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About Brooks Kamanakao

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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.

Guest feedback

"Brooks was the primary reason that our safari in Botswana was an amazing two weeks of discovery of wildlife and a beautiful county. He intimately knew the ecosystems, the animals and birds and plant life of the four camps in the Okavango Delta that we stayed and shared that knowledge and love with us. I cannot describe the excitement and joy of being on the search for wildlife with Brooks as well as sharing meals and discussions with him on life and conservation efforts in Botswana. We fell in love with Botswana and Brooks! Can't wait to return."

"Our guide, Brooks, was phenomenal. He is a great resource for you, and I would utilize him in a big way. We had other guides that were good, but he is special. He’s an individual that can read things and also really understand the client. He added more stuff to make it interesting for us, because I have to admit, it’s a lot of game drives. But what was great about Brooks is that he talked about conservation one day, and about the country’s history the next. And that’s an added value."

"We couldn’t have asked for a better guide or companion than Brooks. He always kept us interested and safe. Brooks surpassed all of our wildest expectations and we feel so lucky to have had him as a guide"