Paul was born in Cape Town and raised by his grandmother in the Northern Cape, more specifically the windswept Namaqualand region near to the town of Springbok. He fondly remembers overturning rocks in search of scorpions, snakes and spiders, and this is where his love and passion for the natural world began!
Paul’s interest for fauna and then flora grew when he moved back to Cape Town and started exploring the Table Mountain National Park. Hikes on Lions Head, Table Mountain and through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens introduced Paul to the rich diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, birdlife, and other animal life. At high school Paul spent time in the Cederberg mountains learning about the geology, the San people that inhabited the area hundreds of years ago, the animal and plant life that is unique to the area and encountered his first Cape Rockjumper! This experience solidified his destiny to pursue a career in nature.
Paul then moved to Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, and went on to study a two-year program in nature guiding & conservation, both terrestrial and marine. This is where he met like-minded people, was introduced to an entire new ecosystem and climate, and his excitement for birding took off! Time on this course allowed him to explore all the game reserves in the area, identify many different species of trees, wildflowers, birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles. With the prospect of becoming a professional field guide, and teaching people about our natural heritage, Paul also furthered himself with trails guiding qualifications and specialized in the birding field.
After qualifying, Paul went on to further his learning - completing the &Beyond ranger course at Phinda Private Game Reserve, and working at some of their lodges. He continued his career guiding for a tour operating company on the Elephant Coast, leading overland tours around KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland and the Kruger National Park. Paul then decided to head back into the bush, full-time, and guided for a private game reserve in Zululand before finally moving to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve (any field guide’s dream!).
Paul started working along the Sabi River, learning about the Southern Sabi Sand environment, getting introduced to the remarkable lives of Leopards, witnessing extraordinary game sightings, connecting with many of the Lowveld bird species and getting a better understanding of the Greater Kruger ecosystem. It is during this time that his photography of wildlife, especially birds, came to fruition. In 2018 he progressed to Singita, Sabi Sand, a leading conservation and ecotourism company with key focuses on biodiversity, sustainability and community upliftment. This opportunity also allowed him to travel to other properties in the Kruger National Park, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Tanzania was an incredible highlight for Paul, as it encapsulated the great migration and introduced him to the vibrant and magnificent bird life of the region!
It has been a long-term aspiration for Paul to work at Rockjumper, the market leading bird tour company, and to finally be guiding worldwide in his specialist field of interest! Paul looks forward to sharing many exciting adventures alongside fellow nature loving enthusiasts.