I was born in the USA but was raised on a farm situated on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe. I grew up barefoot on the land and in the bush. My mum was one of Africa’s first female professional game guide and pilot, so when not in school I spent all my time in a tiny bush plane exploring or on safari. These years in remote Africa sparked my love of the bush and the ocean. At age 14, I was the youngest person in history to lead an international safari down the crocodile and hippo infested Zambezi River.
Unlike most children, my free time was spent wrangling snakes, trapping mammals, snorkeling in muddy dams and creating ways to fish in nearby water sources with the local farm workers’ children. We formed our own ruby team, soccer team, and even our own “ battalion.” We dug pits to catch jackals, bred snakes, guinea pigs and birds and explored remote areas of Africa looking for artifacts. My avid love of nature and adventure was born, developed, and set.
In 2001 Zimbabwe was in terrible political turmoil and President Robert Mugabe ordered that all land owned by white farmers could be seized by locals. After being burnt out, subjected to multiple “ pungwe’s” (re-education weekends where staff are indoctrinated through torture), gunfights, loosing friends and workers who had stood bye us till the very end, we were forcibly evicted and abandoned our beautiful home.
We returned to California like refugees with nothing more than three suitcases of clothes and a few hundred dollars. After such trying circumstances my mother decided to settle somewhere extremely quiet and peaceful; Cayucos, California.
Survival for me was never a “hobby” or an “area of study” as it is for so many comfortable westerners. For me it was born out of necessity and a way of life. I had to survive in the bush, survive the hardships of an extremely demanding and antiquated schooling system, survive terrible political turmoil on the farm (and throughout the country), and finally survive tremendous culture shock and change as I assimilated into the USA.
I began to dive and explore lost areas of coastline and the islands in the California channel, by kayak, boat, hiking, or anyway I could to be as remote as possible. This is where I would jump into the water and explore! This passion turned into an obsession and I began to make a name for my self and my ability to find adventure, knowledge, and passion for wildlife and the unknown. Today, after years of compounding adventure knowledge, I hold four world records for spearfishing and have traveled to over 46 countries in total to the most remote regions on the globe. I have been hospitalized, shot at, chased, evicted, dodged the biggest storm in Australia’s history, caught giant crocodiles, dove with great white sharks, scored the highest PSR (Primitive Survival Rating) on Discovery Channels hit show “Naked and Afraid” and much, much more.
With a degree in marine and wildlife biology, I am an expert in primitive survival, hands on animal work, and general exploration. I am EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) certified, a US Coast Guard 100-ton ship captain, dive master, passionate angler, scientist, wildlife biologist and avid conservationist. Everything I have ever done in life has lead me down the path of adventure and exploration.
My hands on approach to wildlife together with my biological education, experience in the remote and unknown, my African upbringing, and my understanding and respect for animals within the natural world sets me far apart from your everyday adventurer.