Meet the people behind Botswana. For all of us, it's home - whether by default or by choice. We know Botswana because we've built its camps, travelled it for fun and made it our job.
We all have quirks and distinct personalities and our differences make us great collaborators. Where one of us likes our eggs sunny-side up, another makes the convincing argument for taking them scrambled - there are no rights and wrongs with personal preferences and we take the same approach to safaris. We create your safari as a team - sprinkling a bit of our personalities into the mix and borrowing each other's insight to meet your needs.
Erica prefers to run, not walk, to paddle, not be poled. The more action the better!
Erica did the usual ‘gap year' that lasted a little longer, working her way across North America, Europe and Southern Africa before she ended up in Botswana. Having children hasn't stopped the adventure, she often packs them up (along with her safari guide husband) for some bush-bashing and camping.
Like all mothers, Kagiso is an expert juggler - not just of her four children, but also her many hats.
Kagiso studied as a journalist and worked in South African film production before Botswana beckoned her back. She's worked in as many safari jobs as we've got fingers and toes, putting her love of Botswana hand in hand with her knowledge of the bush.
Originally from Germany, our wide-eyed bush baby brings safari home with her.
She'll turn a quick trip down the road into a game drive (it makes things more exciting!) and lights the fireplace so often that her husband jokes he should remove it. Nadine is happiest bush camping (less facilities, more marshmallows please!) and haggles hard enough to put any born and bred African to shame.
Whether it's overt or understated, Lisa loves a bit of luxury; she learnt the art of travel while sniffing out the best camp kitchens and mapping the bush's most extensive wine cellars (hello Selinda and Jao!)
Lisa is a local in the whole of Southern Africa, she grew up in Zimbabwe, lived in Durban, worked in Namibia and settled in Botswana where she indulges her love of wildlife and photography.
Although born and bred in Africa, Jo refuses to bow to African time; she talks straight and shoots from the hip.
This is one girl you want in your corner when travel in Africa throws a spanner in the works. Jo's happiest exploring the delta in a boat loaded with camping gear. She's often found parked in the reeds as her croc-wrangling husband dives for reptiles under the papyrus.
Gaba has infectious laughter which usually kicks in when she's trying something new, from boarding Namibia's sand dunes to surfing in Cape Town's Atlantic Ocean.
She forgets her limitations when she's busy with something different - it was only half-way through a snorkelling trip in Mauritius, distracted by the fish when she finally remembered she couldn't swim (she quickly learnt how!).
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