Meet Team Black Pearl. We will cater for your every mountain
Born under the shadow of Table Mountain, Frans has been adventuring in the Western Cape mountains for 40 years with ample experience in all areas of mountaineering. Convener of the rock climbing section of his university mountain club. In process to certify as an accredited mountain walking guide. ( March 2020 ) A qualified geologist. Speaks Afrikaans(Dutch/Flemish) and English fluently. Active member of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA)
Originally from Germany, with ties to Southern Africa due to adventurous parents, arrived in South Africa in 2006 for good and is ever since roaming the high and wild places of the Western Cape, doing rock climbing and day/overnight hiking trips. Since 2010 member of the Mountain Club of South Africa and active in mountain rescue. In training to become a mountain walking guide (March 2020).
Ryno Van Der Riet
From Johannesburg and with a love of adventure and mountains, Ryno had to be in the center of adventure, in South Africa, the Western Cape. After semigrating here in 2006, Ryno left the corporate world to pursue his passion for guiding, specifically mountain biking, but with a first love of hiking, climbing and the mountains. After completing his adventure guide qualification in 2016 he continues to follow this career and has never looked back.