Paddy Hagelthorn

Paddy Hagelthorn was born and educated in Zimbabwe, formally Rhodesia, where he did his national service after school.  From a very young age he took a lively interest in all wildlife and the African bush and knew this was where his future lay. He left Bulawayo in 1983 and came to South Africa where he soon moved to the bush to fulfil his passion for wildlife.

Paddy has spent the last 26 years in South African private game reserves, conducting safaris, managing lodges and training rangers. His wealth of experience in the African bush has enriched his innate talent for seeking out and understanding wild animals. He is a renowned ornithologist and, although he enjoys all game as much as birds, he takes a special delight in leopards.


His lifestyle in the African bush has afforded Paddy the opportunity to indulge in his other highly-successful interest – wildlife photography. His photographs have been published widely in various magazines and he has featured in the Top 10 Agfa awards. For the past five years, Paddy has contributed to wildlife calendars and postcards and plans to mount an exhibition of his photographic work in London in 2010.

Paddy’s pleasant, easygoing nature and sense of humour endear him to all the guests at Savanna and his skill as a raconteur results in many enjoyable evenings spent re-living exciting animal encounters. Click here to view Paddy's photographs

“Paddy is a legend, loved him. He’s got a way of capturing attention and keeping it without being arrogant. He’s very modest about the pictures he takes, but then again it comes with experience, hey? He’s a great host and manager who made all of us feel important and like he was a close friend.” – Liza Perlotto. Travel consultant, Go2Africa

Click here to read the article “Just back from South Africa” by Megan Bryant

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