Paul was born in Cape Town in 1991 and raised by his grandmother in Nababeep, a town in Northern Cape, South Africa.
He fondly remembers overturning rocks to look for scorpions and snakes as a toddler – an enchantment with fauna and flora that lasted through school and moved him to participate in a two-week hike to Cederberg Wilderness in Grade 10.
As a talented athlete he enrolled for a degree in Sports Science, but he set it aside for a two-year Advanced Nature Guiding and Conservation Course at Bhejane Nature Training, completing various FGASA modules while gaining guiding experience on the Elephant Coast, in Drakensberg, Swaziland and the Kruger National Park.
Paul is an avid birder with a growing life list which he plans to expand along with his knowledge of animal behaviour, snorkeling, diving and photography. He thoroughly enjoys sharing the sightings of leopards and vast bird and tree species with guests at Sabi Sand Reserve.
The Cuculidae family consists of thirteen cuckoo species that can be observed in the southern African region. These birds are renowned for not taking any parental care rearing their chicks, after laying their eggs in a host specie’s nest! Evolutionary, this is exceptionally cunning behaviour that is known but not easily observed in the natural environment!
In my eight years of training and working as a Professional Field Guide I have never witnessed a pack of Cape hunting dogs (African wild dogs) making a kill! I’ve always just missed the catch whilst staying with the dogs on the hunt and then arriving to a scene where the prey is already dead and the dogs are savagely ripping the carcass apart!
Spotted hyenas are infamous for scavenging from other predators! They go about their lives, opportunistically looking for the weak and injured, as well as any chance to rob large felines and canines of kills they make. Popular belief regarding hyenas is that they hunt and scavenge in clans, but here in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve we often see them roaming around alone and only see them in clans at their den-sites, around waterholes, or after calling for backup if the predators outweigh them in numbers or strength around a carcass!
One of the best feelings working in the bush is to be part of a conservation effort to save an animal! A few weeks ago Emmanuel and I guided a family from India that stayed at Singita Ebony Lodge. They were excited to experience the vast wildlife of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and, in particular, the birdlife of the region.
In the winter the bushveld changes; firstly it gets cold, secondly the colour of the bush changes and thirdly there is a race against sunlight on the afternoon safari!
In the winter the bushveld changes; firstly it gets cold, secondly the colour of the bush changes and thirdly there is a race against sunlight on the afternoon safari! With these changes we adapt and the safari continues. Guests put on their warm layers, blankets and water bottles are provided on the morning safari to alleviate the cold – especially felt in the low lying areas!