As a young man, Tim’s Great, Great Grandfather boarded the Union-Castle Line to make his way to South Africa in search of a better life. Aboard the vessel he met and fell in love with a young Irish lass and when the ship’s Captain refused to marry the couple they approached a young M.P. who was onboard who agreed to marry them on the spot- his name was Winston Churchill! Tim grew up on the fringes of the Namib Desert and after dinner, he and his father would often take a drive through the town, looking for the Oryx Antelope, Jackal and other nocturnal desert species that were drawn to the oasis-like irrigated lawns on the edges of the town. The excitement of these early “Game Drives” shaped his destiny and he was always bound to end up working in the wilderness sharing his passion for nature with his fellow travelers.
Upon graduating from the Navy as an officer, Tim secured a job at the prestigious Phinda Private Game Reserve where he worked for 5 years before taking a job in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. In addition to being an excellent Guide, Tim is also a respected Ornithologist and in 2015 he was invited aboard the SAS Agullus to conduct a survey of seabirds while the ship was on a resupply run to the South African base in Antarctica. With his infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy, Tim’s services are highly sought after by Alumni Travel Groups and Private Safari parties looking to get the most out of their time in Africa. When not traveling he lives on South Africas “Garden Route” coastline on a rewilded Pine Plantation with his wife Angelique, their 2 teenage children, one dog, one cat, and 15 organic beehives!