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Lets Kamogelo

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.

Praise from Nat Hab travelers:

B. Zitin

"Lets was a wonder. He was teaching constantly and seemed as fascinated by the wonders of Botswana as we were. He was always pointing out birds and animals with such infectious enthusiasm. It was a huge advantage to have the same leader all through our trip, as he knew what he had already taught us and what we had seen, so he was building on our knowledge base. Two bonuses: his wry sense of humor and his photographic skills (also giving tips on lighting and composition). We couldn't have asked for a better Expedition Leader."

M. Findlay
"If he wasn't so obviously happy in his job, Lets should become Botswana's ambassador to the United Nations! Not only was he a great tracker and guide, but he was also extremely knowledgeable and articulate about the flora, fauna, photography and African culture. I loved being shown this beautiful country by an extremely pleasant and knowledgeable guide."

L. Seward
"Lets was a fabulous guide. I could not have asked for better. He was responsive to everyone’s needs and made sure we all had the experience of a lifetime. In addition, he was informative and an expert at finding hidden treasures. He started and ended each day with an infectious smile. I hope to return to Botswana and would certainly love to have Lets as a guide again."

M. Waldsmith
"Lets is such a great person and an excellent guide. He helped me with camera settings for night photography, I would not have gotten the photos of black rhinos without his help."

R. Anderson
"Lets was excellent. He had a great sense of humor and was incredibly personable. He provided insight into the local community and their traditions, which really enhanced the experience. We saw so many animals on our lists and more and were very lucky to have an amazing guide who made the experience the trip of a lifetime."

M. Zitin
"It's hard to imagine that there could be another Expedition Leader equal to Lets. He is just phenomenal. We were so impressed by his passion and compassion regarding his native country of Botswana. He takes his work very seriously, yet has a fun and relaxed streak as well. Lets never stopped caring about our safety. The benefit of his being a super-skilled photographer was incalculable to me, as an enthusiast who still needs lots of tips. He gauges his audience well and adapts his teaching style and depth accordingly. We were incredibly fortunate to have him as our guide."

B. Logue
"Lets is extremely knowledgeable and has an eagle eye when it comes to spotting wildlife. I couldn't believe how he was able to spot some of the animals we were able to observe. I also appreciated his teaching me some basic Setswana, so I could say good morning and thank the staff at the camps in their native language."

K. Fox
"Lets was an absolutely fantastic guide! In addition to his experience and depth of knowledge regarding animal behavior, bird identification, habitats, geography, history and the customs of Botswana, his passion for the local animals and for being a guide who provided superb service to each one of us was unsurpassed. Our safety and comfort were his absolute priorities and he quickly built up our trust which made our experience wonderful throughout. He was also appreciative and respectful of all the staff at the camps who were also instrumental in making our trip wonderful. Thanks to Lets and the others for making this the trip of a lifetime.'

L. Foot
"Lets was wonderful. I instantly felt safe with him. His instincts with regards to animal behavior were phenomenal. He was a pleasure to be with and did his utmost to give us an amazing trip."

A. Hackland
"Lets is an incredible guide—he certainly made our experience outstanding. He was considerate towards every one of the guests, balancing his time between us and taking our unique interests into consideration on every game drive. He is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced, but what really makes him stand out is his passion for animals, wildlife and conservation."
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