Brad of the Bushveld

Brad Oliver

Each week, we like to put the spotlight on the rangers of Mostwari Private Game Reserve – a dedicated and passionate team that go out of their way to ensure visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the very best of what the African bush has to offer.

Committed to providing the best possible safari experience for guests from all over the world, Motswari takes great pride in curating the finest team of devoted and enthusiastic rangers to share their vast knowledge of the Timbavati and Umbabat Nature Reserve – home to an exquisite profusion of wildlife, ranging from the Big Five and lesser-known animal species, to insects, birds and the diverse array of plant life.

This week, we are proud to introduce Brad Oliver – a guide with an insatiable passion for the bush that made it impossible for him to stay away. Born and raised in Johannesburg, Brad spent a great deal of his childhood in the Kruger with his family – often visiting for a month at a time. Like most guides, he simply couldn’t get the taste of being immersed in the beauty of the wild out of his mind and so, two years ago, he made the decision to drop his life in the city and come to the bush to pursue his dream job. Brad has been working as a field guide and ranger at Motswari for over a year now and says the experience is still “surreal” to him.

And avid photographer and creative soul at heart, Brad gets utmost fulfilment at being able to share his love for the bush with guests from around the world. “For me, nothing beats the early morning drives with the crisp morning air, the symphony of birdsong and the blank canvas onto which Mother Nature’s shenanigans are bursting to play out,” he says. “The wild has this uncanny ability to absorb you in anticipation and deliver the most rewarding surprises, often when you least expect them.”

Motswari is a truly special place that Newmark, the Motswari team and all of the reserve’s dedicated rangers hold close to their hearts. We look forward to sharing more thoughts from our rangers with you and, even more so, to welcoming you to the reserve in the near future.