World Ranger Day celebrates the work that rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures and commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty.
We asked each of Tintswalo Safari Lodge’s Rangers, why they decided to become a Ranger…
Fritz Breytenbach, Tintswalo Safari Lodge Head Ranger, was born in the Lowveld and spent every waking moment in the bush. Weekends were spent fishing and exploring. Fritz started guiding professionally at the age of 19 in the Waterberg. Now at 33 years old, it’s become more than just his life’s passion. It his life goal to keep guiding and continue exploring Africa’s breath taking scenery, and inspiring people as he goes along. Walking and Tracking is his specialty. With several thousand hours walking guests into Big 5 areas, Fritz relishes the opportunity to share his experience and put together an exciting Safari Adventure for his guests.
Alistair Leuner, Tintswalo Safari Lodge Assistant Head Ranger, grew up listening to his Father’s bedtime stories of the African Bush. From the age of 2, Alistair spent all his holidays and long weekends at their family home at Ingwelala in the Umbabat Game Reserve. Alistair’s passion grew very strong during these early years, and instead of going on a party holiday with all his friends after Matric, he spent his time working in the bush. Alistair loves the Lowveld, and being a Ranger is a dream ‘job’ for him. He always goes above and beyond to share his passion with his guests to ensure they have the best safari experience possible.
Andre Kruger has been a ranger at Tintswalo Safari Lodge on and off since the beginning. He started his guiding career in the early 90’s as a whitewater rafting guide and river guide on the Zambezi river in Victoria Falls. It was a natural progression for him to return to South Africa to take up a trails guiding position in the Manyeleti in 1997. Four years on foot heightened his love for the bush, and his search for new experiences took shape in the industry with Andre’s passion taking him into lodge management. He has since worked in the wilds of Botswana, Tanzania, and Zambia. He has a Zambian and South African guiding licence and holds a Master of Yachts skippers licence.
Darren Roberts-Yorke, Tintswalo Safari Lodge’s Bird Guide and Photographer, has been bird watching since he was 8 years old. His love of nature and how it all works together has always been a passion for him. Being a ranger allows Darren to indulge in this passion of his. His love for wildlife is apparent in his outstanding wildlife photography. Darren updates the Explorers Safari Diary Blog, with weekly updates of all the latest sightings on the Manyeleti Game Reserve: http://www.tintswalo.com/safari/category/rangers/
Andrew Kirton is Tintswalo Safari Lodge’s snake and insect ranger. Andrew became a ranger because he loves the lifestyle –waking up every morning, jumping into a land cruiser and setting off into the wilderness where the Big Five animals roam free. Andrew is living his dream, and loves meeting new people from all around the world, sharing his passion and knowledge of the bush.
Our Tintswalo Safari Lodge Rangers are some of the best, and most experiences Rangers in the Lowveld. Today, we celebrate them and thank them for all the hard work that they do – Manyeleti Game Reserve conservation, and ensuring their guests have the mast magical safari experience of a lifetime!