Namibian born and bred Clement Lawrence joined Wilderness Safaris in December 2006 and is currently the General Manager of Serra Cafema Camp in northern Namibia. In June 2014, Clement will be moving to his exciting new role at the helm of Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
Clement is highly experienced, starting with the company as a trainee guide selected by John Mittan and Lloyd Camp. During this time, he attended an intensive four-week training programme including the Applied Field Guiding Course in Ongava Game Reserve.
His guiding career began at Serra Cafema Camp in 2007 where he spent three years before moving to Desert Rhino Camp. Here he spent a year closely tracking desert-adapted black rhino. His professional attitude, outstanding guiding skills and promise as an excellent ambassador for Wilderness Safaris was picked up by all those who worked with him. It wasn’t long before the company offered him a full bursary to complete his national guiding certificate through the Namibia Association of Travel and Hospitality (NATH). He studied this course part-time over a two-year period as well as attending the Wilderness Leadership Course in the Umfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
In 2011, Clement moved to Little Kulala in Sossusvlei where he took up the position of Head Guide for a year. The additional responsibilities stirred up his wildlife passion even further and a year later he left Wilderness Safaris to be an independent guide. In that time he drove extensively around the whole country and also did the odd flying safari to Zimbabwe and around Namibia.
It was only a year later that Clement was back with Wilderness Safaris where he joined the company’s Emerging Managers Programme. With great ambition, Clement found himself working in three different camps while completing his assignments. Focusing on front-of-house and guest experiences, he quickly found his feet and enjoyed working in the bush again, spending time in the Kulala Reserve in Sossusvlei, and the Palmwag Concession and Marienfluss Conservancy in the Kunene region.
Clement is looking forward to his new role at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. He will join the team that will visit the local villages in search of staff for the new camp and at the same time be ready for our first guests arriving on 1 August 2014.