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The mythical forests of South Afrcia

3 Hours
Visit the forests of Millwood and Jubilee Creek that are steeped in natural treasures, from the majestic Yellow woods that tower above the canopy, draped with beards of ...

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300

Rhythms of the Township

3 Hours
Visit a world apart, vibrant and colorful: impressions of the townships that make up Knysna’s northern fringe. And there are more than a few success stories to tell, ...

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400

Explore an astonishing variety of birds

4 Hours
The lakes, forests and estuaries that lie between Wilderness in the west and Plettenberg Bay in the east offer some of the best birding opportunities available in the ...

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400

A birding trail in South Africa

4 Hours
An easy walk along the coastal fringe from the Goukamma estuary to the beaching site of the Kiani Satu than inland to a place where thousands of years ago indigenous ...

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300

Spotting birds and marine animals along the coast

3 Hours
See the huge fossilized dunes that have eroded to form seaside cliffs that home a wide variety of coastal birds. Offshore, you can often see Humpback Dolphins and ...

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300

An adventure for birding enthusiasts

3 Hours
Walk around Lake Pleasant and learn how natural dunes and depressions led to the formation of this amazing lake. You have the chance to spot a wide variety of endemic ...

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4500

A Remote, rugged and spectacular place of adventure

3 Days
Visit the Baviaanskloof (Dutch name meaning Valley of Baboons), one of the few remaining wilderness areas of South Africa and a World Heritage Site. The place holds ...

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4000

Enjoy a Panoramic Sky View of Mountains

2 Hours
Take an aerial view of a hugely impressive geologic episode, the Swartberg Mountain Range dividing the Little and the Great Karoo. A late afternoon view unfolds dramatic ...

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400

Trail for the gentle giants of South Africa

4 Hours
 Hike in the Knysna forests, looking for elephants and their conservation as it has become synonymous with the preservation of much more than just elephants and ...

  • TourHQ ID:ZA70401

  • experience:Since 1997

  • gender:Male

  • Private Tour Guide in : Knysna
  • Other Guiding Areas: George, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Mosselbay, Durban, Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, Oudtshoorn
  • Languages: Afrikaans , English
  • Website:www.walkwild.co.za
  • Mobile: +27-443884671verifiedVerified

About me

I am a passionate South African Tour Guide, FGASA registered Nature Site Guide and experienced Bush Pilot. Best known for my Garden Route Birding Experiences, Baviaanskloof Nature Adventures and Swartberg aerial photography missions, I have a comprehensive knowledge of our natural environment and how nature works within it. I live in the Rheenendal area of Knysna and have spent many years researching the few remaining elephants of the forests here. I am one of few people to have encounters.Until the age of eleven I grew up in Kenya, next to the estate of Karen Blixen (Out of Africa), in an idyllic environment that would nurture any inquisitive mind wanting to explore and appreciate the wonders of the world. By the age of five I was in awe of everything about me and so started of an insatiable life-long quest for knowledge and understanding of nature. It happened that my family were intrinsically involved in establishing the National Parks system in Kenya so my interests were always encouraged.Karen, as it became known, was a place where in the quiet of night I would often hear free-roaming lions roar and hyena giggle, and I gradually became aware that the bush had a universal language of its own and I wanted to speak it fluently. I became fanatical; long before developing any ability to kick a ball around I had fathomed that animals and insects communicated by casting spells upon each other and I became engrossed in their world of wizardry. Still today I am amazed at how pheromone communication works, messaging and remote control between individuals and in some cases even between species.But that world vanished in 1969 when I arrived to attend boarding school in South Africa, at SACS in Cape Town. Amazingly I could still hear lions roar at night but they were lions imprisoned in the tiny cages of Rhodes Memorial Zoo at the university estate nearby, and these were roars of pitiful emotional pain. Oddly I found some solace in that, since we were both imprisoned and had lost our worlds.I distracted myself with an interest in music and before long I was the bass player in one of South Africa’s successful outfits of the 70s and 80s, The Lancaster Band. For better or worse, this distraction duped me out of a zoology career and instead I studied air-conditioning engineering and I learned how to fly. I became very good at both. By twenty four I had my pilots license, was married to Jeni (and still am) and together we had a beautiful daughter Jess. By my early thirties I had built a successful contracting concern, owned a number of aircraft, residential and industrial properties but it was not to last. Come 1995 my business was failing, largely due to BEE policies that denied my company opportunities to participate in state and corporate work as I had always done. This proved to be a blessing in disguise when we relocated to Knysna where we had bought a piece of paradise (Peace of Eden) some years earlier.Knysna rekindled my passion in nature, it was as if I had found a long lost friend. One thing led to another and on the encouragement of friends and family I started field guiding, sharing my knowledge and special interests in ornithology (birds), entomology (insects and arachnids) and mycology (mushrooms and other fungi). My interests in music found a home too because at that time Knysna was musically vibrant, with lots of clubs and active bands and it wasn’t long before I had a successful recording studio up and running on our farm.And so it has been for more than a decade now. These days I manage to find a balance pursuing all my interests, wearing a number of different hats so to speak. I still fly regularly for a number of different skydiving clubs, which I enjoy immensely, and my recording studio publishes ten albums a year on average. I’m fortunate to work with, and have a hand in the success of some of SA’s greatest artists and even a few from abroad. To date my productions have garnered thirteen nominations and four wins in the South African Music Awards (SAMAs).But how does this all stitch together and benefit a field guide? It does so remarkably well; For example a knowledge of acoustics and how sound propagates helps unravel how elephants and other animals are able to communicate infra-sonically, similarly it helps me understand why the nestlings of certain birds will call with near pure tone, making their position indiscernible, while others don’t. Flying gave me an understanding of how and why the Coriolis effect determines the clockwise and anticlockwise growth of vines in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively, something you won’t read in a book! All this integrated knowledge comes together and is bundled into my guiding excursion. 
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Knysna Elephant Charge

Knysna Elephant Charge

For the last 10 years or so I've made a mission gathering info about the few remaining elephant of the Knysna forest. Very little is known about them and ...

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  • Subject to comprehensive indemnification, clients are at liberty to travel with me in various vehicles, such as Land Rover Freelander
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  • I had a fascinating afternoon with Howard in the Garden Route. I never knew that so much existed within the natural world, ...More

    Review By Jess
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  • We had an amazing adventure with a very knowledgeable Guide in Howard who had so much to share not only about the history of ...More

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My Tour Calendar
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Recent Reviews
  • I had a fascinating afternoon with Howard in the Garden Route. I never knew that so much existed within the natural world, ...More

    Review By Jess
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  • We had an amazing adventure with a very knowledgeable Guide in Howard who had so much to share not only about the history of ...More

    Review By Jen
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