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Our guides are highly trained and deeply committed to conserving the Kalahari
and revealing its secrets. Learn more about this talented team:

Marelize Conradie

As a child, Marelize heard stories of the Kalahari from her father and grandfather. Now, after training in the Limpopo Province and exploring Madikwe, she can add her own adventures to theirs.

Marelize loves the vastness here, and the variety of wildlife, though she has a special passion for the elusive aardvark. She also has a Level II tracker accreditation and loves to include tracking in her guests’ experience, “thinking like an animal.”

Marelize Conradie

Marelize Conradie

Juan Venter

Born in Kimberley, Juan feels a strong local connection to the desert - he’s a true “Kalahari lion.” Juan’s family are farmers - perhaps that explains his fascination for grasses and grassland ecology. He reads extensively on conservation and loves to uncover new facts for his guests.

Juan is fascinated by the wild dogs, with their endless activity and team spirit, and is deeply concerned about their protection globally.

Juan Venter

Juan Venter

Sian Green

Sian began his guiding career on the East Coast of South Africa, where he guided on foot, from a canoe, and even whilst snorkelling! He is a true outdoorsman and came to Tswalu for the vastness of its open spaces.

Sian is an excellent birder and thinks of this as a real strength. He also has a fascination for reptiles and enjoys searching for the whole variety of lizards and snakes which live in this remarkable eco-system.

Sian Green

Sian Green

Francois (Fafa) Pienaar

Francois joined Tswalu with a strong walking background, qualifying as a “Full Trails” Guide. He is currently studying for his degree in Nature Conservation through UNISA but still finds time for moto-cross when on leave.

Recently Francois and his guests were enjoying a sighting of springbok, with their characteristic “pronking”, when “out of nowhere” a female cheetah exploded into the scene and chased one antelope down. But his favourite predator has to be the magnificent Kalahari lion, drawn to its absolute power.

Francois (Fafa) Pienaar

Francois (Fafa) Pienaar

Kale Otimile

Kale studied tourism management at Tswane University before joining North West Parks as a researcher. Seven years ago, he chose to become a Field Guide and now holds a Level III Guiding qualification.

Kale thinks that astronomy is one of his particular strengths - he loves to introduce the “diamond skies” to guests from the Northern Hemisphere. Kale is also working hard to expand his knowledge of the flowering plants of the Kalahari even further.

Kale Otimile

Kale Otimile

Liam Charlton

Liam joined Tswalu from the Marekel National Park. He has huge experience in walking trails and is also a birding specialist. Liam is constantly on the look-out for new species, and still has just one or two birds yet to see here as he works towards his National Bird Guide qualification.

Liam says he came to the Kalahari simply because it is “so distinctly different” from all the other places in Africa he has been and seen.

Liam Charlton

Liam Charlton

Kyle Ansell

Kyle wanted to be a field guide from the age of seven, and his dream was realised in 2011 when he completed his guiding course and started as junior guide in the Eastern Cape. Three years later he was made head guide of the guiding team. In 2014 he switched to guide training (including marine guiding) and completed his Level 2 guide qualification (including back-up trails, tracks & signs) before moving to the Kalahari. He loves all things wild and has a particular passion for birding, animal behaviour, wild flowers and the ocean. He loves sharing his experiences through photography.

Kyle Ansell

Kyle Ansell

Kosie Lategan

Kosie grew up on a farm near the small town of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. His farm upbringing instilled in him a passion for the outdoors and especially for wildlife photography. After school, Kosie completed his diploma in game ranch management and qualified as a Level 2 guide with the Field Guides Association. He began his career in the South African Lowveld where his interest in birding and photography grew further. He loves the vast open spaces of Tswalu and the opportunity to give guests a very personalised safari experience.

Kosie Lategan

Kosie Lategan

Moses Maponya

Moses believes that there is more to being a professional guide than simply driving around and showing guests the wildlife. He believes guiding should be a fun-filled and educational experience. Moses has completed a Level 1 guiding and Level 2 tracking qualification and spent seven months working in Shenzhen, China as an entertainer. He loves sharing his African culture with guests and answering questions about the various tribes in South Africa. Since starting work at Tswalu he has developed a special fondness for meerkats.

Moses Maponya

Moses Maponya


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