Meet our Pride
Our pride has unique experience in the industry
Steven’s passion for Wildlife started in early 2010 where he worked at numerous wildlife sanctuaries across Southern Africa. He soon realised he had the passion and ability to raise and look after a variety of South Africa’s wildlife including lions, leopards, cheetahs, caracal and a variety of other predators
After his father passed in 2015, Steven met his childhood Idol “Mad Mike” Penman from Animal Planet’s hit TV show “Mad Mike and Mark”.
Mike and Steve became close friends after discovering their mutual love for lions, and in May 2015 Wild World Tours was born.
Unfortunately, Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep in January 2018. But Mike’s spirit and knowledge still runs deep in Wild World Tours.
The bookworm of the pride, with over 6 years’ guiding experience. Jono is the all-rounder of the pride with overall knowledge of the African Bush and the flora and fauna that inhabit the landscape. Jono will have an answer for any guest questions, his knowledge is only exceeded by his passion for wildlife and for educating guests on the values and importance of protecting our remaining wild areas in Southern Africa
While not Guiding , Jono is a stuntman and freelance guide to some of South Africa’s Premier Game Lodges, As head ranger he makes sure the rest of the pride pull rank and perform at a level of professionalism second to none, You truly will get your moneys worth with the guide also known as ”the Rock Star Ranger”
We are truly lucky to have such a talented leader for our pride
Johan’s infinite love of the bush was ignited by his family’s annual holidays as a youngster and he has continued to fan the flames whenever possible.
Whilst working in high pressure roles throughout his career, Johan escaped, most weekends, to find his peace. This year, Johan made the decision to pursue his passion on a full time basis and he left the rat race and the city behind.
Passionate, knowledgable and hospitable, Johan’s love of the big cats is palpable but it doesn’t end there; he truly is a lover of all creatures great and small!
Johan’s goal is to inspire new conservationists, both young and old, to ensure the future of our National Parks.
Chris has been with the pride since the beginning and along with Steve and Mad Mike, helped play a vital role in establishing Wild World Tours from concept to reality.
He is a the all rounder of the pride, being an active member in south africa’s search and rescue teams, a trained paramedic and in the process of joining the South African Police Force. He is also a qualified FGASA Field Guide and will drive our guests from dusk to dawn, as he truly is happiest when out in the african bush, educating guests on the wildlife that makes our country so unique and special.
Specialised Field Guide
It is an honor and privilege to announce that the author of the book ”My Life with Leopards” Mr Graham Cooke has joined the Wild World tours pride as a specialist field guide that will offer our clients a unique dedicated safari experience with him.
He will conduct guided Bush walks and Game drives in our 3 current parks of operation being The Pilanesberg National Park, Kruger National Park and Dinokeng Game Reserve, and also overseeing the set up of our Botswana and East Africa Tours we will be offering from 2019.
Being a Level 3 Tracker and FGASA assessor, this man is a true Legend of the African bush-veld and was one of Londoloza longest serving rangers who assisted John Varty. During this time Graham was given the task of raising 2 abandoned leopard cubs which Graham raised till he could release them into the Wild. Graham wrote the stories of his experience with these majestic big cats and in 2012 wrote an internationally acclaimed book and it is an honor to have him apart of the Pride
The Wild World Pride are never happier than when they are meeting with their clients and ensuring that their every need is met, to ensure their tour is more than memorable, and a safari experience that they will be talking about for years to come.
Wild World Tours does not condone the exploitation of animals in any way.
We stand united against any form of canned hunting or animal cruelty.
Our mission is to help educate our guests and help further the fight towards animal conservation to ensure our future generations can still enjoy the beauty of the wildlife that makes Africa the Motherland.
We have started a Facebook group called “United Against Canned Lion Hunting”.
We would love it if you joined us there.
Let us know what tour you would like to do with any special requests and we will put together a special quotation for you.