Mother Nature's your host, let us be your guides - Welcome to Talon

"Intimate wildlife experiences and specialist safaris"

The Team

Shanil Balgobind - Guide - Specialised Day Trips

BA LLB LLM (Environmental Law)

FGASA and EDTEA registered guide with Venomous Snake Handling and First Aid Level 1. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Honorary Officer (Since 2009) 

Special Interests - Birding, Fishing, Sustainable Conservation and Living, Photography, Hiking and Camping. 

"For as long as I can remember I have loved being outdoors, whether it was climbing trees or exploring the local river as a child to now camping, hiking, birding, fishing, mountain biking or kayaking. 

After completing my studies in law and working in management for 8 years, I've taken the leap and decided to follow my heart, sharing my passion for nature and the outdoors with other people. In doing so I would like to share the knowledge that I have acquired and hopefully inspire some of the next generations' conservationists - for we are merely the custodians of the earth, acting on behalf of the future generations".

Brandon Ford - Director, CATHSSETA and FGASA Assessor, FGASA Level 3 and Advanced Trails Guide

Bsc Biology UND

Mala Mala game reserve 1996-1999 (Guide and General manager Kirkmans Camp and Kirkmans Cottages), Damelin/ Allenby Campus Durban Head of Faculty and lecturer – Game Ranging Practice, Game Ranch Management 2000 – 2003 (Training)

&Beyond/CCAfrica 2007 – January 2009 assistant head ranger – head mentor/trainer Phinda Private Game Reserve (CCAfrica/&Beyond)

Talon Safaris Owner, Director, Guide, Head of Guide training February 2009 - current

FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) and EDTEA (Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism) registered guide with VPDA (viewing potentially dangerous game on foot), Advanced Trails Guide, FGASA level 3, Advanced Rifle Handling, first aid level 2

Special interests – Trees, mammal behaviour, Elephants, photography, Salt water fly-fishing

“From my first fishing experience with my father aged 3 to my first safari experience aged 5 I was hooked. The majesty that is Africa and all it encompasses pulled me close and has never let me go.

Mother Nature has defined me from an early age, drawn me to her wild places, shown me glimpses of her magic and left me haunted by her beauty. Take interest in her smallest entities, revel in the presence of her largest and always recognise that we will never know it all. Make every day spent with her a day of discovery, imprint every indelible moment with her in your heart and soul and let your passion take you to places you never dreamed possible”