Who We Are


Connecting People with Nature


“This organisation is different because they really care; about clients as clients, as persons, and the areas in which these trails occur.”

— Jan Ernst de Groot, Chief Legal Officer, Ahold Delhaize






Peter Raimondo

“My connection with the natural world opens me to experience beyond what I can know alone. It shares transcendent and terrifying moments with me. It shows me grace and teaches me what it is to be human.”

Peter has over 22 years of experience in the field of nature education. He has worked extensively for the Wilderness Leadership School as a master guide, trained for the Wilderness Foundation, and currently coaches private and corporate clients. Peter is a registered executive coach and holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in Philosophy, Anthropology and Environmental and Geographical Sciences from the University of Cape Town.




Ida Kymmer

“I believe that there is no separation between our selves and nature, between nature and our contemporary life. I believe that this interconnection enables capacities in us that can be extremely powerful in our lives and societies.” 

Ida holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Malmö University and is currently completing her eMBA at Berlin School of Creative Leadership. Ida has worked as a political advisor, journalist, business developer, and luxury tourism professional in Asia and Europe. She founded and ran the creative agency Evonas and the wine consultancy Espere before joining Wild.Life.




Bas Hochstenbach

“Nature is a place for me to come home to. A place where I feel calm and belong.”

Bas left his corporate career at McKinsey & Company and co-founded eco-tourism company Asilia Africa in 2004. In 2016, Bas moved on from executive service to co-found Wild.Life, and incubate and mentor a number of other businesses in the areas of conservation, education and entrepreneurship in Africa. Bas holds master’s degrees in Law and Public Administration from Leiden University.




Alan McSmith

“Nature provides me with a fundamental understanding of who I am; the good, bad and the ugly. It helps me live my most significant life.”

Alan has has been a professional wilderness guide and tracker for over 30 years. For Alan, wilderness is not just a place, it’s a way of life. He has led many executive and personal leadership trails and has traveled extensively advocating the value of conservation and the rediscovery of our own wild natures. He is a TEDx speaker.