At Ker & Downey Botswana we believe that, in addition to spectacular wildlife and stunning locations, it’s the people you meet on your safari that make it such a memorable experience. We are very proud of all of our team, here are just a few of the people you’ll meet during your time at Okuti, in the Moremi Game Reserve.
Ontlametse 'Chachos' Njwaki
Ontlametse Njwaki is my original name, Chachos is my nickname as it’s easily pronounced by the tourists. I was born and bred in a small village called Etsha 6, in the northern part of Botswana. Etsha 6 is situated along the Okavango delta.
My parents are farmers and they practice mixed farming. As a kid growing up along the Okavango delta, my friends and I used to go swimming, fishing and watch different kinds of birds and wild animals interact and this is how I developed my love for nature. In 2008 I enrolled in one of the local private schools to train as a professional safari guide and in 2014 I landed a post with the Ker & Downey Botswana as a mokoro poler and a boat driver. The following year I was promoted to be a professional safari guide. It is my career dream to become a role model in the industry and to achieve this I need to be determined, focused and self-driven in whatever I do.
My favourite animal is the leopard. It’s a beautiful animal which symbolises chieftainship for it’s a legend. The future is bright with Ker & Downey Botswana.
My name is Salani Masala and I’m from the North East part of Botswana, a place called Kalakamati near Francistown. My father is a farmer and I used to be a herd boy. On weekends my cousin and I would walk twelve kilometers to our cattle post. Whilst walking we were trained to differentiate tracks of wild animals from domestic animals and that is where my first lesson of bush awareness was learnt and ultimately it was during this time that my passion for the wilderness was born.
In 1994 after completing my Form two school examinations, I went to visit my sister who was working in the tourism industry at Camp Okavango. My plan was to spend a week or two in the bush and then go back home to apply to vocational colleges however plans changed slightly when I was offered a job at Camp Okavango during my stay. I started as a waiter and worked my way up in the company, two years later I wrote and passed my guides examination.
Ten years of guiding experience has brought nothing less than joy to my heart and its truly fantastic to be able to take guests out and show them our extraordinary country.