Deon and Crystal
Deon and Crystal grew up in South Africa where they were both exposed to the bush from an early age. They got married in 1991 and thereafter, due to their love of the bush, moved to Botswana in 1994 and started working at Shakawe Fishing Lodge on the Okavango panhandle. Thereafter they spent about 7 years with Okavango Explorations managing Tsaro Elephant Lodge and Xugana Island Lodge.
This was followed by them working in the Jao concession. Crystal was GM at Tubu Tree and Deon was part of the concession management team. Zambia was their next destination and together they ran Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp as well as Kasazanya Mobile Camp. After one year they were transferred to Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma in Livingstone.
After this they were appointed in Mozambique where they assisted in building up Pambele Lodge from scratch to a beautiful operating lodge.
The Central Kalahari then became their home for 5 and half years where they were the GM couple at Haina Kalahari Lodge. An opportunity to work and live in Katavi National park in Tanzania arouse and they enjoyed this new challenge and environment in a different country on a temporary 6 month contract. We are happy to have them as the GM couple at Sanctuary Baines' Camp!
Lesego was born and raised in Maun, where she completed her schooling at Maun Technical College where she did a 2 year secretarial course.
She joined Sanctuary in September 1998, working at Chobe Chilwero. She has worked herself up through several departments and is currently the assistant general manager. Lesego comes from a big family, and has a 16 year old son named Tumo
Florence AKA 'Flo' Motlakaselelo
Florence was born in Maun and lived at Ditshiping Village inside the buffalo fence in NG32. Completed her junior schooling in 1996. She then joined Drowt Village where she was in an administration position and reported to the Council. In 1998 she Shangana Safaris where her role was operating the radio, assisting in organising mokoro and day trips for tourists. She was also the pay master for the polers and guides. Florence joined the Sanctuary team in 2004 at Stanley’s and rose from a waiter to Camp Hostess. At the end of 2005 Florence was transferred to Baines’ Camp to take up the position as Trainee manager.
Oarabile who has been with Sanctuary for eight years, was chosen from her community to work at the camp as a housekeeper. She was promoted to Senior Housekeeper and now holds the position as Supervisor. Oarabile uses her talents as a skilled basket weaver to give guests lessons on how to make baskets.
Odu, as he prefers to be called, never went to school but was taught by his parents how to make dugout canoes, track animals and fish. Odu has now been with Sanctuary for nine years and he says “working for Sanctuary means having the opportunity to meet new people from around the world and at times passing on the little bit that I know to the younger generation”.