Get to Know: Henry Tarr

Each week, we like to put the spotlight on the rangers of Mostwari Private Game Reserve – a dedicated and passionate team that go out of their way to ensure visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the very best of what the African bush has to offer.

This week, Henry Tarr is in the spotlight. His unwavering passion for the bush and all it has to offer is evident from the moment you meet him. Despite not being born and bred in SA, Henry has an insatiable hunger to learn more and more each day he is exposed to the magic of the African bushveld at Motswari and is living proof of how when Africa gets in your blood, it stays there forever.

“My name is Henry Tarr.

I am often asked right off the bat by my guests where I am from because I do not sound like I am from “here”. This is true. I am originally from Canada and moved to South Africa more than five years ago to become a professional field guide. Their next question is probably to themselves: “What can a Canadian tell us about Africa?” This is a fair question, but one should never underestimate someone’s desire to learn.

My passion for the beautiful ecosystem that we live and work in is immense. I enjoy all of the little things in life and try not to get caught up in the status quo of the Big Five. My goal as a guide is to teach everyone that joins both myself and our tracker on a safari drive about the intricacies and beauty of nature. Everything is interconnected and in someway dependent on one another, which only adds to the beauty of our natural world.

My next burning passion is walking in nature. There is nothing quite like the feeling of leaving the vehicle, and stepping away from being an observer to becoming a participant in nature. You can now touch, smell and (in a weird, but wonderful way) feel the bush around as you quietly explore, completely exposed to all the elements that make up the magic of the bushveld.

I have been with Mostwari for nearly three years and I have loved every minute of it. In between game drives, nature walks and enjoying time with guests, I am studying towards a Bachelors Degree in Science or I am back out in the bush exploring on my own. It is sometimes hard to believe that I have found my dream job!”




The collection includes a number of neighbouring properties in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, in addition to other trendy properties spread out in Cape Town. It also includes private game reserve offerings in Mpumalanga, Timbavati and Serengeti; a historic hotel in Graaff-Reinet, located in the Eastern Cape; a chic property in the bustling Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg as well as a beach-side lodge in Zanzibar. Newmark further continues to keep a look-out for new, suitable opportunities and developments.

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