Such exciting and wonderful news! Our very own Antony Collett has been voted as one of the 5 finalists of Field Guide's Association Of Southern Africa's (FGASA GUIDE’s) Safari Guide of the Year 2019. We are extremely proud to have Ant qualify for this highly prestigious award - it is an accolade all FGASA guides aspire to win. Anyone who has been on safari with Ant will attest to his incredible knowledge, gentle way and vast expertise when out in the field.

Ant has over twenty-five years of guiding, lodge and land management experience behind him. However, his true love is walking in wild spaces, showing guests the smaller things and exploring the unknown, incredibly he has over 7000 hours on foot! Antony started his guiding career as an apprentice in Zimbabwe in the Hwange National Park, but has also worked in East Africa, Zambia, Natal and spent many years in the Eastern Cape. 

He has done extensive work with rhinos, both in South Africa as well as over the border. He is a very keen photographer and is one of FGASA’s birding specialists. Furthermore, he also holds the esteemed and respected position of a Track & Sign specialist.

FGASA has “created the framework and structure for me to become a well-rounded and professional guide”. Later this month Ant will spend five days with some of the most qualified FGASA professionals and mentors in the Marataba concession of the Marakele National Park, there he will compete against the other finalists.

For Ant, the best thing about being a guide is “the ability to facilitate people’s dreams, experiences and life long memories. And waking up to the dawn chorus every morning”. We wish you the best of luck Ant and we are holding thumbs for you back home at Tanda Tula!


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