Who we are

BRUCE KIETZMANN

Bruce KietzmannBruce Kietzmann grew up on the South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal in the 1970’s enjoying an active outdoor life as a junior lifeguard and surfer. He enrolled in the South African Navy for a period of 54 months during which time his mustering was in operations and navigation.

A further 48 months was enjoyed between the Mediterranean and deliveries to the West Indies as the private skipper to a British businessman based in the South of France. All this sailing ultimately led to a career change from the sea to the African bush where Bruce joined an overland tour Company ’Drifters Adventours’ operating tours and safaris throughout Southern Africa, and later as a resident and professional guide in Botswana specialising in walking safaris by mode of a dugout, canoe / tree, called a ‘mokoro’ punted with a long pole and gratitude.

Bruce and a partner founded a tour company in Constantia Cape Town to facilitate Botswana clients from South Africa before he moved on to Wildside Adventures as management of their adventure T.V. programmes for Mnet television channel. However Bruce managed to find himself mid North Atlantic heading towards Walvis Bay off the Namibian Coast when the clocks turned to 2000, as the captain of a 400 ton fishing boat on delivery from San Diego USA.

Bruce has an interest in a silver nano particle compound from the USA and is involved in identifying chemical signals found to be common in both plants and humans.
Bruce has resided in Plettenberg Bay since 2002 working various community projects from being involved with Knysna Aids Council as the Southern Cape HIV Forum herbalist, to the wildlife industry in guiding and educating the conservation of our natural environment.

Bruce is the founding member of a nonprofit organisation, "The Green Ticket Org" a re-forestation programme looking at re-establishing bio-diversity of both indigenous Fauna and Flora to damaged overgrazed or deforested areas primarily in Southern Africa.

 

SANDRA PHILLIPS

Sandra Phillips

Sandra was born in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, the daughter of a German mother and a British father. After completing school and doing an industrial apprenticeship she studied International Business Administration. Sandra spent most semesters in Spain and Canada where her interest in different cultures and customs awakened.
After her studies and practical training she was employed by Lufthansa for 15 years where she worked as product manager for in-flight service equipment for a few years, and later in aircraft maintenance where she was a project manager in the planning and controlling department.

Her love for South Africa came during holiday visits where she volunteered at several game reserves in the Eastern Cape and assisted in a Local Economic Development project in the Western Cape Bitou area. Sandra’s experiences in South Africa changed her views on life and made her consider a career gap break and change.

Sandra loves animals and nature and besides the volunteer internships in SA she also had a hands-on interaction at the Frankfurt Zoo which she really enjoyed, working closely with the tigers, rhinos and seals.
Sandra speaks English, German and Spanish and is now also learning South African Afrikaans and Xhosa.

 

© Copyright 2017 - Academia Naturalis (PTY) LTD Gap Year Safari programmes, green conservation projects and socially responsible developments