The mornings are definitely getting chilly but talking with Lorraine Doyle, the Wildlife Manager at Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve, you can’t help but be captivated by her warm personality. Lorraine is a Zimbo –– having been born in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), holds an Honour’s degree in Nursing and served as an Intensive Care sister in the UK before leaving the city-life for the African country-side. Lorraine is exceptionally passionate about nature and the outdoors and is able to pass on her knowledge and experience through her own guide training company, Africa Nature Training, as well as through Thanda Safari’s Research and Volunteer programme, Ulwazi, in which she is a co-director. Lorraine also guides for the award-winning, WWF-partnered, American-based travel company Natural Habitat Adventures and is the only woman guide to work for them in Africa.
These skills are put to good use at Thanda Safari, as managing a reserve of 14 000 hectares is no easy task. Paperwork is unfortunately unavoidable, and takes up a surprisingly large amount of time, with other daily activities including monitoring of certain species, including elephant, cheetah and rhino, co-ordinating the rhino monitors and wildlife team, as well as interacting with the vet. All Thanda Safari’s cheetahs are collared in order to be able to keep tabs on them.