Brenden Pienaar

Trails Guide | Mentor | Assessor

Brenden has been conducting multi-day Trails in the Greater Kruger National Park for the past eighteen years. In conjunction with a BTech Nature Conservation and MSc Ecology, Brenden is one of only ten persons that has achieved FGASA Scout status. It is the organisation’s highest designation, which is a combination of two qualifications, FGASA Specialist Knowledge & Skills: Dangerous Game (SKS:DG) and Senior Tracker (Cybertracker).


Brenden now focuses on facilitating Wilderness ‘Primitive Trails’ and Trails Guide Training Courses for Lowveld Trails Co.. His relevant field experience (incl. >13 500 trails guiding 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 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 eighteen years of experience in the Nature Conservation and Field Guiding industry. Along with his degree (BTech: Nature Conservation), he has obtained the FGASA Professional SKS Dangerous Game and SKS Birding, as well as the Tracker Level 3 qualification, including Track&Sign Specialist (CyberTracker). He also acts as National assessor for CATHSSETA & FGASA.


For more than a decade, the majority of Wayne’s time has been spent either leading Primitive Trails, Backpack Trails or Training aspiring Trails Guides in the Kruger National Park and surrounding Private Nature Reserves, and over the last few years exclusively for Lowveld Trails Co.. He has accumulated >12 000 walking (trails guiding) hours in his career to date.

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 | Mentor | Assessor

Leighton’s story is one of personal and professional growth, fueled by a passion for the bush. He was a student on the first ever Mentorship Trail run by Lowveld Trails Co. and loved it so much that he kept coming back, reveling in the sense of freedom he found while out on trail. After spending a few years 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 >3000 trails guiding hours under his belt, as well as achieving a Tracker Level 3 qualification through CyberTracker, Leighton’s passion has only intensified since he began his Trails Guiding career five years ago.

Leighton is mature beyond his years, appreciating the intrinsic properties that wild areas offer, and delighting in the philosophical discussion thereof. His solid exterior reflects his self-assured bearing which inspires confidence, while his good nature and constant smile puts those around him at ease. Leighton has an infectious enthusiasm for life that makes him a popular guide and a valuable member of the Lowveld Trails Co. Team.


Passion. Experience. Quality.