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Kyle Smith - ORYX Photo Tour Leader

Kyle Smith

Kyle’s interest in wildlife started at a young age, fuelled by many a school holiday in the Kruger National Park – South Africa’s most celebrated game reserve. While completing his schooling at Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal, he honed his love for the environment and improved his observation skills in the schools nature reserve “backyard” – the scenic Umgeni Valley. Having completed his secondary education, he went on to explore various nature concessions and game reserves around South Africa with camera in hand, growing his appreciation for the environment as he attempted to capture what he saw in digital format.

As soon as he turned twenty-one, he leapt at the opportunity to attend a course in game ranging and guiding, and gained his qualification as a vehicle-based guide as well as a Level II tracker and a Lead Walking / Trails Guide. He subsequently spent a number of years as guide at the internationally acclaimed MalaMala Game Reserve, increasing his natural history knowledge and photographic skills and conveying this passion for both subjects to his guests.

To Kyle, being a field guide is a spectacular privilege, and he hopes to share his zeal for wildlife and photography with his guests. He is associated with ORYX Photo Tours as a photographic partner and guide, and looks forward sharing his abilities and expertise with all who travel with him.