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Meet The Team

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.

Walk on the Wildside
Erica (the boss)

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.

  • Favourite Safari Experience: "Surprising my family with a night at Tau Pan Camp while we were camping in the Kalahari. We washed off three days of dirt and let the camp staff entertain the kids with a night of story-telling and roasted marshmallows."
  • Favourite Camps: Little Kwara, Kanana and a mobile safari in Khwai or the Central Kalahari

Safari Mamma
Kagiso

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.

  • Favourite Safari Experience: "Family Christmas in the bush. Once, we got lost on the way to Moremi. We ended up in Khwai sharing Christmas lunch and laughter with people in the village. Our family tripled in size that day!"
  • Favourite Camps: Sango Safari Camp, Kwara Camp & King's Pool

Bush Baby
Nadine

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.

  • Favourite Safari Experience: "Camping in the Okavango Delta. Nothing beats finding a hidden island by mokoro and spending the evening around a campfire in the middle of nowhere."
  • Favourite Camps: Duba Plains, Lagoon Camp & Footsteps Across the Delta

Safari Diva
Lisa

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.

  • Favourite Safari Experience: "My birthday trip to Motswiri Camp with Ride and Walk Botswana where the Selinda Spillway meets the Okavango Delta - despite breaking my arm (falling off a hammock, not a horse!)"
  • Favourite Camps: Vumbura Plains, Chief's Camp & Chobe Game Lodge

GI Jo
Joanne

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.

  • Favourite Safari Experience: "I'm usually a water person, but I loved Tubu Tree Camp. The game viewing was fantastic there, seeing five leopards in two days!"
  • Favourite Camps: Machaba Camp, Tubu Tree, Jack's Camp and Okavango Delta boating trips.

Try Anything Twice
Gaba

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!).

  • Favourite Safari Experience: "The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Sleeping under the stars and riding quad bikes is one of the most amazing things, not forgetting those beautiful meerkats"
  • Favourite Camps: Meno a Kwena, Pom Pom Camp & Savute Safari Lodge

Our News and Special Offers from Botswana

New Botswana Tourism Development Levy

A new Botswana Tourism Development Levy has been introduced – effective from 1st June 2017 for all international guests, applicable… Tell me more…

Why are Men Scared of Honey Badgers?

I have heard so many comments on game drives where Botswana guides joke about being scared of the honey badger and… Tell me more…

Botswana Special Offers and 2018 rates

Safari Specialists are happy to announce some further Botswana Special offers and 2018 rates are now released for most camps… Tell me more…

Meno A Kwena – Bots 50th Prize

 The owners of Meno A Kwena have offered 2 nights at this unique and special camp for our Bots 50th photo competition… Tell me more…

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