George Tolchard was born in the small town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom.
His great passion for the natural world and his affiliation with the African outdoors has always been strong from childhood. “When my mother and father took myself and two brothers to Hluhluwe/Ufolozi Reserve at the age of 12, I knew right there and then exactly where I wanted to be.”
George has a Diploma in Zoology and is a registered FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) Walking Trails Guide.
He has been living and working in Tanzania now for over 10 years and speaks the language of Kiswahili fluently. He has been involved in many aspects of conservation during his time in the safari industry and he prides himself on bringing others closer to nature.
His career began in South Africa at the age of 21 where he worked extensively throughout the region in both guiding and conservation management. George is well travelled throughout the continent of Africa but Tanzania will always be his home. His intimate knowledge of both flora and fauna as well as the regions vast habitats, is cast from many years out on foot watching and listening to the wildlife he shares these incredible wilderness areas with.
“To head out on foot into the wilderness of Africa’s pristine natural habitat is so much more than just a walk. You are embarking upon an adventure, sharing an unforgettable experience with the person walking next to you and even more so, with nature itself. Becoming a part of the natural kingdom, we open our senses, we absorb our surrounds and we walk amongst the wildlife, seeing the world in a new light. A walking safari is a fabulous contrast to wildlife viewing from the vehicle. Whether it is the great outdoors that you love, being close to nature or simply appreciating the little things as well as the large… A walking trail is for you!”
Before arriving at Singita Grumeti, George had spent considerable time walking in the Selous Game Reserve, Southern Tanzania and the Okavango Delta, Botswana. His passion for walking in the bush is nothing short of infectious!
Throughout the month we have had streams of wildebeest making their way back onto the concession. They are all coming in from the north-east entering through the Ikorongo area and filing west.
I am also very pleased to report that despite our most recent census conveying a slight decline in the eland populations, that we have been seeing lovely herds all over the reserve. The average herd size is anywhere from 8 to 15 members and lovely bachelor herds numbering up to 20 individuals at times. The Cokes hartebeest have been seen on occasions in small herds with large numbers of other herbivores. They are usually seen in the quieter hills and valleys of the Pimbi region.
We had a great sighting of a female roan antelope, something we thought had become locally extinct in our area, as we had not had an official sighting of one for numerous months. She was seen just north of Watershed and Rhino Rocks. They are one of our larger antelope species, only eland, bongo and male kudu’s outweigh them.
This month we have had a total of 46 different elephant sightings. Towards the end of the month has really picked up with more and more breeding herds utilizing the area.
Adas and his guests had a very rare sighting of a Patas monkey near Punda Milea camp. This is the first guest sighting of a Patas monkey in several years. They tend to favour the open grass lands dotted with small acacia thickets. Great to see them making a reintroduction into our area.
Towards the beginning of the month Jimmy and his guests came across a female and her three tiny cubs, that were only about two weeks old. Again the area was zoned to allow them the best chance of making it. Then in the last week of the month we came across them again, all still looking cute and cuddly but still too young to view, but I did manage to get these shots of them.