About Us

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).

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Steffi Presske

Senior Travel Consultant / Managing Director 


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 Hathaway

Senior Travel Consultant / CEO


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.



Christelle Huet

Senior Travel Consultant


Christelle was born and bred in France. Her love for traveling and exploring the world started during her last year of university when she moved to the UK to graduate there. She has since lived in many different countries all around the globe. In 2005, after many years working in the IT industry, she decided to take a break from the corporate world and backpacked through Southern Africa for an entire year. She ended up settling in Botswana in 2006 for a number of years and lives in Portugal at present. Over the past 10 years, Christelle has been involved in the management of many lodges throughout Africa and elsewhere (Botswana: Khwai River Lodge, Eagle Island Lodge, Savute Elephant Camp, Meno-A-Kwena Camp, The Old Bridge Backpacker, Tanzania: Emayani Beach Lodge and Tulia Beach Lodge, Congo (DRC): Ngaga Camp, Fiji: Navutu Stars Resort). Christelle joined Gondwana Tours & Safaris as a Senior Travel Consultant in 2019.



Philippa Lawrence

Senior Travel Consultant


Philippa was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to Cape Town as a teenager after spending time in the USA as an exchange student.  From the minute she travelled abroad the bug had hit and after graduating from high school and putting a travel diploma under her belt, she left South African shores and spent the next ten years travelling the UK, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.  She began her career in the retail travel industry in Australia in the 90’s and transferred back home to South Africa in 2000 to “settle”.  Africa has always been her passion and she specializes in tailor-made holiday travel and especially loves helping with multi-generational and special occasion travel like honeymoons and anniversaries to southern Africa. For her, Africa is a land of contrasts with a rich mix of cultures, incredible scenery and wildlife-filled reserves. There is no one favourite, for “Phili”, it’s all about the experience.



Tamina Siebel

Marketing, Brand & IT


Tamina grew up in Munich, Germany and followed her heart to South Africa, where she started her career in the travel industry. Over the past 30 years she has lived in different countries (Germany, USA, Spain) and worked in various tourism and travel related jobs. She joined the Gondwana Tours and Safaris Team in 2019 and assists in all marketing, brand, IT and website related issues.

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