I have always known that my purpose in life was to inspire people to see the bigger picture of the natural world and to understand their infinitely important role as observers and protectors
After finishing my schooling I left these shores to study at Hotel School in Switzerland, courtesy of a Swiss passport. When I returned to South Africa the call of wild beckoned so I enrolled in Nature Conservation studies. It was during this period that I knew that I had found what I wanted to do for the rest of life. I began my game ranging career in 1993 and was incredibly fortunate to be selected for a position at the world famous Londolozi game reserve. At the time Londolozi ran the only in-depth and practical game ranging course in South Africa and most of the legendary rangers from the 1980’s and 90’s passed through that famous course.
I worked with a plethora of exceptional guides at Londolozi, characters like Map Ives, Mike Myers and Lex Hes, but the time spent with Lex the ex- Londolozi ranger turned photographer, had a significant impact on me. Lex had just published a book called “The leopards of Londolozi”; a fantastic piece of work describing his observations and relationship with leopards, and was accompanied by incredible images. The embers of a photographer and specialist private guide were born
I continued to work as a nature guide and then lodge manager until 2005 at some of Southern Africa’s most beautiful reserves and lodges including; Mombo and Xigera in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Paperbark Lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve and Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. My special interest projects at the time included the rehabilitation and release of several birds of prey back into the wild
From 2005 until present I have used Johannesburg as a base to continue my specialist wildlife guiding and photographic safaris. I have had the privilege of leading trips to some of the most beautiful game and nature reserves in East, West, Central and Southern Africa including: the Masai Mara (Kenya), Mt Kenya national park (Kenya); Serengeti (Tanzania), Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania); Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda); South Luangwa National Park (Zambia), Lower Zambezi National Park (Zambia), Victoria Falls (Both Zimbabwe and Zambian sides); Chobe, Linyanti and Savute, (Botswana), The Okavango Delta (Botswana), The Kgalagadi trans-frontier park and the greater Kruger National Park Region (South Africa), and a multitude of destinations in Namibia.
I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked alongside Dr Quinton Martins, the founding member of the Cape Leopard Trust, over a number of years and was privileged to be involved in photographing the advancing capture techniques of wild animal species for the purposes of scientific study. Notably was the capture and GPS collaring of elusive Cape Mountain Leopards in the Western Cape region of South Africa.
Jurgens images and articles have been featured in several wildlife magazines (Africa Geographic; Go; Out There; Do It Now), and his wildlife footage and opinions has been featured on Animal Planet and Nat Geo Wild through a program called “Caught in the Act”.
His wildlife images are sold throughout the world. Samples can be viewed on https://500px.com/Vogt