There is something about being on safari in Africa that makes us feel more relaxed, more energised. Days spent in the bush, surrounded by wildlife, waking up with the dawn, sleeping under canvas and a crackling campfire. No clutter, no need for the outside world.

Adrian Bantich

Adrian began his guiding career in Pilanesberg National Park under the guiding mentorship of Andre Kruger. A year later he found himself conducting walks and game drives in the Manyeleti Game Reserve – situated in the Greater Kruger Biosphere. Within two years Adrian was asked to manage Tintswalo Manor House Lodge in early 2008, whereupon his passion for story-telling and harmonica playing fuelled the evening fireside chat.

The opportunity to work as a specialist safari guide at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve came about in mid-2009. This was to become his most memorable and most epic four year stint to date. As part of the Tswalu Field Guide Team, Adrian and his colleagues were passed and assessed as FGASA Level 3 Trails Guides in 2010. This also included a new mentor role to up-and-coming Field Guides. A year later Adrian wrote a mini-dissertation on sexual selection in Lions for his BSc in Zoology and Environmental Management. This led up to a yearlong behavioural research paper on the introduction of 4 male lions into the reserve – which was completed in 2012. His passion for writing and story-telling has never ceased. To date he deals in anecdotal writings and blogs for Safarious and other online publications.

In January 2013, Adrian’s individuality and creativity prompted him to head out on his own. He now serves as specialist private guide across Southern Africa, and in his free time as gone back to various another hobbies – sketching, painting and fly fishing . His unique approach, scientific and yet authentic appreciation for the natural environment certainly puts him into a very unique guiding category.

Beginning with sincerity and ending off with a sneaky grin, Adrian states;

“The last seven years have been a journey that only few can have – A privilege. I am not ready to give up this lifestyle...playtime isn’t over”.