Together they then joined the newly established Thanda Private Game Reserve in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, where Wim held the position of safari manager and Magdel as assistant lodge manager.
In 2006 they moved to the Okavango Delta in Botswana to work for Sanctuary Retreats as relief camp managers, eventually returning to the concrete jungle of Pretoria after their contract expired.
As a well-qualified and experienced safari guide and wildlife photographer Wim started doing freelance photographic safaris to various wilderness destinations in southern Africa. They both have a great love for wildlife films & documentaries and decided to follow their dream and enrolled in the Natural History Unit Africa’s ‘Wildlife Filmmaking’ course that was held, for the first time, in Botswana.
Shortly after completing the film course they were sent to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve to film a family of meerkats in 3D for WildEarth.TV
The meerkat project ended in July 2013 and one success lead to another. Wim and Magdel joined Aquavision TV Productions in Johannesburg as cameraman and development coordinator respectively.
At Aquavision Wim filmed mostly in 4K with a Sony F55 camera using
various Canon and Fujinon cine zoom lenses. His work can be seen
in these productions:
“The Gang series” (Animal Planet)
“Caught in the Act S6” (Nat Geo Wild)
“Brothers in Blood: Lions of Sabi Sands” (Discovery International)
“African Rivers Wild” (Animal Planet)
March 2016 Wim & Mags moved to Maun where they joined
the NHFU Botswana team – Wim as wildlife camera operator
and Mags as media manager & edit assistant.
Mags and Wim worked on two NHFU productions, “Savage
Kingdom: Uprising” in 2016 for Nat Geo Wild and “The
Flood” for National Geographic in 2017.
Wim & Mags both entered the freelance market in January 2018, Mags as media manager, editor and wildlife photographic guide and Wim as wildlife camera operator, qualified commercial drone pilot (South Africa & Botswana) and wildlife photographic guide.
They are currently based at Mashatu Game Reserve
in the southeastern corner of Botswana working on their own wildlife productions whilst still being available in the freelance market.
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