ASSOCIATE PARTNERS > JAMES KYDD
James was six years old when he left the shores of England for the great unknown of Africa. “My favourite book at the time was Maurice Sendak's “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE”. Young Max gets sent to bed without supper, only to find his room morphing into a prehistoric jungle with all sorts of bizarre creatures as his new companions, and a fantastic adventure ensues. That's what it was like for me: one day I was watching cows chew the cud in the meadows of Derbyshire, and a week later I was listening to the roar of wild lions in the African savannah. I felt an instant and powerful connection to the wilderness, a yearning that tugs at me whenever I am away from it. I have subsequently dedicated my life to sharing this connection with others in the belief that through re-connecting people to the natural frequencies of the earth we will stand the greatest chance of protecting our wild heritage.”
He spent as much of his youth in the bush as he could, volunteering during school holidays in the Kruger Park, before completing his Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Nature Conservation at Stellenbosch University. After two years guiding in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo he undertook the intensive AndBeyond guide training course and subsequently spent six years working at the world famous Londolozi Private Game Reserve. Here he obtained some of the highest national field guide qualifications and worked as Head Ranger and guide trainer.
Since then he has guided internationally, not only in Southern and East Africa but also led safaris searching for snow leopards in the Himalayas, taking guests through the jungles of India, and even the majestic Brazilian Pantanal.
James is an avid photographer whose images have been exhibited in some of the top international competitions. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of the camera and animal behaviour to help get his guests shots beyond their expectations, whether they are beginners or professionals. He is a keen videographer and recently filmed the first ever start to finish snow leopard hunt. He also likes to leave his guests with a collection of his photos and videos at the end of their trip: an added bonus to having him as a guide.
James is not only passionate about fostering connections to nature through his safaris: he is the creator and editor of the multiple award-winning website Rangerdiaries.com, an online platform built to promote safari guides, wildlife photographers and the wilderness areas they work in through their photos, videos and stories.
James now lives in Cape Town, another place he loves to share, especially with those keen to get off the beaten track. “This is a wildlife lover’s paradise: within an hour of the city centre you can witness one of the greatest floral blooms in the world, see incredible waterfalls, dive with enormous seal colonies, walk beside penguins, sit amongst a troop of baboons, watch hundreds of flamingos, climb through ancient indigenous forest, marvel at great white sharks breaching from the water, kayak with super pods of dolphins and one of the greatest concentrations of southern right whales, or simply stroll on a mountain more botanically diverse than the Amazon.”
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