More about Gareth…
Travel after university took me to the Sabi Sands Wildtuin and Londolozi Private Game Reserve.
It was whilst guiding at Londolozi that I excelled at the “gentle game drive” and soon developed a reputation for berating any other guide who messed with my mojo of serenity – two notable recipient’s of such a dressing down were Mammoth’s safari guru Gavin and a one-eyed elephant bull in full musth. Whilst I chose to have words with Gavin from the comfort of my Land Rover, I gave the bull elephant “what for” at somewhat closer quarters. The bull had it coming though as he was very naughty for trying to kill 8 guests and myself whilst we were out on a leisurely bush stroll. It is worth mentioning that Gavin and I have been best of friends ever since I put him in his place.
I left Londolozi to follow my other passion and work in the wine cellars of the world. Following harvest jobs in South Africa, France and California, I qualified as a winemaker with a degree in Oenology from South Africa’s premier Agricultural College. Winemaking, vineyard management, wine sales and wine-related conservation jobs all followed as various opportunities took me to a variety of exciting projects, working for a number of fine South African wine estates as well as on the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative for the World Wide Fund for Nature (www.wwf.org.za).
I am very fortunate to now be in a position to work closely with amazing friends and to invite people to journey with me to meet these friends. To share their wines, their farms, our gorgeous province, country and beyond and in so doing make many more friends along the way.
I am, over and above all of this, a father to the world’s most amazing daughter, who inspires me in all that I do.