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Guide Stories: Yompy from Mombo Camp, Botswana

Safari guide Yompy of Mombo Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta tells us his story.

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Mombo Camp guide Yompy’s story of growing up with nature and introducing guests to the wildlife of Botswana‘s Okavango Delta.

“I was born and raised in a village along the western edges of the Okavango Delta. Having grown up in a small remote area, I was fascinated with nature from a young age, as the livelihood of the people depends so much on the natural resources.”

“I interacted with wildlife from a tender age, which is what led me to dream of becoming a game warden.”

“As a young boy I spent a lot of time herding cattle and tracking small animals and birds. Growing up in a farming community, I interacted with wildlife from a tender age, which is what led me to dream of becoming a game warden.”

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“Back then there was a lot of human-wildlife conflict, so I wanted to see myself intervening. My late sister introduced me to the wildlife scouts at the age of 11 and I continued my love for nature at high school in the environmental science club, then my studies in international tourism led to guiding through studying at the Botswana Wildlife Training Institute. I am an outgoing person and love to meet people, which is what makes a good guide; I’m definitely a people person.”

“Back then there was a lot of human-wildlife conflict, so I wanted to see myself intervening.”

“Mombo is a Wilderness Safari flagship camp, so every guide wants to see themselves working here, and its a very good game area that’s abundant and diverse in wildlife. One of my most memorable encounters with the wildlife here, in my guiding career, was when I first arrived and had to go out with the other guides to familiarise myself with the roads.”

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“We were driving past a herd of elephants and there was this one little guy, just a couple of months old, left unattended that didn’t want to move off of the road. He came charging but we drove around him. Upon realizing he missed us, he turned around and chased our Land Rover trumpeting.”

“This stirred the whole elephant herd, which started chasing after us. We sped off while watching the baby taking the lead.”

“This stirred the whole elephant herd, which started chasing after us. We sped off while watching the baby taking the lead. It was hilarious and scary at the same time. The moral of that story is, don’t underestimate a young ele.”

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“Working with people is one of the most interesting parts of my job, as you meet people with different personalities, beliefs, views, principles and characters. I am happy when I know that my guests are happy, having exceeded their expectations.”

“People need to understand the concept of these natural habitats, and let mother nature provide.”

“People need to understand the concept of these natural habitats, and let mother nature provide. Guests ask me what we are going to see out there, but you never know until you are there, as it’s such a vast land with lots of surprises. I am a passionate wildlife photographer too, and I’m always willing to share my skills with everyone; a professor of nature interpretation.”

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