Guides

Our company’s reputation has been built by our staff and our guides. These people have been carefully selected to ensure that you have the best vacation of your life and that your safety is paramount. We are proud of our team and believe that it is composed of some of the best people in the industry.

Steve Bolnick

Steve is recognized as one of southern Africa’s outstanding guides. He grew-up with a deep love for Africa and has spent the past 29 years living and guiding in southern Africa. Steve has trained aspiring guides in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and has led research safaris for the WWF and Washington University. Between guiding he has acquired three university degrees in related subjects. Steve is the only guide to be licensed to operate professionally in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. His passion is foot-safaris in big game country and he is certified as a specialist guide.
Steve is director of Walk in Africa and personally develops every trip and identifies the best guides appropriate for each trip. Steve still leads many of the Walk in Africa routes.

Alan McSmith

For the past 20 years as a professional guide, Alan has walked, poled and paddled through wilderness. A result of this life-changing journey is a passion to mould the ancient values of living close to the land with our contemporary lifestyles. Through meaningful contacts with the environment, his vision is to reflect the significance of wilderness in our lives – and also what we stand to lose without it.

Ann MacGregor

Ann was trained as a schoolteacher and has never lost her love and talent for conveying information and inspiring learning. In addition to being an experienced and very fit hiker, Ann is recognised as one of the Cape’s most talented flower guides. Since the Cape Floral Kingdom is the most diverse in the world, it is a real privilege to be guided by Ann in this part of the world.

Ivan Goetz

Ivan has over 30 years of hiking and climbing experience around Southern Africa and has completed MDT Advanced Mountain Walking Leader training. Ivan is a qualified and registered mountain walking guide. He has a deep love of the mountains and enjoys interacting with like-minded people.

Johan Fourie

Johan Fourie had been part of the SA National Parks for 20 years. He started his conservation career as a trails ranger, doing duty for 4 years on the Wolhuter and Olifants Trails in the Kruger National Park . After that he progressed into the field of environmental education, social ecology, and later back to wildlife management, where he was responsible for developing the wildlife management skills of conservation staff. Johan resigned from the SANP in June 2000. Johan is a National Nature Guide with FGASA Level 3 SKS Dangerous Animals. He is also a CyberTracker accredited Track and Sign Specialist and Evaluator, as well as being FGASA Evaluator, THETA Assessor and Moderator and SASSETA Assessor.
Johan’s first love is to take people into the bush and to share to his passion for nature with them. He has developed a unique holistic approach to nature interpretation, which he applies in the fields of environmental education, training, development and personal growth. He is also a professional field guide with specialist skills in the handling of dangerous animals.

Frank Woodvine

Frank was born in the north of England but since the 1950s he spent two decades as a forester in the wilds of the Zambezi Valley and the eastern highlands before accepting the post of manager of Fernkloof Nature Reserve in the 1970s. Retired now, in the 21st century, his enthusiasm for the multimillion-year-old world that still displays itself up here in the mountains is as strong as ever – and instantly infectious. Walking in the Overberg mountains with Frank is a great privilege. There is no one who understands the ecology and botany of this area better than Frank