Meet Brett Drew

“My passion in life revolves around the outdoors and enjoying adventurous activities which keep me upbeat about Africa. Conservation is vital for the preservation of our heritage and through responsible tourism, education, community projects and sustainability, we all have an important role to play in protecting our wildlife and wilderness areas”.

Brett Drew was born in 1985 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and grew up in rural Zululand. Raised on a large sugarcane plantation with endless adventurous things to do, the desire to be outdoors came naturally and a deep interest in the environment developed from a young age. 

Coming from a family that are active and love the outdoors, many holidays were spent together in various game reserves, creating a special bond with the wilderness. Being fortunate enough to travel Southern Africa extensively, a great appreciation for the rich diversity in biomes, flora and fauna, as well as the many unique cultures developed.

Brett attended boarding school in Pietermaritzburg and after matriculating at Maritzburg College, he studied at Cedara College of Agriculture for 3 years where he obtained his Diploma in Agriculture (specialising in Game Management) and gained essential hands on farming experience. 

On completion of his studies, Brett spent a few months at Exxaro KZN Sands near Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, working on the rebuilding of the heavy mineral mine dunes and doing agricultural research trials with the rehabilitation team. In 2007, Brett was accepted to do the Inkwazi Ranger Training Course at Phinda with CC Africa, where he qualified as a professional field guide. He worked as a safari guide and mentor at &beyond, based at the award winning Phinda Private Game Reserve in Maputaland, South Africa. While at Phinda, he achieved FGASA Level 1, Trails Guide and Advanced Rifle Handling qualifications. During 2009 Brett moved to a smaller, more intimate company where he took the position as Assistant Head Ranger at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Manyeleti Game Reserve in the Lowveld (Greater Kruger Park), South Africa.

In 2011, Brett decided to go overseas and experience life in the United Kingdom. Travelling around and working the Summer Harvest in Hampshire, England , gave him a greater understanding of business practices, broadening horizons and learning about various places and cultures.  

Once the summer harvest had ended, Brett was planning to travel and explore Europe, when an incredible opportunity presented itself to manage a Sheik’s private wildlife collection in the United Arab Emirates. So a very interesting adventure in the desert began, breeding various rare and endangered ungulates and bird species. 

In 2012, Brett returned home to South Africa where he assisted in managing a large sugarcane estate for Tongaat Hulett Sugar, in Umdloti, KwaZulu- Natal. The Tourism Industry has always been the line of work in which Brett wanted to pursue a lifelong career, creating his own brand as a “specialist safari business” and to provide his guests with the best tailor made travel itineraries and ultimate safari experiences possible.