Ranger Profiles

We look forward to introducing you to our Field Guides and Trackers who will be responsible for all your game viewing activities:

Meet the Team

Edward Reynolds

Field Guide

Edward Reynolds

I was born in Johannesburg and spent most of my life living in the city. As a child, my farther used to take us to the Kruger National Park for holidays, where we would spend time looking for animals, big and small. I knew from a very young age that I love the African Bushveld and that this is where I wanted to live and work as an adult.
I have a very deep passion for the bush and all it has to offer. I love birding and sharing my knowledge with my guests.

After completing high school, I got caught up in the “rat race” and sold all I owned after coming across a leaflet advert for a field guiding course and started my career in Botswana as a Nature Guide.

I started working in Thornybush in 2014, and learnt so much from the bush and from my colleagues. I knew this was what I was meant to be doing with my life. I felt so blessed to have gotten involved in the industry at an early age, allowing me to grow and develop as an adult in the most spectacular environment.

In 2017 I joined the Shumbalala Team, where I learnt so much about appreciating the finer details in everything. I have grown as an individual and was given opportunities to excel in my strong points.

I look forward to sharing my passion with all our future guests and taking Shumbalala to new heights.

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

Victor Swan

Field Guide

Victor Swan

I was born in Zimbabwe and was practically bush raised by my Shona friend Sixpence. As youngsters we were inseparable and he taught me volumes about the bush and it’s laws.
Stalking game whilst on fishing trips in the Zambezi valley with my father was an exciting way to pass the time while waiting for the fish to bite. My love and passion for the wild was born here.
Later in life I assisted my family on their farm in the lowveld and the luxurious Motlala lodge was born. Here I was responsible for guiding private guests for the Belgian owner and businessman from Europe. Exploring the Klaserie river and surrounds, was nothing less than a dream come true for me.
My move to Shumbalala was the final feather in my cap. The Thornybush reserve has a reputation for the professional manner in which it is operated and the ethics amongst the guides legendary! Teaming with game the reserve fills my senses and completes my journey. I love the Elephants and buffaloes the most, having bred buffalo for a living during my tenure at Motlala their interaction and herd hierarchy intrigues me.
I am able to live my dream here at Shumbalala working alongside my colleagues and peers chasing the dream of promoting, protecting and show casing what South Africa and indeed Africa has to offer.