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 both in her native Australia as well as the ‘real bush’ in Botswana!
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.
TT left his bachelor herd to join the ladies at Safari Specialists; this required tusks of steel and a thick skin but he survived his initiation and we haven't looked back.
TT joined Tsholofelo in the admin team and quickly became another invaluable and respected team member. He is Maun born and bred, went to the big city ‘Gabz’ (Gaborone) for university and then dabbled in the IT industry before returning to Maun. He has an innate understanding of the bush and nature, having grown up here, and quickly become our go-to guy for those niggling IT challenges.
Bronwyn’s long-running travel business gave wings to Maun residents for years and her expertise in competitive fares and creating routing ideas is incomparable.
She has been immersed in the safari lifestyle in Maun for ages as her parents managed bush camps in Botswana – giving her regular access to places most people only dream of visiting. Her travelling does not stop at safari but extends to many destinations all over the world, giving her an insight and appreciation of different cultures and people. She has a menagerie of pets ranging from small (think Jack Russell) to large (Great Dane-sized!) and brought Squeaky The Office Cat along with her when joining the Safari Specialists’ team.
Botho Bafana is a force to be reckoned with. She is a firm believer of hard work and creating your own opportunities.
Hailing from the village of Sebina in eastern Botswana, Botho broadened her horizons at a young age, graduating with a degree in Tourism whilst tutoring overseas students in English. She has grand ambitions, currently pursuing an MBA, studying in the evenings and weekends. You would think this leaves no spare time for personal interests, but she manages to follow her favourite teams in soccer and loves country music!
Botho is a keen traveller who has been around Southern Africa and joined our team to expand her knowledge in organising amazing safaris for our clients.
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