Gondwana Tours and Safaris was founded in 2008 in Botswana, with the head office currently based in Maun and a satellite office in Berlin and London. We specialize in tailor made safari itineraries around the Southern, Central and Eastern African Regions. All the places and countries we offer, have been visited and explored thoroughly by ourselves and we can offer first hand knowledge.
We prefer to offer small and intimate places, off the beaten “mainstream tourism” track , which also encourages local employment, community benefit and profit to the country’s income in the most positive way in wild places.
We aim at a mid range to upper end market and can communicate to our customers in five different languages. (Spanish, German, French, Afrikaans and English).
Steffi was born in Berlin, Germany and discovered her passion for travelling and Africa in young years and has over 20 years of experience working in the tourism sector. In her early 20´s she lived and worked in East Africa, as a dive instructor. Later, she worked out of the Carribbean, UK and Namibia as a specialized travel agent for some major safari and tour companies. In 2008 she settled in Botswana, where she decided to open Gondwana Tours and Safaris.
Mark was born and grew up in Southern England. He got the travel bug when, after graduating from university in 1990 as a law student, he went to live and work in New Zealand for 2 years. Since then he has travelled extensively in Africa, Asia and Australasia. He has worked for over ten years in the travel industry in the UK and has considerable experience in designing complex tailor made holidays. In 2011, after nearly 4 years working in London as a Senior Tour Consultant for one of the most prestigious travel companies in the world, he decided to swap big city life for the open spaces of Africa and joined Steffi in Maun as a co-director of Gondwana Tours & Safaris.
Janet got stung by the travel bug at a young age (like all of us!) and has spent time in Europe, mostly the United Kingdom, the United States and, briefly, Australia. She is a Namibian Citizen and got her first taste of the hospitality industry in Namibia which resulted an invited move to Zimbabwe and then on to Botswana. Her experience ranges from hosting private clients at five 5-star lodges to managing Quality Control and Training in remote Lodges and Walking Trails camps in the Okavango Delta. Janet is a Registered Trainer and Assessor with BQA (formerly BOTA) in Botswana. She has assisted a number of new and growing companies and joins us to implement administration systems and controls, to recruit and train staff (Harlequin Consultants – Trainer Registration # T04040. Assessor, Registration # A00948)
Mothusi Tsheko Saleshando
Reservations and Admin
Mothusi is a born and bred Motswana and joined our team in July 2015 as our Operations Manager. Mothusi was educated in Northern Botswana and studied IT in Gaborone. After several years working on various research projects at the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre, he was ‘snatched up’ by a local Maun tour operator and began his career in Travel & Tourism in March 2010. In 2014 he was recruited by &beyond to manage the upmarket Xudum & Xaranna Camps in the Okavango Delta and oversee their admin systems. After working with them for a year he returned to Maun to be closer to his family including 2 children and two ravenous Great Dane puppies!
Mothusi is a real guru with computer & accounts systems and we are very proud to have someone of his calibre join our team. His admin, organizational and logistic skills are essential for us and he ensures all our clients trips run smoothly and without any problems.
Operations Manager, Maun Office
Jen started in the travel business after school as an IATA travel agent in her home town where she grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her life in travel has included running a rafting company and booking office in Victoria Falls, managing five star lodges for Wilderness Safaris, and working for African Horseback Safaris in the Okavango Delta. Jen has lived in and been selling Safaris in Botswana for the last 15 years. She runs her own horse trails business there, as well as working full time for Gondwana Tours and Safaris. Jen’s passion for wildlife and animals in general has always been a core principle of her life. In 2014 Jen established the Maun chapter for Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, a worldwide annual event to raise awareness on poaching in Africa. Jen lives in Maun with her horses, 5 border collies, and Iggy Pop, the king of rescue dogs.
Senior Travel Consultant
Jonathan was born in England but moved to Africa as a child, where he developed a deep love for and understanding of the African Bush and its wildlife. He has a legal background and practised for many years as an attorney in South Africa. Midlife led him to a complete change of career, which took the form of inspecting and reviewing Safari Camps in Southern and East Africa for Gondwana Tours and Safaris. Jonathan’s travels and research for us have seen him visit and review Safari Camps, Lodges, and Hotels in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia. When not inspecting and reviewing Camps and Lodges Jonathan works for Gondwana Tours and Safaris as a Senior Travel Consultant.
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