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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.