About

The Okavango Experts

Okavango Delta Explorations is a specialist tour operator crafting tailormade itineraries to the Okavango Delta and beyond into the wider region.

We are entirely independent, offering unbiased expert advice to a highly complex area through many years of professional and personal experience in the region. Our knowledge is built on solid foundations, with first-hand experience of living and working in Botswana. We undergo regular research trips into the field to ensure our knowledge is up to date and maintain strong relationships with all the safari lodges and suppliers to keep abreast of all developments.

We offer fair and completely transparent pricing. Our rates are no more than booking direct with the lodges but with the advantage of all additional services and logistics included in your itinerary.

Okavango Delta Explorations is the trading name of Ngamiland Explorations, a company registered in England and Wales (company No. 09704075). We are regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and hold an ATOL Licence (number 11065) which offers financial protection and peace of mind. In the unlikely event that something happens to us your money is safe.

The team at Okavango Delta Explorations are based in London and Maun, Botswana. We are available 24/7 for any urgent matters and have an extensive team of local partners throughout the region on hand to help in an emergency.

For any further information don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Meet The Team

John Gibson

Our founder, John, grew up on the wild banks of the Chobe river. His childhood was spent exploring northern Botswana with some of its first safari pioneers such as Jessie Neil in Moremi, Lloyd Wilmot in Savute and David Hartley in the Okavango.

This wilderness has been part of his life for over 30 years. Much has changed in Botswana since then, but the wilds of the Okavango Delta are timeless and continue to inspire him. He established Okavango Delta Explorations to share his passion for this unique destination with others.

Louise FitzGerald

Our Managing Director, Louise, was born and bred in Botswana and lucky enough to call this wilderness her playground growing up. She has been exploring it ever since. During her travel career she has worked in lodges, air charter and with tour operators giving her experience of every aspect of this industry. Passionate about Africa, Louise has travelled extensively throughout the region including Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa.

Dany Hancock

Dany has worked within the safari and travel and tourism industry for over 20 years. Originally from the UK, Dany has called Maun her home since 1998. With extensive experience in the industry, from camp management to organising specialist tours – Dany knows the Okavango Delta and indeed all of Botswana extremely well. A keen horsewoman, Dany is a true specialist in the niche area of riding safaris, in Botswana and beyond. Her wanderlust has taken her right across the globe, usually on horseback. Dany is our riding and self-drive specialist.

Anna Jonsson

Anna grew up in Tanzania where her love for nature and safari was born. Passionate about conservation, Anna began her career as a Marine Biologist on Mafia Island, Tanzania, before completing a masters in Zoology and heading inland for the world of safari tourism. She brings a wealth of experience with over 15 years in tourism beginning with camp management and moving into operations and sales. Her career has taken her from Tanzania to Kenya, Madagascar and Sweden before settling in Maun, Botswana. With extensive experience in both East and Southern African safaris she is well paced to offer expert advice to those wondering how Botswana might compare to other safari destinations. Anna makes regular trips into the Okavango and across Northern Botswana to keep up to date with the latest camp developments.

GUIDES

James Gifford

James is our specialist guide, hosting expert led small group photographic safaris. He is a multiple award-winning wildlife photographer, videographer and writer based in Maun.

His work has appeared in many prestigious publications including BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic, Geographical, The Telegraph and The Times, among others. His images have also featured in a range of other publications from glossy coffee table books to guide-books and have been exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum in New York, Somerset House in London, the California Academy of Science in San Francisco and the Iziko South African Museum in Johannesburg. He is the author of two books, most recently – Savute, Botswana’s Wildlife Kingdom –  the product of two years field work.

Passionate about conservation, James believes photography is a powerful conservational tool and the perfect medium to showcase the complex issue of Africa’s diminishing wildlife and he regularly works with local research and community projects.

He brings a wealth of experience to his tours.

ATOL Protection

Ngamiland Explorations is regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and hold an ATOL Licence (number 11065). Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/atolcertificate.

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