Instructors

Instructors

Meet the camp team

Henry Parsons

Henry has been in the Safari Guiding and Hospitality Industry since 1992. He has lived and worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Swaziland and London, UK.

Henry has extensive experience in the African bush, and is both passionate and knowledgeable. Whether it's training or going on safari with Henry, it is a highly personalised adventure and always memorable!

Russell Crossey

Russell started his 28 year long guiding career with a Nature Conservation Diploma and a BA degree in communications, psychology and social anthropology. After ten years as a Wilderness Trails leader, he rose to officer in charge of the walking trails in the Umfolozi Game Reserve. 

After a stint of guiding in Mashatu Game Reserve, he spent the next 18 years guiding in Botswana's Okavango Delta for Wilderness Safaris. 
Russell is qualified with FGASA Level 2 and Trails Guide and is in the process of completing FGASA Level 3.

Lazarus Moalosi
Assistant Instructor Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana

Lazarus was born and raised in Bobonong Village in south-eastern Botswana. Upon completing high school he enrolled at the Speciss College in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and graduated with a Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management. 

Lazarus continued with his studies as a guide and was subsequently employed as a trainee guide with Wilderness Safaris at Chitabe Camp. He later also worked at other Wilderness Safaris camps including Little Vumbura, DumaTau and Vumbura Plains. 

He recently joined the EcoTraining team and has a particular interest in tracking, ecology and nature conservation. He has a vibrant personality and enjoys birding and astronomy. The combination of his great knowledge and bubbly personality will ensure that a safari with Lazarus is a memorable experience. 

Bruce Lawson

Bruce is a passionate naturalist who has spent 16+ years guiding in remote wilderness areas in many of Africa’s big game reserves.

Bruce is a director of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), is one of only a handful of qualified SKS (Special Knowledge and Skills) dangerous game guides, and is a national SKS birding guide.

He is an advanced rifle handling trainer for FGASA, and is also a THETA-accredited national assessor.

Quentin Swanevelder

Quentin grew up in the Lowveld where he was fortunate enough to visit the KNP on a regular basis. This is where his passion for the bush started.

After obtaining his degree in Tourism and Marketing, Quentin started guiding in 2001 and worked for numerous lodges including Timbavati, Manyeleti and Klaserie. Quentin was also Head Guide for Jakkalsbessie consession close to Skukuza.

After taking a four year sabbatical from guiding, Quentin returned to the bush as an EcoTraining instructor in August 2016. Teaching has always been a passion for Quentin and to work in the northern Kruger training field guides is his dream come true.

David Havemann

David started his conservation career with a diploma in Nature Conservation and after a year abroad, worked at Jock of the Bushveld Lodge in the Kruger National Park.

After a brief diversion to do Pilates instruction, he became an environmental education officer with the Wildlife Environmental Society in KwaZulu-Natal.

Since then David has guided guests for lodges in other Big 5 game reserves, and is now loving being back in the educational world of the environment.

Ross Hawkins

Ross, passionate about rowing from an early age, spent a large part of his life participating in this sport. He then changed course and started doing overland guiding through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, which he offered for many years.

After studying Field Guiding, he entered the lodge industry and guided in the Sabi Sands and Madikwe Game Reserve for the past five years, before joining EcoTraining with his FGASA Level 2 and Lead Trails Guide qualifications.  

Mark Gunn
Roaming Instructor

From starting out as a zookeeper to encountering big game in wild areas, Mark has more than 15 years’ experience and an enormous interest in all creatures great and small.

His years of experience are backed up by a list of qualifications, including FGASA Level 3, Trails Guide, VPDA (Viewing Potentially Dangerous Animals), Tracker Level 2 and Track and Sign Interpretation Level 3, and he is a registered FGASA assessor. 

Norman Chauke
Roaming Instructor

Norman, a charismatic and knowledgeable young guide, hails from the Makuleke community in the northern Kruger National Park. He was given the opportunity by EcoTraining to attend its Field Guide Level 1 course. A successful candidate, he developed a love for animal tracking.

He went on to the Tracker Academy to study tracking and qualified as a Lead Tracker. He also has his Trails Guide Back-up, FGASA Level 2 and CATHSSETA Assessor qualifications. Norman is the first ever formally qualified African tracker assessor in South Africa.

Jan-Hendrik Hanekom
Roaming Instructor

Jan-Hendrik started his career as a safari guide after his two years’ service in the army. During his nine years of work, he has worked in the Waterberg and Pilanesberg doing walks.

His passion is flowers and the science of stars. With Field Guide Level 2 and Trails Guide Level 2 behind him, Jan-Hendrik has been with EcoTraining for a year and moves between the camps to teach our course participants.

Steven Falconbridge
Roaming Instructor

Steve’s love for the bush at an early age led to him studying Nature Conservation. He worked for Singita, the prestigious ecotourism group in the Kruger National Park, as its conservation officer while also achieving full guiding qualifications. After four years, he left to continue his studies, achieving his Honours degree in Nature Conservation cum laude.  

Steve then did his Master's degree, with an organic focus on medicinal plants. After years of study, the bush called once more and after running the trails camp at Pafuri for Wilderness Safaris, Steve is now Head Instructor for EcoTraining at Mashatu Camp.