Born and brought up in Kenya, Oliver spent much of his childhood on the east African coast and exploring the bush. With a surfer for a father and a safari guide for an uncle, Oliver developed a passion for water sports and a parallel love of the African wilderness.
An unconventional student with a love of physical and mental challenges, on leaving school Oliver set up a kite-surfing business in Watamu with a friend. They ran the business successfully for three years, teaching kite-surfing, organizing tailor-made trips for clients and guiding kite-surfing safaris along the coastline. During this period, he travelled extensively around East Africa - climbing Mount Kenya, fishing on remote lakes and camping in diverse landscapes. He also broadened his experience with trips to South East Asia, South Africa and Europe - surfing in Indonesia and Vietnam and travelling by train around Europe.
Five years ago, Oliver decided that it was time for a change and a challenge, and shifted his career from the beach to the bush. He studied Business in South Africa and completed an EcoTraining course in Borana, Kenya. Since then, he has worked on several safaris, guiding for Ker and Downey Safaris, The Luxury Safari Company and Africa Born. When Oliver is not guiding he also works as a lodge manager in Northern Kenya and the Mara working closely with the Maasai and Samburu tribes. Oliver spent 4 months in Rwanda Managing Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge where he was able to immerse himself in the inspiring Rwandan history and learn all about the incredible Mountain Gorillas of the Volcanos National Park. Invigorated and inspired, he is passionate about conserving Kenya’s wildlife and habitats on land and in the ocean - and about sharing that very special world with others.
Oliver is a professional, informative and entertaining guide with an infectious love of wilderness and exploration.