Born in the pan handle of the Okavango Delta, Francis Kudumo was raised fishing from a mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe), camping on islands around open fires and fascinated by his father’s never-ending tales of his heritage and wildlife. Despite schooling far from home, his memories of the Delta stuck fast.
His mandatory national service as a teacher in a Primary School allowed him to cultivate his passion in the formation of an extra-mural Wildlife Club. With the aim to educate others about wildlife and conservation, the club organised field trips for children to visit Botswana’s national parks. It is therefore easy to understand Francis’s career transition, and in 1996 he obtained his Professional Guide licence.
Before becoming a private guide, Francis spent four years at Wilderness Safaris’ flagship camp, Mombo, where he developed his interests, and now his specialties: birding, tracking and stargazing. He has a remarkable way of imparting his knowledge to others through his gentle, accommodating and engaging personality. He believes his travels to the sand dunes and other areas of the Namib Desert, as well as a circuit of the Kruger National Park has broadened his “ecosystem” horizons, and we wholeheartedly agree.