Our Private Guides

Africa Born Sam Stogdale

Andrew Viljoen

Andrew Viljoen
Private Guide & Safari Specialist

Having grown up in a small coastal village in South Africa, Andrew’s passions from an early age were birds, all things marine, anything crawling and just being in nature. Once finished with high school and attempting to pursue his passion as a professional cricketer, he decided to do a diploma in game ranging and lodge management. It was here that his passion for the bush really took off and after completing his course, helped a friend out on a game reserve and has not left the industry since!

His career started as a guide in the Eastern Cape of South Africa back in 2005 and he has since managed, trained, mentored and guided at some of the top lodges in Africa. Creating memories with guests in nature was what he was destined to do, a natural at connecting with people and nature alike.

After a few years in the Eastern Cape he moved up to Madikwe Game Reserve were he met his wife, Drienie and together, they managed properties in South Africa and Mozambique, as we as some time spent in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, managing, guiding and training the staff.

When they were expecting their first child, Andrew and his wife decided to move back to South Africa and pursue a more home-based career and for the past 5 years Andrew has been specialising in planning safaris throughout East and Southern Africa. Having guided clients for over 10 years and with his all-round knowledge and experience, it was only natural that he continued sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for mother Africa with guests.

His adventures continue from where they started, in the Eastern Cape, where he resides with his expanding little family, expecting their second child early 2020.

Africa Born Paolo Parazzi

Richard Pye AKA Atti

Richard Anthony Pye AKA Atti

Born in Kenya to a family of conservationists and naturalists and living in the bush for the greater part of his childhood led Richard into a holiday-time, outdoor lifestyle as a willing, unpaid assistant working in conservation, tourism, and land management between the Chyulu hills in Kenya, the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

Free time was spent catching and identifying, looking for snakes and scorpions, walking, tracking, climbing hills and fishing or swimming in crocodile inhabited lakes and rivers.

Through school where he volunteered for conservation service, chaired the snake club and was on the natural history quiz team Richard has always been drawn back to nature.

After graduating with a BSc from the University of Cape Town in 2004 Richard has been guiding walking and vehicle safaris, managing conservation areas and building and managing safari camps between Kenya and Tanzania.

In 2012 he joined an expedition with three others to Kayak five hundred and eighty kilometers up Lake Tanganyika.

After stepping back from tourism in 2013, Richard has, until recently, been the manager and warden of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the Maasai Mara where he was monitoring wildlife and managing the rangers, patrols, infrastructure, managed grazing and community relations.

Africa Born Paolo Parazzi

Jeremy Goss

Jeremy Goss

Jeremy was born in South Africa, and raised to love the wild spaces of the continent from an early age. He grew up with a father who made wildlife films for a living and, perhaps as an inevitable result, has spent most of his adult life trying to find ways to combine his love of photography and wilderness with ways of conserving it.

He started his safari career in the Okavango Delta of Botswana before going on to complete an MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town. Thereafter he turned his attention to the more practical aspects of wildlife conservation, working with Big Life Foundation in Kenya where he has been based in the Amboseli Ecosystem since 2013. He now divides his time between safari guiding, conservation work and photography.

Jeremy has travelled extensively across Africa, and these diverse experiences combined with his time spent living and working in wilderness areas, have given him a depth of understanding of Africa’s wild spaces and how important they are. Beyond his simple enthusiasm for sharing this with people, he is an accomplished photographer and avid birdwatcher. Most importantly, he just loves getting out there, wherever there may be.

Africa Born Paolo Parazzi

Franziska AKA Ginka Sommerlatte

Franziska AKA Ginka Sommerlatte

Born and raised in a fourth generation Kenyan-German family, Franziska spent her childhood growing up in the bush between the Athi Plains and Chyulu Hills of Kenya. From a young age Franziska would accompany her parents on their adventurous and pioneering excursions through Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania. Their knowledge and passion of conservation, botany and ecology was readily absorbed by Franziska, who knew from the moment her father sent her on her first guided walking safari at 16, that an adventurous life immersed in the wilderness was one for her.

At 21 Franziska left for South Africa to train and complete the one year accredited FGASA Professional Safari Guide Course. Franziska received the opportunity to work in the Waterberg region of South Africa, where her apprenticeship flourished under the direct tutelage of Lee Gutteridge, regarded as one of South Africa’s most celebrated nature guides, trainer and author. Here she developed her skills further, picking up advanced qualifications in FGASA trail guiding and tracking. Her passion for walking safaris drew her back to Kenya, where she received a position to work as safari guide under the Governor’s Camp Collection and later as a guide and lodge manager at Alex Walker’s Serian in the Masai Mara.

Through the keen observation of the elemental forms of the African landscapes and cultures that inhabit its wilder places, an equal interest started to develop which led Franziska to study Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Her large sculptural installations have been commissioned by private collectors, heads of state, corporate and national entities in Kenya and South Africa.

For Franziska her practice as an artist and guide are intrinsically connected; both rooted in sharing her deep passion, knowledge and inspiration of the great diversity of fauna and flora of Africa as well as the rich cultures that inhabit it.
Franziska’s enthusiasm and love for the wilderness is infectious, creating an unforgettable experience for anyone wishing to be taken on a voyage of discovery and learning on this magical continent she calls home.

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