Born in a village along the banks of one of the main channels of the Okavango Delta, and belonging to the BaYei tribe – the people who introduced the mekoro (dug-out canoes) to the Okavango – Brooks could not be more at home on his land and more true to his legacy. Walking miles to and from his local school, wild animals were a common feature on his daily trek; and nothing has changed.
‘Determination’ is a word that leaps to mind when speaking of Brooks. His tourism career began as a casual worker, then waiter, going on to become a tracker, and eventually, but just as resolutely, a professional guide in 2000. Determination is also just a part of his makeup and he has a well-earned reputation of never giving up the wildlife chase.
Being a family man he enjoys imparting his bush wisdom with both young and old and he is always up for sharing the history and legends of Botswana, as well as a joke. If he’s not walking or tracking then he’s photographing wildlife and birds – some of his photos have even featured in African Geographic Magazine – or gazing up at the starry night sky; just some of the erudite tricks he has up his sleeve. And what is more, he is also a do-gooder and has helped two of his guests set up an impressive school library in Maun.
The ultimate endorsement, however, is the number of guests who have come back time and again for another “Brooks Safari,” his friendships now crossing many a continent.