Growing up on a horse, cattle and sheep farm in the Great Karoo, Daryl was always fated to become a naturalist.
From a young age, he would spend entire days walking in the bush, fascinated by animal tracks, skulls, feathers and dung. After high school, Daryl embarked on a BComm, but when he found himself concentrating more on his bird book than accounting, he realised it was time to get back to the bush.
He joined &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in 2002. As part of the mentorship programme, he has mentored and trained rangers, while also earning his Grade 2 Walking qualification, allowing him to track dangerous game, including buffalo, black and white rhino and elephant, on foot.
He quickly climbed the ranks from Assistant Head Ranger to Head Ranger, became a Grade 2 Walking Assessor and was later promoted to Specialist Guide.
Daryl is passionate about all aspects of nature and has recorded more than 2 000 bird species, including rare sightings like Madagascar cuckoo and collared flycatcher. A keen photographer, he enjoys swapping tips with guests and capturing extraordinary sightings.
As a private guide, he relishes sharing his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the natural world, taking his guests wherever they may wish to explore.