As a little girl I always wanted to be a “game ranger”. I spent all my childhood holidays in the bush or on some sort of wild, camping adventure. My parents and our entire family are in many ways deeply connected to the bush and that connection grew within me from my earliest memories. Somewhere along the path of becoming an adult, my idea of being a game ranger changed and I ended up studying Civil Engineering – long story about how I got there but needless to say, I realised very quickly that I never wanted to be a Civil Engineer! So, I completed my degree and off to the bush I went!
I started my guiding career in 2014 and it’s the happiest I have ever been. Those first few months of living in the bush and learning more than I ever thought possible about a place I thought I was so familiar with changed my entire outlook on life. It was also one of the most challenging times for me as I learnt so much about myself and I had to push myself to get out of my comfort zone to be the best guide that I could be.
I spent almost six years guiding in various reserves – Phinda (where Jonty and I met), Kirkman’s Kamp and Singita Sabi Sands and although we left the bush in 2019 to move onto the “next thing” – I always knew we would end up having our home somewhere in the bush and as luck would have it, we ended up in Hoedspruit and became very close with Grant and Michelle. Shortly after our move to Hoedspruit, we had our first baby and from there, life has moved at warp speed!
Jonty and I now have two beautiful babies, they keep us very busy but they are now at the heart of what we do – we want to be able to allow them to enjoy the bush like we do and the only way to do that is through conservation. Seeing them grow up in a bush environment is the best thing in the world.
I joined the Wild Wonderful World team in January of 2022 and I am so glad I did! What a wonderful team of people to work with and knowing that what we do really and truly makes a difference, is the best thing! I am so excited to see this beautiful family grow and do even more great things!