Stuart was born in Durban, South Africa in 1970. He moved to the countryside shortly thereafter and spent his early years fishing and hiking in the outdoor environment. He completed his final schooling years in Pietermaritzburg and then undertook his military service. Following on from the army, Stuart completed a three year Diploma in Tourism before embarking on a year of travel. Upon returning to South Africa, he commenced his dream career as a Field Guide at Londolozi Private Game Reserve before joining Singita Private Game Reserve where he stayed for the next eight years. He assisted in the pre-opening field and environmental work at Singita Lebombo in the Kruger National Park, before furthering his experience at a five star game lodge in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Stuart embarked on an exciting adventure in East Africa when he joined Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania in September 2005 – in his words, “the opportunity of a lifetime”, to guide in the great Serengeti/Mara eco system. Stuart became Head Guide at Grumeti in 2007 and managed the department for 3 years and later, trained new guides via in house six month development courses. Since leaving Singita Grumeti in 2011 he has furthered his passion for the continent by private guiding guests through some of Africa’s great nature conservancies in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda, and hopes to continue exploring this great continent long into the future.
Stuart has travelled to many parts of the world over the last 15 years including Europe, the USA, the Middle East, south East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and a number of African countries. He is a passionate sports fan, a keen photographer and has a genuine understanding of how to create a truly memorable African experience for all his guests.