Mauritz Senekal describes himself as a true farm boy, who grew up on a cattle farm in Naboomspruit, north of Pretoria, in the Limpopo province. His love of the outdoors was fostered by his father, who taught Mauritz and his two younger brothers everything he knew about the bush. Mauritz particularly enjoys taking his guests on walking safaris. Getting close to predators is always a thrill, but he also delights in the tiny details to be seen while tracking on foot.
Mauritz gained experience and completed his initial Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) qualifications while working in the Pilanesberg National Park and the Sabi Sand private reserve. This was followed by gaining hospitality management experience at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. While he thoroughly enjoyed working in this fynbos-rich coastal reserve, Mauritz realised how much he missed the bushveld of the greater Kruger. He headed north again to manage Africa on Foot’s camps in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve, during which time he completed his FGASA Lead Trails Guide qualification. Mauritz is currently studying towards his FGASA Specialist Field Guide, or Level 3, qualification, which will enable him to obtain his Professional Trails Guide certificate.
He chose to work as a field guide at Tswalu because of the stark beauty of its landscapes, climate and fascinating fauna and flora. For someone who is devoted to wildlife photography, the reserve provides for excellent photographic opportunities. Besides capturing the large cats, such as lion, leopard and cheetah, Mauritz enjoys the challenge of photographing the more elusive species, including pangolin, aardvark and aardwolf. He rates Tswalu as one of South Africa’s ‘hidden treasures’, incomparable to other safari experiences in South Africa. ‘The exclusivity of the Motse and Tarkuni, together with the guarantee of a private vehicle, allows me to share authentic, special interest-focused experiences with my guests every day, and that makes me very happy.’
All images by Mauritz Senekal.
All images by Mauritz Senekal