Letsogile “Lets” Kamogelo was born and raised in eastern Botswana’s Tuli Block, an area so dominated by nature that it molded him early into an ardent naturalist and conservationist. Lets’ early appreciation of his surroundings translated onto the canvases he painted during art class—his favorite subject in school. Eventually, his artistic flair transformed into a talent for photography, a skill he has wielded to great success during years of exploration and guiding in the African wilderness.
Lets taught middle school art before changing gears to study hospitality and tourism. He found his true passion as a safari guide in 2007 and has worked as an accomplished private camp guide ever since. His eye for photography has been no small part of his success. Lets stepped into the limelight in 2012 when he won his first photography award and saw his work published in Africa Geographic Magazine. His canny way with words makes him a great presenter for everyone from his safari guests to the audience he addressed at the Wildshots Wildlife Photographic Symposium: “Photography has improved my anticipation of wildlife and it also helps me to put my guests in the right position at the right time to capture great images,” he says.
An avid birder, Lets enjoys walking in the wild with his guests. He is passionate about geology and has in-depth knowledge about Botswana’s history. In particular, he loves to share his part in the that history through his own fascinating legacy. He enjoys researching and reading about other natural areas of the world, a favorite pastime when he’s not hanging out with his wife and two children. At the top of his bucket list is a visit to South America to see the colorful birdlife and experience its diverse habitats.