For 12 years Warona (Wax) Kebabope worked as a ranger and environmental education officer at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community-based wildlife project near Serowe in Botswana. Then he got married and he and his wife began looking around for somewhere they could work together.
Solar energy has obvious environmental benefits, which is what drove Wilderness Safaris to make the change in 2011. ‘It’s also better because bringing fuel to run a generator in this remote area is a mission,’ said Wax.
Since many of the eco-camps in Botswana are unfenced in areas where there are wild animals, I wondered if there were ever problems. ‘There was an incident when I was by the pool and an elephant came there, standing between me and some guests who came to take pictures,’ Wax replied. ‘The people got too close so it mock charged. I shouted at them to move but they just stood there.’
Wax’s winning mantra for dealing with fussy guests is to kill them with kindness. ‘I’m a kind person and sometimes that’s all you need to make people feel better,’ he said.
And when they feel better, they start to enjoy themselves. Clever man.
* This is part of a series called Voices of Botswana, which shares the stories of some of the people we met on our Botswana adventure. You can find them all in the people category of this blog.
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