About Us

Meet the Team

Casper Badenhorst

Tour Planner, Birding and Wildlife Guide

Casper Badenhorst

Casper was born in South Africa where he grew up near Dullstroom in a family with a deep appreciation for nature. He began birding from the age of 10 and quickly ticked up an impressive life list as he travelled all over Southern Africa with his family during school holidays. His career as a free-lance birding guide began first in the Limpopo province of South Africa where he lived near to the Taita Falcon nesting site, the Blyde River Canyon, the Kruger National Park and Magoebaskloof state forest. After he completed his guiding qualification he free-lanced for several birding tour operators guiding birders through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia. He later established a private birding company and is leading birding tours locally and abroad in Thailand, Malaysia, Ecuador, Uganda, Costa Rica, India and Colombia. He lives currently in Hoedspruit, South Africa and speaks Spanish, English and Afrikaans. Casper is registered with both the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and the South African Department of Environment and Tourism (DEAT).

Wouter van Spijker

Birding and Wildlife Guide

Wouter van Spijker

Wouter completed a bachelor degree in Environmental Science in Utrect and started his career in 2005 in the Netherlands working for Europe's largest bird park. His interest in birds and nature brought him to Africa where he first worked as a tracker and guide in a well-known private nature reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. He then moved on to he Greater Kruger Park where he was involved in logistics with hosting wildlife research teams. Since 2014 Wouter has been running overland birding and wildlife tours in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Malawi . He is an accomplished wildlife photographer and has a vast knowledge of Southern African nature reserves and parks. His experience as a birding and wildlife guide will enhance your African wildlife trip immensely. He is a registered FGASA nature guide and qualified tracker.

Johan Pretorius

Nature Guide

Johan Pretorius

Johan was raised on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South-Africa and has a love and passion for nature, traveling, photography and wildlife excursions. After his studies he worked in the Kruger National Park as a qualified Field Guide. Johan’s contagious enthusiasm for nature combined with the ability to convey his knowledge in an interactive manner makes him a favorite with clients. He was the first ever guide to conduct night-drives in the Kruger National Park. He traveled extensively throughout his life, visiting over thirty countries, thus gaining vast experience in different cultures, languages and customs. Johan also worked in the film industry and completed three feature films as line producer and camera operator. He has an Honours degree in Marketing Management. Johan is registered with both the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and the South African Department of Environment and Tourism (DEAT).

Brett Horley

Professional Trails Guide

Brett Horley

Brett Horley is a Private Safari Guide. A specialist. The rare and powerful combination of, true conservationist and nature enthusiast, with a clear motivation to combine Man and Beast into a near perfect Safari experience – sets him apart. Global travelers – from families to celebrities, nine year olds and business executives alike have fed off his insatiable passion for all that is natural. It is in his blood – highly respected and trusted, even on foot in Big Five terrain Brett’s instinct to read nature and the needs of his travel companions is incomparable. This accomplished young man draws his knowledge from a lifelong interaction with the African Bush and has cemented his passion with several recognised qualifications. Brett has 12 years of hands on experience with all things Safari. Brett is a Field Guides Association of South Africa member, holding a Level 3 Qualification as well as Advanced Trails Guide and the highly esteemed (SKS) Special Knowledge and Skills qualification for Birding. In 2014 Brett was invited to participate in the Safari Guide of the Year competition along with 7 of South Africa’s very best Safari Guides. Brett was the runner-up in this prestigious annual event. A huge honour and well deserved.

Jeremy Brown

Birding and Wildlife Guide

Jeremy Brown

Jeremy Brown's love for nature and birds was encouraged while he was still at school at Falcon College in the Matopos in Zimbabwe, where his housemaster was the eminent ornithologist Peter Steyn. After a stint with the then Rhodesian Parks Board at the famous Hwange National Park after his A levels, he returned to South Africa and has been involved with nature and birding throughout much of his working life, which has included a good deal of travelling throughout South Africa and its neighbouring countries. He and his wife Jill have worked at and managed various top game lodges in the Lowveld, as well as an upmarket Highveld lodge and another game and fishing farm on the Mpumalanga escarpment.
Now semi-retired and living in Hoedspruit, Jeremy still thoroughly enjoys sharing his vast experience and knowledge of nature and birding with others. He has almost 800 birds on his Southern African life list.

Jan Pienaar

Wildlife and Bird guide

Jan Pienaar

Jan has worked as a guide/ranger for the past sixteen years, both in the safari industry as well as for an international birding tour company. He has trails experience in Big 5 country, and have managed two lodges in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve as well as a lodge in the Okavango Delta. He is currently self employed as a freelance guide in Hoedspruit. He has lead birding trips in both Southern Africa and abroad.

Jan is an avid birder with vast knowledge and experience in the African bush, not only capable to find you those difficult Southern African specials but also to educate, entertain and make your trip one to remember.
Jan is registered with both the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and the South African Department of Environment and Tourism (DEAT).