Pierre - CEO and Expedition Leader
After a lengthy career in the corporate world I qualified myself as a walking guide, I spent several years working in Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. My love for Zambia started in 2007 when I worked in South Luangwa and grew when I managed a lodge in Kafue. I absolutely love being in the bush, Im passionate about Elephant conservation and I get incredible satisfaction from showing clients the beauty and magic of Africa. Guiding and being in the African bush, sharing the spectacular experiences she has to offer with my guests is my greatest passion.
Ryan - Director and Expedition Leader
I've been traveling, living and working in some of the wildest and most remote areas in Southern Africa for the past 15 years. I have a degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Port Elizabeth, as well as Nature guiding qualifications and licenses for parts of Zambia and South Africa.
I have done walking, canoeing, fishing, and driving for hours through the African wilds and this is what I really enjoy. I'm inspired by meeting interesting new people and the millions of natural wonders around us in the African bush.
Mariclaire - Chef and Guide
Having completed my Hotel School Diploma in 1992 I spent several years working in Germany, Holland and France learning the skills and recipes of delicious food. I started my own restaurant, The Barefoot Cook, in Hermanus in 2006 and had 10 great years of cooking and hosting friends. I have just done my Guiding License and divide my time between building my own house, riding my horse, contract catering and guiding German tourists to South Africa and Zambia.
Burt - Chief Mechanic
Born and bred in Hermanus Ive always loved the wild places that Africa has to offer. My parents owned a farm in Namibia where we spent annual holidays. These trips solidified my passion for the bush. Ive had a long career as a Commercial Diver in the Oil and Gas industry which taught me how to fix, build, maintain and service nearly any sort of mechanical equipment. My wife and I take every opportunity to explore in Africa, my favorite place is the Okavango Delta but any bush will do.
Charles - Transport Manager
I was born in 1985 in Livingstone and I have worked within the tourism industry for most of my life. I have gained a lot of experience working with international visitors to our beautiful country. I'm married with a child and my wife also works in tourism. Having done many tours in and around Livingstone and built up a good network of friends and professional colleagues Im able to best advise all my guests on activities in the town. I have been assisting Pierre for many years now, he is honest and treats everyone with the utmost respect.
Joss - Marketing and Business Development
Having achieved a Diploma from Cape Tech in Hotel Management in the early 90’s I started my career in Cape Town and I have worked internationally in the hospitality industry for over 10 years. I moved to Canada to further my career and I now call Australia home. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Pierre over many years in South Africa and joined Rafiki African Safari Experts to promote the company in the digital world. My passions include entrepreneurship, scuba diving and arranging travel and adventures. My love for animals, wildlife and travel have made me return to the bush many times over the years. My favorite destination is Kafue National Park – you’ll absolutely love it!