Steff is a wonderful and enthusiastic young lady that joined us in September of last year. She is exceptionally knowledgeable and has a love for animals that is beyond measure.

Name: Steff McWilliam
Title: Game Ranger
Started at Shamwari: September 2015
Hometown: Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal
Previous roles: I was a volunteer coordinator at Lion and Black Rhino Monitoring (LEO) and a game ranger at Lion Sands. I also interned at Free Me Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for about a year.

Steff McWilliam - Shamwari Ranger

Qualification:

FGASA level 1

Back-up walking guide

Hobbies:

Surfing, Scuba Diving, Photography and Animal Rehabilitation

Passion:

I love anything and everything to do with nature, that includes going on adventures and exploring.

Favourite part of the job:

Getting to see the lesser known animals like bat-eared foxes and caracals!

“It’s better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction” – Herman Siu

Favourite animal:

Cape Clawless Otter

Favourite animal in a sighting:

My favourite animal would have to be a Honey Badger because they are very active and are always up to something, they are very mischievous animals.

Most exciting encounter while on game drive:

I have two sightings…

I went out on game drive with my guests and we came across a caracal and followed it into the bush hoping to get another glimpse of it. I came around the corner and the caracal was staring at something intently in front of it. Only then did we manage to see that it was actually a Cape Cobra standing erect and hooded about less than a metre in front of it.  The caracal was hissing at the snake until she eventually retreated and moved away.

 

Another exciting encounter was when I came across a young black rhino play fighting an adult white rhino. It was really interesting to see the two species interacting.

Ranger Steff with guests - Shamwari Game Reserve