Graeme Mann studied Nature Conservation at the University of Stellenbosch before following his passion for wildlife an embarking on a career which would change his life forever. He started guiding in the Waterberg in 2003, and after brief stints guiding in Hluluwe/Umfolozi in Kwazulu Natal, and the Klaserie in the Limpopo, joined &Beyond (CCAfrica) in early 2005. He excelled through their rigorous training course, was posted at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve and after less than two years was already appointed Head Ranger of the reserve, a remarkable achievement.

Graeme’s the kind of guy guests instantly become friends with, although that probably has a lot to do with his expert snake removing abilities (

& Beyond have a very strict code when it comes to taking guests tracking potentially dangerous game, of which there is plenty on Kwandwe, and Graeme not only has the highest qualifications in this regard but has also been training other guides for many years, comforting to know when the black rhino dung in your path is still steaming.

He is currently & Beyond’s longest standing Head Ranger, and if you’re thinking of visiting South Africa’s Eastern Cape, this is the guy you want leading you though its dreamy spekboom landscapes and rusty evening skies in search of hunting cheetah and the elusive aardwolf.