Makuleke elephant in the dust while on The Outpost Lodge safari Makuleke Pafuri scenery from The Outpost luxury safari lodge Male Lion in the Makuleke grass from The Outpost luxury safari lodge River of the Makuleke at The Outpost safari lodge Watching the morning sunride while on safari in the Makuleke with The Outpost The Outpost with the luxury safari vehicle in the Pafuri

OUR GUIDES


GARRY BRUCE

As a young boy I prided myself in being able to identify most of the bird species found in South Africa. This passion never disappeared and I decided at an early age I was going to become a Game Ranger. I had caught the “bush bug”.

I grew up in Plettenberg Bay on the beautiful Garden Route, and my annual visits to the Kruger National Park with my father and brother really fuelled my passion for the bush. But it took little longer to realise my dream.

When I left school I was told to get a real job and go to university. I spent a couple of years working in London and later traveled the world working on Cruise Liners, which I thoroughly enjoyed. But the bush was calling.

Having completed my FGASA qualifications through Eco-training in the Makuleke area I fell totally in love with the unique wilderness of this part of Kruger. I spent almost 3 years guiding at Kapama Private Reserve near Hoedspruit which was a fantastic experience but when I had opportunity to work at the Outpost I jumped at the chance and am extremely privileged to call this part of Kruger home and I am loving every minute.


SAMUEL JAPANE

I was born in Venda in 1967 in a village called Ngudza.

In 1991 I started working as a plumber in my local village, however this did not last long as my contract ended after 7 months.

In December 2006 I was appointed as a security guard at a local primary school. Over the next 6 years I completed my processional hunting course but felt that this was not my destiny.

In 2012 I was given the opportunity by the Makuleke Property Association to do a one year professional field guides course. I worked hard to achieve both my Local guide and Advanced birding qualifications.

I started working at The Outpost in September 2014 and since then I have received a Bird Specialist qualification in December 2014. I am currently working towards my FGASA level 1 as well as my regional and national bird qualification.


NICK SMITH

I was born in Sandton in South Africa. From the tender young age of 3 I have been visiting the Kruger National Park and I instantly fell in love with everything about it.

I was a scholar at a nature based school in Hoedspruit that is situated on a 1200ha game reserve. My love and passion for the bush kept growing throughout my school career and after matriculating I decided to follow my passion and become a Field Guide.

Soon after finishing high school I received my FGASA Level 1, back-up trails guide and advanced birding qualifications.

I have had the privilege of working at The Outpost since July 2014 which has given me the experience to work towards my FGASA Level 2 and lead trails guide.

The bush is where my heart lies and Makuleke is home.


ECOTRAINING GUIDES

At the present moment, all our extra guides are highly trained EcoTraining freelancers who have done their a good part of their Guiding Training in the Makuleke area, so are well versed in this extensive Park.


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