Botswana Pilots


Cameron Wright
Pilot
Cameron Wright
Pilot

Aviation has always been a passion of mine, and I’m very fortunate to be able to pursue it as a career. I started flying straight out of school and after I received my Commercial licence I started teaching people how to do the same.  As an African there’s always something that draws you to nature, and now I have the opportunity to combine my passion of flying with the beautiful landscape and animals that we all love so much. I look forward to sharing both with you.

Dale Vorster
Pilot
Dale Vorster
Pilot

I am 26 years old and was born and raised in South Africa. I have been flying commercially for the past 5 years. I have a total of about 1800 flying hours. My past experience consists of 800 hours flight instruction as a Gr2 flight instructor, and a 1000 hours charter experience. I have flown 600 hours at Wilderness-air and is by far the most enjoyable flying to date. I am privileged to have the opportunity to spend my days in this amazing part of the world and embrace every minute of it.

Darryn Nicholson
Chief Pilot
Darryn Nicholson
Chief Pilot

I was born and raised in South Africa. I began flying in the Okavango Delta in 2007. I am passionate about nature/outdoors and aviation. This job is my ultimate dream by combining both my passions into one career. The best part of my job is not one day is the same as the last.

Dwayne Elderkin
Pilot
Dwayne Elderkin
Pilot

Born and raised in rural Swaziland (a long time ago!) I was bitten by the wilderness bug at a young age. My childhood dream was to be a game ranger in Kruger National Park... that was until my first flight in a light aircraft at the age of 7. From then on, my dream was modified slightly to be a pilot in Kruger! I first visited Botswana in 1994 and I fell in love with how wild and remote the country was, vowing to come back soon. Today, I am fortunate to be able to say that I have my dream job in an awesome wilderness! I now have 17 years aviation experience and am also a qualified field guide. I look forward to flying you and being a part of your Botswana experience!

Edmund Griesse
Pilot
Edmund Griesse
Pilot

I'm born and bred on a farm in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands, South Africa. I have been fortunate enough to fly in other countries within Southern Africa, i.e. Zambia, Malawi and now Botswana...I started flying in Botswana in February 2016... I love the raw untamed wilderness that we have the opportunity to experience every day when we fly in the Delta. I do believe that I have the best job in the world...

Gorata Rose Mabiza
Pilot
Gorata Rose Mabiza
Pilot

I am a 21 year old aviator who recently completed flight school. I have just under 250 hours and have much experience to gain and am privileged to be in the presence such legendary pilots. I joined Wilderness Air Botswana in May 2016 and am incredibly happy about furthering my experience in such a multi-cultured environment. My moto is “Flying is not just a career, it’s a lifestyle”.

Isang Radipitse
Pilot
Isang Radipitse
Pilot

I am 28 year old Motswana. I was born and raised in Kanye Botswana. I started my flight training in 2008. After I acquired my commercial licence I decided to come to Maun to pursue my flying career as I’m passionate about the nature and aviation. The beauty of my job is I get to do what I love most and meet different people of different cultures. It is an honour to been part of the wilderness team.

Johan van der Westhuyzen
Pilot
Johan van der Westhuyzen
Pilot

I was born and raised in the buzz of Johannesburg. I’ve started my aviation career in 2011 and never looked back since, after obtaining my Multi Engine Commercial Pilot License I obtained my Instructors rating, on upgrading to Gr2 Instructor if persuade my lifelong dream to fly over the delta F.I.Y Best office in the World, where I work for Wilderness Air.

Kago Paul
Pilot
Kago Paul
Pilot

Born and raised in Botswana. Knew I wanted to be a pilot from a very young age. For me aviation and particularly flying is a way of life. I am with Wilderness Air because it is company that shares the same values as I do, we endeavour to make a positive change.

Kaone Masilonyane
Pilot
Kaone Masilonyane
Pilot

I’m 27 years old. I was born and raised in Gaborone, Botswana. My career began 6 years ago in Pretoria South Africa where I graduated as a commercial pilot and a flight instructor. During this period I worked as an airline flight technical officer before joining Wilderness Air. I’m a passionate flight instructor, my dream is to become an airline chief training captain. The best moment of my flying career has always been strapping myself in the aircraft and flying above the Okavango Delta.

Maike Furgber
Pilot
Maike Furgber
Pilot

I fell in love with aviation during a heli-mustering flight in Australia where I was just a passenger. But I decided right there and then that I wanted to become a fixed wing pilot. I returned home to Germany and researched different places all over the world where I could achieve my dream of becoming a commercial pilot. I eventually decided on South Africa, a country I had never been to before. And a few weeks later I headed down South to a continent I had never even travelled before. I had the fortune of being taught by a couple of really amazing instructors and I enjoyed every minute of being in the air. The studying and exams were a welcoming challenge.

I managed to get a job offer as a grade three flight instructor even before I qualified. I moved to Port Elizabeth and started my first job in aviation. I soon upgraded to a grade 2, instructing future flight instructors, giving instrument flight instruction, sending baby pilots for their first solo flight, carrying out PPL tests, etc.

When my former flight instructor kept nagging me and telling me how wonderful and special the flying was in Botswana, I eventually gave in to the idea of flying myself for a while (not just talking about it and watching someone else do it). It turned out to be the perfect move. I soon converted my instructor rating, became training captain and made some everlasting memories flying around the Okavango Delta.

The company gave me the opportunity to expand my horizon by offering me the position of assistant safety officer. A year later I was made training manager. A year and a half ago I attempted to leave this beautiful place in search of a different lifestyle. I moved to Australia and worked for a charter company in Perth. But I didn’t last. I missed the African bush.

Botswana is a special place full of incredible people and endless opportunities. The wildlife is amazing. I will never get sick of the gorgeous sunsets and the smell of the first rain at the end of an eight months long dry season…

Michael Nielsen
Pilot
Michael Nielsen
Pilot

I am a 30 year old born in South Africa but raised in Zimbabwe. I began my flying career in Durban South Africa as I flight instructor at the age of 25. I progressed to a grade 2 flight instructor when the opportunity to move to Botswana presented itself. I began working for Wilderness air in 2014 and since then have enjoyed every second. Being able to combine my love of the wilderness and my passion for flying was certainly a dream come true. I have revelled in the challenges and opportunities that this type of environment offers and have progressed from the C206 and Airvan to become a C208 pilot and Training Captain and check pilot.

Nathan Smith
Pilot
Nathan Smith
Pilot

Originally from the Gold Coast Australia, at the age of 18 I left home & I have been traveling the world ever since. I am a passionate surfer, snowboarder, traveller & aviator. If you don't find me burning holes in the Botswana's beautiful skies, I'll most probably be exploring this continent looking for untouched waves in my LandRover.

I completed my training in 2014 gaining my commercial pilots licence, I then flew for a charter company spotting whale sharks, killer whales, humpback whales & any other marine life for research purposes based in a small coastal town, Exmouth Western Australia.

The best thing about my job flying for Wilderness Air is spending time in the Okavango delta & learning as much as I can about this about this amazing region of Southern Africa.

Peter Scott
Pilot
Peter Scott
Pilot

I am from the United States, born and raised in California. I have been flying since 2013. Before coming to Botswana, I was working as a charter pilot and instructor in the state of Washington, flying between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.

Samuel O’Donovan
Pilot
Samuel O’Donovan
Pilot

Kia ora, my name is Sam and I was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I learned how to fly in New Zealand’s South Island and thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that flying in such a diverse and dramatic landscape involved. I started flying in 2009 and I have never looked back. I am very passionate about travelling, experiencing this beautiful world of ours and seeing other cultures therefore I am lucky enough that Wilderness Air has given me the opportunity to combine my love of aviation and travel together in which I can only describe as my dream job!

I look forward to flying with you and sharing this passion with you out in the Okavango Delta.