Your Guides to Our African Wilderness...
HUGO BREED Head Ranger
Hugo was born and raised in Pretoria. His passion and love for the bush, especially the lowveld, started at a young age while visiting the Kruger National Park during every winter holiday.
After completing his schooling, Hugo then studied Law and graduated. After completing his articles and being admitted as a lawyer, Hugo’s passion for the bush ignited and he exchanged life in the city for one in the bush.
Hugo completed his FGASA level 1 and Trails guide training at Entabeni Nature Guide Training and then joined the team at Leopard Hills in 2013 where he instantly fell in love with the lodge and its surroundings!
JOHAN DE LA REY Ranger
Growing up on a farm with animals around me, I learned to respect and love nature from a young age.
After school I started working at an overland company (tours across Africa) as a tour guide and travel across the African continent on various different tours, during these tours my true passion developed for the African bush and its animals. After three years of touring, my passion for wildlife and animals steered me to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve where I have been working in the Western Sector since 2004 and I have been fortunate to be part of the Leopard Hills guiding team since 2013.
My hobbies are fishing, birding, photography and sports, so if the opportunity arrives I love to play a round of golf or a cricket match.
As guide I love to let the guests experience the animals and their behavior and explaining what they are seeing rather than just ticking the “boxes” the bush is too special to race around, we do that enough in the normal working life.
STEFAN SWANEPOEL Ranger
Stefan grew up in the beautiful small lowveld town of Tzaneen, surrounded by the ‘Drakensberg’ mountains. Stefan believes his love for nature and wildlife got cemented through numerous visits to Kruger national park with his family during his childhood. They would spend countless hours around the bush camp fire, sharing stories and reliving the animal sighting of the day, whilst listening to lions and hyenas call in the distance.
After completing matric at Die Wilgers Highschool, he studied Law at the University of Pretoria, and became a Radio DJ for Tuks FM.
Stefan then found himself in the corporate environment as a senior software consultant for an Information Technology company based in Somerset West, Western Cape.
He left the corporate world in 2011 to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming a safari field guide. He enrolled in the Eco-Training year course, which enabled him to spend time in beautiful private game reserves in the lowveld, Kruger National Park and Botswana.
He believes the Sabi Sand Wildtuin to be the pinnacle of guiding with world renowned game viewing and is an absolute honour and privilege to be working at the breathtakingly beautiful Leopard Hills.
“Africa is more than a destination – it’s a feeling”
CAMERON ENGELBRECHT Ranger
Cameron's guiding career started off in the Northen parts of Kwazulu Natal in 2012. With a traditional healer as he's tracker he's eyes were opened to a world he never knew existed. "The way I perceive nature is more than just the beauty to the eye, but the feeling of serenity, and connection to all the paths of life."
One of Cameron's greatest passions and deepest loves, is the most prolific great cat, however not the easiest to find due it's stealthy lifestyle. The leopard. A drawing factor to what made him join our team here at Leopard Hills.
One of his hobbies is videography; "After watching a documentary called the 'Eye of the leopard' by Beverly and Derek Joubert, I had never felt so much emotion in such a short space of time."
Film has now become an adopted dream of his. One of his goals is to conserve through film, so keep a watchful eye out.