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Robin - qualified FGASA Guide

Robin van den Berg

Robin van den Berg was born in Johannesburg and lived 28 years overseas where parts of his life were spent in The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Mauritius. It was in Europe that he took his first wildlife and nature guiding steps on weekends off at coastal nature reserves, river delta’s and dune forests.

Over the last 10 years Robin has made South Africa his home and specifically the Lowveld region - South African Bushveld. He was trained as a professional nature guide begin 2007 and since then Robin has worked as a Safari Guide, Trails Guide, Tour guide, Head Ranger, Safari Lodge Manager, FGASA Assessor and Field Guide Instructor predominately in and around the Greater Kruger Park.  

Robin has excellent knowledge of the African bush and his ability to link this to the vibrant Culture and History of the South African subcontinent.

Currently he finds most of his guiding inspiration by observing and interpreting the leadership and teamwork qualities of African wildlife. After his graduation in Amsterdam in 1996, BSc Business Economics and General Management, Robin worked for several large companies; IBM, CMG Logica and DELTA NV in the Netherlands and Belgium as a business consultant successfully improving business processes and guiding major IT implementations. His Team Leader and Project Manager roles brought him the interest, experience and practical skills for Coaching and Leadership development. Robin is a FGASA assessor and is an accredited ECA Integral Coach.

Claudia Schnell

Claudia Schnell was born in Mannheim, Germany and discovered South Africa in 1991 for the first time on a vacation with her family. She became fascinated by the African wildlife and the uniqueness of the bushveld environment. In Germany she worked for many years in the real estate business. Claudia spent a year working at an active ranch in California where she developed her love for horse riding, big-sky landscapes and in specific the Western style of horse-riding. Combining her life-time passion for horse-riding and the African wilderness she joined “Wait a Little Horse Safaris” in 2008, a well known and successful BIG 5 horse safari lodge and worked there as a stable manager and back-up guide.

She realized one of her dreams to live and work in South Africa by becoming a Safari field guide and Volunteer coordinator for several Nature Conservation and Wildlife Research initiatives in the South African Bushveld. By being active in research and guiding she learned to interpret and understand the language of the African Bushveld.

Claudia has been living in the Lowveld area with her partner Robin and their dog Snacky since begin 2008 creating, organizing and guiding wildlife safaris all over Southern Africa. She holds a degree in photography and is a qualified yoga teacher and NLP coach. Claudia is an accredited ECA Integral Coach and has reached the FGASA level 2 and Trailsguide Lead Rifle qualifications. Claudia successfully owns and runs also her own Classical -, Bushlover -, Body & Soul- and Culinary Safaris for adventurous and more active travelers.