My name is Simon Garebatshole, I was born and raised in Xaxaba village where my father was working as a Professional Guide at Oddballs camp.
I sat the Professional Guide examination in 2011 and the following year I went to school at Botswana Wildlife Training Institute for a year upgrading my guiding skills. I worked for several companies before joining Ker & Downey Botswana as one of the Kanana guides. This is my second year at Kanana and I love working here because it offers a diverse range of activities like Mokoro, night drives, boat cruise, walking safari, fishing and the traditional game drives. Kanana exposes you to various areas of guiding, each day is different.
Ker & Downey Botswana takes us guides to courses which keeps us fresh and updated in our department at all times. I have loved guiding since being a child when I saw my father with guests. I wanted to become a guide when I grew up and my dreams came true when I became one in 2011.
Ngakaemang “Doctor” Ramakoba
My name is Ngakaemang but in the tourism industry I am known as Doctor which is a translation of my name in English. I was born in the pan handle of the Okavango Delta in a small village called Gunotsoga.
I started working in the safari industry as a waiter in the year 1996 till 1998, I always had that zeal of self development therefore I obtained my guide license in 1999 and worked for Okavango Wilderness Safaris until 2001. I then moved on to Kwando Safaris and paved my way up until I became an assistant camp manager.
I started working for Ker and Downey in 2015. The passion of working with nature, my love of people and the pride I have for my country has motivated me to continue pursuing my career in the tourism industry.
Onalenna “owner” Ipateleng
My name is Onalenna however I chose the name “owner” after I realized that most guests had difficulties in pronouncing my name. I was born in a small village called Nxamasere which is situated in the pan handle of the Okavango Delta.
I kick started my career in 2006 as a Makoro poler and a maintenance worker at Xugana (A sister camp of Ker & Downey). I had always dreamed of becoming a guide so I did my guides training course and obtained my license at the end of 2012, the same year I started working for Ker and Downey Botswana.
The thing I love most about being a guide at Kanana is I get to meet new people every day, learning from them and at the same time sharing my knowledge of my beautiful country.
Barobi “Robby” Ronald Garenamotse
I joined the tourism industry in 2002 as a specialist mokoro guide after finishing my secondary education. Once I had accumulated enough experience I obtained my assistant professional guide licence in 2004 and joined various mobile safari companies where I held different positions.
After upgrading my professional guide licence, I joined Okavango Wilderness Safaris in 2008 where I worked for five years and most recently I worked as a guide at Kwando Safaris. I gained a lot of valuable experience at both companies which I believe gave me a good foundation for my future guiding career.
I joined Ker & Downey Botswana in 2017 and I am currently based at Kanana camp as a professional guide - My best interests are birding and photography.
Opegilwe “Junior” Maphane
I am Opegilwe Maphane also known as Junior, born in a small village called Gunotsoga in the Okavango Delta. I gained my Botswana general certificate of Secondary education at Maun secondary school in 2006. Thereafter I realised that I wanted to pursue a career in guiding so I started the process of applying and gaining experience to get my full professional guides license.
In 2012 I obtained my full guides licence level two vehicle nature guiding with Eco training Botswana. I have worked for different safari companies trying to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. I joined Ker & Downey Botswana in 2017 and I am currently guiding at Kanana in the south-west Okavango Delta!