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Our Guides

At, we believe that the quality and commitment of our outstanding Guides transforms your safari experience. All of these seasoned professionals have individually more than ten years in the industry under their belts, and most are also active in training the next generation of Southern African field-guides.

All of our Guides are registered members of FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) or equivalent.

"The wilderness is something special. The only way to experience the real spirit of Africa is on foot. Away from the noise and turmoil of modern society, it truly helps you to get your terrestrial problems into perspective." - Norman Carr, Kakuli

Resumés for some of the core team are presented below.

Graham Cooke

Graham has been living and working in the bush for twenty three years in a variety of wildlife areas within Southern Africa, including Londolozi and Djuma in the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve; on the two main rivers of Zambia, Kafue and Luangwa, and at Phinda Forest Lodge.

Graham has a deep seated love and understanding of wildlife and the environment. He is a devoted bird watcher, and holds a Diploma in Ornithology.

He has had hands-on experience working close-up with some of the large predators, hand-rearing two leopard cubs which he released back into the wild after living with them in the bush for almost two years.

From the Okavango Delta in Botswana to the Greater Kruger National Park, Graham will enhance your safari making it a treasured memory of unrivalled quality.

Johann Lombard

Johann was introduced to the wonders of the bush when he moved to the Lowveld 20 years ago. He has worked in a variety of reserves throughout Southern Africa, including an extended period of desert guiding in Namibia. His knowledge is wide-ranging and includes botany, zoology, ecology, geology and entomology.

He offers a wealth of insight into big game and particularly enjoys conducting walking trails.

Johann is a dedicated teacher who lives to share his knowledge and love for the bush with every one of his guests. He prides himself as a specialized childrens' safari guide and will captivate the heart and mind of any junior ranger.

Michael Lorentz

Michael is passionate about wildlife, the wilderness and, in particular, elephants. He trained in the Timbavati under the legendary tracker, Jack Matabula.

Michael has conducted privately guided safaris throughout Southern Africa. He is an accomplished naturalist and committed conservationist who provides his safari guests with an unrivalled insight into the intricacies of Africa's wilderness.

Walking is his preferred approach. In the words of a guest,

"Michael does not take you for a walk in the African Bush; rather he takes you for a walk with it. Until you have experienced the contrast, you won't know what I am talking about. But believe me; it makes- quite literally- the world of difference. I saw, heard, smelt, touched and even tasted an Africa that I, a son of the continent, never knew was there".

Alan McSmith

An Alan McSmith Safari and elephants have become almost synonymous. No excursion would be complete without a poignant encounter with these amazingly intelligent animals. Alan has led overland safaris, walking trails, expeditions, and birdwatching tours through six African countries. He has also managed luxury safari camps here in the Lowveld and abroad.

A guest says "apart from a slightly off-beat side, Alan is well known for his mellow character and versatility on safari. Renowned for an empathy with elephant, which at times is more visceral than logical, his sensitive safari blend ensures classic wildlife contacts".

2006 was Alan’s 20th year as a professional wilderness guide, and he recently made history as the first guide to lead a self-sustained 5 mokoro (dug-out) traverse of the Okavango Delta.

Daryl Smith

Daryl Smith has been in the Guiding industry for 25 years. Daryl is a third generation African, with intimate knowledge of the natural environment of Southern Africa. With his passion for the Bush and African culturem Daryl will endeavour to show you the real essence of Africa during your time with him.

Daryl is a registered Professional Hunter now turned conservationist and holds an NQF Level 4 Guide qualification for the whole of South Africa. He has won agents' awards for Tour Leader of the Year (2004) and runner-up Guide of the Year (2007).

Daryl specialises in leading Kruger2Canyons "Taste of..." trips to Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique.

Greg Cruse

Greg grew up in the bush, spending a good part of his childhood years on the family farm in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. He set up a successful property development and marketing company which has built some stunning game lodges on the same reserve, as well as elsewhere in the Lowveld.

Sport is very much an integral part of Greg's make-up; golf is high on the list and he has a 6 handicap. He also represented the South African Country Districts' Cricket team on tours of Australia and Zimbabwe. Currently a member of Nelspruit Golf Club and with extensive experience of the other courses on the golfing itinerary, Greg ensures a very enjoyable, social stay and offers a great insight into the local region.

In addition to heading up the K2C Golf Challenge team, he is delighted to make up a four-ball if your numbers are short.