About Matthew

Welcome to Everything Wild and Free. Below is a short description of who I am, what I’ve done and why I’m here to help you get the best out of your wild and free outdoor experiences.

MY STORY

I fell in love with the outdoor lifestyle when I was 17. It was the first time I had been to a Private Game Reserve and I just knew, from that moment, that I wanted to live in the bush. My studies put me in the right direction and I soon found myself living the dream as a Game Ranger in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve within The Kruger National Park of South Africa.

I spent years guiding guests in open game drive vehicles and on game walks in different BIG 5 reserves encountering some of the most memorable wildlife moments with animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, rhinos, giraffes and zebras etc. These years also gave me some of the most awe-inspiring life changing experiences anyone could ever ask for.

Having lived in many reserves within South Africa, aswell as Mozambique, The Okavango Delta – Botswana, The Serengeti – Tanzania and Loango National park – Gabon, I was lucky enough to enjoy the sights and sounds of so many wonderful animals, birds and scenery.

Over the years I became an avid birder and wildlife photographic enthusiast. Now that the years have rolled I am married with children and no longer live in the great outdoors, but I am still living close enough to frequent the wildlife reserves relatively often
and hone my skills as an outdoorsman.

The greatest gift of all is being able to pass on my knowledge to my children. It’s to see the joy on their faces as they continually discover the freedom of the great outdoors and the different, shapes, sizes, colours and behaviours of the species they discover.

WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE

In my young adult life, I was gifted with a lifestyle so many people can only dream of. I see the amazement and captivation in my friends faces as I tell them stories of my experiences. I see how much my kids love being outdoors and how they enjoy continually learning about the animals, birds, plants and insects around them.

BUT, most importantly, I love the FREEDOM that being in the wild brings me. This can be me watching a lion hunt, an elephant drinking from a river, a moose feeding along the side of the road or even just looking at a beautiful wild bird in my garden. And that is the feeling I want to pass on to you.

I want to inspire you to use Everything Wild and Free to get out there and experience the world as it should be – Wild and Free.

THE GOAL OF THIS SITE

So as mentioned above, I want you to go out there and discover the beautiful world around you, be it at your local sanctuary, wildlife reserve, forest, national park, local park or even your own garden.

To do that you need the right tools and right mind set. I hope to offer you everything you need, right here on Everything Wild and Free, to enjoy the great outdoors in all it’s glory and to the fullest effect.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

MATT

(Founder of) Everything Wild and Free


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