The Majete Wildlife Reserve sits in a large basin in the south of Malawi, and the roads that lead there are busy at 6am.
Not with vehicles, but with endless cyclists as Malawians make the most of the low light and cooler air to start their days.
The appearance of two British Army 4x4s turns heads as they leave the sights and smells of the villages, and head into the bush.
Lance Corporal Chad Spalding is one of those on board.
The 23-year-old is about to spend the next few days with local rangers Boston Phiri, who’s pretty new to the job, and Retief Chomali, with ten years’ experience.
“You don’t really have time to think,” explains Chad. “Most of the time you’re concentrating on the environment itself.
“You’re constantly looking, watching dangerous game, anything that might sneak up on you.”
Chad, who’s originally from Zimbabwe, is one of 14 British soldiers in Malawi trying to help stop poaching. Ministers announced the British Army’s involvement after a successful pilot last year.