Brenden Pienaar

Trails Guide | Mentor | Assessor

Brenden has been conducting multi-day trails in the Greater Kruger National Park for the past seventeen years. In conjunction with a BTech Nature Conservation and MSc Ecology, Brenden has achieved the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) Professional Trails Guide qualification and FGASA Specialist Knowledge & Skills (SKS) qualifications for Dangerous Game and Birding. He is a qualified Tracker Level 3 (CyberTracker), and has achieved Level 3 in Mantracking.

Brenden still actively conducts Backpack Trails in Kruger National Park, but has become passionate about facilitating ‘Primitive Trails’ & Trails Guide Courses for Lowveld Trails Co. His relevant field experience (incl. > 12 000 walking hours) has acquainted him with the biological diversity and ecological processes of the Lowveld Savanna exceptionally well. It is based on this experience and knowledge that he acts as assessor for SASSETTA, CATHSSETA & FGASA.

Brenden’s calm nature and ability to interpret the inter-connectedness of the natural environment makes him a popular trail leader. He deeply values the concept and philosophy of wilderness and it’s associated attributes.

Wayne Te Brake

Trails Guide | Mentor | Assessor

Wayne is a Wilderness Trails Guide with seventeen years of experience in the Nature Conservation and Field Guiding industry.

Along with a degree in Nature Conservation, he has obtained the FGASA Specialist Knowledge & Skills (SKS) Dangerous Game and Birding qualification as well as Tracker Level 3 through CyberTracker, including Track&Sign Specialist. Wayne is also a registered CATHSSETA and FGASA assessor.

For more than a decade, the majority of his time has been spent either leading Primitive Backpack Trails or Training aspiring Trails Guides in the Kruger National Park and surrounding Private Nature Reserves. He has accumulated >10 000 walking (trails guiding) hours.

Wayne has a calm and relaxed nature, which rubs off on clients and students, making him a popular guide and trainer. With his deep Wilderness connection, and a special interest in tracking and botany, time spent with him in the bush is always enriching and rewarding.

Leighton Barnard

Trails Guide | Camp Manager

Leighton was a student on the first ever Mentorship Trail run by Lowveld Trails Co.. He loved it so much that he kept coming back, revelling in the sense of freedom he found while out on Trail. After spending a few years in other parts of the tourism industry, guiding out of lodges, and running volunteer research groups, he listened to his calling and found his way back to Lowveld Trails Co. as a Trails Guide and Camp Manager. With >1500 walking hours under his belt, Leighton loves Trails more now than he did as a newly qualified guide five years ago, and that says alot!

Leighton is mature beyond his years, appreciating the intrinsic properties that wild areas offer, and delighting in the philosophical discussion thereof. His very presence offers assurance. Leighton’s solid, sturdy build and self-assured bearing inspires confidence, while his good nature and constant smile puts people at ease socially. He is calm and confident and has an infectious enthusiasm for life that makes him a popular guide.

Passion. Experience. Quality.