Having grown up with Parents who always took us on camping holidays out into the bush and National Parks of Kwazulu Natal and later the Western Cape a love and respect of nature was instilled at a very early age. One of my earliest memories (I must have been 4 years old at the time) was learning about how strong a hyena’s jaws where when they made short work of a frying pan left out in our campsite one night.
My father managed a crocodile ranch for a few years which gave me wonderful insights into both animal behavior and management as well as tourism.
My post school education consisted of a number of years studying Forestry and doing my practical semester at Diepwalle forest in Knysna to heading into Cape Technikon to study Landscaping and Horticulture.
After a promising few years in the Horticulture and Landscaping game in Cape Town I decided to follow my true undeniable passion and head back into the African bush and the freelance guiding world in 1999.
This wonderful roller coaster has taken me across Southern Africa many times and has fuelled my drive to both gain knowledge as well as share my knowledge with the guests I host on my walks, hence our mission statement of Explore, Share, Protect!
I have been fortunate enough to host birding trips in South Africa and Namibia under the late Prof Phil Hockey who taught me an immense amount about birds and ecology in general.
Leading overland trips through Southern Africa added numerous wonderful experiences to my life while sharing my passion for Africa with guests from across the Planet.
Forming part of both the river safety team as well as the land based team on numerous trips down the Cunene,Orange and Breede rivers allowed me time to further explore the wonders of our region via its magnificent waterways.
It was on one of these trips down the Orange river that I met my wife, Jeannette a Montessori Pre school teacher and nature conservationist, whose love for the forests of the Garden route rekindled my own interest in the myriad of forest and fynbos walks,history,lakes,rugged coastline,fauna and flora of the Garden route, this lead to the establishment of Garden route walks, a family owned and operated Company based in Knysna.
In 2013 I was appointed as the official guide on the renowned Eden to Addo greater corridor hike, a 400km slackpacking safari style pilgrimage to biodiversity. The hike starts in Plettenberg Bay and after 20 days of walking through the wilderness, ends in Addo.
A wonderful way to experience the Eden to Addo route. Following game trails and old ox wagon tracks over remote mountains.
COLIN WYLIE - Nature Guide
Special Interests: birding, rivers, exploring Southern Africa.
Additional qualifications: Advanced first aid
Driving passions: Family, Birding, ecology, bass fishing, Mountains and rivers, cooking and good red wine.
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