A keen photographer and birder, Morah Potgieter was fascinated by conservation from an early age, thanks to numerous family holidays in nature. She has been guiding and managing safari camps in South Africa for 15 years.
From her earliest memories, Morah’s love for wildlife has always been extremely deep rooted. Her parents passed on their passion and knowledge for nature, teaching Morah how to spot animals and birds and identify new plants. Holidays in the bush created the best family memories, valued all the more when returning to the city.
Morah always knew she would work in conservation, so began her career by completing a diploma in Game Ranging and Lodge Management. While studying, she volunteered at lodges in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin (private reserve) during the holidays to gain experience and increase her knowledge. These trips paved the way for her future as a field guide. Currently holding a FGASA Field Guide (Level 2) qualification and a Regional Birding qualification, she is working towards her Professional Field Guide certificate. Thereafter, she plans to complete her National Birding qualification.
The great thing about this industry is that there is so much to learn – it never stops. I have spent the past 15 years in exquisite locations across South Africa, working as both a guide and lodge manager. Being at Tswalu is a dream come true for me,” she says.
Morah has a great love and appreciation for the landscapes, dramatic skies and unusual animal sightings that define Tswalu, and enjoys the artistic freedom photography provides.
The Kalahari is full of wild flowers, which she is particularly interested in, and the butterflies these attract. She is fascinated by the smaller things, including birds, but just as happy to track black-maned Kalahari lions. After travelling extensively in Southern Africa, Morah says she knows how special the southern Kalahari is and really enjoys spending time with her guests discovering more of Tswalu’s diverse and unique sightings.
Image by Helen Mertens
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