Where are you from? My family are from Zimbabwe however I was born in Cape Town South Africa and after one month old my family moved to Mauritius where we lived for 9 and the moved again to Singapore where I lived for 10 years studying in Australian, American and British International schools. I then moved back to South Africa for 4 years where I studied in university and then at 43 Air School to become a pilot and have now lived in Botswana for 4 years.
How long have you been flying? I began my pilots license in 2007 but have been flying aircraft since I was a child as aviation is my family business; I am the ninth pilot in my family.
How long have you been flying in Botswana? I have been employed by Delta Air since August 2011.
What is your specialism? I am a Line Pilot and the Safety Officer for Delta Air.
What made you choose Botswana? Growing up I have listened to many of my fathers stories about Africa and the African bush; I have always wanted to return to Africa and find stories of my own as the African wildlife and landscape are where I feel most at home. During my training in South Africa I was required to fly across the South African border into another country, I fortunately myself and my friends chose to fly to Maun Botswana. I quickly realised this was exactly what I had been looking for and thus as soon as my training had finished, I flew to Maun to look for work.
Why should people choose Botswana for an African Safari? Botswana is an extremely diverse land which has everything someone looking for an African experience is looking for. The Okavango Delta stunning from every angle and is flooded with wild life ranging from enormous Elephant population to the endangered wild dog; Further south is the Kalahari, a rich desert filled with Lions, Eland, Oryx and many other animals with all the knowledge there is to learn about them taught to the traveller by resident bushman.
From your point of view what do visitors enjoy about Botswana? Peaceful freedom in a relaxing environment.
What is your favourite spot in Botswana? Along the Boro river just outside of Maun in the Okavango Delta is a large sandbank which I travel by boat to on my day off; it allows me to disappear from civilization with friends and family and relax.