Growing up on a horse, cattle and sheep farm in South Africa’s 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, he was destined to become a ranger.
With a guiding career at &BEYOND Phinda Private Game Reserve for almost 20 years, including the title of Head Ranger and now Private Guide, he has trained guides in Zimbabwe, South Africa and East Africa. Armed with certifications including his Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) SKS Birding, FGASA 3 and FGASA Assessor, Daryl comes highly sought after as a birder and naturalist.
Passionate about all aspects of nature he has racked up an extensive bird list with a knack of finding rare and special species wherever he travels. A keen photographer, he enjoys swapping tips with guests and capturing extraordinary sightings. More recently, in 2016, Daryl discovered a species of frog, now named the Phinda Rain Frog.
He has guided safaris across Africa and South America and is an expert in specialised interests including Birding, Photographic, Gorillas and Big Game tracking to name a few.
Dedicated to ensuring an unforgettable guest experience, he loves it when a guest views a unique bird or sees a giraffe for the time. Devoted to the natural world, in his spare time he goes hiking, scuba diving and snorkelling.