Great opportunities presented itself & he decided to specialize in Eco-tourism exclusively!
In 2000 he joined a private game reserve within the well-known Sabi-Sand Game Reserve that borders the world renowned & famous Kruger National Park.
This special lodge crept into his heart very quickly & worked there for over 12 years.
Throughout the years, he climbed the ladder from junior game ranger, to Head Ranger.
This is also where he met his most favourite & much respected female leopard Makwela.
The most passionate aspect for Duard about Makwela was tracking her on foot following signs of where she might be on a daily basis, driven by persistency & determination he succeeded most of the tracking sessions with the help of his dedicated & professional tracker.
The urge to share Makwela with his guests was the ultimate reward & allowing them to experience this special and wonderful cat in her natural existence whether she was just on an afternoon stroll, scent marking her territory or hunting or sharing her wonderful cubs, fluffy bundles of joy with him & his guests.
Although Makwela was never tamed nor could she be touched she had a special place in his heart.
This legendary leopard will forever live on!
Throughout the years Duard also furthered his qualifications such as Fgasa Level 3, tracks, signs & tracking & back up trails guide to name a few but his new found inspired love for Astronomy gripped him like the gravity of the Universe!
He strongly believes that practical experience, nature interpretation & passion of nature & wildlife outweighs anything else!
With over 20 years of experiencing nature & wildlife at its utmost best he decided to take a huge leap of faith to make his second dream become a reality!
This dream was to start his own Safari 4×4 Expeditions Company named Makwela Transfrontier Safaris with an array of options to choose from for guests to experience nature in an entirely different way; from rustic camping to luxury camping to ultimate luxury 5 star lodging!
With his extensive bush knowledge, experience, deep passion & determination for nature & wildlife your safari experience will be unforgettable!
Makwela Transfrontier Safaris thus invites you to climb on board & join us on our remarkable unforgettable Safari Experiences in the vast untamed Africa!