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MEET OUR GUIDES

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PREVIOUS TSVIGU

Head Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:  1 April 2013  (before joining Okonjima – Previous was part of the AfriCat North team on farm Kaross/Kavita Lion Lodge)

I have deep curiosity for both nature and modern man. Wildlife Management, research and conservation is my profession, whereas ‘nature guiding’ is my passion. “Am I lost? No!! Right place at the right time!  Okonjima is the place to be!  There is so much to learn everyday out in the bush and it is never ending! In essence, “Greatness is nothing but an opportunity presented to one to make things happen”.

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ROHAN VAN WYK

Assistant Head 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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MARTIN NJEKWA

Assistant 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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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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DANIEL  AUGUSTUS

Senior Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:    1 December 2010

Having grown up in the African jungle in Rundu,  herding cattle, my early life marked the passion for animals.  I joined Okonjima guiding team in 2011.  I am grateful because, over years, my passion has been incorporated into the AfriCat conservation principles and subsequently empowering me with an all-encompassing understanding of biodiversity conservation problems in Namibia.

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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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LISARA GIDEON

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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CRAIG BROWN

Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:  6 October 2015

Being a South African citizen I grew up in the city of Pretoria yet my heart always belonged to the bush. Every opportunity I got I was out in nature and getting “lost” in the bush all day was a part of my every day routine. As long as I was in the bush,  I was happy.

Being a guide here at Okonjima I have the privilege of taking guests out into the bush and sharing this absolutely beautiful environment we get to call home.   Sharing my knowledge about the bush with people is one of the most satisfying feelings one can have.

“If you love what you do, you will never have to work another day in your life.” Michael Jordan

This is not just what we do, but who we are!

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IMMANUEL NARESEB aka Imms

Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:  5 November 2011

Okonjima is my first job after finishing high school. Staying in towns and cities was never my passion, but being in the bush was my biggest dream and Okonjima gave me the opportunity to realize my dream. Always believe in yourself and aim high, everything is possible. Amazing things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.

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JONAS MATHIAS

Senior Guide

It all started with OKONJIMA & AFRICAT:  1 August 2009  – moved to the south to gain experience at the Sossuvlei Desert Lodge & Beyond on the 16 April 2015 and returned to Okonjima 13 July 2016

I came to Okonjima in 2009 as a tracker,  but wanted to know more.  I started learning about the bush and wildlife and finally got the opportunity of being trained as an Okonjima guide. I am thankful to Okonjima for giving me this chance and for AfriCat who have taught me more than just how to guide!

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JUUSO UUWANGA

Trainee 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

Field 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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KAPIRIKA LIKORO

Field Guide

Started at Okonjima: 12 October 2016

Growing up in the Northern Region of Namibia –I have always had a passion for nature from a young age. We grew up playing with canoes in the river and enjoyed listening to the sounds of the birds in their surroundings.

I was working as a receptionist at Kayova River Lodge, before I came to Okonjima Lodge- and I realized I loved to entertain and be around the guests. I am only but thankful that Okonjima have given me the opportunity to be more involved with the clients, by first allowing me to be a gardener, then a tracker and now a guide. I am extremely thankful to the Okonjima and AfriCat family for giving me this rare opportunity.

My motto in the bush ‘ when you stop chasing the wrong things, you give chance for the right things to catch you’

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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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MICHAEL KAYAMBI

Field Guide

I grew up in the north-eastern part of Namibia in the town of Rundu. Living in the bush was always my dream, thus I was very glad when I came to Okonjima in 2006, employed as a tracker. I was further trained to become a field guide & I am currently a senior guide, enjoying each and every day of my job.

I am very thankful for the opportunity that the Okonjima & AfriCat family has offered me thus far…

My favourite quote:

“Conservation is the application of common sense to common problems for the common good ~ Gifford Pinchor~”

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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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DANIEL McCLURE

Field Guide

Ever since I was a young boy, I have been fascinated by the workings of nature. It has always been my dream to pursue a career within that field. Being born in Namibia has granted me the opportunity to actually reach that dream. I’ve lived most of my life in Canada, but I have always had the urge to come back to Namibia. About a year ago I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work at Okonima and now that I am working here it is probably one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life.