Darren – Shamwari Game Ranger Q&A

Darren – Shamwari Game Ranger Q&A

Darren is an enthusiastic member of our team, he’s friendly, knowledgeable and loves big cats! This, combined with his love for the bush make him a great guide here at Shamwari.

Name: Darren Clough
Title: Game Ranger
Started at Shamwari: 01 December 2016
Hometown: King Williams Town
Previous roles: I worked at Lalibela Game Reserve for a year and then at Kariega Game Reserve for a year.


FGASA Field Guide
Track & Sign level 1


Fishing and photography.


I’m very passionate about wildlife photography and the bush.

Favourite part of the job:

I enjoy seeing the sunsets every day, meeting new people and being part of creating their dream safari holiday.


“If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” – Steve Jobs

Favourite animal:


It’s the most elusive big cat and its always a challenge to find them.

Favourite animal in a sighting:


They’re very graceful and an exquisite animal, great to photograph. They usually show off.

Most exciting encounter while on game drive:

I was guiding out of Long Lee Manor and my colleague, Ranger Mino, and I were in a cheetah sighting. He was stalking a herd of springbok close to the vehicle and unexpectedly the springbuck came towards him, without noticing the cheetah.

He had eyed out his target, who was a large dominant member of the group. He ran towards them and tripped the animal, going for its throat. He then jumped on top of it and killed it instantly. Both myself and my guests as well as Ranger Mino’s guests were in awe of what had just unfolded right before our eyes. We left and headed for our sundowners stop while talking about the amazing sighting.

Cheetah taking down a springbok

2018-06-25T10:24:35+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Categories: Game Ranger Profiles|2 Comments


  1. Heike Schmitt June 25, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Great pic of the cheetah. Looking forward for my stay in October as Volunteer.

    • Shamwari Game Reserve July 4, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Fantastic, we look forward to welcoming you to Shamwari in October.

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