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Lucky Garenamotse

Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Maun, North West, Botswana

  • Activities

    Nature, Wildlife Safari

  • Languages

    English

  • Favorite Trip

    Best of Botswana

Guide Bio

I am the founder, managing director and adventure guide of a bush-camping mobile safari company.

I was born into the Bayei tribe near Seronga Village, on the east side of the Okavango River panhandles in a small rural area in northern Botswana called Mokgacha. After nine years of rural schooling and two years at a junior college, I went to visit my uncle who lived in Maun, the gateway to the tourism destination area of Okavango Delta in Botswana. There, I began my professional training in 1990 when Okavango Explorations hired me as a camp assistant and Mokoro, dugout canoe poller at Xugana Lodge. In 1991, I started my guide training and a year later went to work at Bird Safaris as a tracker, boat driver and guide trainee. From 1994 to 2001, I worked at Game Trails as a bush camping assistant and guide. I participated in bush walking safaris in the Delta for seven years and then sat for and passed my guiding exams in 1997.

Since then, I have guided professionally full-time except for the year I spent recovering in Nyangabwe Hospital in Francistown from a harrowing late-night attack by a 3.8 meter-long crocodile that dragged me from my tent and into the water. My survival story was widely reported in newspapers, radio and television. In 2001, I completed a series of advanced guide training courses with Okavango Wilderness Safaris and went to work for Bush Ways Mobile Safaris. From 2004 to 2008, I was at Desert and Delta Safari as a lodge guide at Savuti Safari Lodge and Camp Moremi. In 2010 and 2011, I worked at Ker Downey Botswana and in 2012 at Kwando Safaris.

I incorporated this company in 2012. I’ve guided mobile camping safaris for the last nine years and acted as a lodge guide for the past seven years. My professional certifications include Professional Guide License, Special Tourist License and a First Aid Certificate.

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