Shamwari Conservation Experience

Meet our New Co-ordinators

We introduce our new Shamwari Conservation Experience Co-ordinators to you in their own words.

Colleen Campbell

I was born and raised in Malawi (tiny little South African country in the middle of Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique).

Before Shamwari I was traveling South Africa and the UK. I then completed my studies at Ulovane Environmental Centre just across the road in Amakhala Game Reserve. I started working at Shamwari in January this year and have enjoyed it so far.

Looking forward to meeting all of you lovely people!

Jamie-Lee Carle

Just a young girl that grew up in the city but has always had a passion and love for nature and more specifically animals.

During my school years I would spend time volunteering at local SPCA’s and vetinary practices in the hopes of pursuing a career with animals.

After school I finished a bachelor’s degree in zoology and took some time off to volunteer at an animal’s sanctuary for wild animals, which sparked in interest in learning more about the South African bush. This led me to completing my FGASA course and thereafter working as a field guide in a national park. Being outdoors and having the opportunity of our incredible animals in their natural environment never lost its excitement but I needed something more. I wanted to be part of something bigger that contributed to conservation or at least creating awareness for what we need to conserve.

And that is where I was lucky enough to come across an opportunity at SCE. It provided a break from the focus of being of guests and more about teaching and contributing to something bigger than myself.

Knowing of Shamwari while growing up and the incredible reputation the name holds, I jumped at the opportunity when it arose.

Rialda Jacobsz

I am a farm girl at heart, with a great passion and love for nature and animals.  I grew up on a farm in the Mpumalanga Province.  Matriculated and got qualified in Nature Management, Game Lodge Management and Economics, as well as Field Guiding.  In my free time I go camping with my family, build puzzles and play cricket to stay fit.  After my studies I worked in the Tourism Industry for five years before making the move to Shamwari. 

Growing up I was never sure what studies I would pursue after school.  I came across the Shamwari series on Animal Planet called “It’s a wild life” and from that moment I knew that I wanted to work there one day.  It was a dream and the dream came true the day I was hired as a Coordinator for the Shamwari Conservation Experience team. 

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” – John Muir. This quote keeps me curious, wanting to learn daily, explore and discover the great wonders and secrets nature still holds for us.

Anele Ndlela

I hail from the majestic rolling hills of Zululand in the royal province of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Growing up in the wild and untouched part of the country, conservation was instilled in me from a young age through traditional principles practiced and passed down through generations in my village.

After pursuing studies in Game Range Management and Nature Site Guiding, I then worked as a ranger in 5-star lodges before answering the call to my destiny of joining Shamwari Conservation Experience to educate hungry minds, uplift impoverished communities and help mother nature fight her battles brought on by mankind.

I have high hopes that my work and efforts here will put a spark in many minds to take care of our planet and the people that live in it as I was taught ekhaya.

 

Colleen Campbell

Colleen Campbell

Jamie-Lee Carle

Jamie-Lee Carle

Rialda Jacobsz

Rialda Jacobsz

Anele Ndlela

Anele Ndlela