I am passionate about the natural environment, the geology and palaeontological history of our planet and the vast ecological interactions and relationships between the living and the non-living! Every day out in nature is a new opportunity to learn, to experience, to feel and to grow. It is all of the above that provides me with ample enthusiasm, passion, and motivation to share with people the wonders of the "Great Outdoors" on educational guided nature excursions! As a qualified nature guide and conservationist, I offer and provide an educational day or overnight hikes, ambles and walks into the mountains, ecosystems, and habitats of the Western Cape. After 13 years in the formal environmental education field, I founded Gantouw Tours & Excursions to realize the former and live my dream as a professional nature guide. As a nature guide, my responsibilities include the logistical management of tours and excursions, preparation of hikes and/or walks, catering, client safety, navigation and map reading skills when and where necessary, identification of fauna and flora, emergency evacuations and first aid. I also freelance as a nature guide for various other originations and groups.