Ilana Mahoney

Ilana Mahoney

I have always been interested in wildlife and the secrets it holds, so when I realised I had a passion for the bush I decided to become a field guide. I then went on to look for the perfect place to do my studies and ended up going to the Limpopo Field Guiding Academy.

Before I joined the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) team, I was really active in the tourism industry. I worked as a guide on two reserves – Lalibela in the Eastern Cape, and Entabeni in the Waterberg. I also managed guest houses in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Having been in the industry almost eight years, I have seen and experienced the beauty and excitement of the bush and life in Africa with all its happy, sad and breathtaking moments.

I was managing a guest house in Mpumalanga when I started missing the bush terribly. I was searching the net when I stumbled on to the HESC. It looked so amazing and I decided to apply for the position as guide. I was interviewed by Mrs Roode and got the position.

I have been at the Centre for almost three years now and it has been life changing. I started as a guide and now I am Admin Assistant. It really is an amazing place to work. I am very blessed to have been given the opportunity here, and have definitely grown as a person.

Read more about Ilana’s earlier days at HESC.