With encyclopaedic knowledge and a wicked sense of humour Brad has been described by guests as having the ability to change a great vacation into an extraordinary life-changing event.
As with many South Africans, weekends and holidays were spent in the bush, which no doubt sparked the lust in Brad to continue to explore his Mama Afrika.
After studying Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Brad’s passion for the bush and his sense of adventure led him to the Conservation-minded Fields Guides Association of South Africa where he qualified as a Field Guide and Tracker (FGASA and Cybertracker).
This led to a decade long commitment to guiding and tracking, a profession that has taken him to Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Republic Of Congo, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Swaziland, Lesotho and Chad.
Now based in Arusha, where he established Hansen Safari’s, Brad is a sought after Private Guide. His previous experience has awarded him the position of lead naturalist for Africa’s most travelled man: Author, National Geographic Film-maker and mentor, Kingsley Holgate.
These incredible expeditions have included a world first journey to trace the outline of the African Continent along the coast, a 13-month trek along the length of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, exploration of the worlds largest desert lake namely Lake Turkana, and sailing the East African coast in traditional a Arab Dhow in an effort to follow the ancient sailing routes of the slave traders and most recently an expedition to find and become the very first people to discover the geographic centre point of the African Continent deep in the Congo Basin Rainforest.
Through these expeditions Brad’s interest in Anthropology has grown. The humanitarian side of every trip has included the distribution of life-saving mosquito nets, distribution of spectacles with the Right-to-Sight campaign, and Life Straw which is the distribution of a water purification system to villagers in need.
Brad is also a published photographer, but takes little credit for his skills, and rather pays homage to his excellent equipment and the drama that unfolds on the African landscape.
This all-rounder will also be found on the cricket pitch and rugy field, as well as playing horse-polo and racing around on his motorbikes whilst not on safari.