The directors of SafariScapes, Peter Hammond and Nic Turpin are highly experienced pilots, having both flown in Africa for over 20 years collectively. Their passion for flying and the bush are evident on every trip they do and in every aspect of the business. From bucket list adventures or first timers to Africa. Romantic getaways and group luxury travel, we have the privilege of introducing everyone to the wonder of Africa. Tracking gorillas in Rwanda, watching a leopard hunt its prey in the Kruger National Park or guiding people through the culinary delight of the Cape. Our flexibility and experience allow us to put together your perfect holiday.
Meet the team
As a young boy, Pete travelled with his family every year to the world famous Kruger National Park, which formed his appreciation for nature from an early age. He was educated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa at St Andrew’s College, one of the country’s oldest private schools. After matriculating, he obtained his commercial licence at 43 Airschool, South Africa’s premier flying school. In 2006, he began his flying career in Botswana.
In 2012, with 6 years of flying experience, Pete completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, gaining the relevant experience required to follow an entrepreneurial pathway. He is hugely interested in the business aspect of SafariScapes and enjoys time in the office as much as his time flying and showcasing Africa’s greatest features to his guests.
Nic travelled extensively throughout South Africa from an early age, spending many holidays with his family in the bush. His extensive knowledge of African wildlife – in particular his in-depth knowledge of birds – can be attributed to these happy memories. Nic was educated at St John’s College in Johannesburg, one of the country’s most beautiful and iconic schools. After matriculating, Nic moved to London and acquired a wealth of hospitality knowledge, which are hugely valuable skills he still uses today.
Learning to fly was always a priority for Nic, and in 2006 he completed his commercial pilot’s license in Johannesburg before venturing to Botswana to take up his first job at Wilderness Air. Nic has always had a passion and appreciation for the bush and its conservation. He loves to travel and experience Africa while using his in-depth understanding of wildlife and nature to enhance the experience for those travelling with him.
Chase was lucky enough to spend a large portion of his childhood visiting the bush, hence having a passion for wildlife and aviation from a very young age. After finishing university where he studied finance, Chase decided to follow his passion for flying and spent a few years living in Maun, Botswana where he worked for Wilderness Air as a bush pilot. Working for SafariScapes is the ultimate way for him to enjoy all three of his passions, flying, wildlife and photography. Chase is a highly accomplished pilot and is a great addition to the SafariScapes Aviation team.
Simone van Vught
Born and raised in South Africa, Simone is passionate about travel in Africa and driven to fulfil the dreams of those that yearn to visit this enchanting continent. As head of sales and operations at SafariScapes Simone brings a calming efficiency to the team.
Caro was born in Johannesburg and raised in Cape Town. Travel and Africa are counted as two of her big loves in life. Having lived in Malawi for two years Caro is hugely passionate about the African continent, conservation and corporate social responsibility.