I was born in South Africa and moved to the United States in 1979. My ancestors arrived in southern Africa from the British Isles from the late 18th century through the mid-nineteenth century. During my formative years there I was fortunate enough to have a family that loved and cherished all that the country and region had to offer. I was educated in Johannesburg and lived on a farm near Swaziland, where we produced eucalyptus oil for shipment overseas.
Our family purchased game farms in the Timbavati area as well as in the former Rhodesia as my father was an avid game conservationist and wanted to preserve and secure a future for the wildlife. These childhood experiences in the "bush" are my favorite and most cherished memories of growing up in Africa and I am delighted to share them with my friends and clients visiting these same areas where I grew up.
After attending college in England I returned to live in Cape Town where I met my husband. I now live in Charlotte, North Carolina but the knowledge and love of southern Africa has remained with me all these years. I have the pleasure of sharing it with my clients and friends, who have joined me on several trips to southern Africa since 1979.
Southern Africa is rapidly changing. Although, at present, the game parks and preserves are beautifully developed and provide magnificent experiences in the wild, human incursion, including poaching, and reallocation of water resources are undoubtedly changing and will ultimately degrade the African safari experience. Therefore, all those who have a desire to experience the African bush should consider doing so in the not-too-distant-future.