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From the Farm to Corporate to Safari...
Raised on a small farmstead just outside of Johannesburg in South Africa to a corporate city slicker, Andrew’s personal journey from the corporate business world to Safari and nature is a story of reconnecting, re-wilding, looking deep and searching for a more fulfilling and purposeful life. His personal journey and unique career experiences combined with his passion for people, nature and safari combined to create a very unique and special story board for his clients. The consulate professional and having had experience with all levels of high profile business, local and international celebrities as well as royals, he’s learnt a lot about people and simple art of making an individual smile and feel special.
As boy Andrew would sit with his grandmother and listen to stories of his great-grandparents who lived and grew up in Komatipoort and Barberton at the time of the transport riders, Barberton gold rush and the infamous hunters of the early Lowveld and Sabie Reserve. His personal favourites were the stories of his great grandfathers adventures with Fitzpatrick and Wolhuter through the southern region of todays Kruger National Park.
These enchanting stories would stay with Andrew forever and connected him deeply with the region and the Kruger and inevitably pull him into a life that was never expected but dreamed about. In the midst of a successful corporate career Andrew decided that change was needed and the path was clear. Time to give up one life for another…
Today as a entrepreneur, business owner and professional safari guide, Andrew uses his personal journey and experiences to create a variety of personalised safari experiences for his clients. With an exceptional knowledge of the Kruger National Park, its history, heritage and wildlife, Andrews safari’s offer clients a far deeper understanding of this iconic wilderness and all the characters and species that call it home. Said to have a ‘David Attenborough-like” ability by his clients, the way he is able to remember facts, share knowledge and create experiences, has lead to him being one of Krugers most sought after private guides with by local and international celebrities, international sports stars and globally respected businessmen as clients.
As a guide the most important part of what he does is to connect his guests with the wilderness and share the fascination and wonder of nature.
Andrew has a business background with DaimlerBenz International, Barloworld Avis and TBWA with a passion for brand and marketing strategy. He is a qualified Field Guide through FGASA who are the leading Field Guide training association in Southern Africa. He also has further qualifications as a Trails Guide, Track & Sign as well as Regional Savanna Bird Guide who leads annuals tours through the Kruger National Park.
“Andrew is the best guide in the business. His Safaris are a mix of history, biology, ecology and humour that is unrivalled”
Vusi Thembekwayo – World Top 12 Speaker | Best-selling Author | 2020 GQ Business Leader of the Year