Instructors

Russell Crossey

Russell Crossey

HEAD INSTRUCTOR

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

Lazarus Moalosi

HEAD INSTRUCTOR

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.

Quentin Swanevelder

Quentin Swanevelder

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

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 Havemann

HEAD INSTRUCTOR

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.

Steve Baillie

Steve Baillie

INSTRUCTOR

Steve’s career started in the Pilanesberg National Park at Bakubung lodge the end of 1994 . He moved on to Head guide at Tshukudu Lodge and left the Pilanesberg in 2000 as a Level3 SKS DA guide.

Steve also guided in the Sabi Sands and Timbavati reserves until 2004 when he moved to the Kalahari for two years. In 2006 Steve and his wife purchased a small Bush lodge in the Balule Game Reserve.

Steve is very passionate about the bush and enjoys birding and walking trails.

Ross Hawkins

Ross Hawkins

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

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

Mark Gunn

HEAD 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.

Jasper Visser

Jasper Visser

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

Jasper was born in the Netherlands, but moved to Kenya when he was still very young. This is where he truly got in touch with Mother Nature.

From Kenya, they moved to Curacao and back to the Netherlands. After High School Jasper followed his father back to Africa.

As the family settled in Pretoria, Jasper enrolled for a FGASA Field Guide course. After qualifying as a Field Guide, he worked for several years in the Waterberg region at Kololo Game reserve where he gained most of his guiding experience and also completed his FGASA Level 2 as well as his Lead Trails Guide qualification. He then moved on to Pilanesberg where he worked as full-time Trails guide.

After 10 years of guiding and 4000 hours of walking in Big Five territory, Jasper finally got the opportunity to join the EcoTraining team.

Norman Chauke

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

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.

Jerry Sibiya

Jerry Sibiya

ROAMING INSTRUCTOR

Jerry was born and raised in a small village called Hluvukani north of Sabi Sands. After finishing school he studied towards a Diploma in Tourism Management and soon thereafter started working as an event organiser at Honeyguide Safari camp.

He then went to Tracker Academy and qualified as a Tracker level 4 and is currently in the process of completing his senior Tracker and CATHSSETA Assessor qualifications. Jerry is also a qualified FGASA level 1 Field Guide and Trails guide Backup.

He is very passionate about the bush and enjoys animal tracking, walking trails and story telling.