Coleman Mnisi

Field Guide, Sabi Sand

Coleman Mnisi

Field Guide, Sabi Sand

Coleman was born in 1966 on the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, formerly called Exeter.

He cared for his family’s livestock which gave him a good veld education, but had to walk 7 km to get to the nearest school outside the reserve. They had to move off the reserve to a village in 1986 to start a new life – a huge adjustment which derailed Coleman’s schooling in Grade 8.

He started working as a gardener at Exeter Game Lodge, then as a waiter and then as a tracker, always aspiring to become a guide. This ambition became a reality shortly after joining Singita when he was sent on a guiding course at Phinda Game Reserve in 1997. Coleman’s ability and affinity for wildlife is tangible – small wonder he is admired as one of the most experienced guides and that he inspired his son, Coman, to follow in his footsteps.

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