We look forward to introducing you to our rangers and trackers who will be responsible for all your game viewing activities:
Meet the Team
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!
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!
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
Francois van Rhyn
Since I can remember I knew that I will end up doing something animal related as I've always been interested in animals and nature.
Being a wildlife enthusiast, I followed my dream in becoming a Wildlife Photographer. During this remarkable experience I found myself where I always dreamt of being... in the BUSH!
Shortly after the photography course I pursued my dreams further and became a field guide.
I am so fortunate to be working at a world renowned Lodge in the heart of Big 5 territory, where my dream and my job became my lifestyle.
I am amazed at how much the bush has to offer and how much I still get to learn from it.
Come and join us in the amazing and brilliant experience we call, Safari.