sabi sabi ranger gallery: solomon mathebula

Solomon Mathebula

Solomon can best be described as a "go getter" - not wasting any opportunity that comes along. He began his career in the bushveld as a tracker, working his way up the ladder to become a well-respected ranger at Sabi Sabi's Bush lodge.

Solomon started off in the Timbavati area with his first tracker course. He completed all three tracker levels before moving to the Klaserie, where he worked for two years. Being in the close-knit safari industry he met a lot of people working in the same field.

One of those people became his best friend and he did Solomon a really good deed; he introduced him to the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and it wasn't long before he flourished as a tracker at Sabi Sabi. Solomon has always loved sharing his knowledge.

He knew that by studying hard and becoming a ranger he would have infinitely more opportunities of teaching all that he had learned to his guests. He completed his Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) level 1 and shortly after that successfully passed Sabi Sabi's stringent ranger training exams.

He really enjoys telling his guests all about the indigenous trees on the reserve, but when asked about his major interests he only smiles and replies: "I love everything about the bush; from the soil the trees grow in, to the elephants that push them over. There is nothing about the bushveld that I don't love".

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