A message from the founder
As the founder and owner of Wild Things Outdoor, my job is to share the natural and cultural treasures of South Africa with the world. Growing up as the son of a farmer, I had a humble upbringing and learned the language and bushcraft of the Zulu people as a barefoot child.
My thirst for knowledge and love for the outdoors knew no bounds. Even after the school bell rang, my education continued through endless lessons and thrilling adventures. I yearned to make a positive difference in my beloved country, so I pursued a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Cape Town. This academic journey took me to the United States, where I worked in business development for a non-profit organisation. I even spent a season working at a ski resort, showcasing my passion for tourism and hospitality.
However, tragedy struck at 28 when I lost my father. This tragic event served as a wake-up call, reminding me that life was too short to ignore my true calling and purpose. In a moment of clarity, I became a safari guide, immersing myself in the wild and working for one of the world’s leading safari companies. Later, I embarked on a freelance journey, guiding tourists for various tour operators in the vibrant city of Cape Town.
My love for the outdoors and determination to protect its beauty led me to volunteer as a wildland firefighter. I explored mountains on my bike, hiked through breathtaking landscapes, dived into the depths as a free diver, and embraced a fitness-driven lifestyle. Nature, culture, and history became my areas of expertise, and I revelled in sharing my knowledge with others.
In 2015, I planted the seed of my own company, Wild Things Outdoor, which blossomed into a reflection of my deepest values. Adventure runs through my veins, and I surround myself with guides and partners who shared my passion. Together, we curate unforgettable experiences for our guests, drawing from the rich tapestry of our own lives.
With its majestic mountains, expansive plains, lush bushveld, and vast oceans, Africa has always been my home. Embracing its natural wonders gives me a profound sense of belonging and peace. I feel compelled to unveil the hidden gems of my homeland to people from around the world, revealing the boundless beauty of its natural and cultural heritage.
At Wild Things Outdoor, inspiration flows freely, and each adventure is carefully crafted to ensure that every moment spent is worthwhile. Leaving footprints on trails is not our only aim; we aim to etch memories in the hearts of our guests, creating a legacy of our journeys together.
I invite you to join this extraordinary experience. Let’s wander through untamed landscapes, encounter magnificent wildlife, learn from vibrant cultures, and create memories that will endure a lifetime. Together, let’s embrace the spirit of Wild Things Outdoor and make your own unforgettable marks on this incredible journey.
I am a volunteer wildland firefighter, mountain biker, hiker, nature, culture and history guide. I spend most of my time outdoors and everyday marvel at the beauty surrounding the mother city. This was the seed from which I started my own company, Wild Things Outdoor.
Cape Town has always been my favourite city. The mountains and the ocean leave a peace in me and those who travel here with me. The Western Cape is wild and wonderful and the opportunities to explore are endless.
Wild Things Outdoor is the essence of who I am. Adventure is in my blood. My guides and partners, like I, have the same passion. We give our guests the value that is forged out of the mould of our lives.
The inspiration that Wild Things Outdoor brings to adventures will be worth the energy spent and will leave more than footprints on trails. Come and join us. Let’s make memories. We look forward to inspiring you!
Passion – for the outdoors and guiding
Knowledge – of our environment
Respect – for people and places
Courage – to overcome challenges
Care – for the environment and humanity
Fun – Be safe, have fun, make memories
It is Wild Things Outdoor’s mission to inspire you in creating value in your adventure so that you may cherish the memories forever.
WHY HAVE A GUIDE
The South African outdoors is not a “walk in the park”. On our trails, there are steep cliffs, brittle trails, and temperamental weather, make it necessary to have an experienced guide. On our roads there are unpredictable drivers and your guide will know how to get you to destinations safely.
Crime has become a concern in recent years, with opportunists picking on weary travellers. A guide knows where to go and where not to go.
Your experience will be enhanced with knowledge and fun while you relax and enjoy the adventure.
Our guides are passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. You will be able to immerse yourself in South African Nature and Culture and our guides will help create a memory to last a lifetime.