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Simon Smit Private Guide

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For as long as he can remember, Simon’s always found solace in escaping to and exploring the great outdoors. It is this ‘first love’ and lifelong passion that has moulded him into the phenomenal guide he is today.

After growing up in the small East Coast town of George, Simon spent a number of years in the heart of the Cape Winelands, where he studied and attained his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Stellenbosch. His love of the natural world then lead him to become a field guide at the prestigious Sabi Sabi Game Reserve and Londolozi Private Game Reserve, where he fine-tuned his guiding skills to a level of excellence.

Simon and his wife have since settled in Cape Town, which he now proudly calls home. Intelligent, adventurous and armed with an unbelievable set of photographic skills, Simon is an invaluable part of the African Lynx team.

Rodger Bowren Head Private Guide

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Captivated by the African wilderness from a young age, Rodger always knew that he wanted to be a guide. To date, he has worked as a field guide in Kenya, Mozambique and most recently at Tswalu - a world-renowned game reserve in South Africa’s spectacular Kalahari. Settled back in Cape Town, Rodger has now also become a qualified Western Cape culture guide. He combines his private guiding skills with his love for photography and birding to provide his guests with an exceptional experience, unlike any other.

With the most discerning of palates, Rodger has developed a deep appreciation for fine wines, cuisine and coffee - with a particularly good nose for discovering hidden gems. He loves sharing stories and knowledge with his guests, and always ensures that they leave with a little piece of Africa in their hearts. Without fail, African Lynx’s guests find it a privilege to be hosted by Rodger - not only because he’s a brilliant guide, but moreover, a fantastic human being.

Roy Glasspool Private Guide

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Born in Zimbabwe and raised on a farm in Zambia, Roy has always had a passion for African adventure. He graduated from the University of South Africa with a degree in business and in his free time, completed his FGASA Level 1 field guide accreditation. He is a qualified Nature Guide of the Table Mountain Reserve.

Roy has been living in Cape Town for the past 10 years with his wife and 2 boys, and has firmly established himself as a local to the Western Cape. He is an avid twitcher, photographer and fisherman, and is passionate about how much this magnificent region has to offer. He loves sharing the beauty of the oceans, wildlife, fynbos and beaches, but especially the the surrounding mountains.

Roy’s strengths lie in his excellent photography skills, in-depth knowledge of the area and most importantly, a wonderful and easy-going nature.

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