Natasja is a 27 year-old field guide at Garden Route Game Lodge. In her free time, she also pursues her interest in wildlife photography as a hobby. She has a great love for animals and her job grants her the opportunity to spend time with them – and photograph them!
“My love for nature actually stems from my grandparents. My grandmother, she absolutely loved the animals. So it’s actually really cool to able to do something that I know they’re proud of. I’ve always said, since I was very small, that I want to be a game ranger, to be somebody that sits in the front of the vehicle and tells everybody about the animals. My favourite animal is a baby giraffe, they’re so cute! And a close second is the baby eland, they’re really, really adorable.
“I couldn’t become a vet, I wouldn’t be able to stomach those kinds of problems with the animals, but this is the next best thing that I could do. About five years ago, I did my field guide course and from there on I did my university course in nature conservation. I got my diploma and then went over to do my BTech, and then I started working at game reserves. I just started about four months ago here at Garden Route Game Lodge. Before that, I was at a little tiny game reserve just around the corner, it was a privately owned reserve and before that I was at Shamwari in the Eastern Cape. I did some conservation work on that side.