Darran Myers – Co Owner & Private Guide
Darran was born in the UK and educated in South Africa. After finishing school he moved back to the UK where he travelled all over Europe but the call of Africa beckoned him home. He studied the National Diploma in Game Ranging through Eco Training and this was the start of his career as a professional guide.
He now holds a veritable collection of qualifications, and has gathered experiences far and wild when it comes to safaris. He has been guiding since 1995, including time spent in Natal, Eastern Cape, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. He holds Professional Field Guide SKS DA (The highest qualification a South African Guide can attain), Level 2 Tracker. He is also an assessor and trainer for the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (the standards body for guiding in South Africa)
Darran started out guiding in the wilds of Zululand and after a year moved onto further his knowledge and experience by joining the guiding team of the world famous Shamwari Game Reserve. Still broader horizons beckoned and Zambia was next on his list of destinations. Here he guided walking trails in the Kafue National Park and was a canoe guide on the Zambezi river. After a seasonal spell in Zambia he returned back to South Africa and was one of the first guides to be employed under the Virgin Banner at Ulusaba Lodge in the Sabi Sands.
For a while he guided rich and famous clientele typical of the type to frequent establishments owned by Richard Branson but as usual the wilderness called once again and he followed its call to Botswanas Okavango Delta. Here he managed a tented camp and got involved with training of the camps guides as well as conducting guided walks. He then moved back to South Africa and started as a guide at Londolozi Game Reserve. After being exposed to the trackers of Londolozi he realized that walking and tracking were his true calling and left the 5 star lodge world to join the South African National Parks as a Day walk lead guide. After numerous encounters and experiences in one of Africas most famous wild life destinations he was asked to return to the 5 star lodge industry and Tintswalo lodge as the Head Guide and Trails guide.
Darran then decided another career change was due and enetred the world of guide training at Eco Training as Head Guide Trainer. This enabled him to train in the Limpopo Province and Natal, as well as in the Masai Mara and Samburu Reserves in Kenya. The last eleven years have seen Darran working as a freelance professional guide and trainer throughout South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. He has also worked in front of and behind the camera on documentaries for Discovery Channel. He was the Co-Host on the show Wild Frank and was the South African producer on the show Clandestine The Rhino War.