Meet the crew

Mick Jerram

Savannah Guide and Winner Outstanding Interpretive Guide;
Mick has paddled over 13,000 kilometres on Australian rivers including over 300 trips on the Katherine river and  taking part in the Murray Marathon 5 times! Mick has lived in the Northern Territory since 1984 and has guiding groups on the Katherine/Flora/Daly River System since 1992.  In this time he has gained knowledge on the flora, fauna, culture and history of the area. The river is his passion, showing him something new and different every time he ventures downstream.

Holding Qualifications as a Remote Area Leader, Canoeing & Kayaking Guide and a Trainer and Assessor with Certificates in Tourism Guiding and Outdoor Recreation (bushwalking, rock climbing and abseiling), Mick's role includes the Training and Assessment of Guides and Leaders in our diverse industry. Mick is a fully accredited Savannah Guide and has won the 2004 NT Tourism Award for 'Outstanding Interpretive Guide'. He is very passionate about the Top End, particularly where he calls 'home' the Katherine Region.


Matt Leigh

Savannah Guide and winner of the Savannah Guides 'Guide of the Year Award':
Matt began guiding with Gecko in 2007. He has had extensive involvement with the Aboriginal people of Manyallaluk.  Matt's history of working with people includes Hotel Management for over 10 years.  His passion for the outdoors has often led him to beautiful locations, he has worked in the Whitsundays, Port Douglas, the Green Mountains and Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. While in the Whitsundays Matt conducted snorkelling safaris to the offshore reefs of Brampton Island and while in the Green Mountains enjoyed many of the iconic walks including the famous Stinson Trail, and in Kakadu spent most of his time 4WD driving immersed in the culture and country of the world renowned area

Matt has  completed his Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation (Outdoor Leader) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessing. Matt is a fully accredited Savannah Guide and in 2012, was recognised as the Savannah Guides 'Guide of the Year', a testament to his passion and devotion to his lifestyle.


Mike Searl

Mike has been guiding with Gecko since the year 2000.  Mike is one of the most qualified and experienced outdoor leaders in the country.  He has guided in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Argentina and Antartica in his 30 years of experience. Mike was a Physical Education teacher in the 1980's and started a training company in the 1990's, establishing the first Nationally Recocognised Certificate in Outdoor Leadership.  Mike particularly enjoys guiding and fishing in the Northern Territory and is the main guide for our 'Argentina Route 40 tours'.