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 Gibson, 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

Born and bred in Botswana – Louise was lucky enough to call this wilderness her playground growing up and 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.

Claire Lourens

Claire grew up in South Africa and began her career as a guide, working in nature conservation and eco-tourism. Leaving the bushveld for the city to raise her family, Claire moved over to travel and tourism and has extensive experience in organizing tailormade safaris. Since her first research trip to the Okavango Delta, Claire was utterly enchanted and has relished becoming an expert in this area.  Claire has a passion for all things African and has travelled extensively across Africa, including Botswana and South Africa, visiting Uganda, Zambia and Reunion Island, guiding and exploring on land, on water and by air.

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