About Us

Company Background

Wilderness Dawning is a privately-owned safari company based on the banks of the Thamalakane River in┬áMaun, Botswana. We have been operating since 1997 and have grown to become one of the top local tour operators. Our company is owned and operated in Maun by Nic and Samantha Gachter, in partnership with Craig Nesbitt. All have been involved in the safari business since the 1980’s, both as guides and lodge management.

Licenses, Insurance and Associations

Under rulings set by the Botswana government, all safari operators have to obtain a Tourism Enterprise License which is renewed annually with the Botswana Department of Tourism. Prior to issuing this license an adherence to strict guidelines has to be demonstrated. For example, Public Liability insurance cover is mandatory as is regular financial monitoring by the Department of Revenue. Wilderness Dawning is also a member of HATAB – the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana – and as such has agreed to a specific code of ethics and conduct. Association members are responsible for the enforcement of this code. Membership of HATAB also gives us access to exclusive wilderness bush camps well away from other travelers. Within Southern Africa we are signatories to a code of conduct that includes open vehicle permits for National Parks and the operation of cross border permits allowing us to conduct safaris throughout Southern Africa. These permits are only issued to companies that are fully insured against passenger liability – this involves Roadworthy tests every six months as well as proof of fully licensed professional guides.

Why choose Wilderness Dawning?

Southern Africa has a myriad of Safari Operators, all offering the opportunity of experiencing, in some manner, the wilderness, scenery, wildlife, history and culture this dynamic and richly beautiful sub-continent offers … most have enviable reputations for delivering a holiday of unsurpassed quality.

When choosing a destination and expert to make a dream safari a reality, it is-more often than not – not the price of something that differentiates one holiday from another, but what one receives in return … Wilderness Dawning retain Guides and Safari Leaders that are unmatched in their field, Wilderness Dawning spend maximum time actually inside national parks and reserves … not on the outskirts and most importantly, we offer the unique experience of gaining something fundamental … an experience that endeavors to enrich our guests, guests who do not seek to be pampered and amused, but rather strive to enhance their understanding and love for Southern Africa.