Born and raised in the big city of Johannesburg, South Africa, a love of the bush was instilled in Tristan early on. His grandparents were avid bush lovers and whenever the opportunity presented itself, they would whisk a young Tristan away to the Kruger National Park with them on holiday. His grandfather, John, was made an honorary ranger and this inspired Tristan’s love and interest in the natural world.
During his time at university, Tristan would adventure to Kenya where he spent his time raising orphaned baby elephants. It was during these times when he realized a career in the corporate world was not for him and these incredulous experiences set his guiding career in motion.
After two years of guiding in the northern Sabi Sand, he moved as far south as you can go to Lion Sands on the Sabi River. From there his adventures took him to the UK for only 8 months before the love of Africa called him home. His first port of call once back on African soil was Simbambili where he guided for 18 months before joining the Safari Live family.
With nine years experience in the Sabi area, Tristan brings with him a wealth of local knowledge, as well as a strong familiarity with our favorite animal characters.