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None of what we do would be possible without the dedication and continued hard work from our fantastic team.

Read about our history and meet some of the team below:
Metha Kgosintwa

Metha is a resident of Maun (the gateway to the Okavango Delta) and has been working with us since 2016. Although Metha was new to the safari industry when he joined us, he fast became a man of many talents and enjoys working on every aspect of running our camp, from accommodation to front of house service. Metha says “I have been on an unforgettable journey so far, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn all there is to know about the safari industry.” Metha is well respected as our go-to guy for all aspects of the operations of safaris.

Tomas Galakwe

Tomas is a resident of Maun and has been working in the tourism industry for over 15 years. He says “my time in the industry has been nothing but an amazing experience so far and I have been excited to move from working in permanent lodges to working with Golden Africa’s luxury tented camp”. Guests will be interacting with Tomas everyday as he works at the front of house. They will soon get to know this experienced waiter who always has a smile on his face and will make you laugh with a few of his well-oiled jokes.

Modisa Matengu

MD, as he is affectionately known, has been with Golden Africa Safaris from the start. As an old work colleague of Rob’s dating back to the mid-2000’s, MD was cutting his teeth as a trainee waiter whilst Rob was guiding safaris in the same camp. They struck up a friendship such that when Rob was looking for an experienced safari professional to come and manage the Golden Africa rocving camp, MD was his first call. He has extensive experience of dealing with all aspects of camp, and has a great singing voice to boot. He is the go-to person in camp for anything a guest may need and is always on hand to make our guests’ experience one to remember.

Dihang Mothaba

Having spent several years working his way up through the chefing ranks in some of Botswana’s highest level luxury safari lodges in remote locations, DH as he likes to be known, joined Golden Africa after deciding that he wanted to experience a more intimate way of doing safaris, and to be given the latitude to use his kitchen for expression. Whilst every safari has extensive menu planning before it goes out, what DH delivers to our guests’ table is very often completely different and much more interesting and delicious than the original menu item. We love his artistic expression with food, and his smile is utterly infectious. He is a true artisan and we are proud to have him as a core part of the team.

Golden Africa Safaris Owners

Rob Barber

Tel: +267 7269 1551
Email: rob@golden-africa.com

Rob was born in the southern highlands of Tanzania and was introduced to the bush at a young age. His first stomping grounds were in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, where the family would regularly go camping. After finishing school, Rob went on to work in Ruaha guiding for a season at a lodge with family friends. This is where he knew that a life of guiding and working in the bush was unquestionably the one for him.

Rob left Ruaha to study in Bristol, UK and graduated with a BA (Hons) but the bush was always calling. Before leaving the UK for good and returning to his roots, Rob was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). He came to Botswana and was immediately taken by the incredible wilderness and diversity of the country and soon realised that this was to be his new home.

He went on to start up Golden Africa, and today, as Director of the company and a fully licensed professional guide of Botswana, he continues to work throughout the country, in the Okavango, Chobe and Kalahari, designing, planning and leading safaris for many clients who keep coming back for more.

Charlotte Bennett-Diver

Tel: +267 7741 8088
Email: charlotte@golden-africa.com

Charlotte was born in England and grew up in Surrey where her interest and passion for wildlife and nature began at a very early age. During her early years, Charlotte took as many opportunities as possible to gain experience working with animals, including at several farms in Kent and at the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Although initially wanting to pursue a career working with wildlife, Charlotte decided to follow in her parents’ footsteps by joining the British Civil Service.

After a successful eight year career working for various different Government departments, she took a six month career break to fulfill her dream of exploring Africa and of being closer to her passion, wildlife. During those six months Charlotte gained first-hand experience of the safari industry and of Botswana, and loved every minute of it. When the opportunity arose to join Rob as a director of Golden Africa, Charlotte did not hesitate in accepting it.

Charlotte moved permanently to Botswana in 2013 and has not looked backed since.

Charlotte is also a keen photographer and has taken many of the photos used for Golden Africa’s marketing and social media forums.