Tim Carr rejected the path to university. Instead, he offered himself as a volunteer at Phinda Private Game reserve. Learning from the outstanding ecologists at the reserve, and with unlimited enthusiasm, Tim has grown to become one of the most respected private safari guides in southern Africa.
Tim now lives near Wilderness on the beautiful stretch of South African coastline known as the ‘Garden Route’. This is a region of mountains, rivers, lagoons, forests and dunes that is scenically spectacular and contains tremendous biodiversity. What is impressive about Tim is that he walks the talk. The Garden Route is under constant threat from industry and over-development. Tim owns a large area of land on a lake frontage near Wilderness. He has returned this land to nature rather than retiring on the profits from forestry or development.
“My earliest memories are of living in Oranjemund, Namibia. I can still remember my first “night drive” in search of Oryx that would often come into town at night to feed on the gardens. This could well have been the experience that made me want to become a naturalist guide. I was not the most dedicated of students, spending most of my time either engrossed in a book or wandering (in my overactive imagination) to some far flung exotic corner of the continent. Upon graduating from the Navy as an officer, I was offered a job as camp assistant at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. I had wanted to work at &Beyond Phinda since the age of 15, when I first read about how &Beyond was rewriting the rules for community-based sustainable conservation development. I ran the Mzinene River cruises at Phinda and spent as much time as humanly possible learning from the rangers before officially becoming a guide. I spent five years guiding at Phinda and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, followed by a season in the Okavango Delta working as an assistant lodge manager with my partner. We then jetted off to Namibia to set up a mobile camping safari. Once it was up and running, we managed the Uplands Homestead safari villa at &Beyond Kwandwe Private Game Reserve for five years. I now live on the breathtaking Garden Route in South Africa with my wife Angelique and our two children Aiden and Tyla. We run our own self-catering lodge where we are busy rehabilitating 29 hectares of land that was previously used for a pine tree plantation.”