Who We Are...
Lee Fuller - founder and owner of Tugela River Trails - I always said if I was not involved in the wildlife guiding industry, I would have been a teacher! I just love the fact that teachers are in it for outcome, not the income. I am passionate about getting kids outside. It is tremendously rewarding watching kids from all walks of life evolve and develop on our programs.
I am a FGASA qualified wildlife safari guide, with 16 years experience throughout Africa. I have extensive hiking and trekking experience, including summiting Tanzania's "Big 3" in 11 days - Ol Donyo Lengai, Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.
I love outdoor endurance sports and have completed 17 Dusi Canoe Marathons, 4 Comrades Marathons and numerous trail runs and mountain bike stage races, including the 2300km Freedom Challenge MTB race in 2015 .
My wife, Claire, has a physiotherapy practice specialising in multi-stage endurance events, and travels country wide to various mtb races and trail runs. www.adventurephysio.co.za. She does spend the majority of her time with us at Tugela River Trails though. She is an experienced outdoorswoman, and has been a trail runner, paddler, hiker and mountain biker for many years.
I am also still involved in photographic safaris and guide a handful of trips each year into Africa and Madagascar. www.starry-starry-nights.com
Our team here at Tugela River Trails has evolved into a motivated and highly effective bunch of humans, hand selected for their professionalism and enthusiasm. We use some of the most qualified facilitators in the country.
Gustav Greffrath from Itchy Feet runs all our water based activities.
Dr Gustav Greffrath holds a PhD in Recreation. In his doctoral thesis the adventure experiential learning (AEL) methodology was put to the test by comparing an expedition-based wilderness programme with a centre-based adventure programme. His findings led to the conclusion that this methodology (AEL) is extremely effective in reaching personal and group-related outcomes, regardless of what the AEL programme or its outdoor setting is. He grew up in Ladysmith and spent most of his time in and around the Central and Northern Drakensberg. Complementing his academic background, Gustav is also:
• A registered adventure guide with the National Department of Tourism
• THETA-accredited (613/L/083168/2010) for single-pitch rock climbing and abseil supervising
• THETA and APA (African Paddling Association) accredited for whitewater trip leading
• An APA accredited river guiding instructor
• MDT (Mountain Development and Training Trust) accredited for advanced mountain walking leadership (617)
• Chairman of the African Paddling Association
Simon and Cheryl Blackburn operate out of Three Tree Hill Lodge, and look after our History tours and walks inside the Spionkop Game Reserve. They are both ex Singita Game Reserves and ex Kwando Safaris (Botswana) and are both experienced and qualified safari & mountain guides. South African-born, they have spent their time together exploring remote parts of Africa. Their four children, Kei, Neo, Jos and Cas have joined them on many of these adventures. On one of these adventures, they stumbled across Three Tree Hill Lodge and fell in love with it. They saw an opportunity to start fulfilling their vision of building up a brand of small luxury owner-managed lodges. The Blackburns have woven their love and knowledge of nature with the history of the area, which offers kids an unparalleled, diverse experience in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Iain Don-Wauchope, a pedigreed trail runner and Mountain Biker, of Mountain Splendour Eco-Resort, has trained our MTB guides, and as a result Musa Khumalo and Wonderboy Mohlakowane have evolved into world class MTB guides.