MEET THE TEAM
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 Safaris. 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 De Villiers
Dalene has always had a profound love for the bush, so much so she attended Bhejane Nature Training situated in Northern Zululand of the Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa to get her FGASA qualification where she holds the highest mark for the theory test. Spending this time at Bhejane only helped grow her passion for the Wild. She further studied Nature Conservation at Saasveld (Nelson Mandela University) and continued to better herself by completing her Bachelors of Technology Postgraduate in Nature Conservation with her major being Herpetology ( the study of reptiles and Amphibians). She accomplished graduating with distinctions in her first and third year as well as writing a scientific paper on Herpetological species in the Karoo National Park. To be sure she is as prepared as possible, she is certified in Snake Handling as well as her First Aid Certificate.
Dalene then spent a year working for South African National Park (SANParks) at Addo Elephant National Park, Based in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, which is most well known for their Tuskless female Elephants which resulted from hunting in the 1960’s in which Elephants were hunted for their tusks. she spent the year doing hard labour in the bush, doing her best to protect and preserve some of South Africa’s most valuable wildlife species.
From collaring lions and elephants, notching and microchipping the highly endangered black rhinoceros as well as translocating endangered cheetah for breeding projects to help combat genetic bottle-necking, to darting buffalo for wildlife auctions, she is cemented in conservation practices. Dalene is now part of Semunyeni Botswana Mobile Safaris where we focus on promoting conservation through education.
Tasmyn has always been a bush baby. The bigger she grew, the greater her passion for the Bush grew. 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 Affrica’s most threatened species only reassured Tasmyn of her purpose. In so, she started studying for her FGASA for guiding qualification and to learn more about the wildlife industry where she graduated with a distinction.
Tasmyn then went on to study Nature Conservation at Saasveld (Nelson Mandela University) graduating with a distinction for the second and third year. While studying, she completed and achieved her Snake Handling and First Aid certifications. She is currently completing her Bachelors of Technology Postgraduate part-time through the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where she is studying the effects of human activities on marine and estuarine environments. This was an inspiration from working at a local conservancy 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 as well as the rehabilitation of injured, sick or stranded marine mammals. Tasmyn is part of Semunyeni Safari’s where 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.