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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. His first outdoor and nature experiences where on weekends-off at coastal nature reserves, river delta’s and dune forests.

Outdoor Leadership development and Nature Coaching is his passion. Robin is a driven, curious, courageous and inspiring business owner, dedicated to help others find their Leadership strengths and reach their full potential by learning from nature.

The decision to move from the board-room to the African Savanna taught him that building trust and finding your courage is key in enabling change. Robin's greatest strength is in helping professionals to reach their full potential and realising their goals by connecting with nature.

Robin creates and teaches on-line & on-site outdoor (safari) nature courses where nature around us inspires to drive desired change. This enables professionals to grow as a leader and to develop as a person through awareness creation and self-reflectiveness.

His vision is to help others grow through meaningful nature experiences, coaching courses and safari retreats. Robin considers himself a generator of love for pristine wilderness and for heart-connections with our Self and each other.

His mission is to create personal growth courses that connects us with nature, others around us and our Self. Robin's language- and communication skills assist him on his mission. He is fluent in the languages; Dutch, English, German, French and Afrikaans.

Since January 2007, Robin has made the Savanna Bushveld his home and specifically the Lowveld region in South Africa. He has been a full-time professional nature guide from January 2007. Since then Robin has worked as a Leadership Development facilitator, Business Coach, Team Coach, Life Coach, Safari Guide, Trails Guide, Tour guide, Head Ranger, Safari Lodge Manager, FGASA Assessor and Field Guide Instructor. He is a FGASA accredited Lead Trails guide & Professional Guide (level III). Robin holds an ICF accredited and ECA accredited coaching diploma.

Robin has excellent knowledge of the African bush and his ability to link this to the corporate boardroom. He gladly shares his enthusiasm, including his in-depth knowledge of the vibrant culture and the history of the South African subcontinent.

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.