March 2017 – Wilderness Safaris Botswana is delighted to announce the promotion of Trudi Waggot to General Manager, effective 1 April 2017. Based in Maun since 1999, Trudi has played an integral part in growing the company’s operations in Botswana and has an in-depth knowledge of both Wilderness Safaris and the ecotourism industry at large.
“As a company born and bred in Botswana in 1983, we are extremely proud of our heritage and excited to continue driving sustainable and authentic ecotourism in the region. As my new 2IC, I have no doubt that Trudi will continue to play a vital role in helping us to achieve our goals and to ensure that we are consistently innovating and enhancing our current product offering, as well as driving future ecotourism opportunities in Botswana”, said Kim Nixon, Wilderness Safaris Botswana MD.
Trudi joined Wilderness Safaris in 1998 as a camp manager for Rocktail Bay in South Africa, before moving to Maun in 1999. In addition to camp and operations management, coordinating specialist private-guided Explorations and spearheading the Maun-based Wilderness Safaris Travel Shop, Trudi most recently managed the Botswana capital expenditure projects and development portfolio for all Wilderness Safaris Botswana camps.
“As a strategic thinker and implementer with almost 20 years’ experience with Wilderness Safaris, Trudi will now play an even more active role in driving our objectives of delivering life-changing journeys to our guests, while continuing to make real strides in pioneering conservation and community developments”, added Nixon.
Trudi’s passion for Africa’s remote wilderness areas began when she went on her first safari to Mana Pools at the age of six. Having had the privilege of growing up in Zimbabwe and exploring nature from a very young age, her family then moved to the UK in 1984 where Trudi completed high school and a Diploma in Travel and Tourism fromSouth Warwickshire College in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
According to Trudi, Wilderness Safaris has given her the opportunity to live in one of the most pristine, beautiful places in the world, allowing her to work and explore her passion for Africa. “I have always been made to feel part of the Wilderness family and will endeavour to grow the company’s unique culture throughout our operation. I take great pride in seeing the role that Wilderness Safaris has played in the upliftment of people and the manner in which we continue to lead the ecotourism industry”, she concluded.