Shanil's knack of spotting wild animals and birds comes from his intimate knowledge of nature. He will increase your chances of spotting animals in the day and night, on drives and on foot, and will introduce you not only to the Big 5, but the small 5 too, and many other marvels of nature. Shanil is an experienced hiker, mountain biker, and 4x4 adventure enthusiast who frequently drives up the Drakensberg Mountains, hikes into caves, and bikes along nature reserve trails.
You will no doubt pick up Shanil's genuine care for the environment and authentic local communities. He will enlighten you on local history, culture or other interests you may have in South Africa.
Born and raised in Durban, Shanil spent much of his childhood exploring the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Southern Africa. His friendly, approachable nature gives you a feel for Durban's hospitality, and he enjoys showing off his diverse home town to visitors. Shanil prides himself in high standards of customer service with the professional touch in everything he does. He enjoys cooking anywhere, and will treat guests in camps, lodges, and caves to traditional home-made cuisine like a slow cooked stew called a potjie made on a fire, spicy curry in bread bowls, traditional braais (barbeques) and more!
With a Master's in Environmental Law, various guiding qualifications for the savanna, grasslands, and coastal belt of the Indian Ocean, a level 3 first aid qualification, an advanced venomous snake handling qualification, as well as his authentic passion and guiding experience over the years, Shanil is a trusted go-to person to walk you through KwaZulu-Natal's bushveld, hills, valleys, cities, towns and villages!