Jabulani Secrets | A Q&A with Guide Ryan

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Ryan Clarke is the newest member of our guiding team and he certainly brings the sunshine wherever he goes! Get to know Ryan in this Q&A, as he shares his outlook on life and nature.

We all have our different connections to nature and the animal world. Can you describe yours?

When I’m in nature I feel totally at peace. It’s a place I can be without stress and truly connect with myself and the world around me.

How have you developed your understanding of the South African wilderness?

The bush has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Family holidays from a young age planted the seed which ultimately grew into my passion for nature and connecting with the most incredible people from around the world.

What are the moments of living and working at Jabulani that mean the most to you?

I’ll definitely have to say the time spent capturing moments with guests that will never be forgotten. A leopard making a kill, elephants splashing about in the water, or simply laughing around the campfire telling stories with my guests.

What is the weirdest thing you love about the wilderness?

Chameleons! I love seeing how many I can spot in one night!

How do you handle fear in the wild – in yourself and in guests?

It’s ok to be afraid at times. But it’s important not to show it and to remain calm in situations that require a cool head. I’ll always do my best to reassure guests and make sure that everyone feels comfortable.

What are your five important rules to life in the wild?

1. Don’t run, only prey runs.
2. Let go of expectations and enjoy being in the moment.
3. Have the courage to live each day being true to yourself.
4. Sleep with gratitude.
5. Don’t forget rule number one.

What inspires you in life and work?

My love for nature and passion to connect with people.

Best meal and drink on the menu at Jabulani?

For breakfast, try the French toast. Trust me, you can’t go wrong. And for drinks I would suggest a JabuGin cocktail while you watch the sunset.

How do you believe through safaris and places like Jabulani, you can help make the world a better place?

Jabulani creates a space for anyone to fall in love with nature and in turn, learn about what we do here and how to contribute and spread knowledge of nature conservation.


  1. A great guide with a genuine love for the bush. We look forward to you guiding us again towards end of the year Ryan!

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