About Sam

How I Started

I was born in Venda in 1967 in a village called Ngudza. In 1992, I had a donkey cart which I used to help people transport things in the community to earn a little money. In December 2006 I was appointed as a security guard at a local primary school. Over the next six years I completed a professional hunting course but felt that this was not my destiny.

While I was working as a security guard, I realised that I wanted to change my life and improve things for my family. The idea came to me in a dream – that if I learnt about birds, I could use that knowledge to change my life! I started collecting and reading newspapers where birds were photographed and studying what I could, bit by bit. 

People thought I had gone mad when I used to listen to different birds calls and try to identify them. I was determined to learn as much as I could and I never gave up or lost hope. I was priviledged to meet a tour guide, Godfrey, who lent me a memory card with 800 different species of birds on it, which I uploaded to my phone. I studied all of them and learnt to identify them one by one. I have to thank Landi and Janet who sent me two bird books to study from too, I was so excited about those. It felt like a dream!

In 2012 I was given the opportunity by the Makuleke Property Association to do a one year professional field guide course. I worked hard to achieve both my local guide and advanced birding qualifications.

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When did Sam’s love for bird watching begin?

When I was young, I used to ask lots of questions about birds. I wanted to know where they were going, where they came from, what they ate and how they flew. I loved their different songs too. Today, I understand each bird’s behaviour and how they differ from each other.

What to take on your tour…

  1. Bug Spray – To keep those pesky mosquitoes away. They might mistake you for their personal buffet otherwise!
  2. Safari Hat with Built-In Snack Compartment – Because who says you can’t have your favorite snacks and shade at the same time? Just make sure the monkeys don’t catch wind of it!
  3. Lion-Scented Perfume – If you want to get up close and personal with the wildlife, why not smell like a tasty antelope? Just remember, the lions might give you some extra attention!
  4. Inflatable Elephant Costume – Perfect for blending in with the local elephant herds. Just be careful not to attract any confused suitors!
  5. Giraffe Neck Extender – Want a better view of the savanna? Why not stretch your neck like a giraffe? You’ll be the envy of all the other tourists.
  6. Binoculars with Night Vision for Nocturnal Animals – Because who needs sleep when you can spy on the secretive nightlife of Kruger? Watch out for those night owls!
  7. GPS Navigator with “Avoid Traffic Jams” Setting for Safari Vehicles – You never know when a traffic jam of zebras might block your path. Time to outsmart them with advanced technology!
  8. Bush-Worthy Dance Moves – Show off your best safari dance moves to impress the wildlife. The animals might join in for a boogie or two!
  9. Selfie Stick with Wildlife Attractor Attachment – Want the perfect selfie with a rhino? Attach a leafy branch to your selfie stick and watch the wildlife flock to you. Say “cheese” with caution!
  10. Sense of Adventure and Humor – The most important item of all! Embrace the unexpected, laugh at the silly moments, and enjoy the wild ride that is Kruger National Park.

Remember, this list is all in good fun! While some items may not be practical, they’re sure to bring a smile to your face. Have a chirping good time on your Kruger National Park tour!