Born in Zululand South Africa, Mark embarked on a professional guiding career in 1999 and shortly thereafter joined Phinda Private Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal. After undergoing a 6 week training and selection course Mark spent 2 years as a ranger at Phinda, which instilled in him the values, ethics and reverence for wildlife he carries with him today.
From Phinda he transferred with CCAfrica (&Beyond) to Kwandwe in the Eastern Cape and was made Head Ranger, leading the guiding team on the reserve. There he also took on management responsibilities and qualified within CCAfrica’s structures as a grade 2 walking guide and assessor whilst mentoring the new ranger recruits.
During extensive travels through Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Congo) with his brother, Mark was introduced to the Grumeti Reserves in the western Serengeti. He returned in 2005 and took a position as Senior Guide at Grumeti – which was later to become the Singita managed property – spending 4 years there whilst getting to know the Serengeti ecosystem intimately.
As a result of this time spent in Grumeti, the Serengeti still holds a special place in his heart and is where, Mark believes, all the elements of the quintessential African safari experience still exist in abundance.
Since then Marks passion for remote and unspoilt wilderness areas has taken him into much of Southern and East Africa, guiding privately, and for leading safari companies. He spent 4 years based in Zambia and Malawi, where he established safari and lodge operations for Robin Pope Safaris, before returning to South Africa with his young family in 2012.
Mark is now based in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa with his wife and two daughters and divides his time between guiding safaris and running his business.