Safari Guides

Grant Reed

Grant Reed was born near the Magaliesberg mountains of South Africa where he grew up exploring the surrounding wilderness. After completing high school he studied Nature Conservation at the Pretoria Technikon and later obtained his Honors Degree in Nature Conservation. After working in various South African parks for a number of years Grant moved to Botswana in 1996 and obtained his Botswana Professional Guide’s license. Grant has been birding since he was a child and when he is not leading birding safaris he can normally be found birding with friends and family. He has led birding safaris throughout Southern Africa and has also given numerous talks in Europe and the USA on the birdlife of Botswana. When not guiding he is training and assessing guides at Okavango Guiding School, which he co-founded with his brother Brent to train aspirant guides in the many faceted field of natural history guiding.

Grant is author of the book ‘Okavango – Spirit of Life’, he lives in Maun with his wife Trudi and sons, Merrick and Ross.


Shadreck 'Shadow' Tshegane

Shadreck 'Shadow' Tshegane

Shadreck was born in Maun but grew up in the small village of Kachikau in the northern Chobe region about 100km west of Kasane. He completed his schooling in Kachikau before going on to complete his guides license with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in 1996. After a few years of guiding up in the Chobe Shadreck decided it was time to return to the Okavango and in 1998 he moved to Maun where he worked with Brent in another safari company for several years. Shadreck became a well-known fixture in our parks and is know to his fellow guides as ‘Shadow’.

Shadow joined Letaka Safaris in 2012 and has a growing list of past guests who return to travel with him again and again. He lives in Maun with his wife Keloreng and his three children, Ikageng, Mighty and Tefo.


Joe Ramsden

Joe Ramsden

Joseph Jack Ramsden was born in the village of Maun in August 1975 long before Maun became renowned as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. His first introduction to the wilderness was through his father Jack Ramsden who was one of Moremi Game Reserve’s first Game Wardens. Stationed in the Khwai Village Jack would take his entire family on game drives in remote wilderness areas and Joe’s early memories are of numerous elephant, lion and other wildlife encounters at his father’s side. Througout his childhood and teenage years Joe continued to visit Moremi Game Reserve and other parts of the Okavango Delta with his older brothers. He developed a keen interest in the wildlife and birdlife in particular. Once he had finished his National Service with the Botswana Defence Force, Joe focused his energies on obtaining his Professional Guide’s license and has been guiding full-time since 1997.



Brent Reed

Brent Reed

Brent Reed was born in the Magaliesberg mountains in South Africa where he developed a deep and abiding love for the bush and all things wild but snakes in particular. Although he has been a birder all his life it wasn’t until he was near-fatally bitten by a Black Mamba that he decided to focus more strongly on the avian fauna rather than the reptillian. Brent’s guiding career started in 1997 when he moved to Botswana to join his brother. He has guided birding safaris in South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Mocambique, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Madagascar. When not guiding he is training and assessing guides at Okavango Guiding School, which he co-founded with his brother Grant to train aspirant guides in the many faceted field of natural history guiding. Brent lives in Maun at the southern tip of the Okavango Delta with his wife Ashleigh and his two sons, Jarryd and Troy.