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Introducing Mike Sutherland

It is our great pleasure to introduce you to our newest full-time employee, Mike Sutherland.

Mike Sutherland, in his ideal environment and with his camera…

Mike has been in the guiding industry for many years, has an insatiable appetite for the wild, safaris and photography; and will ignite a deeper sense of adventure in any discerning traveller. He’s a great fit for Team Safari Architects and we are very excited to see what his unique contribution to our company will bring in the future.

Mike’s passion for the African bush began at a very tender age. Many young South Africans are privileged to grow up going the Kruger and other National Parks around our country on family holidays; spending time exploring the wild, sitting around camp fires telling stories and learning about the delicate and beautiful natural environments we have right on our doorstep. Mike enjoyed one such childhood but his wonder and love for the wilderness never subsided.

After having completed a Post Graduate degree in Property Development and Quantity Surveying, Mike found himself at a crossroad between the pursuit of a corporate career, or to abandon the desk-bound job and fully immerse himself in exploring and learning more about “the bush”; whilst guiding guests on their African adventure too. He took the path less chosen and hasn’t looked back.

After completing his ranger training at Inkwazi at Phinda Private Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal; Mike has since worked at various camps, lodges and concessions around South Africa. He stayed with the group &Beyond for 4 years, working at their Phinda, Kwandwe and Kirkmans Kamp properties. Mike was then also fortunate enough to spend 2 years working at Londolozi Private Game Reserve (Sabi Sands), where he began to specialise in wildlife photography, spending his free time blogging and helping guests create their own perfect photos.

Having worked at over 15 exclusive private lodges and travelled various terrains and landscapes, Mike has gained intimate knowledge of what goes into a luxury Safari experience. Couple this with excellent photographic skills, some serious bush charm and storytelling ability and you have the recipe for guide greatness.

Welcome to the team Mike!!!