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Meet the Team: Team Members
Professional Hunters standing in front of the African sunset


Bayly Sippel Safaris has been the premier South African outfitter for the last decade

Bush Veld with a hunter aiming his gun.


When two like minded individuals with similar ambitious ideas cross paths, it is only inevitable that something great should come from it. Combining their passions for the outdoors, people and hunting, Michael and Dempsey have formed a company that focuses not only on the hunt, but also the experience given to each client. Many years down the road we continue to proudly deliver that excellent service time and time again.


With access to some of South Africa's top hunting areas we have been able to deliver unmatched trophy quality year in and year out. If not being guided by Michael or Dempsey, we have world class guides that have been carefully selected and vetted by us to ensure that you, the client, have the best possible experience and also ensure a successful and memorable safari.


Due to our rich German hunting heritage which stems from Michael’s ties to Germany we have enjoyed a hugely eclectic group of clients from around the world. If you can name a hunting nation, the likelihood is that we have guided someone from there! Typically we attend a number of hunting trade shows from January to February every year and it's always a pleasure to meet up with old and prospective clients alike.

Professional Hunter with a plains game trophy

Dempsey Bayly


Dempsey is extremely passionate about sharing his knowledge with clients and making memories with new friends. His bubbly personality makes him great to be around and clients are guaranteed to have a laugh with him in Camp. Dempsey loves hunting foreign countries and clients will definitely learn a great deal from him.

Hunter with plains game trophy

Michael Sippel


Michael grew up with a father also being in the hunting industry and is a highly knowledgeable bow hunter, but is also a very keen rifle hunter. His slow and meticulous hunting style is  one of Michaels trademarks and clients are sure to enjoy pursuing African game with him as your PH. In addition Michael is fluent in German and has a very proud German hunting heritage.

Big John, the tracker for Bayly Sippel Safaris

Big John

Tracker & Conservationist

John (also known as Big John) grew up in Groblersdal. Before joining Bayly Sippel Hunting Safaris, he worked for a number of other Hunting operations. He is a fantastic tracker and his enormous smile is contagious. Big John can speak 11 of the 12 official languages in South Africa and is a key member of the BSHS family.

Professional Hunter on safari

Craig Boerstra


Craig has grown up with the love of nature and the African bush. This started at a young age on their family farm. He has grown with the Bayly Sippel Hunting Safaris team from the beginning. He is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that clients fulfill their dreams on their safari. If you can't find him in the bush, you can find him with a fishing rod in hand.

Hunter with animal and rifle

Nick Junge


Nick is originally from the Natal Province in South Africa and also shares a strong German heritage. He has a vast knowledge of our Fauna & Flora and has hunted various countries in Africa. Clients are sure to have a good time with him in Camp, and with Nick also being fluent in german he is a valuable addition to the Team.

Wing shooter and his hunting dog

Alex Menzel


Alex has been guiding professionally for many years and is without question a client favourite. He has a superb 6th sense of how to make the perfect plan to get into range or outsmart the sneakiest of animals. In addition Alex also comes from a German background and is fluent in German.

Hunting Dog South Africa


Tracking Dog

Ricky is the newest addition to the Team and despite his size has helped find countless wounded animals for clients. A hunting operation is not complete without a good tracking dog.

A hunter Stalking Plains Game in South Africa


Bayly Sippel Safaris is committed to local job creation as well as community upliftment. We are involved in a number of charities and programs to give back to the local community and serve to educate others on how humans and wildlife can coexist sustainably.  This is most commonly done through "meat drops" as protein is an undeniably important resource in Africa.  You are welcome to join us on one of our meat drops or outreach days.

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