Our office in Pietermaritzburg provides the capacity necessary to keep abreast of the complex arrangements that efficient and organized travelling requires. Below is the hard-working team that makes it all possible!
The Office Team
Adam Riley is the co-founder of ORYX – Worldwide Photographic Expeditions. He is a qualified chartered accountant and his keen business sense, customer care and attention to detail that has been a major factor in making Rockjumper one of the world’s premier bird tour companies, is sure to have the same impact on ORYX. Adam will play a key role in developing ORYX’s business strategy and shaping the company into an operation befitting of its sister companies, Rockjumper and ORYX Wildlife Safaris.
Candice Jack was born in Pietermaritzburg where she lived her entire life. After Varsity she went on to work in the UK where the travel bug bit her! She has been in travel for 9 years and has been fortunate to have traveled the world during this time. She is now based at our ORYX office where she assists in our busy travel department.
Kirsty Horne has been passionately involved in Travel for the past 12 years. She has travelled extensively through India, Europe and Southern Africa as well as spending time in the Americas. She is a highly motivated individual, striving to provide the best possible service at all times. Her friendly, approachable and hardworking nature ensures that every client has an easy and hassle free booking.
Marius Coetzee is the co-founder of ORYX. He is also one of our professional tour leaders and an award-winning wildlife photographer. His photos have graced the covers and pages of numerous premier publications and with over 10 years experience in the safari industry, Marius has become a highly sought-after guide. His knowledge of and enthusiasm for both wildlife and photography are encyclopedic.
Praniel Dhanesar spent all of his informative years in Pietermaritzburg; life’s lessons and marriage resulted in him making a home closer to the very scenic Midlands Meander. A qualified Professional Accountant (SA), his joining the Rockjumper team has seen him make the bold move from spending almost 17 years in a professional accounting practice to rolling up his sleeves and getting more involved in the day-to-day financial and administrative affairs in a challenging corporate environment.
Rainer Summers has been involved with birding and wildlife from an early age. He grew up in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and his passion for the outdoors led him to study Zoology and Grassland Science. Thereafter he completed his BSc Honours degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology. After finishing his postgraduate degree, he has worked on a number of bird related projects. He is an avid outdoorsman and his recreational pursuits include birding, fishing, scuba-diving and kayaking. After leading birdwatching safaris throughout Africa, Madagascar and south Asia for our sister company Rockjumper for close to six years, he decided to expand this travel and wildlife horizons in the tropics of south-east Asia and the New World. He now works full time as Operations Manager for ORYX.
Yuraisha Chavan was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and holds an Honours degree in Marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Prior to working for ORYX, Yuraisha spent the last 8 years working internationally in three different countries, namely the UK, UAE and Denmark, for both the private and public sector. Yuraisha is responsible for ORYX’s key marketing initiatives and strategy. In her spare time, she loves travelling, fashion, gardening and playing the piano.