Shinde Guides (Okavango Delta)
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 Shinde in the Okavango Delta.
Bonnetswe "Bee" Sarefo
I go by the name Bee, I have been working for Ker & Downey Botswana since 1986. I have always loved nature, conservation and the responsibility that comes with the job of being a professional guide. What I love most about my job is working with people from all nationalities and the sharing of life experiences that comes with meeting new people.
I like Shinde as it is a private concession, therefore I can do my activities without any constraints, we can move around more freely and get guests up close and personal with the wildlife. This provides them with a better and more memorable experience.
It has always been my dream to be a guide. I was employed at Footsteps as a makoro poler in 1999 and I used this time to gain knowledge about the wilderness through books and the other guides. I finally reached my dream and obtained my guides license.
There is never a dull moment and even after all this time working as a guide, I still learn something new every day. Shinde is like my home, I know everything there is to know about the area and therefore I can truly give my guests the best possible experience.
Keneilwe "Kenny" Tshoganetso
My name is Kenny, I am a professional guide at Shinde, one of Ker & Downey Botswana’s five star camps. I was born thirty years ago in a small village called Matlapana, the gateway to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. I spent most of my childhood in the Xhihaba hills where I learnt about tracking and survival strategies from the local bushmen people.
Prior to working at Shinde, I was part of the Botswana Defence Force Anti-poaching Unit, this work allowed me to spend my days in the wilderness of Botswana and there began my passion and my journey to where I find myself today. I felt the need to show outsiders what I was experiencing on a daily basis which is why I left my job with the army and began my career as a guide. I am proud to call Shinde my second home!
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.
What We Do Best
Just can’t get enough? Sign up to our newsletter for regular email updates.
We take your privacy seriously. You can find our policy here.