Kwando Safaris is a 100% citizen-owned company and we take our employment and empowerment policies very seriously.
98% of our staff are citizens, and all the friendly faces you will see in camp are 100% citizens – we believe you should be shown Botswana by the people of Botswana.
We seek to offer careers, not jobs, to all our staff. The opportunities afforded to talented and passionate citizens are widely sought after throughout the country.About Botswana
Kwando's head office location in Maun, the tourism capital of Botswana, is testatment to the fact that Kwando hires locally rather than outsource its head office functions to other countries on the continent. This location also means we can offer a personalised reception upon arrival and departure to and from Maun.
Many of our camp managers started off in junior positions, many of our guides started as trackers, and our receptionists as waiters or tent ladies. Kwando believes in nurturing and developing its employees to achieve the best they can. The company pay scales are also at the top of the industry in Botswana; both merit and long service awards are given to our staff.
Kwando Safaris supports the Lady Khama Charitable Trust (LKCT). Lady Ruth Khama was the wife of the first President, Sir Seretse Khama and mother of present President Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama. She was considered the mother of the nation and was well-known for her support of many charitable causes. The LKCT supports several charitable initiatives throughout the country and Kwando Safaris operates a 'matching' scheme for the benefit of the Trust and its associated charitable beneficiaries. Guests are offered a chance to contribute to a very worthy cause and Kwando Safaris pledges to match each guest’s contribution.
In line with Botswana's 50th Anniversary of Independence in 2016, which called for great celebration around the country, Kwando Safaris decided to give back to the community in which we live in. Rather than spending the money on a party, we wanted to be sure everyone had something to celebrate as well. Rather than lose monies in admin and organising, the Kwando staff solicited donations of much needed household supplies and also purchased some in addition, allowing more fund to be utilised to benefit those who need help. The staff also came together for a weekend to go around giving out the buckets (a more useful household item than a basket for example) to the more rural outskirts of Maun. They were received with great appreciation and joy from the community.
Kwando Safaris intends to continue this practice and will do it once at the beginning of the year and again around the anniversary period.
Kwando Safaris is the lead sponsor of the grassroots initiative Mummy's Angels, a Maun-based project to support and empower mothers and their newborns in Maun who do not have financial or family support. Mummy's Angels was started in April 2018 voluntarily by three ladies who have lived in Maun for some years and are familiar with the plight that some less fortunate women face here. Mummy's Angels started out donating their children's pre-loved clothes and baby essentials to these ladies in need. Kwando Safaris invites our guests to bring some of the requested items with them as they come on safari. For every item donated, Kwando Safaris will match with a similar item, doubling the impact of each donation.
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We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the Mummy's Angels project we support, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.
Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
Kwando Safaris camps are pioneering the comprehensive use of eco friendly power, hot water generation and waste water treatment.
In a land blessed with an abundance of sun, the natural option for generating power and heating water must lie in solar technology. The massive developments in such technology have provided us with ideal solar power solutions for our camps.
Kwando Safaris camps are located in environmentally sensitive areas and to ensure that the camps cause minimal impact on their surroundings, the company has invested in highly efficient solar generating equipment to operate the entire camp. All electrical appliances used in the camps are energy saving products - from light bulbs to fans and ice machines. Protecting the environment need not mean going without those all important comforts while on safari!
Intelligent design compliments the use of environmentally friendly energy generation. The use of insulated walling (where applicable) and thatch within the design of the camps avoids the need for cooling systems which use a large amount of power. Insulation and thatch provide a comfortable interior temperature regardless of the extremes of heat and cold which are characteristic of our desert areas. Insulated cladding for hot water geysers and piping greatly increases the efficiency of the hot water systems by reducing heat loss from the system overnight, especially during the colder months of the year.
All waste water in Kwando Safaris camps is treated using above ground state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plants. This ensures that there is no cross contamination of the soils or ground water through discharge of grey or black water. The fully treated end product is eventually returned to the ground.