Cameron Appel – Specialist Safari Guide and Wildlife Photographer.

I was very fortunate to grow up with a family that had a blinding passion for wildlife and conservation. From holidays in the Kruger National Park, Private Game Reserves and at my families lodge on the Olifants River, my passion for wildlife was mirrored by my dream of one day being a safari guide. This dream was eventually realised when I was as young as 20, and I have since guided at some of South Africa’s most exclusive lodges and private game reserves in the South Africa.

After a number of years guiding at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, I decided to elevated my experience by joining CC Africa (now &Beyond), and after completing my training at Phinda Private Game Reserve, I fulfilled my childhood dream and began guiding at Londolozi Private Game Reserve. A career highlight, working as a Leopard Specialist Guide, which involved guiding guests on Private Safaris focused on the history and research of the Leopards of Londolozi.
I worked closely with tracker extraordinaire, Simon Mhatebula, on this project and gained valuable knowledge and research on leopard behaviour and all things wild and wonderful from a man with 40 years worth of wilderness experience.

After successfully leading a private mountain bike safari in the Makuleke Concession (Pafuri) in the Northern Kruger National Park, and working with a wildlife film production company for National Geographic, I decided to explore broader opportunities and began guiding at Tswalu Kalahari. This created an opportunity for me to meet Sean Carter and Callum Sargent, and thus becoming affiliated with their company African-born Safaris, offering all my passion, knowledge and experience as a safari specialist and private guide.

Whether it’s photography, birding, discussing animal behaviour or sitting around an African bush fire sharing stories about lunging leopards, hyper-active hyenas or bashful buffalo, I enjoy being a multifaceted guide. My love for the wilderness and nature is a contagious blend of passion, humour and story telling which creates both amazing experiences and memories for my guests.

SPECIALIST GUIDING SAFARIS

A collection of boutique specialist, privately guided safaris held each year. Book now to secure your spot!

WALK PAFURI WALKING TRAIL


Wild. Remote. Unforgettable.
Join the African-Born Safaris team and explore one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Northern Kruger National Park on foot.

Private Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
3 or 4 nights
Min 4 people. Max 8 people.
Comfortable 2 bed tents.
Fully catered.
When to visit? Best experienced during the cooler months. June, July, August, September.

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Pafuri is unrivalled walking country. Our trails, open from April to October every year, are renowned for offering true bush lovers an opportunity to experience one of Kruger’s remotest corners on foot.
Led by African-Born Safaris experienced guides, you will explore a place that is as vast as it is varied and wild. The trail offers you a chance to focus on the little things but you will also experience the rush of adrenaline when you happen upon members of the Big Five. Home base is a seasonal bush camp near the banks of the Luvuvhu where we serve hearty food and drink in a setting that allows you a close-up experience of untamed Africa. And, for the truly adventurous, we occasionally offer minimalist trails when we camp under the stars or foray across the border into the transfrontier park.
You’ll notice how the landscape changes from woodland to riverine forests, mountains, floodplains and pans where animals roam freely. It is here that you will find forests of fever trees, groves of baobabs and vast herds of wildlife. Highlights of the experience include Crook’s Corner, where the Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers meet, Lanner Gorge and the Luvuvhu fever tree forest.


CYCLE PAFURI MTB TRAIL


RETURNAfrica has just launch it cycle trails, an incredible opportunity to explore one of the most remote and beautiful wilderness areas in the Northern Kruger National Park on a bicycle.

Private Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
3 or 4 nights
Min 4 people. Max 6 people.
Comfortable 2 bed tents.
Fully catered.
When to visit? Best experienced during the cooler months. June, July, August, September.

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Pafuri is unrivalled walking country. Our trails, open from April to October every year, are renowned for offering true bush lovers an opportunity to experience one of Kruger’s remotest corners on foot.
Led by African-Born Safaris experienced guides, you will explore a place that is as vast as it is varied and wild. The trail offers you a chance to focus on the little things but you will also experience the rush of adrenaline when you happen upon members of the Big Five. Home base is a seasonal bush camp near the banks of the Luvuvhu where we serve hearty food and drink in a setting that allows you a close-up experience of untamed Africa. And, for the truly adventurous, we occasionally offer minimalist trails when we camp under the stars or foray across the border into the transfrontier park.
You’ll notice how the landscape changes from woodland to riverine forests, mountains, floodplains and pans where animals roam freely. It is here that you will find forests of fever trees, groves of baobabs and vast herds of wildlife. Highlights of the experience include Crook’s Corner, where the Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers meet, Lanner Gorge and the Luvuvhu fever tree forest.


THE BIRDING BIG THREE


For the serious twitchers and birding enthusiasts. This trip will take you to some of Africa's magical birding hotspots, offering the opportunity to twitch some unique birds and rarities.

Phinda, South Africa. Singita Pamashama, Zimbabwe. Nxabega, Botswana.
9 - 12 nights.
4 - 6 people.
Luxury Accomadation.
Fully Inclusive.
When to visit? This trip is best experienced after the migrants have arrived. December, January, February.

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This extraordinary wilderness area next to the Gonarezhou National Park in southeastern Zimbabwe, Singita Pamushana Lodge is the ecotourism arm of this 130,000 acre reserve, and its role is to help foster the sustainability of the wildlife and broader ecology, while enabling guests to share the magic of the lodge and the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. Singita manages the lodge on behalf of the Trust and all proceeds from the lodge benefit the numerous conservation and community outreach and development programmes underway.

Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of safari activities.

A beautiful view of reed-filled waterways and a sparkling lagoon in front of the camp, entice guests to discover the many wonders of this incredible location. &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is known for its elegant tented accommodation and array of safari adventures.


FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY


Discover the unforgettable East-African plains or the Big Cats of the famous Sabie Sands. A photography focused trip to capture some of the greatest spectacles on Earth.

Serengeti, Tanzania or Masai Mara, Kenya. Sabie Sands, South Africa.
4 - 10 nights
4 - 6 people.
Luxury Accommodation.
Fully catered.
When to visit? August, September - Kenya. February, March - Tanzania. All year round - South Africa.

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