SAFARI GUIDES

SAFARI GUIDES


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Gabatsholwe “Disho”

Known to his friends and guests as “Disho”, founder and owner of BUSH LARK SAFAIS, was born in Ngarange village on the banks of the Okavango Pan Handle. Growing up in a remote and rural area, Disho spent his youth hunting and trapping with his two uncles, as is the tradition for young boys in the Hambukushu tribe. Hunting and gathering was Disho’s introduction to the ways of wilderness. Disho, later attended high school in Maun some 400 km south east of his home where he was exposed to a more conservation-based approach to wildlife and wilderness at large.

Disho’s passion lies largely within the world of birds and photography. Having obtained a diploma in Travel and Tourism at the college, he soon became involved in the tourism industry as a guide and has followed his passion for wildlife and conservation ever since.

Disho has also completed extensive training as a specialist birding and walking guide with the Okavango Guiding School and the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and has developed an exceptional practical and theoretical knowledge of ecology of northern Botswana’s wildness area. To this day, he still holds the reputation of being the first and only Motswana guide to be awarded a full specialist birding guide by the field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA).


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Phetogo “Pat” Malatsi

I’m a young man of 34 years of age born and grew up in the Okavango Delta. I grew up between Boro and Xaxaba where my father originates. I was bred by a family of professional guides starting with my grandfather, father, uncles and down the family tree. I started my school in Maun and completd here. I started my career as a school teacher offering physiscal education at a secondary school, that was 2004/2005. Actively started my guiding career in 2006.

I joined Okavango Wilderness Safaris and did my guide training with them and worked for them and later moved to Andbeyond and i was based in lodges and a year later moved to their expeditions safaris. Later, i signed a year contract with Great Plains, the following i joined Letaka safaris where i did most of the mobile safaris and worked for Letaka for four years. I left Letaka safaris beginning of 2015 and started freelancing as a private guide for Bush Lark Safaris.

I completed my guiding levels {3} at Okavango Guiding School. I now hold german speaking level two certificate which i did at Goethe Institute in Wwindhoek. I am also a Botswana qualification authority accredited guide trainer and assessor. I got involved in guide training since 2015 till date.

My passion in guiding is in my blood, inherited especially birds thus making me to be one of the few specialist birding guides in the country. Passionately, enthusiastically been guiding for 13 years now.


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