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Brooks Kamanakao

Not every guide can claim to have been born in the bush he now guides in, but Brooks can. He grew up in the small village of Motopi, on the banks of the then-flowing Boteti River, one of the main channels of the Okavango Delta. Belonging to the Bayei tribe (the people who introduced poled mokoro boats to the Okavango Delta), Brooks had a fascination with Botswana’s wild areas from a young age. Determined to pursue tourism as his vocation, he began his as a barman/ waiter. His real interest was in the wilds of the bush, though, and he soon managed to move into the position of tracker, which he pursued for a year before passing his guide course in 2000. Since then, Brooks has developed his bush knowledge and fine-tuned his guiding skills working at premier camps like Kings Pool and Mombo. Brooks’ combination of superlative bush knowledge, friendly hosting and special interests in astronomy, birding and the diverse cultures of Botswana, make him a very popular guide, often requested for private safaris.

Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:

C. Adams
"Brooks has got to be one of the finest guides in Africa, and we were privileged to have him. He is not only at the top of his profession, he is a truly remarkable human being, a very special person."

S. Morro
"Collectively my family took over 3000 photograph. While there are wonderful memories in those photos, there are two things that photos cannot capture - Brook's passion and persistence. Passion for Botswana and its culture. Passion for his job and maintenance of high standards. Passion the bush and its preservation for future generations. Persistance - He never rested. He was relentless in pursuit of wild life. His skills as a tracker and his acute sight and hearing continually amazed us and resulted in encounters with wildlife that exceed expectations every day. While our paths are not likely to cross again, I will forever think of Brooks when I see an animal track, hear an animal call, or bird sing. He is an incredible person."

T. Hall
"There cannot possibly be a better guide anywhere than Brooks. He put our safety first-and our comfort and pleasure. His knowlege of everything is superior and beyond our expectation s. His language skills and ability to communicate was superb. He showed us photos from books to be sure we knew what animal or bird looked like and as we saw things again....we all knew, even the birds, on sight! Dealing with a group with 'different personalities' is challenging and he did an excellent job at that. He was always extremely helpful-and had a good sense of humor. We cannot say enough about Brooks, the person and the guide!!! What an asset to Nat Hab."

E. Hamner
"Brooks was an amazing guide. He went above and beyond for us to see as many animals as possible."

A. Quick
"Several people along the way told us how lucky we were to have Brooks as our guide and we learned quickly how true that was. His ability to manage people, his excellent knowledge, his enthusiasm, his willingness to go out of his way to help with any issues clients are having, his sense of humor, etc etc. If I were to return to Botswana, I would definitely want to have him as a guide again! I have always been impressed with the quality of guides Nat Hab uses, but Brooks ranks right up there at the top!"

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