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Robin van den Berg

Robin van den Berg was born in Johannesburg and lived 28 years overseas in The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Mauritius. It was there 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 12 years Robin has made the Savanna Bushveld his home and specifically the Lowveld region. 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. He is a FGASA accredited Lead Trails guide & Professional Guide (level III). 

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 and experience for Coaching and Leadership development. Robin is a Nature Coaching instructor and Leadership facilitator. He is an accredited ECA Integral Coach and an ICF accredited Consciousness 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. The Bush still inspires her everyday.

Claudia has been living in the Lowveld 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 Advanced Guide Qualification (level II) and Lead Trails guide qualification. Claudia successfully owns and runs also her own company offering; Classic -, Bushlover -, Wellness - and Culinary Safaris for adventurous and active travellers.