Charles Ratcliffe

Charles grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and from a very early age had strong ties to exploring the environment. Both his parents actively sought to travel and explore southern Africa with kids in tow. His formative years were, as Charles puts it, "like paging through a copy of National Geographic".

Soon after school, Charles did a game ranger apprenticeship at one of the bush lodges in Mpumalanga province, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Having obtained a diploma in Nature Conservation, he then returned to the area to lead guided tours and trails. Furthering his studies, Charles obtained a Masters degree at the University of Cape Town - his thesis involving the conservation of a key farmland bird species.

Subsequently, "Charlie" as we fondly call him, returned to his guiding roots, is married with 2 daughters and currently resides in Cape Town. He is passionate about birds, photography and fly-fishing. His excellent knowledge of Southern African birds and mammals, coupled with a great sense of humour, make him a great guide!


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