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Top Letaka Safari Guides
The Botswana-based duo, Grant and Brent Reed, known as the ‘Safari Brothers‘ started Letaka Safaris with Dad, Mike in 2000. Since then the company has grown and today the growing squad of Letaka safari guides are among the best in the business.
The Letaka brothers have always considered guiding as their main priority working closely with the Okavango Guiding School which they created to raise guiding standards.
Meet the Letaka Safari Guides…
Abeduico “Shaka” Masuku
Born in 1969 in Mosojane a village near Francistown. “Shaka” joined the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) after leaving school. The 10 years Shaka spent with DWNP reconfirmed his passion for the African bush and, as a result, he started studying to be a guide.
Shaka began his career in the mobile sector before going on to lodges. He was taken on as head guide at Vumbura Camp by Wilderness Safaris. He then became lodge manager at Orient Express but returned to Botswana where he worked as a camp manager at the lodges. It was at this time that Shaka rediscovered his passion for guiding clients and sharing his knowledge of the bush. So he returned to mobile guiding, where he is now.
Shaka has been one of the Letaka Safari guides since 2010.
Shadreck ‘Shadow’ Tshegane
Known as ‘Shadow’ by his fellow guides, Shadreck was born in Mauna and spent his childhood in Kachikau, a small village in northern Chobe. He was educated in Kachikau and in 1996 completed his guides license with DWNP. Shadreck worked as a guide in Chobe before returning to the Okavango.
He moved to Maun in 1998 and worked with Brent Reed at another Botswana safari company. Shadreck became one of the Letaka Safari Guides in 2012 and is a familiar face in the parks.
Many guests return just to travel with him again and again.
Kabo ‘KB’ Kgopa
Kabo was born in Francistown in 1979. Living in Botswana’s biggest city, Kabo didn’t get out into the bush very much. However, after leaving school in 1997 he went on to do a national service for one year which included spending time with DWNP.
While inspired by the widerness, Kabo obtained his 2001 Botswana Assistant guides License and began guiding in Chobe. In 2002 he joined Okavango Wilderness Safaris in the Linyanti. More internal training followed and he spent two years working in the Wildness Camps before moving on to Kwando Safaris. He spent four years guiding between camps. Kabo joined Ngamiland Adventure Safaris - living the Okavango life. Predominantly based at Jao Camp he was one of the top guides in the Concession.
Kabo joined the Letaka Safari guides in 2015 where he shares his passion for photography and birding with guests.
Gaeboelwe ‘Gee’ Mange
Gee was born in the Okavango on Chinxom Island. Gee and his older siblings used to go out hunting with his father either on foot or in a mokoro (a dug-out canoe). By the age of 7 Gee was a confident and able tracker and very capable of surviving in the bush! These trips were fundamental in teaching field craft techniques which Gee found indispensable in his career as a Letaka safari guide.
The region’s speedy tourism growth meant that Gee could bring his love of the African bush into his work. In 2002 he started working as a professional guide and has been guiding in Botswana since then.
Born in Kasane in 1989, Lucas spend much of his time enjoying the wilderness, bordering Chobe. During that time human and wildlife interaction was more common, Kasane was a small pretty much undeveloped village.
As a result, when Lucas was young Lucas developed a keen interest in the surrounding wildlife. It was quite common to lose livestock to lions and have their crops raided by elephants.
Lucas followed his heart and qualified as a Safari guide in 2010.
Jo was born in Maun in 1975. His first recollection of the wilderness is with his father, Jack who one of the first game wardens on the Moremi Game Reserve. Living in Khwai, Joe would go on game drives with his father and family into the wilderness. Joe can remember elephant herds and lion among the wildlife encounters while out with his father.
As boys he and his brothers spent time in Moremi and around the Okavango Delta. This was the basis for his love of wildlife and in particular birds. Joe completed his National Service with the Botswana Defence Force and set about getting his Professional Guide’s license. Joe has been a full time guide since 1997.
Born in 1970 in Gwanda, Zimbabwe, in the Matabeleland province. Nkosi went to school in Gwanda. He studied for his A-levels and went on to get his Diploma in Tourism and Travel Agency Management. In 1992 Nkosi obtained his Zimbabwe Pro Guide’s license and spent the following 6 years guiding in Zimbabwe.
Nkosi moved to Botswana when he was 28 and where he worked for his Botswana Professional Guide’s license.
Nkosi stayed in Botswana and in 2010 he joined Letaka Safaris and became a Senior Pro guide. Consequently, he loves the bush and spends his time guiding safaris which have a desert element to them.
The Safari Brothers behind the Letaka safari guides
Born in the Magaliesburg mountains in 1974, Grant grew up with a love for Africa and her wildlife a love which he says came from his father and paternal grandfather. Grant’s interests include birds, wildflowers, dragonflies and butterflies. Considered to be one of Botswana’s top guides, he’s one of the founding directors of Letaka Safaris and the Okavango Guiding School.
Grant holds two post-graduate degrees in Nature Conservation plus further specialist qualifications. Most of all he directs much of his energy and passion into training Botswana’s up and coming guides.
Brent was born in south Africa’s Magaliesberg mountains where he grew up surrounded by wildlife. He worked for a short while in IT but his love of the wilderness led him into a career as a professional guide.
As one of the founders and director of Letaka Safaris (regarded as one of the best Botswana safari companies), he has been working as a guide for 16 years. Although Brent is based in the Okavango he has led safaris into Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar and South Africa.
As a director of the Okavango Guiding School, Brent trains local guides. As the first privately owned guiding school in Botswana, furthermore the Okavango Guiding School enables local guides to benefit and make a living in the eco-tourism industry.