Your Guides

Your guides on this expedition and course are Michael Scholl (BlueXplorer) and Craig Spencer (Transfrontier Africa).

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Michael Scholl, 40, Swiss biologist and Shark specialist, has dedicated most of his life to sharks, from the Bahamas to South Africa. He founded the NGO White Shark Trust in South Africa and spent ten years researching the population of White Sharks and their behaviour around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, near the small fishing village of Gansbaai. He is the author of several articles in magazines, published a reference book on White Sharks, and featured in several documentaries from National Geographic. His research published in leading scientific journals, Nature and Science, has highlighted some of the most astonishing new findings on the life of these sharks. Michael taught IB level Biology and Mathematics at a private school based in Lausanne, and is currently working as the Pangaea Young Explorers Program coordinator for renown South African explorer Mike Horn.

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Craig Spencer, 37, is a leading conservationist and field ecologist with more experience than most could claim at the end of a career. The South African version of the Australian Crocodile Dundee! He was the head of the Overstrand Nature Conservation Department in the Western Cape of South Africa, a job that clashed with the numerous illegal fishing activities targeting Perlemoen among other species. He founded and ran the successful anti-poaching unit M.A.R.I.N.E.S., and led the Betty’s Bay Baboon monitoring program that investigated the human-baboon interactions. Craig and Michael met during that time when they joined forces to fight against a dubious and corrupt offshore Salmon farm aquaculture and exposed the illegal sale of White Shark products. Craig is now responsible for the park management and recommendations, and manages different conservation and research projects in the Balule Game Reserve.

Michael and Craig invite you to join them into this exploration of the African bush, meet the Big Five and learn how to live Into the Wild.

© / Michael Scholl Copyright 2012