Matt gained practical knowledge to go with his passion at the University of KwaZulu Natal, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in ecological sciences, with a focus on wildlife management and conservation. Field trips into the bush occupied much of his time during his studies. During school holidays, he often helped post-graduate students with research and field studies. Immediately after graduation, Matt trained as a game ranger at the world-famous MalaMala Private Game Reserve, next to Kruger National Park, where he lived and worked for 7 years as
Matt has guided safaris across southern Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, Zambia,
Upcoming Adventures with Matt:
Madagascar Wildlife Adventure
Praise from Nat Hab travelers:
"Matt is an excellent guide. His knowledge of the game animals was great, and he related that knowledge in a way that was understandable. He was always courteous and went out of his way to make sure that we were comfortable and well taken care of."
"Matt has all the skills of a superb Expedition Leader: administrative and logistical, knowledge of wildlife and the environment, great spotting ability and the ability to deal with our different personalities with unflagging good humor."
"Matt demonstrated great enthusiasm for the journey and did his best to provide us with an exceptional experience. His passion for the locale and the flora and fauna generated an extraordinary experience while trying to ensure that we viewed not only expected but unexpected sights."
"I found Matt excellent, always on top of things and thinking ahead. He was extremely patient with the group and regularly repeated our schedules and timelines for upcoming events. I especially found that Matt knew a lot about the wildlife, geology, people and the area in general. Lastly, not only was he very informative, but he was a solid naturalist who cared about conservation of the wildlife. He had great leadership skills, was a clear communicator and was very compassionate and patient."
"When we first met Matt, he looked intensely into our eyes, had a great smile and a firm handshake that made us feel as if we were the most important people at that moment. It gave us a great feel about him from the start. Matt exuded confidence and trustworthiness. He was serious when the situation warranted and good humored and yet vigilant the rest of the time."