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Michael Wright - Owner & Principal Tour Leader


Michael is a passionate naturalist, conservationist and adventurer who loves birding, rare mammals, walking trails and photography. He is a registered professional in natural science, nature tour guiding and ecotourism consulting with 22 years’ of industry experience. He has travelled extensively through Southern Africa, Mauritius and North America, and further to his great passion for birds; also enjoys animal behaviour, flyfishing, butterflies, herping, trees and wilderness.

Michael currently holds a Southern African bird lifelist of 691 species, a Southern African mammal lifelist of 113 species, a South African butterfly lifelist of 103 species, and a South African frog lifelist of 32 species.

​In addition to owning and managing Sustain Wildlife and Birding Safaris, Michael also owns and manages the Sustain Ecotourism and Environmental consulting business.

Although Michael has developed valuable knowledge and experience in the field over many years, he loves taking every opportunity to immerse himself in nature, to continue to learn from it, to teach others about its extraordinary beauty and value, and to share nature-based experiences with people from all over the world.

His work life has largely been entrepreneurial in nature: relating to the nature guiding, environmental consulting, ecotourism consulting, safari lodge development, operating and marketing fields. When combined with his tertiary education, he has developed significant experience in these disciplines.


Michael has worked in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho, and the United States of America, and has visited Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mauritius and Mexico several times on holiday. During his Southern African adventures he has explored over 112 National Parks, Game Reserves and Nature Reserves, and to date has stayed in 143 safari lodges, bush camps, resorts, hotels and campsites, while having visited many more.

Through the years some of this professional work has focused on:

  • Tourism master planning of Tembe Elephant Park, Ndumo Game Reserve and Usuthu Gorge;

  • Developing (with partners) the 60 bed luxury Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge in Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa. The lodge opened in 2010;

  • Development planning of the 240 bed luxury Radisson Blu Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa;

  • Advising the acquisition of the 32 bed Royal Thonga Safari Lodge in Tembe Elephant Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa;

  • The ecotourism financial feasibility modelling of the 10,600ha Kameelhoek Private Game Reserve near Kimberley, Northern Cape;

  • Infrastructural assessments of most of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife's tourist infrastructure;

  • Viability assessments of tourist accommodation for the National Department of Tourism;

  • Facilitating a tourism concessions workshop for Boundless Southern Africa to all SADC stakeholders;

  • Business planning for numerous lodges, game reserves and hotels.

When combined with his dedication and enthusiasm for nature and outdoor adventure, these experiences should ensure that he hosts and guides you with professionalism, skill and care.


Michael has been married for 16 years to his wonderful lady, Natalie, and together they have 2 amazing children, a courageous son aged 14 years and a delightful daughter aged 10 years.

Click on this link to peruse Michael’s CV.

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Natalie Wright - Office and Finance Manager


Natalie is an financial and administrative whizz who loves family, staying healthy, the outdoors and reading.

Natalie is our office manager and the administrative heart of the company, ensuring its efficient functioning, and keeping all the good checks and balances in place.

Natalie has worked in South Africa and Mozambique, and holds diplomas in Bookkeeping and Nature Conservation, and certificates in financial accounting and payroll.

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