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)
Working and being based in northern Botswana on a more permanent basis has always been one of their main goals and April 2016 they were given the opportunity to join the NHFU (Natural History Film Unit Botswana)
team based in Maun - Wim as wildlife cameraman and Magdel as media manager & assisting editor.
At NHFU Wim is filming with RED digital cameras (6K Weapon & 8K
Heliums) with Canon and Fujinon cine zoom lenses.
Mags and Wim have worked on two productions with “Savage
Kingdom 2” currently being aired on Nat Geo Wild.