Francis had an idyllic boyhood: born and raised in the Okavango Delta, he fished from a dugout canoe and camped on islands around open campfires. At night his father would tell stories about the birds and wildlife, which kept him fascinated for hours. Though he went to school far from home, memories of the delta and its wildlife remained vivid, and he couldn’t wait to return to the bush during school holidays. Upon graduating, he fulfilled his national service requirement working as a teacher in a primary school in Gantsi, where he formed a Wildlife Club in the village to educate local people about animals and the environment. He also organized trips for school children to game reserves in Botswana. Continuing to a career in tourism, Francis obtained an advanced-level guide qualification and is also a certified walking safari guide. His special interests are birding, tracking animals and stargazing.
Upcoming Adventures with Francis:
Botswana: Kalahari, the Delta & Beyond
Secluded Botswana Safari
Epic Botswana & Namibia Safari
The Great African River Safari
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Francis was one of the best NatHab guides that I've encountered on my previous eight trips. He always had the correct answer when questions were asked, and instantly identified all birds and wildlife that we encountered. Francis was a phenomenal 'game-tracker', studying animal tracks and locating two leopards and a pride of lions for the group. He was extremely friendly and professional, taking care of everyone in the group, and making sure that all were safe and experiencing the maximum from the trip."
"Francis was a gentleman and a gentle man. We trusted him implicitly. His intelligence, humor and clear devotion to the surroundings were a joy to behold. I have been on four Nat Hab trips. This was the absolute best..really life changing...and much of the reason relates to Francis and his ability to project his love for out planet and all it holds. I would tell you that everyone involved was wonderful. The eight of us felt very fortunate to have him with us each day..explaining, sighting, instructing and watching out for our welfare.. Francis has the most remarkable eyes and ears. I was continuously stunned at his ability to know and feel everything around us."
"He seized every opportunity to point out and explain interesting wildlife behavior, habitats, etc., and seemed to take as much delight as we did in tracking down and spotting wild dogs and leopards; he told us about trees, plants, the stars, the geographic history of Botswana and Southern Africa (including the movement of the plates that I can't spell); he fixed a flat tire, and dislodged the jeep from a huge rut--all with good humor, great patience and a wonderful smile. I would very much like to travel again with Francis as the guide."
"Francis was always all of the above. He was patient, kind and helpful, with a great sense of humor. He always knew where to find the animals & indeed on this trip I saw animal behavior that I hadn't seen before. A leopard interacting with elephants, plus the other extraordinary behavior of a young leopard trying to stalk a zebra. Hippos fighting on land. A wild dog kill & lots of wonderful sights of animals playing. Francis was a good tracker and just knew where to go."
"Francis was very knowledgable and an excellent tracker. We were impressed with his ability. If he knew a guest had a particular interest, he made every effort to find and point out the indicated animal. He also made sure that every guest was comfortable and was receiving good service in each camp. Francis also showed us animal interactions that we never expected to see, like the bee eater riding on the back of the Kouri and the Goshawk hunting with the honey badger."
"Sometimes you meet people who you hope you meet again - Francis is one of those people. He was kind, patient with all our questions (some asked time and time again!) - he has a great sense of humor and is clearly highly committed to the work he does. His depth of knowledge on the animals, birds, flowers, plants - were mind-boggling! I learned so much from him. He was sensitive to the needs of the group (we had a great group by the way) - taking time to make sure we got pictures and tried his very best to make sure we saw all the animals we wanted to -- realizing he has no control over mother nature he did an outstanding job. Most important - I FELT EXTREMELY SAFE under his guidance. Once I realized how effective he is I put my trust in him competely - and never regretted it. I cannot say enough about him. I am the Director of a 6000 person firm -- I would love to have people like Francis working with me."
"I cannot say enough about Francis and Bothu. He knew everything but he also had a very gentle way about him. He was just so knowledgable about all of the animals,the environment and Botswana. I loved that he told us about all of the animal's habits, about their food --what they ate and who ate them!, and about their daily lives. He had a terrific sense of humor and a lot of patience. He answered every question even when it was asked again and I felt very safe. He really knew the guiding job but he also knew how to drive every mode of transportsation we took and he was so organized. Everyone at each camp knew him and respected him and I felt honored to be on this trip with him. I have been telling everyone about both Francis and Bothu. She was excellent too. They made a wonderful team and there was not one detail that Bothu did not attend to. She made every transfer easy and made sure every camp was doing their job in the lovelist way. I read all 12 books of the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency...it is why I chose Botswana for Safari and both Bothu and Francis lived up to the kindness, gentleness and professionalism that Mme Precious Ramotswe, key character exemplified consistently. She referred to it as "The Botswana Way". My little heart is still so full of this."
"We have taken multiple guided tours, with NatHab and other companies, and Francis was perhaps the best guide EVER. His depth and breadth of knowledge was astounding. The range of duties he performed expertly, from driving the safari vehicles and boats, to serving tea, was more extensive than any other guide we have travelled with. I would go anywhere with Francis. You could not have a better representative for NatHab than Francis."
"I was amazed at his ability to spot and track the animals he knew we wanted to see, and he never gave up looking for them until we did. He was tireless, patient and extremely knowledgeable when answering endless questions about the animals and the environment in which they live. I could tell that all who know him there have great respect for him as well, and that says so much about his character."
"Francis was very respectful of the animals and environment. I was very impressed with his knowledge of the plants, birds, geography, people and animals. Extremely professional in sharing his knowledge"