Growing up in the wilderness of Zimbabwe, Pioneer had the earliest possible exposure to wildlife and bush-craft. It seems he too, was destined for a career in nature. After graduating high school, Pines began work in the hospitality industry and gained experience in various lodge-related duties.
Seeking an opportunity to enter the guiding realm, Pioneer relocated to Limpopo Province in SA and took up a position on a private game reserve, gaining further experience in all aspects of wildlife management and maintenance. As part of his internship, Pines was able to attend various guiding courses and soon qualified with FGASA Level 1 and the associated National Qualification in SA.
Pioneer continued to gain experience, guiding in various locations throughout Limpopo and Mpumalanga and later became involved in Overlanding tours throughout Southern Africa. Never slowing down on the studies, Pines gained FGASA Level 2 (Advanced Field Guide / NQF4) and continued working on Birding, Tracking and Dangerous Game qualifications through LFGA.
In 2015 Pines began freelance guiding work for LFGA and in early 2016 he became permanently employed as Field Guide and Tracker. Pines takes great pride in working with students and exposing them to the practical side of guiding, also imparting a wealth of knowledge in the art of bush-craft. Pioneer has graduated to the level of CyberTracker Track and Sign Professional and now trains LFGA students in preparation for their CyberTracker evaluations.
2017 has been a great year for Pines thus far and after several years of gaining hours and experience under Dangerous Game mentorship, he has qualified as an FGASA Lead Trails Guide. It’s onwards and upwards for Pines as the Specialist Field Guide (Level 3) qualification beckons!
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