Meet our Staff- Part 4: Linky

Linky probably had the dream childhood that any young girl who loves nature dreams of – she grew up on a farm in the heart of Mpumalanga, SA, surrounded by wildlife. With her trusty dingo (yes Dingo!) by her side, she loved nothing more than taking off into the wilds on horseback, exploring all day and only returning home as night fell.

Her family ran an animal rehab centre on the farm and Linky learned much about animal behaviour from her father, an expert on the subject. With such an upbringing, Linky was destined for a career in the wild and she wanted nothing else. Starting off as an intern at Lapalala Wilderness in the Waterberg straight out of high-school, she was fortunate to work with both animals and people; this was the start of her guiding career.

Linky quickly moved through th...

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Meet our Staff – Part 3: Janesta

Janesta has a unique and interesting background in nature, with several different factors coming together at just the right time. The result is a highly talented and passionate wildlife artist who moonlights as a field guide instructor!

Starting out while she was in high-school, Janesta spent time with respected herpetologist Johan Marais at the old Transvaal Snake Park, a truly inspirational introduction. Janesta developed her wildlife art talents while studying commercial art, advertising, architecture and draughting – many different aspects over the years.

The call of the wild was too much and Janesta later began studies and practical training to become a Field Guide. FGASA Level 1 and 2 came and went and with it she also gained a Top Achiever award...

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Meet our Staff – Part 2: Pioneer

Growing up in the wilderness of Zimbabwe, Pioneer had the earliest possible exposure to wildlife and bush-craft. It seems he too, was destined for a career in nature. After graduating high school, Pines began work in the hospitality industry and gained experience in various lodge-related duties.

Seeking an opportunity to enter the guiding realm, Pioneer relocated to Limpopo Province in SA and took up a position on a private game reserve, gaining further experience in all aspects of wildlife management and maintenance. As part of his internship, Pines was able to attend various guiding courses and soon qualified with FGASA Level 1 and the associated National Qualification in SA.

Pioneer continued to gain experience, guiding in various locations throughout Limpopo and Mpumalanga and ...

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Meet our Staff – Part 1: Tiziano

Born into a family of Safari Guides, Tiz was raised and educated on the plains of Kenya. This being his earliest exposure, it seems he was destined to live out a career in the African bush.

Tiz gained his earliest experience in the family business, before migrating south in search of new opportunities. After swiftly completing his FGASA qualifications and SA National Qualification, Tiz entered the SA guiding circut, picking up experience in the Waterberg, Greater Kruger NP Lowveld, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga. Working various Big 5 areas coupled with his East African experience, made Tiz the ideal candidate for an internship at LFGA.

Tiz joined us in 2012 as a Field Guide and was immediately entered into the trainer internship program...

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