WHY HAVE A PRIVATE GUIDE?

We highly recommend having a private guide accompany you on your Trunks & Tracks trip. They:

  • Walk you through your itinerary, pack list and any questions you may have pre-trip

  • Troubleshoot any speed bumps that may arise during your travel within Africa

  • Add expert knowledge to your safari experience, furthering your understanding of the wildlife

  • Help to frame your trip within the context of the culture & history of the country you are in as well as the conservation challenges that the area is facing

OUR GUIDES

MEET THE GUIDES!

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JOMI KROBB

Co-Founder & Private Guide

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Sarah Nurse

Private Guide

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MICHAEL ANDERSON

Private Guide

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HADLEY PIERCE

Co-Founder & Private Guide

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MICHELLE SOLE

Private Guide

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Jomi Krobb

Jomi grew up in Dublin to German parents. From a young age, he was fortunate enough to go on hiking trips all over Europe, North America and Africa, where a deep love for the outdoors and nature was born.While studying at Trinity University in Dublin, Jomi had the opportunity to spend a month in South Africa, where he did his first safari guiding course and realized that the African bush was where he wanted to be.

Upon graduating, Jomi moved permanently to Africa, where he completed his year-long professional safari guide course, working in the northern Kruger National Park during and after the course. It was in northern Kruger that Jomi’s love for trails guiding and birding was born and also where he met most of the people that now form the core of Trunks and Tracks’ private guiding team. He then went on to work at Marataba Safari Lodge in South Africa for two years, where he had the opportunity to really ‘shape the way he wanted to guide’, combining trails guiding with vehicle-based photographic safaris.

After this, Jomi worked in Zambia, Namibia and Botswana guiding in some of southern Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas and building up an appreciation for the conservational aspect of safari. A two year stint of managing Bisate Lodge in Rwanda’s Volcanoes Park followed this. Jomi is, together with Hadley, the co-founder of Trunks and Tracks and, whilst they are now based out of Boston, their heart and souls lie in the African bush.

Speciality: Birding, Walking Safaris

Jomi's Relevant Guiding Qualifications:

Field Guide Level 2

Trails Guide 

Wilderness First Aid Level 2

Advanced Rifle Handling

Advanced Birding

Wildlife Photography

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Hadley Pierce

From a young age, Hadley traveled around the world with her family. At the age of 12, she came to Africa for the first time and that was that. Hadley graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from the University of Richmond from which she studied abroad at the University of Cape Town. Unable to get rid of the urge to return to Africa, Hadley moved back to South Africa in 2015 to pursue a guiding career.

Since then, she has spent time guiding and managing at top safari lodges in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and Rwanda. Working in such special areas, Hadley acquired an in-depth understanding of what makes a safari experience unforgettable.

In 2017, Hadley and her partner Jomi co-founded Trunks & Tracks with the goal of showing people the Africa they know and love, and educating their guests about the importance of culture and conservation. Hadley is currently based out of Boston, but returns to Africa throughout the year.

Speciality: Photographic safaris, Bush & City combo safaris

Hadley's Relevant Guiding Qualifications:

Field Guide Level 1

Trails Guide

Wilderness First Aid Level 2

Advanced Rifle Handling

Wildlife Photography

Sarah Nurse

Sarah grew up in Cape Town but was drawn to wildlife and the wilderness from a young age. After finishing her field guide training course over a decade ago, Sarah has since worked as a guide in Namibia, Congo, the Kalahari, Kruger National Park, and Cape Town! 

Sarah specializes in walking safaris (also known as trails) and loves opening peoples' eyes to all of the smaller details of the bush. Today, Sarah lives just outside South Africa's Kruger National Park.

Her extensive experience walking in the bush and her ability to make absolutely anyone laugh and have a good time makes Sarah the perfect private guide for any Trunks & Tracks trip. 

  

Speciality: Walking safaris, Kruger & Cape Town Combo trips, Making people laugh :)

Michelle Sole

Michelle was born in England and raised between there and Andorra. As a result, she was educated in English, Spanish, Catalan and French. From the age of 14, she spent 10 years chasing winters around the world and competed for Great Britain as a downhill ski racer.

Having always had an interest in animal behaviour, Michelle completed a BSc in psychology and in 2011 moved to South Africa where she completed her studies to become a field guide and spent the next 6 years working as a safari guide.During her time in Africa, Michelle developed a passion for photography and has since had her work published in Africa Geographic and The Guardian. 

In 2017, Michelle spent a year backpacking around the world, traveling from one national park to another. At the end of 2017, she began working as a polar guide in Antarctica and the Arctic. She now divides her time between the icy polar regions and the African sun. 

In her free time, Michelle can be found somewhere remote with her camera in tow. You can see some of Michelle's work on her Facebook page, 'A Wild Sole'​

Specialty: Photographic safaris

Michelle's Relevant Guiding Qualifications:

Field Guide Level 2

Trails Guide (viewing potentially dangerous game on foot)

Wilderness First Aid Level 2

Advanced Rifle Handling & SAN Parks Shooting Assessment 

Wildlife Photography

Michael Anderson

Born in Zimbabwe, Mike grew up in a wilderness area close to the Hwange National Park. It was while there, forever pretending to be a ranger stalking through the bush, that his love for nature and the environment began.

 

In 2000, Mike moved to the UK and completed his education with a degree in Zoology.

Once finished, Mike embarked on another journey to Australia, living and working in the remote North West, and once again realizing his passion for the outdoors, exploring the national parks of the area.

 

In 2010, Mike decided to begin a guiding career in earnest, becoming a qualified Field Guide in Southern Africa. Following his certification, he guided at a number of five star lodges in the Sabi Sands and Timbavati Game Reserve.

 

Since then, he has been working as a full-time guide trainer, working to educate the next generations of guides about the ways of the bush. It was during his time guide-training that Mike realized his passion for mentoring young people. This is one of the many things that makes Mike such an exceptional guide: he is patient, loves teaching people that are new to the bush, and helping to convey why it is so important to conserve the areas he fell in love with as a child.  

 

Specialty: Family safaris, Birding

 

Michael’s Relevant Guiding Qualifications:

Field Guide Level 2

Advanced Trails Guide

Savanna Regional Bird Guide

Track and Sign Level 2

Wilderness First Aid Level 2

Advanced Rifle Handling