From the moment guests board their Private Jet Journey and touch down in Africa, to the moment they leave, &Beyond will be at their side throughout their adventure. Think: no airport queues, VIP assistance to private terminals, customs and baggage claims… Additionally, our wealth of expertise found in our private and specialist guides, ground logistics teams and over 2000 &Beyonders means that they’ll experience a journey unlike any other!
Meet your private guides
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 had advised 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, was later promoted to Specialist Guide and is now a fully-qualified Private Guide.
For Grant, one very distinct early childhood memory stands out. As a young boy on a family canoeing expedition, he sat quietly one winter morning on a sandbank overlooking the Zambezi Valley. As the sun rose, he watched hippo returning to the Zambezi River from their nightly forage. He remembers being completely awestruck and knew from then on that he would pursue an adventurous life in the bush. This endless quest for adventure has taken Grant to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda in search of mountain gorillas, and of course, to the rare sand forest of &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve where he was a guide and mentor for six years. He then took on the role of Regional Ranger Trainer for East Africa and is now based in the Serengeti/Mara, heading up &Beyond’s Mwewe Ranger Training School. Grant has extensive experience guiding guests on private safaris and believes the best way to experience the bush is on foot. He is a qualified trails guide and Grade 2 walker.