The bushveld is a humble place. It commands silent respect. I discovered this at a very early age while on my very first visit to the world -renowned Kruger National Park.
Now in my bloodstream, the desire to work in our natural environment never waned throughout my schooling years. By the time I reached university –going age there was no question that Conservation was going to dominate my life.
As time has moved on there have been distinct patterns of change and what was once Nature Conservation has now developed into a much broader field of Eco –Tourism , sustainable resource development and the involvement of crucial communities in the overall preservation of our natural protected areas.
I strive to learn more, conserve more and share more…
Years spent in oil painting classes have taught me to appreciate the detail that creation offers us – the detailed bark of a tree, the dust covered hide of a hidden buffalo, the colours that work themselves into spectacular tapestries – passion creates awareness and draws cultures from all walks of life together into this most beautiful continent we call Africa.
The footprints I have left have only encouraged me to continue on my journey of discovery –South Africa , Botswana, Victoria Falls, adrenalin –filled Reunion Island, Mauritius, historical England, Wales and the splendid backdrop scenery of New Zealand – “Land of the Long White Cloud”.
Most Memorable Holiday
Botswana holds very special memories for me –waking up to the paradise that is the Okavango Delta is etched in my mind forever. The stillness of the water as we quietly steered our Mokoro to an angle where we could capture the sight of the African Fish Eagle in all its glory. The smell of the fresh water lilies as they opened up to the sun’s warm rays while reedfrogs swayed on the tips of tall reeds. Heaven personified.
My Travel Wishlist
A Zambia walking experience in South Luangwa National Park is top of my list followed by exploration of the rainforests in Uganda with close encounters of the gorilla kind, bushman paintings at Matobo Hills in Zimbabwe, and a road trip across the dramatic landscape of Namibia …just to start off with…
Never Travel Without…
Binoculars and a good bird book!
The Luxury Travel Item
A really good strong travel bag that makes packing fast and simple!
Your Best Piece of Travel Advice?
Just .Take. Everything. In. Cameras and photos are nice – but nothing compares to your memory. Don’t just see it – feel it in your soul.