Samuel was born in Essex, United Kingdom in 1991, his family moved to Durban, South Africa in 1994. He matriculated in 2009 from Crawford College, on the KZN North Coast. Samuel has a great interest in nature with a specialist interest in herpetology and has been involved in conservation work for amphibians. After matriculation Samuel worked for year to be able to travel to New Zealand. On his return, he followed his passion and started his Diploma in Nature Conservation at Saasveld and completed his third year of experiential training at Welgevonden Game Reserve. On completion of his diploma Sam was appointed as the Conservation Officer on Welgevonden. And has since completed his BTech Nature Conservation. His aim is to become a conservation or reserve manager on a private reserve.