Guides

Mark Haldane

Mark Haldane started Bird Hunters Africa in 1986. Bird shooting, great shotguns and good gun dogs have always been close to his heart. “It would be hard to choose a favorite, driven guinea fowl, francolin over a well-trained pointer, decoyed ducks or fast pigeons, I guess it’s the amazing variety which keeps it interesting and so special.” 

Dylan Holmes

Dylan joined Bird Hunters Africa in 1998. He apprenticed under Mark and successfully made his career in the industry. “Wing shooting has always been a passion for me, guiding wing shooting safaris is a rewarding experience, visiting spectacular areas in Africa and being able to share this with clients always keeps the passion alive”. Dylan is a dedicated conservationist and has a great respect for nature.  

Poen van Zyl

Poen started hunting with us as an assistant during his school holidays from the age of 12. He comes from a hunting family and grew up in the Dundee area. After leaving school Poen did a Tourism Management Diploma and then served a 2-year apprenticeship. Having grown up within this environment Poen is certainly well equipped. Poen has a passion for guiding and a love for the outdoors.

James Quinn

James Quin grew up in the bird rich environment of the Free State province of South Africa. He has been bird shooting since he can remember. “The conservation and maintenance of good bird shooting habitat, healthy numbers as well providing good quality birds for our clients and for future generations is my passion”. He is happiest walking in the bush with a shotgun in one arm and a gun dog at his heel.

Robbie Stretton

Robbie Stretton grew up on the fifth- generation family ranch in South Africa, surrounded by nature, shooting and gun dogs.  To quote an old hunting mentor. “One of the greatest sensations of life is, to feel the breeze in your face, to see your unflinching gun dog at work, to hear the shrill of a flushing covey, to smell the rich aroma of a well-oiled shotgun and to taste the comradery of a great shooting party”.  This is experience he enjoys sharing with kindred bird shooting enthusiasts.