Roger – Shamwari Game Ranger Q&A

Roger – Shamwari Game Ranger Q&A

Roger Harrison has been at Shamwari for a whopping 21 years! He is a devoted staff member who has worked himself up to the position of Deputy Head Ranger. Admired by many, his passion and commitment to Shamwari is evident in all his tasks.

Name: Roger Harrison
Title: Deputy Head Ranger
Started at Shamwari: 01 February 1997
Hometown: Pietermaritzburg
Previous roles: I worked at Natal Parks Board as a section ranger and as a walking safari head guide in the Masai Mara, Kenya


FGASA Specialist Field Guide

SKS DA (Dangerous Animals)

Lead trails guide

Diploma in nature conservation

roger with elephants


Golf and cricket


I am passionate about walking safaris in particular. I much prefer doing a walking safari than taking guests out on a vehicle.

Favourite part of the job:

Being out in nature with fresh air in my lungs.


“We will lose something deep within ourselves if we allow wilderness to be destroyed.” – Dr Ian Player

Favourite animal:

Black Rhino.

Simply because of its aggressive nature and its no holds barred attitude.

black rhino

Photographed by Ryan Plakonouris

Favourite animal in a sighting:


They are so fascinating, they’ve all got their personalities and they often show these individual personalities while viewing them.

Most exciting encounter while on game drive:

I was out on drive and I spotted a herd of elephants in highfield valley. I noticed that they were displaying strange behaviour. As I got closer, I realised that there was a female that was about to give birth. I decided to stick around to see if my guests and I could witness this amazing act of nature. About half an hour later the female moved to the side of the herd and gave birth.

After the calf was born the whole herd celebrated, they were circling the mom and baby and trumpeting in celebration. Once the baby got up and was walking next to its mother they all calmly moved off with the baby being protected in the middle of the herd.

My guests were absolutely blown away to lay eyes on such an amazing experience. It was a first for me to witness something so incredible.

2018-08-28T14:39:52+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Categories: Game Ranger Profiles|3 Comments


  1. Dean August 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Shew Roger, that elephant experience must have been amazing. I wish I was one of your lucky guests.

  2. Sandra brewer August 28, 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Roger was our ranger 10 years ago , we stayed in Bushmans river lodge and he stood in while the ranger there was away , I can say that he made our stay a experiance that we will never forget and went out of his way by taking us for a lunch picnic on the reserve and a night safari pluss we walked and saw a week old baby giraffe , thank you so much Roger for all you do and for caring so much about the wildlife ,you are a inspiration to all and a credit to Shamwari . Not sure if he would remember us but we were there when South Africa thrashed England in the rugby , lol beats wishes to you and happiness for the future
    Dave & Sandra x

    • Shamwari Game Reserve September 4, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Thank you for your wonderful comment, Sandra. Roger remembers your stay at Shamwari and sends greetings to you and Dave. He hopes to see you return to Shamwari in the future.

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