Simon Garebatshole

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.

Isaac Tapa

My name is Isaac, born and raised in the eastern part of Botswana from a small village called Nswazi. I have always had a passion for the wilderness and this was confirmed when I visited Moremi Game Reserve as a teenager; whilst viewing animals a game vehicle filled with guests drove past us and it struck me at this moment that I wanted to pursue a career in guiding.

I obtained my professional guides licence after I finished my studies and began working for Ker & Downey Botswana in 2009. I have moved around and guided at all of the camps, Kanana, Shinde, Okuti and Footsteps.

In 2014 I enrolled and was selected to take part in the Disney program in Orlando Florida. It was a fantastic experience and great international exposure but I am very glad to be back in the Delta at Kanana.