Botswana Pilots


Abi Sathiyanathan
Pilot
Abi Sathiyanathan
Pilot

My name is Abi, from New- Zealand where I also learnt to fly. I spent some years flying in the northern territory Australia and now I am here. I love flying here in the Okavango Delta and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.  

Axel Cartwright
Pilot
Axel Cartwright
Pilot

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 29 years old and was born and raised in South Africa. I have been flying commercially for the past 9 years. I have a total of about 3 000 flying hours. My past experience consists of 800 hours flight instruction as a Gr2 flight instructor, and a 2000 hours charter experience. I have flown 1500 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.

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!

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

My Name is Johan van der Westhuzyen I'm 26 years old, I fell in love with aviation from a young age. My aviation career kicked of after school where I obtained my Commercial License and went on to become a GR2 flight instructor, I joined Wilderness Air Botswana with a big love for the pristine landscape of Botswana. Nothing beats the feeling of looking out your "office window" and staring in awe at the beauty of which is the Okovango Delta.  

Kabo Sekwena
Pilot
Kabo Sekwena
Pilot

Born and raised in Botswana, I consider flying not just a career but a way of life. My aviation career started during my teen years with the Air Force where I served over a decade. After having the fun and thrill of it all; unrestricted tactical low level flying and aerobatics flying, I decided to jump ship and do it on a commercial basis. I made an outright decision not to miss any stage of flying and my next stop was bush flying. I was offered and opportunity by Wilderness Air and it is quite an honour to be part of an amazing multi-cultural team of professionals in the bush. Wilderness Air’s values and principles resonates quite well with my passion and enthusiasm for flying and it serves both my passion for flying and my insatiable appetite for the wilderness experience.  

Kabo Yobang
Pilot
Kabo Yobang
Pilot

Kago Paul
Flight Operations Manager / Pilot
Kago Paul
Flight Operations Manager / 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.

Kirsty Henderson
Pilot
Kirsty Henderson
Pilot

I first fell in love with flying on a flight with a family friend over the Okavango Delta when I was 15 years old. After finishing school I attended University as my family wanted me to obtain a degree but my heart was set on a flying career. I decided that studying medicine was no longer for me and went to do an introductory flight in Cape Town, I have not looked back ever since I completed my PPL in Cape Town at Stellenbosch Flying Club and then attended 43 Air School in Port Alfred where I completed my CPL and Instructor rating as well as my ATPL subjects. A few months after that I obtained a job as a flight instructor at Lanseria Flight Centre in Johannesburg and continued to work for them for two and a half years. In August 2016 I found myself back in Botswana where the dream initially began 10 years earlier and I am still loving every minute of flying over this beautiful country. “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will long to return” Leonardo da Vinci

Louis Maclahlan
Pilot
Louis Maclahlan
Pilot

Maike Elderkin (Furgber)
Ground Training Manager /Pilot
Maike Elderkin (Furgber)
Ground Training Manager /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
Training Manager/Acting Chief Pilot/Pilot
Michael Nielsen
Training Manager/Acting Chief Pilot/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.

Michaela Meiswinkel
Safety Manger / Pilot
Michaela Meiswinkel
Safety Manger / Pilot

My love for flying started in high school in South Africa and soon after completing my licence I gave instruction and flew charters in the bush just outside of the Kruger National Park. Here I was able to combine my love for flying and being in nature. At Wilderness Air I am able to continue to do what I enjoy and am privileged to share this with guests on their holidays to the Okavango Delta and surrounding areas.

Per Waaler
Pilot
Per Waaler
Pilot

As I child I lived in Botswana with my parents for two years. Since then, I have always had the urge to come back and explore Africa again. When the opportunity came along with Wilderness Air I had no doubt in my mind…… I started my aviation career at the age of 16 by flying glider airplanes, by the age of 18 while finishing high-school I finished my private pilot’s license. A few years later I moved to the USA to finish my education, flying in the metropolitan areas of New York and San-Francisco.  Now I am enjoying my time in the Okavango delta

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!

Tlotlo Rabasimane
Pilot
Tlotlo Rabasimane
Pilot

Flying for me has always been a passion, but became more of a lifestyle when I got my Commercial Pilot Licence back in 2016 . Working around airplanes requires one to be at the top of their game and that is what I strive for everyday of my flying days, but most importantly I enjoy the lessons I learn from every flight and always look forward to my next flight .  

Yaone Kgabi
Pilot
Yaone Kgabi
Pilot

Hailing from the South-East of the country, Yaone obtained his Commercial Pilot License in January 2016 and has been flying in the Okavango Delta since April of the same year. Happy with the flying in the delta, he joined the Wilderness Air team in September 2018 and is looking forward to many more great experiences.