Born and bred in central and southern Africa, Grant has travelled extensively throughout this vast and intriguing continent. He spent his early years in a tiny mining town on the Copperbelt in Zambia, with the bush and a vast array of wildlife literally on his doorstep. As a youngster he was always out in the bush exploring or creating havoc somewhere. After secondary school here in the UK Grant went back to Zambia and was very fortunate to get a job working in the South Luangwa National Park and honed his bush craft in this amazing wilderness. Being a guide is a highly skilled job and Grant spent many an hour pouring over bird and plant books, sometimes by candlelight just to get ‘the knowledge’ that was required.
He made the decision to further his education back here in the UK at agricultural college before setting out on a two week holiday to South Africa.... and 12 years later he decided it was about time to come back to the UK and grow up a little!
Living in Zambia and South Africa Grant had many opportunities to travel this vast continent with family holidays into East Africa, Central equatorial countries such as the DRC (formerly Zaire) and Angola, ‘up north’ to East Africa and ‘down south’ to the likes of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Swaziland. These holidays consisted of throwing everything you could find into the car and set off with an old and tattered map and blind optimism.
One of his favourite holidays was when he lived in Cape Town and had a two week jaunt around South Africa and the only rule in the car was that if they got to a place where there was a decision to be made it was always right. I became known as the ‘Turn Right’ holiday and was an amazing way of seeing some really off the beaten tracks. 3 years ago he took himself off to Namibia and drove himself solo around the central and northern regions of this vast country. Luckily he did not succumb to the harsh yet alluring Namib Deserts and regularly bores the pants off his friends with stories about ‘When he was in Nam…..’
On his return to the UK Grant realised that he was missing out on the one true thing that made him happy and that was travel and tourism. He then set about getting various jobs within the industry to help satisfy this hunger. Over the last 14 years he has taken groups of clients as well as work companions to many different areas of the world but always harped back to his principal love of Africa. It was during a recent trip back to Kenya leading a group of 8 travel agents that he made his decision (over a few large sundowner G&T’s) that he really should do something about it and his path led him to Rainbows door. The rest they say is history.
Grants favourite saying is “If you visit only Two continents in your lifetime, visit Africa ……. Twice" - R. Elliot