Mark and Paula started Game and Bird Hunters Africa in 1986. Paula managed the camps while Mark did the guiding. From humble beginnings with a Guide , Camp Manager, a Cook, a Tracker and a Skinner, the company has now grown to employing 8 Guides, 2 Camp Managers, an Operations Manager and 60 Camp Staff, trackers, skinners and cooks. In 1997 Paula opened Zulu Wings Game Lodge. Through her management and input, Zulu Wings is today without doubt South Africa’s premier Wing Shooting Lodge.
Paula started the idea of couple's wingshooting trips. While Mark took the men bird shooting, Paula designed a daily program for the non-shooting spouses. To this day she still does a couple of groups each year. Apart from the big game hunting, Mark is passionate about Wing Shooting. Mark started Bird Hunters Africa and has run it for the past 23 years. Guiding bird shooting safaris with his ever-present guns dogs is a personal favourite.
In 1986 Mark received his Professional Hunter’s Licence and Outfitters Licence. He slowly built up Game Hunters Africa to where it is today. Assisted by a great team, Game and Bird Hunters Africa has a remarkable 86% repeat clientele rate. Mark has guided in all of Southern Africa’s countries as well as Tanzania, Canada, Romania, Alaska, Uganda and Australia.
Highlights of his career are a 47 inch Buffalo, 80lb Elephant, 18½ inch Bushbuck as well as the #1 Suni and Red Duiker with a handgun.
Mike Currie started hunting for Zambeze Delta Safaris in 2010. Mike has guided extensively in South Africa, Cameroon, CAR and Mozambique. He hunts the Cameroon in the early season, then moves to South Africa to run the bird hunting operation together with Mark until he moves to Mozambique for the remainder of the season. His passions are the Lord Derby Eland as well as the Bongo in the Cameroon.
Mike has an extensive knowledge of wildlife, and along with Mark and Glen, Mike is a partner in Cameroon Hunting Adventures.
Poen Van Zyl started hunting with us as an assistant during his school holidays from the age of 12. He comes from a hunting family and shot his first Kudu in 2000. During his working holidays whilst still at school , in our Mozambique concession, he shot the community Buffalo on his own most years as well as a host of plainsgame.
After leaving school Poen did a Tourism Management Diploma and then served a 2 year apprenticeship.
In January 2009 he received his Unrestricted Dangerous Game licence. Knowing the area like the back of his hand, Poen consistently produces exceptional trophies. You will always find him prepared to go the extra mile.