Meeting Lesh Moiteela: Culture Ambassador and Community Relationship Manager

Feb 28, 2017 People of Wilderness
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 “I believe this new role will help us to continue achieving our vision to change lives.”

We are delighted to introduce you to our new Culture Ambassador and Community Relationship Manager for Botswana.

Lesego 'Lesh' Moiteela has an impressive background in tourism and conservation with 13 years of experience at Wilderness Safaris, several of which were spent in the Explorations team and working in the Series business as Lodge and Operations Manager. In 2011, he joined Wilderness Safaris’ mainstream lodge business as an Operations Manager, holding this role for the last six years until his latest promotion to Cultural Ambassador and Community Relationship Manager, effective 1 February 2017.

Lesh comes with a rich history of experience in hotel and restaurant management, including working in guest relations for one of the world’s best entertainment destinations, Walt Disney World in Florida. He has always had a passion for people and through this, represents Botswana camps and lodges with pride in HATAB (Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana), and works with BTO (Botswana Tourism Organisation) and various other government departments and NGOs.

Lesh was born in the small town of Serowe, Botswana, and comes from a family of five children. He left school at an early age to hit the big city and started working in the hotel industry, gaining much experience from the bottom up. In 1999, he completed a course in Hotel and Restaurant Management and acquired a Diploma in Lodge Management in 2001 and 2004 respectively. In 2014, Lesh successfully completed a Management Development Course (MDP) through the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

After joining Wilderness Safaris as a trainee manager in 2004, Lesh was soon promoted to a Camp Manager where he was also greatly involved in the construction of numerous camps. He was promoted to Field Manager in 2007 and again to Assistant Operations Manager of the Series business in 2010. In 2011, he became the Operations Manager for the Linyanti Concession heading up three camps (Kings Pool, DumaTau and Savuti). During this same year he also achieved a qualification as a Professional Guide with the Botswana Wildlife Training Institute.

Over the last three years, Lesh has been overseeing the operations for six lodges – Abu, Seba, DumaTau, Savuti, Kings Pool and Linyanti Tented Camp. He was responsible for all operations in the Abu Concession, playing an instrumental role in the Elephant Experience and welfare of the Abu herd whilst learning a great deal about the ambassadorial importance these great animals play with regards to elephant conservation.

As an energetic and fun-loving person, Lesh has an excellent, warm and friendly way with people which makes him the ideal candidate to drive the new role of Cultural Ambassador and Community Relationship Manager for Wilderness Safaris Botswana forwards. In addition to driving the company’s Media/PR relations within Botswana, Lesh will be working closely with various internal and external communities and stakeholders to ensure that all relationships are being nurtured and grown; closely aligned to Wilderness Safaris core 4Cs sustainability ethos (Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation).

Lesh heads to work every day saying, “The values and ideology of Wilderness Safaris will save humankind.

“This keeps me recharged and obligated to wake up every morning to ensure that we are walking the talk, daily. I believe this new role will help us to continue achieving our vision to change lives.”

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