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MEET OUR GUIDES

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MARTIN NJEKWA

 Head Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:   31 May 2012

I grew up in the Caprivi Region of Namibia. It is alive with diverse flora and fauna,  but I never imagined everything being summed up to one passion. I worked at Rare and Endangered Species Trust as a cook, and slowly started guiding day-visitors. I then moved to Okonjima as a grounds man/tracker at the Okonjima Grand African Villa in 2012.  It appears I was jack of all trades, but now my knowledge of flora and fauna makes me one of the proudest Okonjima Guides.

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LISARA GIDEON

Assistant Head Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:   1 March 2008

Okonjima has given me opportunity to grow from bad to good. I came to Okonjima in 2008 employed as a gardener and have never looked back . . . !  Thank you Okonjima.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einstein

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ROHAN VAN WYK

Senior Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:   1 April 2009

It’s great when an organization really makes a difference in conservation.  For the past 6 and a half years my passion and LOVE for Nature has grown into something unexplainable.  Nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by nature and to share my experience and passion with the rest of the world.

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RICHARD ZAAYMAN

Senior Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:  1 February 2014

I always had a passion for nature, people and music. Coming from a musical back ground, Okonjima provided me with the opportunity to combine all three of my passions.  I am very thankful!

“The earth has music for those who listen.” –William Shakespeare

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MARKUS KAMBAKA aka Peter aka Igwe

Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:   5 November 2011

Well it’s a long story, and I just thank God I’m still on the farm and Nature Reserve called Okonjima. I have grown so much from the time I joined the Okonjima Team 8 years ago. Being a Bushman descendent from my mother’s side, the infamous ‘Bushman trail’ has developed to be my specialty over years.  It is interesting to make comparison between ancient lifestyle and the modern world.  Life can be so simple in favour of Mother Nature  . . .  if we can only stick to basics and be less selfish.

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

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JUUSO UUWANGA

Field Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:   1 August 2006

I was born and raised in the Ovambo region in northern Namibia. I thank God for my job at Okonjima,  because it is a blessing.  I started here in 2006 as a barman and am now a trainee guide. Thank you very much Okonjima for giving me the opportunity further grow myself and to be part of an amazing team.

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KAVAMBA ALFEUS

Junior Guide

I started on Okonjima on the 03rd December 2007 as a Gardener & Grounds man. Over the years I was promoted to be a tracker were my true passion for nature started awakening, I loved being out in the bush sharing the knowledge I have gained over the period with people from different backgrounds and walks of life.

I am very grateful to Okonjima and especially the Hanssen family for always believing in our capabilities and allowing us to learn, convey and flourish in the fields of conservation and now that I am junior field Guide, I am not convinced that ‘THE SKY IS THE LIMIT’…

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FELIX KAHARE

Junior Guide

I first started at Okonjima working for the PAWS (People And Wildlife Solutions) program in 2008 till 2012.

In 2013 I started working as the Environmental Education and Campsite supervisor, and in 2015 I moved on to be tracker and two years later, I am now a junior Guide.

Okonjima has awoken my passion for nature and conservation & I am very thankful that I have been given an opportunity to explore fields outside my usual environment. I enjoy doing the bushman trail and have a real passion for birding and birdlife in general.

My favorite quote:
“The silence of nature is very real, it surrounds you, you can feel it.” – Ted Trueblood

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GERT VAN WYK

Guide

Ever since I was a small boy I had the deepest desire to be close to nature. Growing into a young adult in our capital city Windhoek, I just felt trapped by all the concrete. Okonjima gave me the opportunity to lose myself in the bush and wander…

Sharing my point of view and knowledge of the bush to people from all over the world is just the cherry on top.

I have 2 simple rules about nature:

  1. Leave nothing behind but footprints
  2. Take nothing with, but memories

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MATHEW UUGWANGA

Field Guide

I became a member of the Okonjima & AfriCat team on the 17th March 2015.

I’ve always had a passion and affinity for wildlife and nature never ceases to amaze me. Thus, Okonjima was the best match & a place I have always wanted to be. Seeing wildlife and plant species, along with their natural habitat being conserved here, my affinity for nature conservation deepens. Nothing delights me more than seeing nature preserved for the future generation.

“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” –Jim Fowler

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OPARI KATJAERUA

Field Guide

There was no single moment in my life that triggered me to want to become a ranger or a guide. I grew up on a cattle farm in eastern side of Namibia known as (Herero land) through-out my childhood when asked what I wanted to become when I grow up- I would always respond ‘ I want to be a doctor’, but I guess that was just because ‘ doctor’ sounded fancy enough.

When I finally completed my internship with Okonjima , I had a change of mind, I learned to love and appreciate nature and there I realized I am destined to do something greater.

I have finally been given the chance to be a guide at Okonjima Lodge, and I can never have enough words to show my gratitude to the family and the Okonjima & AfriCat Team.

My favourite quote:

“A wise man will make more opportunity than he finds”

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