Daniel Crous grew up in Maun, Botswana and had the privilege of spending the first five years of his life deep in the Okavango Delta where his parents were managing safari camps in the 1990s. This is where his passion for the hospitality safari industry began, and he has never looked back.
After finishing high school, Daniel enjoyed a gap year abroad before attending Hotel School in South Africa. Since then, he has enjoyed a close relationship with Wilderness Safaris, first joining the team on North Island in Seychelles for a year before doing stints at Abu (Botswana), Odzala (Congo Brazzaville) and most recently Mombo – Wilderness Safaris’ flagship camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
In between the productive and educational times spent at Wilderness properties, Daniel has guided extensive tours through Europe for two summer seasons and recently managed an intimate Ski Resort in the French Alps for a winter season. He has a serious passion for travel, adventure and the natural environment and loves capturing it all with his camera. Long trips to South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and a number of African countries have provided countless experiences. One of these trips was done in the name of a noble cause – Rhino Conservation Botswana was a beneficiary of an incredible adventure that involved travelling the 2 700km width of India in a tuk-tuk to raise money for rhinos and rainforests. The gruelling trip took 14 days to complete and needless to say provided some vivid memories!
Coming from where he does, conservation has always been a large element in Daniel’s life; “it is something we live and breathe every day in Botswana because we are lucky enough to still have a lot to conserve”, he commented. “I want my life to play a hugely positive role in conservation as we move into ever-tougher times. The arrival of new lodges like Qorokwe further extends the hand of socially- and environmentally-responsible tourism and all its benefits and I am excited to be a part of this venture and to make an ongoing positive impact”.
Above all, Daniel’s love of the African wild has always drawn him back home to Botswana where he can truly apply his skillset in providing visitors with an immersive, educational and life-changing experience in an environment like no other on Earth. Daniel spent many happy days in his early childhood in the Qorokwe Concession, which makes being at the helm of this exciting new project even more meaningful.
As both the GM and Concession Manager, Daniel plays an active role in recruiting staff, setting up procedures and getting the “hospitality front” ready and off to a flying start when the proverbial doors swing open on 1 December 2017. He will lead a team of three managers and 43 staff towards the collective goal of showcasing the treasures that Qorokwe and Botswana have to offer.