At the age of 5, Sam (with a little help from his parents) painted his bedroom orange with a Serengeti sunset scene, which pretty much sums up how much he wanted to go to Africa at that time. Growing up in the rural countryside of England certainly encouraged Sam’s love and knowledge of wildlife. However, it was a chance meeting with his now other half that opened his eyes to the possibility of moving to Africa and fulfilling his long-held wish to explore the continent’s natural history and fauna. In 2010, Sam jumped at the chance to move to South Africa and study Zoology & Ichthyology. It was here that he concentrated on courses specifically about safari guiding, and after graduation he started gaining experience as a guide in a small reserve along South Africa’s East Coast.
Moving from that small reserve to Tanzania’s enormous Serengeti in 2014, Sam found his career developed accordingly, as he was promoted from trainee enthusiast all the way to head guide. It was in Tanzania that Sam spent most of his time in Africa. While taking clients out on thrilling game drives, he also focused on becoming a walking guide, which included relying on the skills he had gained as a youngster in the English countryside.
Specialist walking guides were a rarity in the area, and Sam ended up taking large numbers of guests on various safe safari experiences in the Serengeti ecosystem. Moving again, this time from Tanzania to Botswana in 2017, Sam shifted from being a top guide to becoming a camp manager in the famed Okavango Delta, where he gained first-hand and on-the-ground knowledge of the luxury safari industry. Having moved back to his native England in 2018, Sam is now able to utilise his in-depth knowledge of wildlife and Tanzania to help tailor safaris to fulfil their potential for YZ clients.