Very few people can tell you what their passion in life is. Even fewer will be able to tell you that what they do for a living is in fact their passion. I was very fortunate that my love for the bush and conservation took me on journey which would not only allow me to explore the continent which fascinates me so much, but to share my passion for photography and conservation with others.
I dedicated 9 years of my life to gaining a deeper understating of the natural world through a combination of guiding and studying Environment, Ecology and Conservation. My studies culminated with me receiving my MSc. From the University of the Witwatersrand. Rather than pursuing a career in academia I adopted a more hands-on approach to educating and engaging people on the natural world using photography as a means to an end.
As one of the founding members of Wild Eye I have loved watching our team of like minded and passionate individuals grow from strength to strength over the last 8 years. During this time, I have had the privilege of creating and sharing memorable experiences in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, The Republic of the Congo and even Svalbard & Jan Mayen.
Whilst there is no wild landscape or experience that doesn’t pique my interest, I am forever in pursuit of the most authentic and raw wildlife experiences in the world. I feel that I was born 100 years to late and yearn to experience the Africa of old. This often sees me exploring some of the more remote and less populated corners of the globe with my guests.
Regardless of the destination or photographic ability of my guests, I believe that my unique background and experience in conservation and field guiding provides a wealth of information extending beyond just that of photography, adding to each and every one of the tours and expeditions that I lead.
I look forward to sharing my passion with you, on your next Wild Eye experience!
Wild Eye was established in 2012 by Jono Buffey, Gerry van der Walt and Andrew Beck who set out to refresh the photographic travel and private guiding industries by focusing on providing a professional service that is fun and relaxed while providing guests with amazing travel experiences and world class service.
From humble beginnings we have grown not only our service levels and destination offerings; we have also created a platform for qualified and experienced guides to continue growing their brand in the photographic, safari and travel industries. The Wild Eye team has grown dramatically and is now made up of 9 full-time expedition and tour leaders, full logistics and safari operations teams in both our Johannesburg and Nairobi offices as well as our very own authentic piece of Africa - the Wild Eye Mara Camp. Our aim is to continue to build the best and most dynamic photographic travel company in the world while continuing to change the way our clients see the world!