MEET THE TEAM

Frank, Dalene and Tamsyn join our guests on each of our trips in Botswana to make up a team of six behind the scenes.

Frank Mochaba

Frank’s passion for bush life steered him to Career Dreams College in 2007 to study his Professional Safari Guide Course. After completing this with distinction, Frank 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 Safaris. He was based in the Khwai concession area at Sango Safari Camp as a Head Guide, where he also did his training on rifle and weapon handling for his Lead Walking Guide qualification. Frank returned to Desert and Delta Safaris in September 2017 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. Besides acquiring invaluable first-hand information and experience, Franks won Best Guide Award. This led to his company Okavango Passions, now trading as Semunyeni Safaris meaning ‘together as one’.

Frank still spends some quality time at the ‘Cattle Post’. This is a gathering point in his traditional village, where he educates other farmers about conservation and living with – and protecting – wild animals instead of hunting.

Dalene De Villiers

Dalene has always had a profound love for the bush and chose Bhejane Nature Training in Northern Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal, for her FGASA qualification.  She furthered her studies in Nature Conservation at Saasveld (Nelson Mandela University) and went on to complete her Bachelors of Technology Postgraduate in Nature Conservation, majoring in Herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians) before spending a year at Addo Elephant National Park, in the Eastern Cape, which is best known for their tuskless female elephants (evolved as a result of hunting in the 1960’s). Here Dalene helped collar lions and elephants, notched and microchipped the highly endangered black rhinoceros, translocate endangered cheetah for breeding projects to help combat genetic bottlenecking and dart buffalo for wildlife auctions. Dalene is now part of Semunyeni Botswana Mobile Safaris where we focus on promoting conservation through education. She also holds a Snake Handling and First Aid Certificate.

Tasmyn Taylor

Tasmyn has always been a bush baby. As part of her Gap Year, she spent a year volunteering at various wildlife rehabilitation centres in Namibia, Australia, and South Africa where she learnt the importance of conserving threatened species and the husbandry involved with rehabilitation centres. One-on-one experiences with some of Southern Africa’s most threatened species only reassured Tasmyn of her purpose, so went on to qualify with a FGASA guiding qualification and to learn more about the wildlife industry. Tasmyn then went on to study Nature Conservation at Saasveld (Nelson Mandela University) and while studying completed Snake Handling and First Aid certifications. She is currently completing her postgraduate Bachelor of Technology part-time through the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where she is studying the effects of human activities on marine and estuarine environments. She has worked along the South East Coast of South Africa where the conservancy focused on education with the public, monitoring and conserving endangered and vulnerable marine species to the rehabilitation of injured, sick or stranded marine mammals. As part of Semunyeni Safaris, she too focuses on conservation through education.

Tasmyn and Dalene are motivated to make a difference in the world of conservation. So much so, it inspired the name Semunyeni, meaning ‘together as one’.

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