Cilas Mafoko is a naturally gifted guide with a fervent passion for the wonders of nature. Growing up in a small village, he spent much of his childhood immersed in nature while herding cattle, sleeping around a fire and learning about the medicinal properties of plants.
From the word go, Cilas nurtured his dream of working in the wilderness. Appropriately placed in the Department of Tourism during his National Service, his subsequent role in a charitable organisation promoting environmental education and conservation was a natural progression. In 2000, Cilas landed his professional guiding licence, as well as a job at Wilderness Safaris, where he got to know the Linyanti and Okavango Delta like the back of his hand. Cilas now spends his time private guiding as well sharing his deep-seated knowledge in training and assessing others.
Cilas’ social disposition and great sense of humour is not lost on children. He is a superb walking guide and tracker and his conversation and presentations can keep anyone enthralled for hours. His love of plants and ethnobotany, dark night skies filled with stars and birding make his day brighter, as do his two sons and playing soccer with friends. His innate sense of adventure has seen him cross many a border, including into the USA, but for him, mabele and morogo (traditional Botswana fare) beat an American burger any day of the week.