve, (a stone's throw away from Thornybush) I am 44 years young and a father to a son and two daughters.

At a very young age I had a keen interest in animals and at the young age of 19 I decided to attend a tracking academy. I obtained my level 2 tracking qualification, and got my first job as a tracker soon after I graduated.

I went on to obtain my level 3 and 4 tracking qualification over the next few years in various Nature Reserves. I am only one year away from obtaining the ultimate tracking qualification of becoming a Master Tracker.

Sam looks forward to welcoming you at Shumbalala with his warm friendly smile where you can experience his great skills out in the natural habitat of the big 5