Headman – Shamwari Game Ranger Q&A

Headman – Shamwari Game Ranger Q&A

Headman is an extremely knowledgeable member of our team. He is witty, friendly and full of character! Headman guides out of Bayethe Tented Lodge and has been with us for 14 years.

Name: Headman Gidwa
Title: Game Ranger
Started at Shamwari: 11 November 2003
Hometown: Port Elizabeth
Previous roles: I’ve been at Shamwari for my entire career as a game ranger.

Headman Gidwa - Shamwari Ranger


FGASA Field Guide

Back up trails guide


Singing and reading.


I am passionate about animal behaviour, interpreting nature, meeting new people and sharing experiences about the bush.

Favourite part of the job:

My favourite part of the bush is waking up early, watching the sunrise and going out on safari with my guests. I am passionate about making my guests’ dreams come true, and I love it when they fall in love with the bush.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

Favourite animal:


Their social structures are family orientated, beautiful to watch.

Elephants at Shamwari

Image taken by Iky’s Photographic: Iky & Ryan Plakonouris

Favourite animal in a sighting:

Elephants, once again.

They are always doing something interesting. Even though they are the largest land mammal in world, they are silent when they move through the bush.

Most exciting encounter while on game drive:

It was a beautiful day in Summer, my guests and I had seen everything but the elusive leopard. On our last evening just before the sundowner stop, I saw the animals looking in a certain direction. I started to get closer and there was a massive leopard watching a warthog.

She disappeared for a moment, into the ticket. The warthog was unaware that it was being stalked by the leopard. Within split seconds, the leopard leaped onto the warthog and the warthog tried to fight back but it was too late. My guests sat in silence watching as the leopard took on this warthog. It was a sighting that has stayed with me for my entire career as a guide at Shamwari.

2018-05-31T23:20:34+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Game Ranger Profiles|6 Comments


  1. J Dunlop March 14, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Headman was our guide ! Really enjoyed being with him. About 9 years ago.

    • Shamwari Game Reserve March 15, 2018 at 8:32 am - Reply

      Wonderful! It’s great to hear of your fond memories of your stay at Shamwari.

  2. ian muir April 20, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Brilliant guide, so knowledgeable and caring about the animal life that he showed us. He really made a special holiday tour even more special.

    • Shamwari Game Reserve April 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      Wonderful, thank you for sharing! We’re thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience with Headman as your ranger.

  3. Jon Neill August 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Just got back from our 4 night stay and what a trip. Headman was first class, good fun, knowledgeable and we really enjoyed his company. We cannot fault the Shamwari resort and being our first time feel that we choose the best first. Thank you Headman and Shamwari we had the time of our lives….and saw just about saw everything, at times very close up.

    • Shamwari Game Reserve August 15, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Jon, thank you for your kind words! We’re delighted to hear that you had a fantastic stay at Shamwari and certainly hope to see you return one day.

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