Michael Dippenaar

Michael Dippenaar
Age: 27
Favourite animal: African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus)

The connection to nature, that being in the bush creates, is something that at an early age, I wanted more of. For as long as I can remember, I dreamt of becoming a game ranger and sharing the simple yet unpredictable daily events of the bush, with others.

My passion for the African bushveld naturally progressed into wildlife photography and the need to showcase its beauty to others. Having experienced the value and benefits of this passion, I now endeavour to pass this onto others during At Close Quarters safaris.

I qualified as a Field Guide with FGASA Level 1 accreditation in 2015 and will be pursuing Trails Guide qualification in the future. I have an in-depth knowledge and a passion for reptiles, especially snakes and chameleons and a general interest in animal behaviour and interaction. 

My images have been featured in Africa Geographic and Twenty20 portfolios.

Michael is a professional by trade with experience in nature guiding and training, hosting and management.

  • Villiers Steyn Specialist
    Photographic Guide

    My life would seem emptier without my camera, for photography allows me to immortalise important events and sightings, allowing me to re-live all those amazing experiences over and over again.”

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  • Trevor McCall-Peat Specialist
    Photographic Guide

    Ever since I can remember I have had a growing passion for photography. The beauty of nature is that it is forever changing. There is no certainty and every day is different. It is the unknown that keeps me going back for more.

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  • Joshua McPhail Founder
    Photographic Guide

    Three of my biggest passions are the African Bush & Wildlife, Photography and teaching others what I have learnt. Therefore the opportunity to combine these three when leading Safaris with At Close Quarters is something special…

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