Our Rangers
Head Ranger: Gerry Jacobs
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I’m originally from Cape Town but have been guiding in the Kwazulu Natal for a good seven years, two of which was part of my studies and practical.  Since moving to the Zululand region it has been hard to leave as it has captured a chunk of my heart. As it’s a bit of paradise compared to other places in and around South Africa, offering us fantastic summer rains making it a very tropical region attracting only the prettiest and unique wildlife e.g. a vast number of birds making it a birders haven, an array of different butterfly species, toads and frogs as well as a large variety of flora and fauna.

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I have been lucky to be part of the Falaza family for the last four months, where I was soon appointed head ranger, this been a great achievement and the second time to be honoured with such a position in my guiding career. I am loving the work I get to do at Falaza Game Park & Spa as it is situated in one of my favourite spots in KZN having False bay right on our door step, where we are blessed with stunning sand forests surrounding us giving us an immense amount of biodiversity to experience and explore, often capturing fantastic finds that would fascinate any nature lover. Our False Bay walk been one of my favourite and educational for any human being.

Having the Hluhluwe Imfolozi is just an extra bonus to have just down the road to add some spice the Falaza experience even more to jump on an early morning drive giving us the opportunity to offer the Big 5 experience to all our guests from all over the world, as well as the chance as well as to seek out more birds is said to hold over four hundred odd species, adding to the twitches paradise.

In the time period that I have been here our team of rangers have managed to get quite a bit of work done around the Falaza by opening new roads as well as clearing up the old ones allowing us to show our guests more of the beauty of this amazing property

To add to the excitement we have also started clearing the part of the Mzinene River on one of our sister properties which stretches for about four kilometres, with some pristine bird life as well as a couple of hippos and crocs giving us the chance to offer our guests the Falaza Boat cruise once again after a very heavy drought since 2012 and finally we were blessed with a much needed rainy season.

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Lee Barnard
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Hi my name is Lee Barnard. I’m from a small town in Mpumalanga called Nelspruit. While growing up, I was always an outdoor kind of person, adventuring to the Kruger national park on the weekends with friends and family, and that definitely sparked my passion for nature and living out in the bush.

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In 2014 I completed my guiding course at Bhejane nature training of which I obtained my level 1 guiding certificate as well as back up trails of which I then went back in 2015 and completed my lead trails. I’ve been guiding in this beautiful KZN ever since, in 2017 I completed a combat man tracking course and obtained my level 2.

I joined the Falaza team a couple months back and I feel right at home.

Had some amazing times with staff and some very special guests. Apart from the game drive you can always find me some where active on the reserve, weather it’s tracking down leopards or cutting and clearing some of the thick bush in the sand forest. The reserve is really amazing full of surprises. One highlight for me was when I saw the Narina Trogon which is a very special bird for this region but also the sand forest.

Looking forward to the future over here and can’t wait to see what nature has to offer me.

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Jeffrey
Ranger 1

Last week had a couple of guests with me on a Sunny Falaza afternoon drive, they were very friendly guests visiting us from Durban. As we were driving through the reserve, we came across a very special and unusual sighting with a Leopard on an impala kill in a spectacular close view to the trail.

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After having a sighting that was hard to beat, we drove on further where we soon found a tower of Giraffe resting in the Shade of the picnic site. We pulled up close and set up to have our Snacks and good icy drink, having the giraffe so close really gives you the appreciation of how majestic giraffe actually are.  As we packed up and finding our way back to the lodge another rare sighting flew into a nearby branch a Perfectly handsome Narina Trogan,  a birders delight.

For a hot sunny afternoon these sightings were golden, giving light to the beautiful diversity Falaza Game Park has to offer.

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