WE are extremely pleased and excited to announce a new addition to our expert presenting and guiding team. Tayla McCurdy is an exceptional guide with heaps of knowledge and experience. Born in Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s astonishingly beautiful southeast coast, Tayla spent her childhood years going on at least 3 safari holidays per year with her parents. This instilled a fiery passion for the bush like no other.
“I was the type of kid that couldn’t concentrate if someone was tapping their pencil against the the desk so being outdoors with so many smells, sounds and critters under every rock would keep me fascinated for hours” – Tayla
After completing her schooling at the Collegiate Girls’ High School in Port Elizabeth Tayla immediately followed her passion into the wild. She currently holds a FGASA level 2 qualification but is working on taking this to the next level, she is also a qualified backup trails guide but is soon to progress to full trails guide. If this wasn’t enough she is also a fine marksman with a qualification in Advanced Rifle Handling.
One of her favourite things about the African bush is the rejuvenation and magic that occurs after the rains arrive in the lowveld. The bush bustles with activity as the termite alates emerge from their ancient mounds only to be snapped up by a myriad of amphibians, reptiles and birds, with the ever present scent of petrichor permeating the electric air.
Tayla has a particular soft spot for elephants describing them as her favourite African mammal due to their gracious intelligence and incredible interactions. A close second being the bushveld rain frog, she finds their termite gobbling antics hilarious not to mention their particularly grumpy expressions.
WE here at safariLIVE are ecstatic that Tayla will be joining us and the feeling is mutual. She has described the experience safariLIVE delivers as magical and is particularly impressed by the fact that it is 100% live, raw animal action with no editing. Just the African wild exactly as it is in it’s natural state whether it be quiet or inundated with critters and creatures of all shapes and sizes.
(Spotted and feathered scavengers, Image Credit: Tayla McCurdy)
“The fact that is live and interactive is mind blowing, I’m so excited about touching the hearts of people who may never ever get an opportunity to see Africa in person.” – Tayla
Tayla is looking forward to spending some time with the rest of our incredible presenting team and can’t wait to learn and grow with the safariLIVE crew. WE are certainly over-the-moon about this new fantastic addition to our crew. So please join us on the 8th of September as WE all welcome Tayla to the safariLIVE family!