ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Gaotsogelwe Frank Mochaba
Gaotsogelwe Frank Mochaba is one of the founder and owner of Semunyeni safaris together with Ian Gary Taylor. Frank was born and raised in a small Cattle post at TSIBOGOLAMATELE along the boteti river, the end downstream of the Okavango Delta. He grew up there with the grandparents, heading cattle and other live stock, as well as gathering wild fruits and hunting medium sized antelope for eating.
At seven years old, he had to start his school education in Maun(the gateway to Okavango delta) about 50 km from the farm and every weekend or holiday he would spent them back at the farm. That’s where he did all his studies from primary to high school.
His PASSION on bush life pulled him to CAREER DREAMS COLLEAGE in 2007 to study his Professional safari guide course for one year and completed with distinction, then went for more practical training with Wilderness Safaris. In June 2008 he was employed by desert and delta safaris at camp Moremi within the Moremi game reserve as a professional guide until August 2015 when he moved to Bush ways safris. He was based in Khwai concession area at Sango safari camp as a Head guide overlooking other guides and staff in general. That’s where he also did his training on rifle and weapon handling for his lead walking guide qualification.
He then later got back to Desert and Delta safaris in September 20017 where he was based in Savuti safari lodge within the Chobe national park. He then joined the mobile safari industry where he explored all the National parks and Game reserves in Botswana. He acquired a lot of first hand information, experience as well as company awards like best guide award and his passion in guiding never stopped growing hence he named his company OKAVANGO PASSIONS trading as Semunyeni Safaris meaning together as one.
Frank still spend some quality time at the cattle post educating other farmers about conservation and living with wild animals,NOT HUNTING ANYMORE.
Dalene & Tasmyn
Dalene has always had a profound love for the bush, so much so she attended Bhejane Nature Training to get her FGASA qualification. Spending this time at Bhejane only helped grow Dalene’s Passion. She further studied Nature Conservation at Saasveld (Nelson Mandela University) and continued to better herself by completing her BTech in Nature Conservation. She also has her Fire Arm Competency, Snake Handling qualification as well as her First Aid Certificate.
Tasmyn has always been a bush baby. The bigger she grew, the greater her passion for the Bush grew. She spent a year volunteering at various wildlife rehabilitation centres and started studying for her FGASA. Tasmyn then went on to study Nature Conservation at Saasveld (Nelson Mandela University) and is currently completing her BTech part time through Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Tasmyn has also got her Fire Arm Competency, Snake Handling, First Aid training and FGASA.